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The Vegas Convention Experience

  1. The Las Vegas Strip
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    The Las Vegas Strip

    The convention floor, where you will be spending most of your time, not pictured

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  2. Overlooking the Floor
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    Overlooking the Floor

    Composites 2012 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Not one booth babe to be found

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  3. Exhibiting 'Patients'
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    Exhibiting 'Patients'

    Mock surgery at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Conference, at the Venetian Sands Expo Center

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  4. Surgery Show
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    Surgery Show

    More mock surgery at HIMSS 2012

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  5. Health-Care Conventioneers
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    Health-Care Conventioneers

    HIMSS conventioneers visit a pop-up hospital

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  6. Vegas Volunteer
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    Vegas Volunteer

    This nurse volunteered to come to Vegas for HIMSS 2012 to demonstrate the hospital of the future. And go clubbing at night

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  7. This Is Living
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    This Is Living

    Green-screen karaoke at the Real Living convention

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  8. Booth Babes
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    Booth Babes

    The Champs convention for "tobacco-related" products isn't known for its subtlety

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  9. Conventional Scene
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    Conventional Scene

    The Western Veterinary Conference at the Mandalay Convention Center

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  10. Photographers at Large
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    Photographers at Large

    Photographer Doug Gordon (standing) suggests a pose at the Wedding & Portrait Photographers International Trade Show at the MGM Grand. "For a plus-size subject, is it good to lay her on the ground? You bet it is!"

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  11. Pro Tips
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    Pro Tips

    Photography professionals give advice on how to shoot fashion at WPPI 2012

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  12. Attending the Show
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    Attending the Show

    WPPI 2012 attracted about 15,000 attendees

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  13. Wireless, Fashionless?
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    Wireless, Fashionless?

    The Wireless Communications Expo. These bystanders are lucky this is not the fashion police

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  14. Where the Magic Happens
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    Where the Magic Happens

    The warehouse for MGM Grand Resorts Events, which throws corporate parties. And bar mitzvahs

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  15. BYO Babes
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    BYO Babes

    Bong maker Pure Glass brought a bus full of booth babes to the Champs trade show

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  16. Premier Products
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    Premier Products

    Champs, which takes place three times a year, bills itself as "the premier counterculture business-to-business expo since 1999"

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  17. Party Specs
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    Party Specs

    Event coordinator Master MC handed out funny glasses at the Real Living convention

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