As you may have noticed, I am a big fan of souvenirs, trinkets, and tchotchkes. And I know I'm not alone. Whenever I go to a conference, at least half of my fellow attendees join me in the pursuit for as much free stuff as possible.
Of course, it doesn't matter that I already have enough logoed pens and pads to write the entire contents of Wikipedia, twice over. Or that I have enough tee-shirts to wear a new one every day for the rest of my life (and that's assuming I live to be a hundred and fifty). No, this epic quest for swag is about something different. Something grander... and perhaps, even primal.
While swag and raffles may be free, you do have to give up something in return: a business card. This de-facto convention currency is a must-have if you want any serious loot. And there-in presents the problem. Not everyone has business cards.
Fortunately, I've got a solution to this problem. Well... actually, my employer does, but I'm pretty sure that I provided some of the inspiration for the idea.
That's right, meta-swag! Inedo has been giving these out for a little while now, and I've heard some pretty good feedback at the conferences I've attended. Well, except from the vendors who ended up with fishbowls full of them.
They're perfect for scoring swag at conferences, entering random fishbowl drawings, and even scoring some pity points from the opposite sex. If you'd like your own Just-In-Time Business Cards, you can get them for free: http://inedo.com/jit-bizcards.