Leah McCann

Leah McCann

Leah McCann is a copywriter for rAVe. Contact her at leah@ravepubs.com.

LAVNCH WEEK 3.0: The New Tech LAVNCH Day Roundup

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The final hurrah of LAVNCH WEEK 3.0 was New Tech LAVNCH Day: a day dedicated entirely to something we’re all (still) desperately missing without trade shows — new product launches. This day looked a little different from the other two LAVNCH WEEK 3.0 days (ProAV Day and End User Day), so this wrap-up story will […]

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LAVNCH WEEK 3.0: The End User Day Roundup

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While ProAV Day of LAVNCH WEEK 3.0 went exceedingly well (if you missed it, catch up here), we have to say we were equally excited about Wednesday’s End User Day. End users are a passionate and devoted audience in AV, UCC and Digital Signage, involved in verticals from higher ed to corporate to events and […]

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LAVNCH WEEK 3.0: The ProAV Day Roundup

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Within the amazing evolution of AV this past year, we’ve seen new solutions along the lines of UCC, digital signage, dvLED, projection, voice/gesture control and so much more. What will be the keys to 2021 success? Preparation, connection and agility, Rich Ventura of Sony said as he joined the LAVNCH WEEK 3.0 welcome segment to […]

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LAVNCH WEEK 3.0: ‘The Power and Value of Storytelling’ with Kevin Carroll

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About 10 years ago, I had the pleasure of being introduced (virtually) to best-selling author and creative catalyst Kevin Carroll when I was but a third-year at my alma mater. Never did I imagine I’d be so lucky as to meet him again. Luck was on my side Tuesday because the keynote speaker for LAVNCH […]

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Gary Explains Why You Should Attend LW3, Unofficially Gives Us a Tour of rAVe’s Office and ‘Star Wars’ Decor

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As I hope you’ve now heard, LAVNCH WEEK 3.0 — three full days of exceptional AV, UCC and Digital Signage-focused education slash content slash thought leadership offering AVIXA CTS RUs — is happening next week. Taking place Feb. 9-11, LAVNCH WEEK 3.0 (what we sometimes like to shorten to LW3 when character counts are tight) […]

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Sony’s Th!nk AV Is What a Successful Virtual Panel Series Looks Like

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THIS IS A PROMOTED POST  In case you haven’t heard, Sony’s new three-part Th!nk AV Thought-Leadership Symposium debuted this year at almost the perfect time. In between the sleepy holiday season but before the frenzy of spring (which officially begins March 20 in the Northern Hemisphere), the timing of Th!nk AV couldn’t have been better. […]

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Did You Miss Th!nk AV? Read Our Coverage on Part I, the Influencer Panel, Here

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THIS IS A PROMOTED POST  The first major AV, UCC and digital signage event of the year was a virtual one. But a virtual format didn’t prevent us from digging in and getting some answers on the uncertainty that lies ahead. Th!nk AV, a three-part thought-leadership event, came to us from Sony, a company who […]

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SDVoE LIVE! Debut Episodes Glistened & Gleaned, Just in Time for the Holidays

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THIS IS A PROMOTED POST  Tired of the same ol’ online content? Miss in-person trade shows and live AV education? SDVoE hears your pain. Instead of sulking over it, the association responded with an idea. No live events in 2020 be darned! (Using our PG language here…) SDVoE’s idea materialized into a fun new project […]

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Sessions We Loved from D=SIGN, Day 2

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It’s not every day that we get a brand new conference in the AV industry. Especially from industry-leading associations like AVIXA and the Digital Signage Federation (DSF). ESPECIALLY in a pandemic year. That’s why we were so excited for the debut of D=SIGN, which kicked off Tuesday on Day 1 with a flurry of fantastically […]

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Sessions We Loved from D=SIGN, Day 1

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History’s first-ever D=SIGN: The Digital Signage Conference — an exciting new event created by AVIXA and the Digital Signage Federation (DSF) — began Tuesday. The two-day conference, delivered virtually this year,* was packed with products, education and networking for those in the digital signage industry: think AV integrators, retail/hospitality/healthcare/QSR operators, media and content professionals, and […]

