Resellers at Melbourne's Edutech trade show next week should be set for more school-based sales than previous years, following the co-location of the show with Victoria's conference for IT educators.
When it opens on Monday, Edutech will - for the first time - run alongside the three-day Victorian Information Technology Teachers Association's (VITTA) annual conference, a boon to about 100 exhibitors.
Held at Flemington Racecourse, the show is Melbourne's largest exhibition for IT vendors targetting the education vertical. Between 3000 to 5000 attendees are expected.
They will include IT teachers, school network managers, librarians and corporate trainers, according to organisers dmg world media.
"We would expect more [attendees] as conference delegates are auto-registered for Edutech," dmg marketing manager, Loretta Wylde, said.
"Mainly people from secondary schools will attend, but we've also sent invitations to the universities.
"There are other smaller shows around but not with the size and industry participation we have," she said.
"The co-location provides the perfect forum for ICT leaders in schools to view the latest developments in hardware and software available to the education community," VITTA president, Stella Cugley, said.
Big name vendors exhibiting include Apple, HP and Microsoft.
Products on show include DeepFreeze by Aussie Telecom, a program that allows student changes to a PC such as disk reformatting and registry editing, but reverts the PC to the sysadmin's desired settings after the next reboot.
A range of administrative and computer-based training software will also be exhibited.
The Melbourne-only exhibition is in its 13th year.
Wylde said dmg would later evaluate whether to take the show interstate.