[Infotech 2018] La foire Pailles, monter, monter!!!

With thousands of visitors going to SVICC every year, Infotech was the annual rendez vous for technology enthusiasts who were looking forward to have some hands-on demo of latest technologies and discover latest trends in ICT. However, since several years now, the event is more comparable to the other “Indian Expo Fair” or “Salon de la maison” type of events.

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With thousands of visitors going to SVICC every year, Infotech was the annual rendez vous for technology enthusiasts who were looking forward to have some hands-on demo of latest technologies and discover latest trends in ICT. However, since several years now, the event is more comparable to the other “Indian Expo Fair” or “Salon de la maison” type of events. With increasing number of companies displaying their products (along with “infotech” discounts), the “La Foire Pailles” is unfortunately mainly crowded with visitors who want to grab some good deals on mobile phones, screens and etc.

Without exagerating, I think that barely 10% of the total space occupied are really centered about latest technology advances :

  • Mauritius Research Council showing off their cube sat project. The real-size 3D printed model was displayed today (30 August 2018) but one of the guys there told me that a real demo unit should be on display as from tomorrow.
  • The Robotics Club of College of Saint Esprit which is displaying some of their own made robots

What’s in there more?

To sum up what you can see and experience in the La Foire Pailles during the next few days :

  • VR Sets
  • Drones
  • IP Camera systems
  • Solar Panels
  • Laptops and mobile phones

And if you want a better plan for your weekend, drive to Bagatelle Mall. On top of all the above, you get hypermarkets, candy shops, practically all brand shops of the island and a large variety of food. You will probably get the same promotional discount too! If ever you get bored (at Bagatelle), you can even watch a movie at the cinema!

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Live from Infotech 2013

First of all, let me excuse myself for being in Infotech 2013 right now. I can’t stop blaming myself but I had nothing better (or worst to do) since nothing has been planned (not yet at least) for my day off today.

So, here is Infotech 2013 in some pictures and words.

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Hello.

First of all, let me excuse myself for being in Infotech 2013 right now. I can’t stop blaming myself but I had nothing better (or worst to do) since nothing has been planned (not yet at least) for my day off today.

So, after dropping Dhaneesha to office today and after a quick tour in Shoprite, I headed to SVICC to kill some time in here. On reaching here at around 9hr30, i.e, 30 minutes before the official opening hours of the Infotech fancy fair, I fortunately met an old university friend with whom I had a long chat to catch up while being comfortably seated in the National Computer Board Cyber Caravane Bus.

I won’t be too long explaining in words how was the Infotech 2013 edition but in one word, I would say “Worst”.

This was confirmed by several persons I met in here. As usual, companies tried to expose their products and few of them had models to “enhance” their stands. One thing which strikes me is the absence of Emtel in the fancy fair. From what I heard, they are preparing something big, for their 25 years of existence.

Without losing any time, here are the pictures. Use the left and right arrows at the bottom to browse through the gallery :

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Blogging live from the Food Court, SVICC

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Use your time efficiently and stay away from Infotech unless you have extra time or days off, like me. Time for me to pack up!

Keep tuned for other articles!

What are people saying about Infotech 2012?

Just as last year, I’m much satisfied of my decision : Using my precious time more efficiently instead of increasing the visitor count to the Infotech 2012.
Boasting about an increasing number of visitors is useless. People lack leisure in Mauritius.

Just as last year, I’m much satisfied of my decision : Using my precious time more efficiently instead of increasing the visitor count to the Infotech 2012, which is being held from the 13 to 16 September 2012 at the Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre, Pailles. Organisers should understand that people no more consider Infotech as a tech fair but rather as a commercial trade fair. If they lack ideas or want to stick to their current beliefs, they should consider renaming the “Infotech” or just stop advertising its aim as “awareness on emerging technologies”. From feedback gathered, it is just like you are entering a huge shopping area. Period.

Extract of articles/comments written by some fellow Mauritian bloggers :

CleverDodo :

“To be quite honest, I was very disappointed with my visit to InfoTech. There were not as many interesting stands as I thought there would be. Take for example, Mauritius Post, I don’t understand why they were there. The people at the stand were bored because no one showed any interest but you couldn’t blame them either.[…] The young people who attended were mostly interested in learning opportunities in the IT sector and career guidance. I found that the institutions there were more eager to get you to register with them instead of explaining things better and clearing the doubts that you have.”

Avinash Meetoo :

“We went to Infotech 2012 today and it felt like an empty box: not much innovation and no trace of informatics at all. The stands were bland and I felt that even the computer and phone sellers are getting bored with the formula.”

Mike :

 “Back from Infotech 2012. Useless some stands not even ready on the first opening day with workmen still busy. Reps standing around like waiting for a bus. Girls/hostesses standing around an exhibit and chatting so that public cannot get to see or try it. Better stay at home or go to a regular shop/agent for information.[…] EMTEL stand not even ready this morning!!!”

 Carrotmadman6 :

The downside of going on opening day is that many of the exhibitors aren’t even ready with their stands or with their products. That shows you just how seriously they take Infotech. […] It wasn’t quite as boring as I expected it to be and in the limited time I had, I discovered enough stuff to make my visit worthwhile.

Boasting about an increasing number of visitors is useless. Probably because people lack leisure in Mauritius. Instead, they should question themselves about the number of people who actually found the trade fair useful and informative.

Were you or planning to go there? How will you rate this year’s edition?

What do you dream to see at Infotech?

For a few minutes, let us just forget the yearly trade fair known as Infotech.