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And That’s a Wrap(up)! Highlights from the SYNNEX LAVNCH Days

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Reflecting on the year, it’s been a scary but eye-opening but wild but exciting but exhausting but fun ride. On the events side, I thought surely, with everything that’s happened, we’d have fewer opportunities to learn and network this year while home. I was wrong. rAVe had the pleasure of hosting all the SYNNEX LAVNCH […]

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D=SIGN Is Around the Corner. Here’s What to Expect

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It’s officially December, but the year isn’t over yet. Neither are the virtual events. Taking place Dec. 8-9, D=SIGN: The Digital Conference, powered by LAVNCH, is one to look forward to. And it starts just a week from today. D=SIGN was born from two key industry associations — AVIXA and the Digital Signage Federation — […]

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Can Hologram Technology Help Us Be More Present? Almo and ARHT Think So

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THIS IS A PROMOTED POST  The infamous 2020 is the year of social distancing. Limited travel. Working from home. Dogs barking at the mailperson. Videoconferencing fatigue. No doubt, today, there’s a certain “art” to being present. How do you stay engaged in our current climate of 2D meetings and, er, less-than virtual meetings and events? […]

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Audio Collaborative 2020 — The Blog Version, Pt. 1

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By: Steph Beckett & Leah McCann Wednesday marked the start of the seventh-annual Audio Collaborative conference put on by UK-based Futuresource Consulting. Over two days, the 2020 conference, a virtual version of the show this year, tapped a lineup of industry experts to inspire a listening audience. Who was that audience? AV, technology and IT […]

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Almo E4v Roundup Part 4: Pro Audio Matters

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Ever since UCC technology became commoditized — thanks to Zoom issuing more than 100,000 free licenses to K-12 schools, then expanding to accommodate more than 300 million daily meeting participants since early 2020 — audio-quality issues have become front and center. You can still have a remote or virtual meeting without video, but not without […]

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Almo E4v Roundup Part 3: What Next-Gen Workspaces Look Like

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On Tuesday, we brought you live coverage on day one of Almo Professional A/V’s fall E4v (gut check: here and here). Wednesday, we were back for what Almo promised would be a very exciting day two of E4v. Looking at the day’s lineup, we had to agree. E4v Oct. 28 Lineup – Live Sessions: Workplace […]

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Almo E4v Roundup Part 2: Digital Signage, Public Health and COVID-19

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Earlier this year, Almo Professional A/V pioneered something amazing on behalf of the AV and IT distributor markets: a top-rate, digital version of its award-winning regional experience, E4. Yes, as was the case with pretty much all shows this year — with the exception of the last great live event of 2020, ISE Show — […]

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Almo E4v Roundup Part 1: UCC Gets Personal

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I love an industry trade show as much as the next person. But COVID-19 had other plans for us this year. “No trade shows for you!” it said. “No fun for you!” it said. No sir/ma’am, the AV industry responded. Instead, it got creative in a collective effort to meet virtually and connect the world’s […]

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5 Technology Opportunities for AV/IT — Trends from SYNNEX Top Tech Day

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Did you catch SYNNEX’s latest LAVNCH event, Top Tech Day, this Wednesday? Yes or no, we tuned into all the live sessions to bring you this story on the technology opportunities, products and solutions of 2020, 2021 and beyond. Among Top Tech Day’s presenters, moderators and panelists included SYNNEX Vice President of Product Management Sandi […]

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How EdTech Is Changing — Perspectives from Panasonic

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Earlier this year, I learned that one of my favorite Netflix documentaries of 2020, “Cheer,” was shot in 4K on four Panasonic VariCam LT and EVA1 cinema cameras. So around the time when I got a lead regarding another story from Panasonic Visual Systems — a story about all the work the company has been […]

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Moments that Matter — a DPAA Video Everywhere Summit Recap

