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CEDIA Expo Announces Updated Smart Stage and Innovation Hub Programming Schedule
Two Days of Powerful Show Floor Programming from the Smart Stage 

Alpharetta, GA (September 1, 2021) —CEDIA Expo 2021, the platform where residential technology integration, designers and construction professionals connect, learn, and engage announces the updated programming schedule for the Smart Stage.  The stage will host all Thought Leadership sessions as well as CEDIA and CE Pro Awards programs and Innovation Hub Case Study programs.  See the updated schedule below:

Day 1 – September 1, 2021

9:30AM – 10:30AM
Home Office Design Post COVID19 Sponsored by IMCCA

Now that just about everyone has adopted a Hybrid Working model for knowledge workers, how should the employees’ home offices be set up?  What are the considerations for space, environment, and technology?  This session will explore the things to consider when setting up an optimized home office for the future.  It’s the difference between a jumble of components and an enterprise-grade, well-designed system.

10:30AM – 11:00AM
CEDIA Talks: Grow Your Business 10X with an Abundance Mindset

Rich Green will get you juiced with optimism and a compelling vision for a new way to grow your business far beyond expectations. Reinventing your business with an abundance mindset will attract new talent, energize your staff and open doors to customers you never knew existed. Explore how your business will change with an abundance mindset!

11:00AM – 11:30AM
CE Pro Best Product Awards

11:30AM – 12:00PM
OutWit your Smart Home – The Intelligence of The Modern Design Team Sponsored by Guard Dog

Discuss the critical nature of collaboration for the luxury home and the approach to simplify the complexity of full home integrated technologies to meet the client’s needs with exceptional results. He’ll walk you through your home and deliver stories on your devices starting with your ring doorbell, fridge, lighting, shades, printer and faxes, computer, wireless closets, webcams, Alexa’s, baby monitors, fitness bikes, golf and ski simulators, home theatres, wearable technology, drones, robotics, and more.

12:00PM – 12:30PM
Open Source in Home & Building Automation Sponsored by Konnected

Open-source technology supports the foundations of most of the products and services we use every day, with over 78% of businesses using at least some open-source software. We’ll examine a few case studies where open-source technology has made complex automation and security projects fast, scalable, and profitable, and how you can leverage the same on your custom integration projects.

1:00PM – 1:30PM
CEDIA Talks: Understanding Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi 6E Nathan Holmes

2:00PM – 3:00PM
The World of Hybrid Collaboration Post-Pandemic Sponsored by IMCCA

The communications / collaboration space was an area of exponential growth during the worst pandemic in a century. The current state of collaboration for the workplace, school, and doctor’s office has been permanently changed. In this session, led by the IMCCA, experts from this industry will discuss these changes at a high level and point out significant shifts in technology and culture – some of which are not that obvious. How will our homes, offices, schools, and healthcare facilities change to meet these new needs? What have we learned from our experiences?

3:00PM – 4:00PM
The Outdoor Score: Continuing momentum in outdoor technology advancements Sponsored by Spatial

Take the lead on exterior integration projects by staying on top of the newest design, video, security, audio and networking innovations. Experts offer insight on installation imperatives such as video entertainment, landscape lighting, outdoor shades/privacy/insect screens, increased need for outdoor connectivity with networking and control equipment, and smart furnishings and structures.

TechStarter Awards
CE Pro Home of the Year Awards

4:30PM – 5:00PM
CEDIA Awards

5:00PM Reception

Day 2 – September 2, 2021

9:30AM – 10:30AM
Bright Business: The Spectrum of Key Lighting Topics and Challenges Sponsored by Lutron

Do you have a plan to grow your lighting offering? In this session, industry experts will share what you need to know about selling human-centric lighting, next-level features and fixtures and the most effective way to train your staff to have in-house expertise.

10:30AM – 11:30AM
The Performance Home. Where technology meets design™ with Technology Designer

For architects and designers, technology impacts design decisions across the entirety of the modern performance home. From wellness to living in place, from acoustics to clean air, to lighting, window treatments and indoor/outdoor living, our panel will discuss the collaboration process. Homeowners are asking for these technologies and only proper infrastructure and planning will assure success.

11:30AM – 12:00pm
Outdoor Lighting Puts Integrators In Position to Profit Sponsored by Garden Light

As the use of outdoor living spaces continues to grow, homeowners are spending more and more on making these areas beautiful and functional. National Sales Director for Garden Light LED Bruce Kenison will discuss how AV integrators have a real opportunity to offer a more complete service to their customers by incorporating outdoor lighting.

12:00PM – 1:00PM
Keynote Speaker: Poppy Crum Recording

1:00PM – 1:30PM
You are Connected! But are you Secure? ReThink Cyber Security Sponsored by Guard Dog

Dan Pascua, Project Manager at Guard Dog will explore the issues today in the ‘edge territory’ or the invisible space between networks. Home electronics are by far the largest attack surface that is now a field day for Cyber Criminals. 

1:30 – 2:00PM
Cyber Security Protection, another Income Stream in Home Network Protection by Guard Dog

In this session Glenn Merlin Johnson, Business Development Advisor at Guard Dog will discuss the easy selling and lucrative protection opportunity in today’s number one world topic, Cyber Crime. Technology in the home environment is supposed to simplify, make life easier for the occupants but it has also become the open portal for personal and corporate cybercrime.

2:00PM – 3:00PM
Hot Ticket: Selling Immersive Home Theaters/Private Cinemas

Private cinema/dedicated theaters are back strong, along with multipurpose room home theaters. Learn how to position your business as a go-to resource for both projector and TV-based viewing and hear from the experts about the latest media servers, components, and peripherals ranging from acoustic treatments to seating to interfaces. 

3:00PM – 4:00PM
The Home Studio – When It’s More Than Just Video Conferencing Sponsored by IMCCA
Being on a videoconference from home is adequate for most, but some have realized that these technologies can also be used to create complex webcasts and presentations from home.  This session will explore the nuances and considerations needed to be an at-home content creator – including a discussion with some that are already doing this well.  

4:00PM – 5:00PM
Marketing to Designers: Effectively Connecting with the “other” side of the project

Hear from integrators who have developed successful strategic partnerships to expand their business by co-locating or collaborating with design experience centers and showrooms with designers. Get tactical tips to be part of whole home design solutions aligning with design and build. The session will be attended by design attendees as part of a tour who will take part in a lively Q&A followed by a networking event. Attend this session for marketing insight and connections!

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