WEFTEC Mobile App Game Winners Explore Exhibit Floor

Signs advertising the "Build a Facility" game were placed throughout the WEFTEC 2013 exhibtion floor. Photo courtesy of Oscar Einzig photography.

Signs advertising the "Build a Facility" game were placed throughout the WEFTEC 2013 exhibtion floor. Photo courtesy of Oscar Einzig photography.

Anyone who took advantage of learning opportunities offered on the exhibition floor during WEFTEC® 2013 also had an opportunity to explore the floor with a purpose as well as the chance to win one of six iPads.

Participants in the Build a Facility game, found in the WEFTEC 2013 mobile app, visited each booth of six participating companies by following the game map. After visiting the booths — Severn Trent Services (Ft. Washington, Pa.), Komline-Sanderson (Peapack, N.J.), MaxWest Environmental Systems (Sanford, Fla.), Pentair (Minneapolis), InfoSense Inc. (Charlotte, N.C), and Badger Meter (Milwaukee) — game participants entered a game code provided by each exhibitor and were entered into a drawing to win an iPad.

The game could be played on any device that could access the WEFTEC 2013 mobile app. Photos courtesy of Oscar Einzig photography.

The game could be played on any device that could access the WEFTEC 2013 mobile app. Photos courtesy of Oscar Einzig photography.

“I thought it was a great idea and it helped start conversations that might not have happened,” said Jim Poff, game winner from Clayton County Water Authority (Morrow, Ga.). The game helped Poff, who’s been attending WEFTEC for 15 years, learn about what participating exhibitors were offering. “[The] exhibit hall is filled with numerous, endless educational opportunities,” Poff said.

The game also proved useful for new attendee and game winner Kelli Buscher with the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources. With 971 companies exhibiting across 27,628 m2 (297,400 ft2), there was a lot to see on the exhibit floor. “The game made the Exhibitors Hall less intimidating and encouraged me to spend time looking around at many of the exhibits, beyond just the vendors involved,” Buscher said.

Buscher walked away with not only an iPad from participating in the game, but a wealth of information offered on the floor. “I gathered a great deal of informational material that I brought back to share with colleagues,” she said.

Game winner Ben Davis, from Renda Environmental (Fort Worth, Texas), learned about some technologies by participating. “It was very easy and a good way to see what was on the exhibit floor,” he said.

The other winners were Jaime Alba from CDM Smith (Cambridge, Mass.), George Abbott from Alliant Techsystems Inc. (Arlington, Va.), and Kshitiz Uprety from Hampton Roads Sanitary District (Virginia Beach, Va.).

Game winners included Jaime Alba from CDM Smith (Cambridge, Mass.). Photo courtesy of Alba.

Game winners included Jaime Alba from CDM Smith (Cambridge, Mass.). Photo courtesy of Alba.

Game winners included Kelli Buscher from the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Photo courtesy of Buscher.

Game winners included Kelli Buscher from the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Photo courtesy of Buscher.

Game winners included Ben Davis, from Renda Environmental (Fort Worth, Texas). Photo courtesy of Davis.

Game winners included Ben Davis, from Renda Environmental (Fort Worth, Texas). Photo courtesy of Davis.

Game winners included Jim Poff from Clayton County Water Authority (Morrow, Ga.). Photo courtesy of Poff.

Game winners included Jim Poff from Clayton County Water Authority (Morrow, Ga.). Photo courtesy of Poff.

Jennifer Fulcher, WEF Highlights

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