[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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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?