Rants and rAVes — Episode 990: The Dave Labuskes Post-InfoComm 2020 Connected Interview

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AVIXA CEO Dave Labuskes joined Gary on his podcast today for a special video interview, not just about InfoComm 2020 Connected but also about the future of our industry. It’s a candid look at how far we’ve come over the last 90 days and where we’re headed — what are the opportunities for us, as […]

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Digital Signage Day of LAVNCH WEEK 2.0: ‘Gotchas,’ Watch-outs and Getting Safely Through the Doors

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Digital Signage Day was our fifth and final day of LAVNCH WEEK 2.0. With support from our partners Samsung, NEC Display and Epson — and a great partnership with DSE and the DSF — the content from these supporters and our session educators was fantastic today. Read on for the story. Keynote: Digital Signage Gets […]

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EdTech Day of LAVNCH WEEK 2.0: Hybrid, HyFlex and Where EdTech Is Headed

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LAVNCH WEEK 2.0 is moving right along, everybody. Today was EdTech Day — possible thanks to all the support from Intel, Nureva, NEC Display and our partner for the day: HETMA (Higher Education Technology Managers Alliance). Read on for our recap of the day. Keynote: Reimagining the Classroom It’s hard to reimagine what the classroom […]

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ProAV Day of LAVNCH WEEK 2.0: CX, Crystal Balls and a Hot Debate on AV-over-IP

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ProAV is at a crossroads today. And it’s not just because so many of us are working from home and don’t know what the commercial/business space will look like in three months, even with well-researched predictions. Big innovations in ProAV were happening long before COVID-19, but the pandemic has expedited — expedited like the first […]

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UCC Day of LAVNCH WEEK 2.0: Revolution, ‘Next Normals’ and Marriage

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Wow, what a way to kick off LAVNCH WEEK 2.0 — UCC Day today included three fantastic education sessions and amazing partner content from AVer, Nureva and Bluescape throughout the day. There wasn’t a minute I didn’t feel like I was learning, growing, soaking in something new related to the UCC space of AV. So […]

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Sessions We Loved From InfoComm 2020 Connected

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By: Steph Beckett & Leah McCann The first-ever virtual InfoComm 2020 Connected was held Tuesday-Thursday of this week, and it was packed with products, education and networking. This was a historic event — the first-ever online version of InfoComm — so we wanted to make sure we were there for it and provided our coverage/insights. […]

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A Conversation With Charmaine Torruella Ahead of LAVNCH WEEK 2.0

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Charmaine Torruella is the moderator for our upcoming panel on UCC (Unified Communications & Collaboration) Day of LAVNCH WEEK 2.0, a day of LAVNCH WEEK that we’re all really excited about, and not just because so many of us are working from home and constantly using Zoom/Teams/WebEx/BlueJeans/Google Meet (though video fatigue is now a thing) […]

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LAVNCH WEEK 2.0 Is Coming. Here’s How to Get In On It.

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I can’t believe it’s already the middle of June. More specifically, I can’t believe it’s already June 18, because that means LAVNCH WEEK 2.0 is only FOUR days away. You didn’t know there was a LAVNCH WEEK 2.0? Where ya been? This week, we’ve been previewing some of the great presenter content planned for LAVNCH […]

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How to Navigate Your Way Through InfoComm 2020 Connected — Which Starts Today

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The schedule for InfoComm 2020 Connected, which starts today, is exciting and full. InfoComm 2020 Connected is this year’s virtual version of InfoComm — with products, education and networking, organizer AVIXA says; it’s being held the same week that InfoComm would have been held (June 16-18) in person this year. Here’s the breakdown of InfoComm […]

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Salary for a Full-time AV Tech Is Now $64,959 in the US

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The new 2020 Macroeconomics Trends Analysis (META): Pro AV Channel Employment Report, produced by AVIXA, looks at the global workforce in the ProAV industry, beginning with the impact of the macroeconomy and diving into job categories, salaries, education, skills and other factors. The Pro AV Channel Employment Report survey respondents reported substantial raises for 2019, […]

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AVIXA Announces Winners of the AV Experience Awards

