The Gulf Coast Technology Summit and Expo in Pensacola, Florida, originally slated for Sept. 25-27, has been postponed due to hurricane Isidore. The National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm warning for the north Gulf Coast, so the show has been moved to Nov. 7-8.
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The event coordinators, Scarborough Consulting Inc., made the decision based on feedback from exhibitors and scheduled speakers.
“We are definitely disappointed that the weather has not cooperated with us, but we contacted each of the exhibitors and speakers and the overwhelming consensus was to postpone the event,” said George Scarborough, president of Scarborough Consulting. “We have 75 exhibitors from 12 states and more than 40 speakers that have invested thousands of dollars to attend this event and we want to give them a good show. Unfortunately the threat of a hurricane or high winds and rain will dramatically affect the attendance and therefore the show in general.”
If there’s a bright side, it’s that more Apple Seminar registrations can be taken. The seminars will be held Nov. 7, and the same discounts for Apple attendees still apply. Those interested in the Apple seminars receive a 50 percent discount off the single-day seminar pass. However, this discount isn’t offered through the Web site and is not publicized to the general public. Anyone interested in registering must call (877-912-8356) or
Meanwhile, the Pensacola Civic Center has asked that those companies that have had material shipped to please make arrangements for the return of those goods by this Friday, Sept. 27. Those that have made hotel arrangements should contact their hotels. The hotels have agreed to honor the rates that were quoted for the new November dates. Visit the summit Web site for updated info.
The Gulf Coast Technology Summit and Exposition is expected to draw more than 3000 people, 80 exhibitors and will feature 40 seminars given by professionals in a variety of technology fields. Apple will present seminars on Mac OS X 10.2 (“Jaguar”) and their line of “iApps” (iMovie, iTunes, iDVD, iPhoto and iCal). Dave Brightbill, board member of the Apple Consultants Network, and Mike Kozee, development executive for Apple Computer, will conduct the two-hour seminars.