GadgetFest started out as an off-handed comment from one of the guests at a RainyDayMagazine party in the summer.
It went something like..."Why don't you guys have a party and invite everyone to come play with all the cool gadgets in your office?"
We thought about it a bit and realized... "What a GREAT idea!". It would be a great chance for us to hear from our readers first hand about some of the gadgets we have reviewed.
Well, we invited over some of the RainyDayMagazine readers that live close to Boston this weekend for the first annual RainyDayMagazine GadgetFest... and it was a BLAST!!!
1. LumaRay FL6 LED Flashlight
2. Logitech Harmony Remote
3. Brunton SolarRoll
4. Gamila Teastick
5. Egg&Muffin Toaster
6. Tom Bihn Computer Bags
7. Method Cleaners
8. JBL Speakers
9. Wacom Tablets
We had originally thought we would take pictures and videos of guests trying out different gear, but it was pretty clear from the moment the first folks showed up that we would be spending all our time demonstrating the gadgets and answering questions! Good thing we had taken some shots before folks started arriving :-)
Next time we will have to have a dedicated GadgetFest photographer to capture all the action!
The RainyDayKitchen folks cooked up a huge TurDucKen and fed everybody. They also served some amazing meatless meatballs...for those that wanted food that never had a face.
The event ended with the drawing of the door prizes. We had great items donated by various companies for the GadgetFest drawing.
We had over 80 companies represented at the GadgetFest. When the guests first arrived, each received an event packet with literature on many of the products at the GadgetFest.
Included in the packet was a sheet of paper with a list of company names.
In order to be eligible for the drawing, the guest had to wander through the various RainyDay Magazine sections (Gear&Gadgets, RainyDayKitchen, RainyDayGarage, RainyDaySports) and match 12 companies with its product. Some clearly could not limit themselves to 12 products and decided to "write-in" votes for some more :-)
In exchange for this effort, they were given a chance to pull a number out of the bowl to win fabulous items from participating GadgetFest vendors.
We had free PicoPads for the first 30 guests and nine lucky guests went home with awesome prizes!
After all the votes were tallied, bribes paid, results massaged, and random decisions made...the following items managed make their way to the top of the list:
1. The LumaRay FL12 LED flashlight was the clear overall First Place winner in this year's GadgetFest. It garnered two times more votes than any other gadget! Congratulations to LumaRay for being selected BEST of RainyDay Magazine GadgetFest 2005!
2. The Second Place honors went to Logitech's Harmony 880 "super" remote control. Everybody agreed that having "one remote to control them ALL" was a good thing!
3. The Brunton SolarRoll won Third Place and also won the "Best Outdoor Gear" in this year's GadgetFest. Congratulations to our top three winners!!!
Tom Bihn Computer Bags