Best Quick Fire Vendor
Winner: Scale Computing
The high-energy quick fire sessions are a unique aspect of MES, which put a line-up of sponsors on the main stage to present their pitches to the full audience. Each sponsor has 3 minutes on the countdown clock to entertain and make a lasting impression, or go down in flames. Vendors wear costumes, sing songs, play instruments, act out scenes and do all sorts of other forms of entertainment to draw the audience members to their booth in the solutions pavilion. This year, Scale Computing covered the song "Imagine" by the Beatles and added "no V-tax" (what they call the extra fees their competitors charge) to the lyrics. The company's CTO, Jason Collier, played the song live from his tablet piano app and really engaged the audience. Scale Computing also won this award at the 2012 MES West conference.