Although I was a last minute blow in delegate for the second Smart Lighting and Energy Summit (Middle East), I still somehow managed to end up on stage. I have to say though that I am glad to have attended: it was a good quality event with some excellent content.
The venue, facilities, catering, and organization, were all first class, and the event is aimed at a professional local audience. In the break out area where coffee breaks and lunch was served, there were twenty or so pop-up booths from the sponsors of the event. These were low key, but useful in terms of catching up with products available locally.
The first day of the event saw several important announcements for the local lighting and specification industry, including lamp regulations, the launch of MELA (the Middle East Lighting Association), and a preview of Abu Dhabi’s upcoming public realm lighting code from Martin Valentine. These were alongside more design related content including a case study of Yas Waterworld, and a research dissertation about lighting for waterfront areas in different parts of the world. The day was rounded off with a panel discussion and plenty of questions from the floor.
Day two was more design and technology driven overall, with excellent presentations from Mark Major on the importance of darkness, and Colin Ball on the importance of maximizing the use of daylight, as well as useful input from product developers and manufacturers reviewing specific technical advances, and / or challenges ahead for the industry. Day two was completed with a 30 minute simultaneous four table round table discussion, the results of which were fed back to the whole audience by a nominated chair for each table. Which is how I ended up on stage!
To summarise: a good quality event, well worth attending if possible, particularly if you are working in the region.
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