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PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2006 3:39 pm    Post subject: The FREE PocketGPSWorld.com Edinburgh SatNav World Expo 2006 Reply with quote

PocketGPSWorld.com Announces its 7th FREE GPS Enthusiast and Industry Event in Edinburgh!

Following the huge success of our last event, PocketGPSWorld.com announces our first 'GLOBAL' exhibition. Yes, we know that we have already attracted substantial amounts of overseas visitors to our past events, but this time we plan on spreading the word even further and targeting thousands of GPS/mapping enthusiasts and the industry at large from every corner of the globe... and, thanks to the sponsors that collectively make up the cream of our industry, IT'S FREE!
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To reserve your FREE places please do the following:
1. Press email expo@PocketGPSWorld.com
2. Include your name
3. The number of people who wish to attend
4. If you are in the GPS Industry please let us know what company you work for, even if you are not attending in an official capacity
5. Please use the forums and not your email for questions or comments

As a courtesy, we will be sending out confirmation emails, but because many large ISPs mistakenly block a lot of legitimate emails thinking they are spam your confirmation email may not be delivered. It may also have been filtered on your computer. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please check your junk/deleted mail folders. Also, please watch for news here on the forums.

That said, everyone that replies before the 31st April are guaranteed a place. Please print this post now as a proof of your invitation and bring it with you on the day.
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We have had many exhibitor confirmations already including TomTom, Garmin, Route 66, CoPilot, TeleAtlas, Memory-Map, Globalsat, Navman and Nemesis. Two leading Taiwanese companies are confirmed to fly in so far, plus one more waiting in the wings. It looks as if many other countries will be represented including Finland, Germany, France and Holland and we are awaiting confirmation from two North American companies. Retailers easydevices.co.uk, Nemesis, and widget.co.uk have also confirmed.

The PocketGPSWorld.com Event is a “Face-to-Face” forum allowing you to touch and feel the equipment as well as chatting to industry specialists. People from all the over World will be in attendance so we expect to see ALL you Brits on the day - it's a fantastic excuse for a spring weekend in Scotland! For our last event in there were dozens of you who stayed overnight or for the weekend. This time we are expecting 100s. Should be quite a party in the bar at the hotel afterwards. (Mental note: we must warn the hotel!) Wink

We expect to have a large number of national and international manufacturers, suppliers, and retailers exhibiting and, yes, you will be able to buy stuff on the day - often discounted. If you would like to find out how to exhibit, please email exhibitor@pocketgpsworld.com

Centre stage will be the PocketGPSWorld.com car, a motorbike and a pushbike forming our exhibit. This will show how GPS equipment is used in our own vehicles and the lengths we go to in bringing these reviews to our users. We will also be having a workshop area where you can bring your own equipment and we will upload points of interest (POIs) or help with configuration issues. We anticipate having a complete range of knowledge levels from absolute beginners to advanced GPS users.

We received some fantastic feedback from our last event from both our visitors and the GPS companies (ALL of the companies said they would like to sponsor another one). In fact we were victims of our own popularity; the only gripe we heard on the day was that we needed more space. We couldn't agree more! That's why our venue choice is the largest in Edinburgh and can hold up to 3,000 people.

Where is it?
This will be the biggest ever dedicated GPS event in the World - we are hoping to attract well over 2000 visitors. That decision presented us with a big problem; there are not that many places in Edinburgh to hold so many people and, just as importantly, so many cars! After a great deal of investigation we decided on the Edinburgh Corn Exchange, billed as the city's premier venue for conferences.

Edinburgh Corn Exchange
11 Newmarket Road, Edinburgh EH14 1RJ
Tel. +44 (0) 131 477 3500
Fax. +44 (0) 131 443 9022
Email:info@ece.uk.com
http://www.ece.uk.com/

When is it?
Saturday 20th May from 11.00-3.00pm

Our Hosting Sponsor
Based in Edinburgh, GlobalSat UK http://www.globalsat.co.uk with their distributor EasyDevices http://www.easydevices.co.uk have generously offered to be the 'Host' sponsor of the event. GlobalSat UK are an established distributor of PDA and GPS Sat Nav solutions and accessories. Alongside most of the major players in the satellite navigation industry, GlobalSat UK are strong supporters of the PocketGPSWorld.com events.

