Barco Sponsors Bi-Coastal Tech Talk with a PUNCH!

AV Smackdown is a new YouTube web series featuring two industry experts discussing and debating the most relevant Pro AV topics of the day.

Launching July 11, 2018, AV Smackdown is a new YouTube web series featuring two industry experts discussing and debating the most relevant Pro AV topics of the day. Marketed as “Bi-Coastal Tech Talk with a Punch,” the series is anchored by Chris Neto and Mark Coxon. Each episode includes an industry thought leader who selects the topic for the episode and acts as guest moderator. The initial episodes were filmed at InfoComm 2018 in Las Vegas, NV.

AV Smackdown facilitates meaningful discussions on the challenges that currently exist in the Pro AV space, while also encouraging viewer interaction and engagement in an effort to move the industry forward. Neto and Coxon embrace a broad view of workplace collaboration in a way that makes sense for an enterprise’s corporate culture, and they value robust but simple and secure ways to provide solutions. Both have worked in the field as tech managers and integrators, and bring that experience to the table. An overarching theme for each episode is making sense of current ecosystems and arriving at a correct product mix to create the right experience for the end user, whether it’s for a theme park, a huddle space, or something in between.

Ultimately, all Pro AV ecosystems are about creating a reliable collaboration network of solutions that play well together. To that end, there are often different approaches to the same challenge. The best end-user experiences are often a delicate balance of technology, budget, and expertise of the players.

Industry leader Barco is sponsoring the project to provide a forum for these continued ecosystem discussions within the ProAV industry.

“We love the idea of Smackdown as it’s a continuation of the conversations we see and engage in every day,” said Kurt Deyoung, Vice President of Marketing of the Americas. “Barco’s sponsorship of the program is a great way to continue to push these conversations forward and to get some new and exciting viewpoints.”

Each episode frames a central issue for discussion where viewers can exchange ideas via social media or at avsmackdown1@gmail.com.