Many new faces among BGSU Technology Fair exhibitors

More than one-third of the 55 exhibitors at the University’s Northwest Ohio Technology Fair will be new to the sixth annual event, set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 10).

BGSU will welcome 21 new exhibitors to the free, public fair in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. High school students from several northwest Ohio counties will also be on hand for the 11 a.m. announcement of winners of the third annual high school Web design contest.

Among the new exhibitors will be Sony Electronics Inc. and Fujitsu Computer Systems, which will display tablet PCs and other mobile computing technologies. Coming the farthest distance will be Columbus, Ind.-based Matrix Integration LLC, which deals in voice and data integration and Hewlett Packard products.

Classroom technology will be well represented via exhibitors such as Schoolhouse Electronics, maker of presentation display products for education; Fox River Audio Visual; Qwizdom Inc., and Turning Technologies LLC. The latter two companies manufacture interactive student response systems, which Turning Technologies will demonstrate during a 1 p.m. “breakaway session” in 201 Union. The first 25 people arriving in the room will receive a touch pad with which to participate in the interactive session.

Also presenting breakaway sessions in 201 Union will be FedEx Kinko’s, at 10 a.m.; Logical Choice Technologies, at noon, and Crestron Electronics Inc., at 2 p.m. Logical Choice and Crestron are in the classroom technology business as well.

WBGU-PBS will project all three breakaway sessions into the ballroom, where campus radio station WBGU-FM will broadcast live during the fair.

High school Web design winners will be chosen from six entries in the high school Web page category, three in the high school organization category and 30 entrants who submitted personal Web pages.

The high school with the best Web page will receive a $500 cash award, and the top high school organization will win a Sony digital camera. First prize for the best personal Web page will be a Canon photo printer, while the runner-up will receive a Logitech Web camera and the third-place finisher, a SanDisk flash drive—a key chain-size data storage unit that plugs into a computer.

Flash drives, as well as an Apple iPod, will also be among the prizes awarded to winners of drawings at the fair.

“The Technology Fair is an event where you can see something new every year,” said Kim Fleshman, coordinator of the fair and program coordinator in BGSU’s Student Technology Center. “It keeps you aware of today’s, and tomorrow’s, technology.”

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November 7, 2005