I occasionally joke about trick-or-treating at trade shows, wandering around with a schwag bag in hopes of getting nifty eval boards and such...
I just checked the dates of this year's ARM TechCon. The main day is actually Halloween!
The expo floor map is not too inspiring. All the industry trade shows have been shrinking the past few years, and this one is far smaller than, e.g., the 2007 edition, which, if memory serves, overflowed the main exhibit hall.
Oh, well: my favorite chip vendors will have booths there, albeit small ones. And, if it's sparsely attended and thus quiet, there might be opportunities for business networking. I know at least one of those chip vendors sometimes needs demo boards designed, and that's the sort of thing I can (as demonstrated yesterday) shoehorn into little bits of time.
Maybe I should dress up as a respectable consultant? Or should I stick to my "Engineering Department of One!" uniform, i.e., Hawaiian shirt, cargo shorts, and five-fingerses? Or quick-like throw together something high-tech-Halloweenish?