Dscoop Edge Rockies, which ended March 9 with a raucous, flannel-themed celebration party for its 800 attendees, is receiving extremely high praise from participants. The 3-day event was an energizing, important reminder of the Dscoop community’s spirit of idea-sharing, growth and fun.
Held at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center near Denver, Dscoop Edge Rockies represented a welcome return to in-person events for the digital print industry. It had been 1,075 days since Dscoop’s last in-person event in the Americas, but “it took us about three seconds to be reminded of why this community is so special — to feel the energy and togetherness of Dscoop is a one-of-a-kind experience,” said Kelvin Gage, CEO of MRM Australia and the event’s emcee.
Dscoop Edge Rockies’ 800 attendees — 30% of which were first-timers — included professionals from 21 countries and more than 300 print service providers.
“The power of this community gives me chills,” said Rick Bellamy, formerly CEO at RPI and now managing partner of Inflecton. He was one of many Dscoop members who shared specific tactics with colleagues during the event’s 36 education sessions. Throughout the event, panelists and speakers from the digital print community shared their experiences, strategies and challenges. The idea-sharing spilled into hallway conversations and continued in the Solutions Showcase, where more than 60 partners displayed innovative products and software they have been developing with customers and HP.
“We needed this,” said Paul Hudson, president of Hudson Printing. “The Edge conference is always an energy transfusion. It couldn’t have come at a better time.”
Said David Rosendahl, president and co-founder of MindFire: “There are lots of hurdles facing the print industry right now: supply chain, inflation, staffing, and the list goes on. But what’s clear is that there’s opportunity everywhere. But it requires new thinking, and that’s what gathering as a community is able to provide.”
“The best way for people to get together after such a long while is in a collaborative forum,” said Cesare Zavalloni, head of global marketing at HP. “There was clearly an appetite to gather and work together. Many attendees reflected on past events and mentioned that they were able to pick up where they left off on discussions with colleagues and friends.”
“This was amazing. It’s a great start — a launching pad for events and activities that the Dscoop community will be delivering in 2022 and beyond,” said Peter van Teeseling, executive director of Dscoop.