InfoComm 2018’s Center Stage Speaker Lineup Is Published

InfoComm 2018 will bring back Center Stage to the trade show floor, June 6-8 in Las Vegas. The Center Stage sessions will explore how to increase audience engagement through personalized and immersive experiences by way of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), wearable technology, human-centered user interfaces and more.

Leading thinkers and practitioners from the fields of entertainment, enterprise, education, and hospitality, such as Huge, Bravo Media, PixMob, FreemanXP, The Salk Institute, Local Projects, Patten Studio and Marriott International, will take the stage (booth N1646) to present free, 20-minute sessions throughout all three days of the InfoComm show.

“We’re excited to have Center Stage return after a successful debut at InfoComm 2017,” said Jason McGraw, CTS, CAE, senior vice president of expositions, AVIXA. “It’s a great opportunity to learn from these bright creatives who employ technology to push the human potential to learn, connect, and entertain.”

In the Center Stage session Personalization of Digital Signage Content, David Title, chief engagement officer of Bravo Media and Manolo Almagro, managing partner of Q Division, will bring their expertise of advertising media psychology to discuss the complicated art of translating analytics information into a genuinely fun experience. They’ll discuss what displays and sensors are needed to achieve that personal experience and how to show technology buyers they’re getting their ROI.

The session The Psychology of User Interface Design led by Sundar Raman, director of creative engineering, Local Projects, and James Patten, director of Patten Studio, will explore how technologies like voice, motion, heat and RFID sensors, can be used to analyze human actions and emotions and turn the human into a user interface.

The Center Stage session lineup also includes:

  • AR for Immersive Live Experiences
    Cortney Harding, Founder of Friends with Holograms
  • Why Our Voice Assistants Need Ethics
    Sophie Kleber, Executive Director of Product and Innovation, Huge
  • Wearable Technology for Connecting Audiences
    Vincent Leclerc, Partner and Chief Technology Officer, PixMob
    Christopher Cowley, Senior Director of Technology, C2 International
  • Experience Capture Technology for Improving Event Design
    Haluk Kulin, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Data, FreemanXP
    Sergei Gepshtein, Director of the Collaboratory for Adaptive Sensory Technologies at the Salk Institute
  • Incorporating VR into the Online Classroom
    Julian McCrea, CEO of Portal Experiences
  • Using Videoconferencing to Connect Learning Communities
    Amar Bakshi, Founder and Creative Director, Shared_Studios
    Lewis Lee, Curator, Shared_Studios
  • How Buildings of the Future Will Change in Response to Human Occupants
    Neil Redding, Director of Emerging Technology, ThoughtWorks
    Güvenç Özel, Principal, Ozel Office
  • Combining Live Music with Both Physical and Virtual New Media
    Yo-Yo Lin, Media Artist and Art Director, The Family
    Steve Dabal, Co-Founder and Creative Director, The Family
  • Creating Empathy with Immersive Audio in VR and Video Games
    Joanna Fang, Foley Artist, Alchemy Post Sound
    David Grinbaum, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Chapter Four
  • How Hospitality Brands Use VR and Interactive Video to Engage Guests
    David Kepron, Vice President of Global Design Strategies, Distinctive Premium Brands, Marriott International
    Bill Lally, President of Mode:Green
  • Innovators in Online Video Content Creation Reveal the Secrets to Compulsively Watchable Content
    Alesia Hendley, Multimedia Journalist and AV Operator, Berry Center, Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District
    Will Curran, Founder and Owner of Endless Events
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“By putting innovators in conversation, Center Stage shows how AV is leveraged across disciplines to create something really exciting,” said Rachel Bradshaw, director of exhibition content, AVIXA. “Center Stage is a beacon of inspiration in the middle of the show floor.”

For more information on Center Stage, go here.

InfoComm 2018 will be held June 2-8 (exhibits June 6-8) at the Las Vegas Convention Center. To register to attend, go here.

Gary Kayye

About Gary Kayye

Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe Publications, is one of the most prominent personalities in the audiovisual industry. He has been a contributor to WIRED magazine and a technical advisor and columnist for Sound & Communications magazine as well as an opinionated columnist for rAVe [Publications] since 2003. In addition to his writing and market analysis, Gary has been a product, marketing and business operations consultant to dozens of AV companies in the U.S. and overseas. Clients have included companies such as Sony, Sharp, Epson, Lutron, InFocus, Sanyo, Mitsubishi, NEC and Philips.   Gary, who has been involved with the audiovisual market for over 20 years, was the recipient of the InfoComm 2003 Educator of the Year Award and the 2007 NSCA Instructor of the Year Award. Over the years, he has donated much of his time as an active volunteer in the AV industry’s trade association and served as chairman of InfoComm’s Professional Education & Training Committee (PETC), chairman of the ICIA Design School Committee and chairman of InfoComm’s Installation School Committee. In addition, he has served on the InfoComm board of governors. He also helped grow the InfoComm Projection Shoot-Out as the premiere AV industry trade show special event serving on the committee from 1991 through 1997, and was instrumental in launching the Shoot-Out in the European market at the Photokina Expo in 1994 and 1996 as well as the Asian market at the 1995 and 1997 INFOCOMM Asia shows.   Prior to founding his own company, Gary was vice president of sales and marketing for AMX Corporation (, a manufacturer specializing in professional AV and residential AV control systems. Prior to AMX, Gary spent nine years at Extron Electronics (, rising to the position of vice president of sales and marketing. Gary earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1987 from the University of North Carolina and is currently Adjunct Faculty at UNC in the School of Journalism teaching a class on how future technologies will affect the future of advertising, PR and marketing.   He is also the founder of Swim for Smiles, a non-profit that raises money for the N.C. Children’s Hospital through swimming and other fitness-related events for kids. You can contact him at