You all know I was excited about the Tech and Travel Roadshow and getting to attend the Dallas Auto Show. Well, it was an amazing two days and I had fun. I drove a Camero. See? Fun.
Tech and Travel Roadshow Event
If you’re a blogger and you love technology and travel, you need to make it out to one of these events hosted by Techcilicious and Traveling Mom. Besides for a brief presentation and getting to meet-up with local bloggers in your niche, it’s a great opportunity to connect with companies in your niche in an intimate setting. I really enjoyed the luncheon and getting to talk to some of the event sponsors.
It would be really hard for me to pick a favorite of all the sponsors. Everyone was just so friendly and open to talking and I learned some really cool things and came home with some fun prizes!
Chevy Ok, It’s hard to go wrong with a car company for the main event sponsor!! They not only sponsored the event and paid their ambassadors, but they arranged a plant tour at one of their most impressive plants, showed up with vehicles from their 2015 line for us to drive to and from the event, then take out for drives afterwards. Their reps also had lunch with us and we got to talk about some of the new technologies in the 2015 line of vehicles. I love that Chevy gets social media and I’m thrilled to have been a Chevy Ambassador this week!
Sheraton Fort Worth – Our location sponsor was AMAZING! I drove to Fort Worth Monday evening since the tour of the GM plant in Arlington was bright and early Tuesday morning. I got to stay at the newly renovated Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel & Spa. Amazing place! The multi-million dollar property wide transformation has paid off. The staff treated us like royalty and everywhere you turned the hotel was just beautiful. I’m already looking forward to going back and taking my husband!
CEA – I’m a total geek so I loved that Consumer Electronics Association brought in some of the after market auto accessories from companies they work with. I really want to pick up some of the accessories that add Bluetooth capabilities to an older vehicle so I can quit taking CD’s with me!!
HEXBUG – We’ve been HEXBUG fans for a while now. My kids have owned several of the little robotic bugs and a fish! What I didn’t know is that they also make large ones that you have to build, can program, and drive with a remote! And, they have the whole VEX Robotics line for school robotics programs and they’re a partner with BEST. Crazy awesome. I loved that they brought several models to show us and sent each attendee home with a VEX Ant. My 8 year old spent a few hours building his and hasn’t stopped playing with it since. Because of the 64 modes you can configure it’ll be a long time before he tires of it! I also loved finding out that they are a local company!
Visit Fort Worth – The folks from FortWorth.com were there to talk about the cool things families can do in their city. I grew up in Waco and now live 3 hours north east of Ft. Worth and I’d only been there to go ot the zoo and to visit friends. So, while I was there I made it a point to visit the Stockyards for the first time, see the daily Fort Worth Herd Cattle Drive, ride the Molly trolly and eat at some local restaurants.
Tour the GM Plant in Arlington, TX
I really don’t know what I was expecting from a tour of an automotive plant, but it sure isn’t what I got! I think the GM Arlington Plant tour has to be one of my favorite field trips. Ever. I was so impressed by the presentation: Women in Manufacturing. I also loved the tour itself. It’s cool to see the mix of man (and women!) and machine working together to create something as big and powerful as an automobile. I was shocked by how clean and upbeat the plant was and how the people working there seemed to love their jobs and they were happy to see us. The plant is hoping to be open for public tours by the end of summer, so be sure to check their site for updates!!
Dallas Auto Show
Ok, I’ve been to the auto show before, but going on media day is a whole new experience! There are no crowds. The only people there are serious car fans/journalists with cameras, voice recorders and lots of questions. Each brand had a short press conference where new models were revealed, exciting news released and media questions could be asked an answered. It was fun to meet some of my contacts in person and to have a chance to look at and photograph cars without the crowds. I can’t wait to do it again next year!
I was compensated by SheBuysCars to attend this event, share about it on social media, and write this post. All opinions are my own and I really did have a BLAST! Thanks, Chevy, for sponsoring!