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A quick introduction to my DPAA introduction: I knew a bit about the association before my time in the AV industry; I started working in advertising in New York City in 2013. Seven-ish years in ad agencies later (I worked here, then here, and now here), working mostly in digital media with some print mixed […]

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Meaningful Engagement During a Pandemic — a DPAA Video Everywhere Summit Recap

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Every year, the DPAA, or Digital Place Based Advertising Association, hosts an event called the Video Everywhere Summit. The event is traditionally held in New York City, positioned as “the largest one-day omnichannel marketing event of the year.” It usually, impressively, includes big household names — last year, it was Adidas, Deloitte, IBM, HP and […]

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What’s Next for 2020-21? Learnings from SYNNEX’s Latest of the LAVNCH Days

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Thursday marked the third of the SYNNEX COLLABSolv LAVNCH Days (if you need reference material as to what those are, find some previous coverage here), and this event in particular promised to cover a topic at the forefront of all our minds: hybrid connections. What are they? What do they look like in our homes? […]

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Day Two of NSCA’s P2Pv — The Blog Version

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On Tuesday, I attended the first-ever virtual iteration of NSCA’s Pivot to Profit event — P2Pv. The National Systems Contractors Association (or NSCA, as I mentioned earlier) puts on Pivot to Profit every year, but this time around the show looked a little different. In a great way. My recap from Tuesday’s event is here, […]

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Day One of NSCA’s P2Pv — The Blog Version

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This week, I was excited to cover my first virtual event on the first official day of fall (Yes! Fall officially began Sept. 22!) on what’s finally a beautiful (not deathly hot) North Carolina day. This show was one that I’d never attended, and one that would be all-brand-new to me — designed specifically for […]

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A Recap of LAVNCH EMEA’s Collaboration Session

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What better LAVNCH EMEA session to recap on UCC Collaborative Day than the one titled “Collaboration Session?” I’m not being facetious — I was really excited to hear what this one would bring to light. And I was excited for the familiar faces in it: Jane Hammersley of Collabtech, Lieven Bertier of Barco, Nia Celestin […]

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Here Come the Millennials — a LAVNCH EMEA Recap

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Welcome to our second LAVNCH EMEA wrap-up article of the day, where I’ll be recapping for you #AVtweeps the Workforce Session of UCC Collaborative Day. Missed it live? Read my recap below, then register for the LAVNCH EMEA archives. (You must read the entire article to get the CTA, though — no cheating.) I was […]

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LAVNCH EMEA Day 2: Hybrid Working Is Bursting With Opportunity

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We at rAVe were as excited about day two of LAVNCH EMEA — UCC Collaborative Day — as any other LAVNCH event we’ve hosted thus far. It’s like Chris Mcintyre-Brown of Futuresource said yesterday on ProAV Day and reiterated this morning: UC&C (unified communications and collaboration) is intertwined into every AV discussion today. How could […]

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A Recap of LAVNCH EMEA’s ProAV Control Session

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Control is an AV topic that doesn’t “show” its glitz and glamor to the masses — but it’s usually the technology doing the hard work in the background. Control is a critical component to successful AV systems, and today’s LAVNCH EMEA Control Session made sure to tell that story. Read on for the session recap. […]

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What Gives Displays Their Visual Edge? — a Recap of LAVNCH EMEA’s Display Session

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Welcome to another recap of LAVNCH EMEA. I’m your host, Leah McCann, and if you’re here, you are probably more interested in learning about displays than hearing me blab. So I’ll get on with it. What gives displays — whether LCD, LED or projection — their visual edge? Why pick one over the other? Read […]

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Welcome to LAVNCH EMEA — Disrupt, Create and Innovate

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Us rAVe-rs woke up bright and early — some of us never went to sleep, actually — to get online today. The occasion: LAVNCH EMEA, which kicked off Wednesday in an exciting start to two full days of AV innovations and solutions launched virtually through our live, online event platform called LAVNCH. If you’ve been […]

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