I was fortunate to be able to attend the Long Beach Foil Grand Prix a month ago. While I was there, I also had the opportunity to have a brief conversation with our National Events Coordinator, Christine Simmons. With Summer Nationals coming up quickly, and it being the closest thing to a gathering of the faithful that we have in US fencing, I had a suggestion for her and I am wondering now if any of those of you that frequent F.Net have an opinion on it (generally, IMO, opinions abound here.) I’ve spent an awful lot of time and effort creating, improving, and maintaining the software and hardware comprising VSM. (FYI, there are north of 1100 that have shipped thus far, whether that’s a lot or just a few is up to you to decide.) There have been several dozen successive versions of VSM (of both Standard and Tournament Version) over the last 8 years. There are now cheap/generic physical remote controllers, the (much better) VSM “Custom” Remote, the Android and iOS remote control apps. There are physical Repeater Lights and modules, the network-connected Repeater Display application, the NetManager application for monitoring and managing an entire tournament-floor of VSM strips. There’s the VSM-Fencing Time (Cyrano) data interchange protocol, the VSM-Atlas Video Ref interface protocol, and (shortly) there will be the Android VSM Video Replay app. It’s starting to get complicated. I get the impression that a lot of the more advanced features and capabilities are under-utilized as a result. And that I could do a better job of providing technical advice and education. So I suggested to Ms. Simmons, that if US Fencing wanted to arrange a time/location for a seminar/talk/forum/Q&A session during Nationals (likely in an evening/after-hour time slot) that I could make myself available (free.) Initially, Ms. Simmons seemed somewhat reticent to support the concept. However, after considering it as part of a larger “Fencing Technology” discussion that included VSM, Fencing Time, and Video replay systems, she appeared to warm to the idea. And we left it at that. So now it’s a month later, and Nations are closer, and I guess the bottom line is: would you (aka: the membership) want to attend something like this? I tend to think that if there’s enough demand, it could happen. But if the response is just “meh,” then probably not. So. Any opinions? J. S. Hart VSM guy.