Hope Roth

Hope Roth

Hope Roth is a Crestron Certified Programmer with experience in the residential, commercial, and higher education verticals. She works as a programmer for Riordan Brothers Integration in Boston, MA. She hosts the AV-Programming-focused podcast, The Floating Point and writes for the rAVe Blog Squad. In the five minutes of free time that she makes for herself every week, she likes to sew, run, and go standup paddle boarding.

Part 2: A Fictional Integrator, a Cyberattack and Next Steps


When we last saw our intrepid integrator, they were working through some hard choices. Their company had fallen victim to a ransomware attack. They were locked out of all of their files, and the attackers were threatening to put all of their sensitive information on the internet if they didn’t pay a hefty ransom. What […]

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A (Fictional) Integrator’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day


Unless you’ve been shortlisted for a Nobel prize or you’re waiting on the birth of a baby, early morning phone calls are never a good thing. When Joe (the owner of the company that I just made up in my head) got a call from Kate (his equally made-up service manager) at 6:30 a.m., he […]

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Everything You Wanted to Know About the Chip Shortage (But Were Too Embarrassed to Ask)


It’s a scenario currently playing out at AV integrators all over the world. After a difficult year of pandemic-induced budget cuts, a client accepts a proposal for an install or upgrade. Paperwork gets signed. Purchase orders get cut. Product orders go out. And then … the waiting game begins. Phone calls are made. The waiting […]

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The Floating Point — Episode 14: The Future of Programming


InfoComm 2018 is in the rearview mirror, and it’s time to podcast again! Jimmy Vaughan (@jrsyjmy), UC Technical Product Manager at Crestron Electronics, joins host Hope Roth (@beerandpie) to talk about Unified Communication, the future of programming, and why you need to know what a VLAN is. But first! How professional wrestling can prepare you for […]

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New #AVChallenge: Programmers, Get Your CTS-D


I just finished up teaching CTS prep for Avixa during the three-day classes before the InfoComm show. Not only was this a fun and a rewarding experience… I also came away with a new challenge. Several of my fellow instructors encouraged me to step up my certification game and get both my CTS-D and my […]

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The Floating Point — Episode 13: The #AVWonderTwins Crossover Edition


It’s a very special crossover edition! rAVe’s own Christa Bender (@AVChrista) joins host Hope Roth (@beerandpie) to talk some Super Bowl Smack (stay tuned for the details of our big bet!), New Year’s podcasting resolutions, and why Hope wants to bring more women onto this show. We also announce the AV Book Club (@AVbookclub). We […]

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The Magic of AV


“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” — Arthur C. Clarke “It’s not real, it’s just magic!” — My four-year-old daughter, captivated by the AV at Harry Potter World (Universal Studios) After InfoComm this year, I snuck away with my family for a mini-vacation. From the projector “sprinkling” us with fairy dust as we […]

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The Floating Point — Episode 12: Marketable Research


It’s been a minute… but we’re back! Julia Baillie (@julia_baillie), president of CommuniQuest Consulting joins host Hope Roth (@beerandpie) to talk about market research, the user experience, and the importance of telling a story. Julia is a bona fide people person, and she’s been talking to everyone in our industry. Julia and Hope discuss her […]

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AV Parents


Just before Mother’s Day, I wrote a long, passionate post on my personal Facebook feed about how this article stirred up a lot of thoughts and feelings. Facebook friends from all walks of life chimed in to say that they, too, struggle with work/life balance and societal expectations. Being a working parent is hard, especially […]

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Analog Backups


Monday morning, I woke up to the dulcet tones of my smart lock locking itself… over and over (and over!) again. We cleaned the touch screen, we replaced the batteries, we gave it a stern talking to… eventually my husband pulled the radio out and it settled down. My lock is basically working, for now. […]

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The Floating Point — Episode 11: Huddling Together


It’s April in New England, which means that it’s been oscillating between snow and 80 degree weather. Floating Point host Hope Roth (@beerandpie) put on a light jacket, braved her hotel WiFi, and then joined Harman’s Paul Zielie (@paulzielie) to talk about large-scale systems (spoiler alert: even huddle rooms can be large-scale if you look […]

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Smurfette Syndrome


At a recent industry event I attended, the facilitator (an outside consultant) expressed some mild surprise that I was the only woman in the room. Me? I hadn’t really noticed. At this point, I’m pretty much used to it. I don’t mind getting a bathroom to myself, but it can still be hard to be […]

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Family Movie Night


I know it’s a pretty odd thing for someone in our industry to say, but I don’t watch that much TV. On any given weeknight, you’re more likely to find me listening to an audiobook or podcast and making something in my craft room than you are to find me scrolling through our TiVo. TV […]

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The Floating Point — Episode 10: [Insert Binary Joke Here]


It’s our 10th (or is it second?) episode of the Floating Point! Host Hope Roth (@beerandpie) is joined by Patrick Murray (@controlhauspat) to talk standards, certifications, and to panic slightly about the future. It’s a wild, wild west out there… but we’d like to see some better standards for programmers. How do you go about […]

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Hidden Figures


Last week, I saw the movie Hidden Figures, the story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. These trailblazing women were human “computers” at NASA (they did the math before there were electronic computers), and they all made significant contributions not just to the space race, but to advance women and people of […]

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The Floating Point — Episode 9: Episode 9? More like 9000


It’s the 9th episode of the Floating Point, and host Hope Roth (@beerandpie) is joined by Hal Dalzell (@MatthewArthur14), a programmer from the Frozen North, aka Canada, aka America’s Hat.  Hal is an honest to goodness engineer, got his start at the Canadian Broadcasting Company (Hope whiffed on her chance to make a Trailer Park […]

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