Why Edinburgh?
Edinburgh has been selected for this event as the Capital city is synonymous with inventive and innovative ideas and developments. As the birthplace of Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone and more recently Dolly the Sheep, the world's first cloned animal, Edinburgh seemed like a natural choice of location to springboard such a global event.

Every guidebook will tell you that Edinburgh is one of the World's greatest cities. Everybody that goes there agrees that it is an unforgettable destination. It has excellent public transport and the Corn Exchange benefits from several bus and train routes. Lothian Region Transport runs a number 35 which stops outside the Corn Exchange and Slateford Train Station (on the Glasgow central line) is a two minute walk from the venue.

There are 1,200 flights from London to Edinburgh International Airport every week (flight time is less than an hour and a half) and 35 airlines serve over 60 destinations As most of you know, some of the deals on flights nowadays are incredibly cheap - so no excuses! Importantly, the venue is less than half an hour from Edinburgh International Airport. A typical journey time to the city centre takes around 25 minutes and the average fare to the city centre is £16. Most taxis are wheelchair accessible.

Direct flights to Edinburgh International Airport include:
Alghero, Alicante, Amsterdam, Arrecife, Barcelona, Belfast City, Belfast International, Billund, Birmingham, Bodrum, Bologna, Bourgas, Brescia, Bristol, Brussels, Cardiff, Chambery, Cologne (Bonn), Copenhagen, Cork, Dalaman, Dublin, East Midlands, Exeter, Faro, Franfurt, Galway, Geneva, Hamburg, Ibiza, Innsbruck, Inverness, Jersey, Kirkwall, Larnaca, Las Palmas, Leeds Bradford, Lerwick, Liverpool, London City, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, London Stansted, Madrid, Mahon, Malaga, Manchester, Milan (Malapensa), Moscow (Domodedovo), New York (Newark), Nice, Norwich, Palma, Paris (Charles de Gaulle), Prague, Rome (Fiumicino), Rome, Shetland, Southampton, Stockholm (Arlanda), Stornoway, Tenerife, Toronto, Varna, Wick.

A Call-to-Action!
30,000 of you visit our site every day (a big thank you to all of you!) and I bet a sizeable proportion of you know one or two fellow enthusiasts from outside the UK. This is your chance to set up a meet with them in beautiful Scotland in the spring - how romantic Wink

In fact, as PocketGPSWorld.com continue to expand our offerings globally, already over 30% of our visitors are based outside of the UK and we'd love it if as many of you as possible could fly over to visit us in person! For instance, we know we have a very large following in Taiwan - for those that don't know, the Taiwanese represent a very large proportion of the industry - we would certainly expect a sizeable turnout from that neck of the woods... and most of us are aware of the large European footprint in the industry, but North America now holds a sizeable proportion of growing companies - we would also expect a large turnout from across the pond!

Most of the people that jumped on planes for the last event were Scottish (not so far this time eh guys!), but also included Scandinavians, Dutch, Belgian, Irish, German, French, Americans and Israelis.

Travel Time and Distance by Road:
Edinburgh is conveniently located at the heart of the Scottish motorway network.

From Glasgow 43 miles (1 hour)
From Perth 42 miles (just over 1 hour)
From Dundee 54 miles (about 1 and a half hours)
From Carlisle 98 miles (about 2 and a half hours)
From Newcastle 127 miles (about 3 and a half hours)
From Aberdeen 128 miles (about 3 and a half hours)
From Manchester 244 miles (about 5 hours)

The Corn Exchange is very easy to find. It is situated approximately 3.6 kilometres (2 miles) to the south west of Edinburgh city centre, within the moat area of the capital. It sits to the south of Gorgie Road (A71) and north of Slateford Road (A70) two of the main arterial routes into the city.

