Leah McCann

Leah McCann

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

Almo Spring E4v: Digital Signage, Distance Learning and Decorating with Tech

Almo-E4v-day-three-scaled.jpeg

On Tuesday and Wednesday, we brought you live coverage of the Almo Pro A/V spring 2021 E4v virtual show experience (day one here; day two here). This time around, we were excited about some new additions and features, like a networking widget in the rAVe LAVNCH VTS platform that allowed attendees to connect together in […]

Read more

Almo Spring E4v: How to UC & See Into the Future

Almo-E4v-Day-One-Feature.png

Last year, AV/IT distributor Almo Professional A/V pulled together a top-rate virtual experience for resellers and tech managers. E4v is a digital version of Almo’s in-person E4: a regional, industry-education-focused show that typically features Almo vendors and their offerings. This week’s event, the spring E4v (“v” for “virtual”), marked Almo’s third full E4v Evolution, the […]

Read more

If You Haven’t Watched SDVoE LIVE! Yet, You’re Missing Out — Episodes 6 and 7 Recaps Here

sdvoe-zeevee-install.png

THIS IS A PROMOTED POST  Episodes 6 and 7 of SDVoE LIVE! packed as much punch as both the debut episodes and mid-season ones. These next two episodes got a little more specific, bringing in additional industry experts and case studies to help better our understanding of SDVoE and AV-over-IP in the context of the […]

Read more

Day 2 of NSCA’s 2021 BLCv — The Blog Version

BLC-emcees-Steph-Beckett-and-Chuck-Wilson.png

On Feb. 24 and 25, rAVe attended NSCA’s 2021 BLCv, or Business & Leadership Conference (virtual), the 23rd iteration of the legacy event offering industry education and purposeful discussion. The audience and purpose of the National Systems Contractors Association’s event, as opposed to other NSCA events like the annual Pivot to Profit (P2P) conference, was […]

Read more

Day 1 of NSCA’s 2021 BLCv — The Blog Version

NSCA-Day-One.jpeg

“Stepping up when it counts.” That was the tagline for NSCA’s 2021 Business & Leadership Conference (BLC or, this year, BLCv: the “v” for “virtual”). This was the 23rd iteration of the legacy event offering industry education and purposeful discussion. NSCA’s BLC attracts hundreds of executives annually to learn from other leaders, discover new ways […]

Read more

LAVNCH WEEK 3.0: The New Tech LAVNCH Day Roundup

NTLD-feature-image-countdown.jpg

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 […]

Read more

LAVNCH WEEK 3.0: The End User Day Roundup

End-User-Day-of-LAVNCH-WEEK.jpeg

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 […]

Read more

LAVNCH WEEK 3.0: The ProAV Day Roundup

ProAV-Day-Recap-rAVe-LAVNCH.jpeg

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 […]

Read more

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

Kevin-Carroll-keynote-rAVe-LAVNCH-scaled.jpeg

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 […]

Read more

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

Gary-loves-Star-Wars.png

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) […]

Read more

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

ThinkAV-1-768x402-1-1.jpg

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. […]

Read more

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

ThinkAV-1-768x402-1.jpg

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 […]

Read more

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

859ae4b7-bdbc-429b-81fb-5c1f60a73c49.jpg

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 […]

Read more

Sessions We Loved from D=SIGN, Day 2

DSIGN-day-2-feature-image.jpeg

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 […]

Read more

Sessions We Loved from D=SIGN, Day 1

Eouh0_HUUAIQ0JN.jpeg

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 […]

Read more

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

EoPwiBKW4AQC000-scaled.jpeg

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 […]

Read more

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

unnamed-9.png

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 — […]

Read more

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

Screen-Shot-2020-11-18-at-3.43.46-PM.png

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? […]

Read more

Audio Collaborative 2020 — The Blog Version, Pt. 1

keynote.png

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 […]

Read more

Almo E4v Roundup Part 4: Pro Audio Matters

e4v-feature_audio.png

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 […]

Read more

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

e4v-feature_next-gen.png

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. Looking at the day’s lineup, we had to agree. E4v Oct. 28 Lineup – Live Sessions: Workplace Design in […]

Read more

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

e4v_feature-image.png

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 — […]

Read more

Almo E4v Roundup Part 1: UCC Gets Personal

e4v-feature-image-2.png

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 way, the AV, UCC and digital signage industries responded. Instead, we got creative in a collective effort to meet virtually […]

Read more

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

EkyCasPXYAMyGfl.jpeg

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 […]

Read more

How EdTech Is Changing — Perspectives from Panasonic

safe_image.jpg

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 […]

Read more

Moments that Matter — a DPAA Video Everywhere Summit Recap

dooh.png

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 […]

Read more

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

EkN8fcHXYAEuQ8d.jpeg

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 […]

Read more

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

feature.png

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? […]

Read more

Day Two of NSCA’s P2Pv — The Blog Version

Screen-Shot-2020-09-23-at-11.08.58-AM.png

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, […]

Read more

Day One of NSCA’s P2Pv — The Blog Version

Screen-Shot-2020-09-22-at-5.01.02-PM.png

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 […]

Read more

A Recap of LAVNCH EMEA’s Collaboration Session

pasted-image-0-11.png

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 had in store. And I was excited for the familiar faces in it: Jane Hammersley of Collabtech, Lieven Bertier of Barco, Nia Celestin of DTEN, […]

Read more