InfoComm 2021: Connect, Learn and Celebrate the Industry’s Resilience

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InfoComm 2021 welcomed the ProAV industry back together Oct. 22-29 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. “InfoComm is the home for commerce, networking, and learning in the AV industry,” said David Labuskes, CTS, CAE, RCDD, CEO of AVIXA. “It was incredible to be back in person and play host for AV professionals […]

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AVIXA’s September ProAV Sales Index Shows Decrease in Sales From August

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According to AVIXA’s ongoing ProAV market research, September’s so-called “AV sales index” (AVI-S) was down from 68.2 in August to 62.6 in September. AVI-S respondents claimed a number of issues, including the pandemic, supply chain issues and a general uncertainty. However, the light in the month was a positive trend in return to live events, preparation of offices […]

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Steph Says: InfoComm Day 2 Thoughts

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Hi, everyone! This is a continuation of my short wrap-up articles about the different things I like, see and experience from the three days of InfoComm 2021. So if you couldn’t come down this year, sit back, relax and have fun reading about the things I say stick out. Socializing Continued As I said in my […]

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CEDIA Hires Amanda Beckner as Vice President of Education and Training

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CEDIA, the global trade association for the home technology industry, announced that it has hired Amanda Beckner, CTS, as vice president of education and training. Beckner has over two decades of experience in association management, learning program development, and the audiovisual industry. As vice president of learning at AVIXA, she led the digital transformation of […]

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AVIXA Announces AV Professional Awards Winners During InfoComm 2021

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During an awards ceremony at InfoComm 2021 on Thurs., Oct. 28, at the Orange County Convention Center, AVIXA announced the winners of the 2021 AV Professional Awards. The AVIXA Awards recognize outstanding AV professionals for their contributions to the industry. Members of the ProAV industry nominate individuals for the Adele De Berri Pioneers of AV, CTS Holder of the […]

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HETMA Partners With AVIXA to Create Scholarship for Supporting Growth of Underrepresented Communities

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HETMA (Higher Education Technology Managers Alliance), with the support of AVIXA (Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association), has created the Prism Scholarship to support the growth of underrepresented communities within the U.S. higher education technology workforce. The intent of the Prism Scholarship is to encourage women, LGBTQIA+, Black, Latino, Asian, Indigenous, disabled persons, and others to […]

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Sara Potecha Headlines AVIXA Women’s Council Breakfast

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Sara Potecha headlined the annual AVIXA Women’s Council Breakfast at InfoComm 2021. Potecha, a well-known author and speaker, examined how being “pressed” leads to two different roads, one where we become stressed, repressed, unimpressed and downright depressed — or one where we learn to decompress, reimagine, recover and, in time, become irrepressible. During the breakfast, […]

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Steph Says: InfoComm Day 1 Thoughts

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Hi, everyone! It’s so crazy to think about how it’s been so long since our last InfoComm. My very first one was in 2016, so you can imagine how excited I was to fly back down to Orlando for a week. Anyway, I thought it would be fun to write some short wrap-up articles about […]

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Tweeting-Up with #AVTweeps at InfoComm 2021

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On Wednesday, Oct. 27, InfoComm 2021 attendees gathered in Room W310 for the 10th annual Tweetup, an event where AV professionals who chat on social media can meet IRL (that’s internet speak for in real life). “Clearly this year’s InfoComm is very different than previous years, but we were excited to host #AVTweeps at our […]

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Almo Corporation To Celebrate 75 Years in Business With ‘75 Ways of Giving Back’ During InfoComm 2021

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In celebration of Almo Corporation’s 75 years in business, the company is focusing on 75 ways of giving back during this year’s InfoComm. As part of the year-long celebrations surrounding this achievement, Almo employees are lending their time and talent, and the company is providing product and monetary donations to 75 different organizations. The company will be in […]

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Conferences Need to Adapt to the New Normal

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Over the past couple of months, we have seen some in-person conferences begin to resume. The biggest in our industry, InfoComm, is coming up in just a few weeks. AVIXA has been very clear that unless it is told by authorities to cancel the show, the show will go on in person. Yet, there are […]

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Part 3: Simple Expectations of InfoComm 2021 — Use QR Codes

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In Part 1 of my “Simple Expectations of InfoComm 2021,” series of blogs, I explained some of the elements of how InfoComm 2021 will be like no other InfoComm we’ve had in history — for OBVIOUS reasons. In Part 2, I explained why showing only one product in your booth is critical to success at InfoComm 2021. Today’s blog is all […]

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In Latest Interview, Dave Labuskes Says He Is 99.999% Sure In-Person InfoComm Will Happen

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THE rAVe Agency’s own Megan A. Dutta, director of emerging markets at LAVNCH, virtually met with Dave Labuskes, CEO of AVIXA, to discuss the many recent cancellations of in-person events in the AV industry and the expectations around InfoComm 2021. As of Sept. 15, 2021, both NAB Show 2021 and Enterprise Connect have been canceled due to rising […]

