Our first big event with our full team!
Being BajaBoard's first time at the Grand Prix, you can imagine our team was very excited. Weeks went into preparing for the day from getting new merchandise, to building boards, making roll boxes, organising everyone's roles for the few days, and our biggest one, chatting to Craig Scarborough about the on-stage seminar we ran.
With everything set to go, we rolled into Albert Park, Melbourne's home of the Australian F1, on Wednesday. We spent the majority of the day pulling last minute things together, assembling our ride area, and chatting to the other exhibitors. The excitement was building! Thursday, the first day open to the public kicked off with a bang. Streams of school kids came through the Industry & Innovation Precinct where we were set up. They were keen to see what the whole precinct had to offer. RMIT were showing off drones, kids checked out the 3D printing, VR was all the rage, and of course, everyone had the chance to see our boards in action. With ride demos four times a day, we drew a bit of a crowd, some cheers, and a a nice slice of media attention.
Riding was definitely the most fun we had. That, and having Craig Scarborough, the F1 Technical Analyst, on stage Friday talking about Formula 1 cars BajaBoard. Craig gave a very concise overview of the BajaBoard, likening it to car racing:
"The suspension here with the double wishbones is exactly the same as probably every car racing around the track this weekend. This is proper technology... pretty impressive performance for something that is so small."
Craig even had a ride of our board! After saying "I don't think I'm quite brave enough to go on this" we managed to get him on and he certainly had a lot of fun - at least we think so.
After the schools days on Thursday and Friday it was the general public. People hung around around the demo area, getting snap shots of the board in its glory; burn out mode, taking on steep inclines, and testing out the suspension to the limit. This was overshadowed only but the massive F18 that flew past at 3pm on Saturday and Sunday. Wow did that make a lot of noise. Once the plane was gone, it was back to the riding.
But it wasn't all about riding. Attendees had the opportunity to test out the controller for themselves, see some or our videos, and get up close and personal with the board. The BajaBoard team was on hand to chat about any questions people had, and all the kids walked away with BajaBoard stickers!
Our team became a little starstruck when Chase Carey, CEO of F1, cruised past our stand on and gave us a wave. Luckily, we had the chance to check out some of the Grand Prix itself. We even rubbed shoulders with some of the racing celebrities whilst hanging around the outskirts of the paddock. All in all, it was such a fun experience, and it looks like we might be doing more of this! You'll have to keep an eye on our social media channels and emails for any exciting announcements.
Once again we'd like to thank all our sponsors, supporters, and partners, whom without we wouldn't have been able to exhibit at the Grand Prix; AusIndustry, MtM, Carlton Connect, the Melbourne Accelerator Program, ZQRacing, GitHub, and Zanity.