I really meant to post before I showed up in Chicago for the International Housewares Show, I really did. But only just now getting to writing as I leave Chicago and head to Austin Texas for the SXSW Interactive Conference.
The International Home & Housewares Show was fantastic, as it always is: It’s not open to the public, but it’s a massive exhibition of all-things home— from pots and pans, to blenders and mixers, to flatware and cutting boards, to garbage cans and closet bins. It’s impossible to see it all in one day (I only had 1 full day and two half days, and still didn’t make it to every corner!), but was so inspired by what’s new and exciting… and made quite a shopping list for myself in the process.
In addition to walking the floor, I’ve been a consultant for the show for the last two years, conceiving of, and then putting together a Smart Pavilion which showcases some of the coolest connected appliances. I was thrilled to have friends back like Plott (who won an innovation award at the show, congrats!), and SproutsIO, whose impressive lady-CEO Jennifer I had the chance to interview on the Smart Talks stage.
Other stand-outs in the space were the beautifully-designed Noon Lighting, which I’m anxious to test/try, as well as Ember, the connected thermos and mug that keep your drink temperature controlled (AKA your coffee— or in my case, tea— never gets cold… genius). Speaking of tea, I met new friends like Chime, which is like the Keurig of Chai tea (in a sea of coffee makers at the show, I was happy to see a handful of great tea products!). I gave a fun presentation in the theater called, “Do I Even Need To Be In Here?: A Human’s Role in the Connected Kitchen,” which had a record number of slides (60! I get carried away with the visuals).
So, now I’m off to Austin, where I’ll be speaking on a panel about The Kitchen of the Future with (Iron Chef!) Cat Cora, Jane Francisco (Editor in Chief of Good Housekeeping and fellow Canadian!) and a special guest from Miele (makers of innovative cooking technology). Should be a fun talk.
Then, I’m heading home— and I can’t wait to snuggle my people!
If you’re at SXSW, say hi!