For a few minutes, let us just forget the yearly trade fair known as Infotech.

In office this evening, we asked ourselves this simple question :

What would you like to see at Infotech?

Frankly speaking, I have not got an answer till now. As a geek, I read, view and follow the technological advances right from my browser. Internet has become is now part of my life. I have never really felt the need to rush and gaze at gadgets that have been available since months or that are much more than overpriced in Mauritius.

Infotech is for those people who are not internet addicts, those who are amazed to see a touch screen device, those who are stunned by the fact that Orange actually provides up to XMbps/sec and those who simply wish to buy a mobile phone for example.

And how can I forget last year‘s visit? It lasted only 15minutes.

Or the previous years : 2009, 20072006 and 2005.

Save your time and money. Spend the time more wisely instead of being part of the 85, 000 visitors expected. So, don’t come and say (or post on Facebook) that it was not worth the visit or there was nothing new.

Infotech 2010

Intelligent Mauritius…

That was only the motto just like C’est un plaisir!

Intelligent Mauritius… That was only the motto just like C’est un plaisir!

The only development I could notice while going to Swami Vivekananda today was the Ring Road being built. Else, everything was as the previous years : DULL.

Here’s the complete series of Infotech blog posts : Infotech 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009

Anyway, here’s the pics :

The entrance to the fair
The entrance to the fair
The Career area, rempli r l'air...
The Career area, rempli r l'air...

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The Apple corner
The Apple corner

Cash and Carry, 100% promotion, all year round
Cash and Carry, 100% promotion, all year round
Emtel, nice stand but not as attracting as the previous years
Emtel, nice stand but not as attracting as the previous years
They know how to animate their stand. Always 'full'
They know how to animate their stand. Always 'full'
Radio Plus Stand, too many flowers in my opinion
Radio Plus Stand, too many flowers in my opinion
MBC, les gros moyens
MBC, les gros moyens
Oops, did someone notice that there is an error here?
Oops, did someone notice that there is an error here?

It took me roughly 15minutes to go around the stands…

May be you have done it quicker? 😛

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infotech 2007, ur expectations?

Since some years, Infotech Exhibitions has become part of our ‘culture’, if we can say it as such.

Every year, thousand of mauritians make a must to visit THE infotech, which is supposed to be a window over our future cyber world, where we are already lagging behind by one or two decades.

It is now purely commercial rather than supposingly, making mauritians discover the ‘latest’ technologies.

Some time back, it was announced(more can be read here);

INFOTECH 2007 will be held from Wednesday 8 to Sunday 12 August 2007 at the Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre (SVICC) in Pailles

The Opening Ceremony will take place on 8 August 2007 and the exhibition will be open to the public over four days from Thursday 9 to Sunday 12 August 2007.

However, as the exhibitions succeed one after the other, most of us have been realizing that there is no real innovation or revolutionary products which we would be expecting to see, displayed on the shelfs.

Still, we do have some exhibitors which attracted much visitors last year, for instance

  • The apples that stood there, large screens, fascinating most of us.
  • Emtel stand with their cow-girls
  • Nomad, with the hundreds of agents, spamming the expo
  • That famous BMW which can be seen in so many hi5 profiles,lol

without forgetting the usual ones like

  • MBC and the private radios Studio
  • Rajiv Gandhi Science Center with their Virtual Simulator
  • tens of Computer Shops exposing their products

The prices of the stands range from rs45,000 up to rs190,000…

For this year’s edition, most of us would like to see new things come up, in addition to the “copy paste” that has been done since all these years.

Personally, i would like to see something that would bring a change in our local websphere, that would be a great innovation for a cyber island.

  • why is it that, we, mauritians, are still lagging behind when it comes to participating in online forums/blogs?

  • how many of us do possess a web site, when most of us(YOU) do have a 50Mb free personal web server space offered by Telecom Plus if you have ADSL or MyT?Let aside the normal Internet Users…
    Lets consider how many Computer Science Students or even IT-related job holders do have a simple web site or even their space on the web? without taking hi5 or facebook into consideration… its sometimes a shame for us with thousand of them leaving College and hundreds of them graduating, yearly…Do show that u are in the IT Field by at least proving that you do know how to make a simple blog or web site.

Perhaps, it would be interesting to have an exhibitor or organisation, promoting this culture, but i doubt there will be, seeing the cost of the stands.

So, my question is

What do you expect for Infotech 2007?

Wearing My Nomad t-shirt in Infotech

Today, i went to the Infotech 2006…

Nomad Tshirt 1

lol, nothing interesting there as usual !

Except perhaps me, who was trying to make some fun out of nomad with my t-shirt!

Nomad Tshirt 4

 

Nomad Tshirt 3

Not really fun, koz i was promoting nomad..haha, in my own way.

The Nomad agents were very friendly koz most of them were from uni & i knew some of them. They could not tell me anything, btw, what could they have told me? lol They just admired that new design on the tshirt…

As from now, if the tshirt doesnt get spoilt while in the washing machine, i will put it quite often to show how I love nomad

Nomad Tshirt 2

Apart from nomad, the hostesses of Emtel Stand were too good and that BMW in the Nokia Stand was superb except the large amount of dust on it. btw, did u know y it was there? Well, to promote the use and sale of Mobile Kits while driving! The other stands were not that great either…

To those who think am mad to do this, perhaps yes koz nomad made me like zat… At least I got the guts to do this… N u did what???

Any comments about Nomad or Infotech 2006???