It's what you've all been waiting for! Engadget Expand is the place this week. We're taking over the Javits Center in Manhattan on November 7th and 8th. We're pretty damn excited for what's on tap this year, and we think you should be too. But, in case you need convincing read on for 10 reasons to get pumped.
We all love tech for different reasons -- its design, its utility, its ability to make the gear from Back To The Future a conceivable reality. Regardless, rest assured that we've got you covered with speakers like Benjamin Heckendorn of The Ben Heck Show, James Dietrich of Aldebaran Robotics and four-time Olympic medalist Angela Ruggiero.
You can get intimate with some circuitry
Get your minds out of the gutter, people. We're talking about our interactive workshops that let you build your own gadgets with your bare hands. DODOcase is even letting you build your very own VR headset!
Leading names in technology will be on the Expand show floor and ready to demo what they're working on. You can even get your hands on smartphones like Huawei's Ascend and the elusive OnePlus One. Head over to our microsite to meet all of our sponsors.
All the Free Things
We have it on good authority that some of our sponsors will be giving away pretty cool swag. Be sure to follow us on Twitter at @EngadgetEvents so you can be first in line for #ExpandNY contests and giveaways. (Warning: This in no way guarantees that you will actually be first in line.)
We've got some killer contenders this year -- everything from drones to a weird little pod that will nag you about your bad posture. Our Judge's Choice winner will be walking away with $10,000. But, more importantly, you get choose who takes home our $15,000 Reader's Choice award. Now is probably a good time to read up on the semi-finalists.
Just one of many unique events on our schedule is a robo dance party. A squad of Nao robots shaking their, er, hinges. We're also hearing from robotics and animatronics expert Mark Setrakian on building mechanical creations for the silver screen.
Meet your favorite Engadget editors!
Say hello to the writers and reviewers you've come to know, love and occasionally disagree with. Our editorial staff will be roaming the show floor and thrilled to talk tech with Expand attendees.
Find out if you could hack it on Mars
We're sitting down with the CEO of Mars One, Bas Lansdorp. Onstage, he'll tell us what it would take to put a settlement on the red planet, and divulge his ambitious goals to get humans there in the next 11 years.
We're asking the tough questions
Whatever happened to Dippin' Dots? What are the do's and don'ts of wearable tech? What the heck is Project Ara? We'll answer all of these questions and more -- all you have to do is show up. And if you're not going to be in New York this weekend, don't worry. We're live streaming from our stage at Engadget.com. (Where else?)
Best of all... it's completely free!
We know you've been spending all of your money on the gadgets we cover, so come enjoy a weekend of tech reverie on us. RSVP now so you don't get caught in a registration line at the door!
[Photo: Mark Lennihan/AP Photo (Skyline), Aldebaran (NAO robot)]