Blog: David Drain 
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Executive Director
Digital Screenmedia Association
Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Are you going to Digital Signage Expo (DSE) next month in Las Vegas?

If so, you can support and connect with the Digital Signage Association in these ways:

1. Attend the DSA Membership Meeting and Reception. The Association will hold its annual Membership Meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 4:30 p.m. in Room N258 of the Las Vegas Convention Center (site of DSE). Despite the name, the meeting is open to all - members, non-members, tire kickers - basically any interested parties. We'll keep the meeting short and give you a quick update on the Association's plans and activities. It's free to attend. The reception will be held next door from 5-6 p.m. in Room N260. This is a great way to mix and mingle with professionals involved with digital signage. Again, this is open to all, but there is a small fee ($25) that actually doesn't cover our costs. Click here to register.

2. Stop by the Digital Signage Association booth (1113) and say hello. If you are a member and interested in volunteering to work in the booth, please contact me.

3. Attend the DSE Awards Dinner on Feb. 24 at the Paris Hotel. DSA is a co-sponsor and proceeds from the banquet go to support DSA and its mission.

While I will be running around the show, you can definitely catch me on Wednesday morning, Feb. 24 at 9 am, where I'll be moderating a panel called "Digital Out-of-Home Buyer/Seller Face-Off: What Media Buyers Want/What Digital Out-of-Home Network Operators Have to Sell" in Room N260.

I hope to see you there!

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Monday, 18 January 2010

Four years ago, I was offered the opportunity to be the executive director of the Self-Service & Kiosk Association. At the time, I didn't know a lot about kiosks, but I did know quite a bit about managing associations.

While I didn't know a lot about self-service technology, I had certainly used it as a customer. Light bulbs went off in my head as I started to think about all the applications I had used: photo kiosks, self-checkout, airline self-check in, purchasing movie theater tickets and of course ATMs and pay at the pump.

As I told friends and family about the industry in which I'd be working, I would get an enthusiastic response - "that's cool!" and "you're right, it's everywhere." Not only did I think the technology was cool, but I really thought (and still do) that self-service makes people's lives easier.

During my first week on the job, NetWorld Alliance CEO and SSKA Chairman Dick Good gave me an assignment: take a week a month over the next year and visit as many members as I could. Combined with attending trade shows, it was a great education.

I visited companies in Illinois, Connecticut/Rhode Island, England, Texas, Colorado, New York State, Wisconsin/MinnesotaLos Angeles and North Carolina. All told, I visited with 74 companies in one year. I learned about a lot of neat technology and met some really interesting people. If you click on the places I linked, you can read the reports I wrote from those road trips (note: Bill Yackey wrote the North Carolina piece).

It's now four years later and I think we've come a long way as an industry. Kiosks and other self-service technology have become woven into the fabric of our daily lives. Some applications have failed (electronic voting - though I'm still a fan) and some have wildly succeeded (DVD-rental kiosks).

And I'm still in love with it all.

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