What’s Up With LAVNCH: January Events

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THE rAVe Agency has been busy planning and preparing tons of new LAVNCH & LEARNs and events. These events are educational and informative to help out both the new and experienced AV pros in our industry. From educational sessions on the newest tech to encouraging series on getting hired, we’ve got something for everyone. Let’s […]

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Learn the Latest Digital Signage Content Trends in the Next DS LAVNCHandLEARN

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Something we know in the AV industry is that content has and always will be king when it comes to digital signage. Whether it’s showing critical information like COVID-19 policies or designs that “wow” customers, there’s no doubt that content is the key to digital signage success. In this upcoming DS LAVNCHandLEARN, we’ll discuss this […]

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Girl Boss Into the New Year With a LAVNCH & LEARN On Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

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We’ve all faced times where we feel underqualified and incapable of a task or job presented to us, and that certainly doesn’t stop when we get to the workplace. If you find yourself thinking, “I’m not technical enough for this,” we have a news flash for you: you are! In the upcoming Girl Boss LAVNCH […]

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What’s the Current State of the Digital Signage Industry? Find Out!

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The digital signage industry is constantly evolving; from products to content to services, the industry is constantly on the move and adapting to the next big thing. So, what’s trending now and what will be trending in the next 18 months? Join rAVe’s Megan A. Dutta as she explores this topic with Laura Davis-Taylor, Paul […]

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XTEN-AV Takes a Glimpse Into the Future During Dec. 14 LAVNCH & LEARN

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On Tuesday, Dec. 14, XTEN-AV will host a LAVNCH & LEARN event with rAVe’s own Gary Kayye. Joined by XTEN-AV co-founders Vib Singh and Sahil Dhingra, the trio will discuss XTEN-AV’s current features as well as what’s coming up next for the company. “We’re very excited to be a part of the LAVNCH & LEARN […]

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Don’t Miss It: Join Us for a Girl Boss LAVNCH & LEARN About Effective Workplace Communication

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Communication styles can vary wildly from person to person and from gender to gender, which is why workplace communication has always been such a hot topic. In the upcoming Girl Boss LAVNCH & LEARN, “I’m Not Sorry: Effective Communication in the Workplace,” a panel of experts will review topics like how to stop saying you’re sorry […]

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What’s Up With LAVNCH: November Events

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THE rAVe Agency has been busy planning and preparing tons of new LAVNCH & LEARNs and events. These events are educational and informative to help out both the new and experienced AV pros in our industry. From educational sessions on the newest tech to encouraging series on getting hired, we’ve got something for everyone. Let’s […]

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Voting for the 10th Annual rAVe Readers’ Choice Awards Is Open!

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Voting for the 2021 rAVe Readers’ Choice Awards is now closed as of Nov. 3, 2021 at 5 p.m. EDT. Winners will be announced Nov. 4 during rePLAY 2021. We’ve counted up the nominations for our annual rAVe Readers’ Choice Awards, and here are your finalists! But your work here is not done, readers — […]

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What’s Up With LAVNCH: October Events

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THE rAVe Agency has been busy planning and preparing tons of new LAVNCH & LEARNs and events. These events are educational and informative to help out both the new and experienced AV pros in our industry. From educational sessions on the newest tech to encouraging series on getting hired, we’ve got something for everyone. Let’s […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1064: We’re Doing an Event With Mediasite; Join Us!