Co-ordinates:
Lat (WGS84) N55:55:36 ( 55.926781 )
Long (WGS84) W3:14:51 ( -3.247429 )

How do I get there by train?
For information on train times and fares from around the UK call National Rail on +44 (0)8457 484950 or visit www.travelinescotland.com or visit www.trainline.co.uk where tickets can also be purchased online.

By Train from London - (about 4 and a half hours)
By Train from Manchester - (about 3 and a half hours)
'Can there anywhere be a more beautiful and beguiling city to arrive at by train? To emerge from the bustling, subterranean bowels of Waverley Station and find yourself in the very heart of such a glorious city is a happy experience indeed.' - Bill Bryson

How do I get there by coach?
Coaches travel to Edinburgh from various locations around the UK. Please see the following websites:

http://www.nationalexpress.com
http://www.lothianbuses.co.uk
http://www.flybybus.com
http://www.firstgroup.com
http://www.citylink.co.uk

Where do I park?
The venue has it's own car park and there are public car parks nearby for the inevitable overspill. We're not encouraging it, but if you do take a liberty and park in the Asda Supermarket car park next door, please be fair and buy something from them Smile

Where do I stay?
Edinburgh has a wide choice of accommodation whether it's in world famous hotels in the shadow of Edinburgh castle or a self-catering apartment on the Royal Mile.
http://www.edinburgh.org/accom/

Where is the PocketGPSWorld.com team staying?
http://www.sheraton.com/grandedinburgh Just over 2 miles from the Corn Exchange (see you in the bar!).

What else can I do and see when I'm there?
Concorde Experience Museum of Flight http://www.nms.ac.uk/flight/
Royal Yacht Britannia http://www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk
Edinburgh Castle http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk
Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen's official Edinburgh residence http://www.royalcollection.org.uk
Royal Botanic Garden http://www.rbge.org.uk
Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre http://www.whisky-heritage.co.uk
Clan Tartan Centre - Leith Mills http://www.clantartan.com

We noticed quite a few children at our last event. For those who will be bringing their families for the weekend (children are very welcome at the event) here's a few attraction suggestions for the wee uns (and not so wee uns!).

Loch Ness Discovery Centre http://www.lochnessdiscovery.com
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions http://www.camera-obscura.co.uk
Edinburgh Zoo http://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk
Museum Of Childhood (No website)
Our Dynamic Earth Science Centre http://www.dynamicearth.co.uk
Edinburgh Dungeon http://www.thedungeons.com

Edinburgh is a compact city centre, ideal for walking and of course it is the gateway to the rest of Scotland! Why not venture north to the magnificent Highlands? http://www.edinburgh.org

Will There be a Prize Draw?
Absolutely! Courtesy of our many sponsors, several thousand pounds worth of prizes were won through our charity prize draw at the last event and we hope to give out even more this time. The full proceeds will be given to Edinburgh Royal Hospital for Sick Children http://www.edinburghsickkids.org - the draw will take place at 2.00pm - you must be present with your ticket at 2.00pm to claim your prize.

So What do I do Now?
Please let us know as soon as possible if you will be attending alone or the number of people in your group - we would love to see as many of you as possible, but please don't forget that spaces are limited - 1st come, 1st served.

To reserve your FREE places please do the following:
1. Press email expo@PocketGPSWorld.com
2. Include your name
3. The number of people who wish to attend
4. If you are in the GPS Industry please let us know what company you work for, even if you are not attending in an official capacity
5. Please use the forums and not your email for questions or comments

As a courtesy, we will be sending out confirmation emails, but because many large ISPs mistakenly block a lot of legitimate emails thinking they are spam your confirmation email may not be delivered. It may also have been filtered on your computer. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please check your junk/deleted mail folders. Also, please watch for news here on the forums.

That said, everyone that replies before the 31st April are guaranteed a place. Please print this post now as a proof of your invitation and bring it with you on the day.


Looking forward to seeing you all in Bonnie Scotland!