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Part 2: Simple Expectations of InfoComm 2021 — Exhibit Only 1 Product

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In Part 1 of my “Simple Expectations of InfoComm 2021,” series of blogs, I explained some of the elements of how InfoComm 2021 will be like no other InfoComm we’ve had in history — for OBVIOUS reasons. And, my advice to exhibitors to help them maximize their ROI and reach the attendees well was simple […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1056: How’s the AV Market Doing? We Asked the Experts

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Gary was joined on today’s Rants and rAVes podcast by AVIXA’s economic analyst, Peter Hansen, and its senior director of market intelligence, Sean Wargo. If you’re wondering when COVID will end, this is NOT the episode to watch. But, if you care about how the chip shortage will affect your business, when the AV economy will turn […]

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The World of Events: AV Gets Complicated

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From my experience, AV installations are permanent. The rooms, digital signage, multipurpose rooms and auditoriums that line my portfolio of installations have that in common: They are set up and left for use for many years. At most, there is one specialist that will interface with the controls to make sure the audio and video […]

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Part 1: A Simple Expectation of InfoComm 2021

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We’re fewer than 100 days from InfoComm 2021 week — the first InfoComm since 2019 and the first time two InfoComm shows will be in the same town two times in a row in over 20 years. I don’t think we need to review how and why we came to where we are with this […]

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THE rAVe Agency Welcomes Bruce MacIntosh as Brand Alliance Director

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THE rAVe Agency is pleased to announce Bruce MacIntosh as brand alliance director. MacIntosh will align manufacturer and designer interests, champion data partnerships and lead business development for THE rAVe Agency’s joint venture with XTEN-AV: the only AI-powered AV design platform. THE rAVe Agency and XTEN-AV recently announced a joint venture to provide additional resources — […]

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Integrated Systems Europe 2021: Digital Conference Recap

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Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) came to us both in-person and digitally this year. ISE 2021 took place in-person at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona on June 1 and 2. You can find a short intro to ISE 2021’s schedule here. In addition to the in-person event, the show was streamed live online via a […]

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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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Congreso AVIXA 2021 Connects AV and Ed Industries

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AVIXA hosted the second edition of the virtual Congreso AVIXA on April 27-30. The conference brought together AV and education professionals in Latin America, Spain and Portugal to learn more about technological solutions for new teaching and learning models. Congreso AVIXA hosted 43 sessions presented in Spanish and Portuguese and featured 54 speakers from 14 […]

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AVIXA Intros ‘AV Industry Pledge for an Equitable Future’ Initiative

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AVIXA is introducing the “AV Industry Pledge for an Equitable Future,” a pledge that any individual or company can sign in order to advance inclusive behavior across their company and the industry. AVIXA is calling on the entire audiovisual industry to champion further equity and full representation across every aspect of the AV world, because the […]

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AVIXA Debuts New Website; Focuses More on Training AV Pros

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AVIXA has upgraded its digital presence in an effort, the organization said, “to better connect the AV community with the best professional resources, including AV skills training, thought leadership, market intelligence and standards.” “As the association for the ProAV industry, AVIXA is the hub for bringing all facets of the industry together. This includes learning […]

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AVIXA to Present Power Hour Webinar Series on Digital Signage, Learning Technology

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AVIXA will present Power Hour webinar tracks for digital signage and learning technology, which will run from February through May 2021. “AVIXA’s different Power Hour tracks explore the latest trends in thriving AV solution areas and markets,” said Pam Taggart, vice president of content creation, AVIXA. “During the sessions, technology managers, systems integrators, manufacturers and […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 1036: Luke Jordan Failed the AVIXA CTS Exam — Now He Runs Its Certification Steering Committee

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If you failed the AVIXA CTS test the first time you took it, you’re not alone. In fact, the guy who now heads the AVIXA CTS Certification Steering Committee, Luke Jordan, did too. It’s almost predictable, as Luke, vice president and co-steward at Electro Acoustics explains in this candid interview with rAVe’s Gary Kayye, if you plan to pass your CTS […]

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RISE Spotlight: Live Events Experiences, Reinvented

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Oh, how much we all miss live events. No matter how much you miss live events, you can’t possibly miss them as much as the people whose entire livelihood is based on live events. The latest thought-leading RISE series by ISE, turned its “Spotlight” on live event experiences and the “reinvention” that will mark their […]

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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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The Awards Gary Kayye Dreams of Hosting Are Open: The AVIXA Experience Awards!

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The Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association has announced the return of the AV Experience Awards program to recognize the innovative integration of content, space and audiovisual technology to enrich experiences. Entry to submit award applications is officially open. “Last year, AVIXA created the AV Experience Awards to recognize result-driven projects, answering the question: how did […]

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