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On Thursday, Oct. 21, we’ll be hosting a LAVNCH & LEARN with Mediasite — the industry’s leading lecture capture technology. We want you to join; Mediasite — created by Sonic Foundry — is way, way more than lecture capture. In fact, it provides AV integrators with a turnkey video platform for hosting and archiving your client’s entire meeting archive — […]

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LAVNCH WEEK 4.0: The ProAV Day Roundup

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Thursday’s LAVNCH WEEK 4.0 experience, ProAV Day, included an impressive set of presenters and products — even following an amazing day one, UCC Day, and day two, Digital Signage Day. Our talented host, rAVe Managing Editor Steph Beckett, introduced the day. What were you most excited to see on Thursday? 11 a.m. EDT: Here’s How […]

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LAVNCH WEEK 4.0: Digital Signage Day Recap

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Happy LAVNCH WEEK 4.0, AV pros and fans! This is my first time writing (and experiencing) a LAVNCH WEEK, and it’s been exciting, informative and FUN! In Leah’s words, LAVNCH WEEK events are “part digital-event experience, part virtual product-launch stage and part networking hub,” where we take a deep dive into the now and next […]

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LAVNCH WEEK 4.0: The UCC Day Roundup

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I’ve written live coverage for a lot of AV industry events over the years. But when last year rolled around, rAVe’s new concept, LAVNCH, reinvigorated my excitement to document live happenings in the industry. In fact, rAVe Managing Editor Steph Beckett reminded me in her LAVNCH WEEK 4.0 preview article that the agency developed the […]

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LAVNCH WEEK 4.0 Is Upon Us. Here’s How to Join.

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It feels like I blinked and all of a sudden: The U.S. is slowly opening back up as more people become vaccinated. I am getting poorer and poorer as I buy tickets to all the concerts that are coming to town this fall. LAVNCH WEEK 4.0 starts tomorrow! Did you know that we developed LAVNCH […]

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LAVNCH & LEARN: ViewSonic — Collaborative Education and Workplace Solutions

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On March 31, THE rAVe Agency Founder and Director Gary Kayye was joined by ViewSonic’s Ryan Strayer, Dan Sharpe and Chris Graefe for another installment of our LAVNCH & LEARN sessions. The session — titled “Collaborative Education and Workplace Solutions” — aimed to discuss ViewSonic’s exciting new products designed to foster collaboration in workplace and […]

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

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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 […]

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Almo Spring E4v: The Way We Work

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On Tuesday, we brought you live coverage on day one of Almo Professional A/V’s spring 2021 E4v. Wednesday, we were back for what Almo promised would be a very exciting day two. Spring 2021 E4v Lineup (March 10): The Reimagined Workplace: The Role of Existing and Emerging Technology (Pete “TEC MAN” Coman, PTS — People […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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

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“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 […]

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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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What Happens When Gary Kayye Interviews Industry Pros During LAVNCH? GARY: Unscripted

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If you joined us for LAVNCH WEEK 3.0, you likely noticed that we had a new segment dubbed “GARY: Unscripted.” The concept is pretty much explained by the name: Gary Kayye hosted a series of rapid-fire, 10-minute sessions, where he would interview industry professionals with no script — a completely off-the-cuff conversation. Kayye interviewed a […]

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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: ‘Back to the Workplace’ with Michael Goldman and Dr. S. Ann Earon

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By Leah McCann and Steph Beckett LAVNCH WEEK 3.0 End User Day kicked off with a bang as we welcomed industry veterans Dr. S. Ann Earon (president at Telemanagement Resources International; founding chairperson of IMCCA) and Michael Goldman (principal at Communications Design Associates; board member of IMCCA) for the day’s keynote. The two tag-teamed a […]

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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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Announcing: LAVNCH WEEK 4.0

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What do new products, leading ProAV, Digital Signage and UCC manufacturers, industry experts and #avIRL (more on this in a minute) all have in common? They’re all part of LAVNCH WEEK 4.0. LAVNCH WEEK 4.0 is scheduled to take place May 25-27, 2021. LAVNCH WEEK 4.0 will feature three themed days — ProAV Day, Digital […]

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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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Audio Collaborative 2020 — The Blog Version, Pt. 2

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By: Leah McCann & Steph Beckett Audio Collaborative 2020 kicked off Wednesday with some excellent insights into the audio sector of the AV industry. (In case you missed it, our day one recap is here.) Thursday, we were excited for more. Day two of the show would bring forth topics from esports and the music […]

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