Robert, Mike, Darren and the Team

PS. Look out for PocketGPSWorld.com in the media: Media interest in GPS Sat Nav is growing rapidly - PocketGPSWorld.com has been called upon twice to appear on BBC TV News in the last few weeks and Scottish TV have expressed an interest in doing a piece about the Expo for their peak time news at some point prior to the event and may even attend - so put on your best smiles!


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

woo hoo! see ya there guys :D
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone got any directions to this place?

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PaulB2005 wrote:
Anyone got any directions to this place?

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options | where to | address | "EH14 1RJ" | "11" | navigate

hope that helps ;)

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

'twas a joke.

A poor one but a joke none the less.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PaulB2005 wrote:
'twas a joke.

A poor one but a joke none the less.

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i know it was! and 'options | where to..." was my joke reply...

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 3:02 pm    Post subject: Re: The FREE PocketGPSWorld.com Edinburgh SatNav World Expo Reply with quote

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Why Edinburgh?
Edinburgh has been selected for this event as the Capital city is synonymous with inventive and innovative ideas and developments. As the birthplace of Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone and more recently Dolly the Sheep, the world's first cloned animal, Edinburgh seemed like a natural choice of location to springboard such a global event.



FWIW An innovative company that has its HQ in Edinurgh is Wolfson Micro electronics who make some of the chips that are fitted in ipods but more importantly TomTom Sat navs systems

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
i know it was! and 'options | where to..." was my joke reply...


Ah yes but i was joking when i said it was a joke. No, wait! It was a joke when you said..... If i'd said.....
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really hope your coming Paul, I just can't wait to eavesdrop on the conversation in the bar between you and MaFt after you've both had a couple of drinks Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 4:55 pm    Post subject: Re: The FREE PocketGPSWorld.com Edinburgh SatNav World Expo Reply with quote

oddsock wrote:
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Why Edinburgh?
Edinburgh has been selected for this event as the Capital city is synonymous with inventive and innovative ideas and developments. As the birthplace of Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone and more recently Dolly the Sheep, the world's first cloned animal, Edinburgh seemed like a natural choice of location to springboard such a global event.



FWIW An innovative company that has its HQ in Edinurgh is Wolfson Micro electronics who make some of the chips that are fitted in ipods but more importantly TomTom Sat navs systems

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Thanks oddsock, I'll give them a call. You coming? Smile
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I really hope your coming Paul, I just can't wait to eavesdrop on the conversation in the bar between you and MaFt after you've both had a couple of drinks


I'd never inflict that on anyone.

Besides i'll be stuck here "dahn sauf"
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 6:00 pm    Post subject: Re: The FREE PocketGPSWorld.com Edinburgh SatNav World Expo Reply with quote

robbrady wrote:
oddsock wrote:
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Why Edinburgh?
Edinburgh has been selected for this event as the Capital city is synonymous with inventive and innovative ideas and developments. As the birthplace of Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone and more recently Dolly the Sheep, the world's first cloned animal, Edinburgh seemed like a natural choice of location to springboard such a global event.



FWIW An innovative company that has its HQ in Edinurgh is Wolfson Micro electronics who make some of the chips that are fitted in ipods but more importantly TomTom Sat navs systems

Dave


Thanks oddsock, I'll give them a call. You coming? Smile


I have been to the last three meets and they just keep getting better and better so based on that the next one should be so good that coupled with the long journey I don't think I could manage the excitement and stress Laughing Anyway I hope the rest of you have a very successful day and hope the next one is nearer home or I can plan a break to where it may be held.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.easyjet.co.uk/ Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 8:36 pm    Post subject: Scotties Reply with quote

I can't seem to get awy from Scotland at the moment. Well if it helps and you like a view over your Scottish breakfast I absolutely recommend the Apex international as the view is amazing. I was there 2 weeks ago and cost me £15 in a cab. Easyjet will be between £60-£90 depending on booking times from Stansted. I remember driving the first time I went took my a while and boy was i tired at the end, if i had more time though and the weather was good i would do it again though its actually very relaxing. Well anyway hope this little bit of info helps.

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if i can get some time off work i'll becoming, be the first time visiting one of your meets.
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