We just got back from the 2015 ExpoTic show that took place in Lima, Peru, where our company was the only romanian software web developer to exhibit its software products.
I would personally give the event a 7 out of 10, with many pros over how it was organized and some cons about the overall attendance, which, at least in the first two days, was a bit dissapointing.
Because readers usually appreciate bulleted lists, I’m now summarizing :
- Good, large spaces the booths and diversity in the products and services, with focus on software development and state-of-the-art hardware
- Fairly good organization in terms of setting up our booth and providing us with the necessary technical support when needed.
- Good location for the exhibition, easily accesible by taxi from main business districts Miraflores and Barranco
- Free Internet as opposed to the outrageous Internet fees at other trade shows such as CES or the Japan IT Week where we attended in the past.
- Poor English communication. South-americans in general don’t go out of their way to speak English, but being an organizer of an international trade show, having an english speaker around is a must. It did not happen, so we had to improvise with our Spanish
- A slight lack of interest shown toward the exhibitors, in the sense that nobody bothered to check up on you every now and then to see if things are ok.
Our booth was strategically placed very close to the main stage, where every so often, some of the exhibitors and other guests would hold speeches or presentations. We were suprised when we were told that the best time for Peruvians to conduct business is during the week-end (that is on Saturday), when apparently they spring loose of their weekly chores and become more communicative.
Peru still has many problems with its economy, but one thing is sure – things are shaping up, and the software development market is obviously on the rise. Lima accounts for almost one third of Peru’s population, so establishing a presence here might very soon pay off.