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AVIXA, the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, has announced the winners of the AV Experience Awards. This awards program recognizes the innovative integration of content, space and audiovisual technology to enrich experiences. InfoComm 2020 Connected will host a virtual panel discussion on June 16, at 10 a.m. EDT, featuring winners of the AV Experience Awards […]

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The Status of ProAV, As Told By AVIXA’s “COVID-19 Impacts to ProAV Businesses” Webinar

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Last week, AVIXA (the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association) held an important and data-driven webinar based on consolidated findings from the past 12 weeks of its Impact Survey — a weekly assessment of proAV industry trends, attitudes and perceptions in light of the pandemic. The “COVID-19 Impacts to Pro AV Businesses Webinar,” available to AVIXA […]

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Haven’t Registered for InfoComm Connected 2020 Yet? Here’s the Info

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AVIXA has announced registration is open for its virtual show InfoComm 2020 Connected, taking place June 16-18. The show will gather thought leaders from multiple ProAV disciplines — and it will host conversations on the opportunities and challenges facing the industry. Here are a few sneak peeks of what the sessions will include: Kay Sargent, […]

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AVIXA Details Industry’s First Rack Design Standard

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AVIXA has announced its standard, Rack Design for Audiovisual (AV) Systems (F502.02:2020), which outlines the requirements for audiovisual rack planning, design, accommodation and equipment layout. This standard joins the Rack Building for Audiovisual Systems standard to provide formalized guidelines for efficient design, build and integration of racks in AV systems. This new standard covers the […]

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My Pathway to Dual AVIXA Certification (CTS-D, CTS-I)

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By Rakesh Kumar Mangal, CTS-D, CTS-I, EAVA I am writing this article to collectively respond to various questions and queries I receive on LinkedIn and various other platforms related to AVIXA CTS Certifications. Before starting any further, you should create a login on the AVIXA website if you have not done so already. How did I […]

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AVIXA Announces Award Winners; To Be Recognized at InfoComm 2020 Connected

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AVIXA has announced the 2020 recipients of its annual awards. Honorees will be recognized via virtual ceremony during InfoComm 2020 Connected on Wednesday, June 17, at 5 p.m. EDT. According to AVIXA, its awards recognize “outstanding AV professionals for their contributions to the industry.” Members of the industry nominate individuals for multiple categories. These are […]

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What Will Jon Sidwick Do Next? We Think We Know!

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After 23 years at Maverick AV Solutions (a TechData company headquartered in the UK), Jon Sidwick, managing director, has announced he will leave the company in May. Maverick transformed from a local projection supplier to a pan-European solution provider in the professional AV, smart signage and smart collaboration markets. Sidwick is passing the baton to […]

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AVIXA Announces AV Experience Awards Finalists

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[center][/center] AVIXA, the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, announced the AV Experience Awards finalists. This awards program recognizes the innovative integration of content, space, and audiovisual technology to enrich experiences. “We are extremely impressed by the diverse range of AV projects that were submitted from across the globe. From Brazil to Qatar, we saw projects […]

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Dave Labuskes on “#AVgood” and the AV Industry in 2020 — Blog Version of the LAVNCH WEEK ProAV Keynote

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Today in history marks the first-ever day of LAVNCH WEEK, the industry’s first virtual launch event — proudly created and successfully launched by rAVe in partnership with Zoom. Kicking off the day with the very first session of the week was AVIXA CEO David Labuskes. Who better to kick off LAVNCH WEEK than Dave Labuskes? […]

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AVIXA Cancels InfoComm 2020 in Las Vegas

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AVIXA sent out an announcement this morning announcing that InfoComm 2020, originally planned to be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center June 13-19, 2020, has been canceled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Show organizers said it had remained optimistic that the show could go on, and was monitoring recommendations from the WHO […]

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A Letter to the AV Industry from AVIXA About InfoComm and COVID-19

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AVIXA CEO Dave Labuskes sent the following letter out to the AV industry today. My thoughts are below his letter. A Letter to the AV Industry I , as many of you, continue to watch the news on a moment-by-moment basis. As we are making decisions that affect our travel, business and family, I want […]

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AVIXA Will Present the State of the AV Industry at ISE 2020

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At Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2020, Feb. 11-14, 2020 at the RAI Amsterdam, AVIXA, the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, will present the latest market research and thought leadership for the ProAV industry. Sean Wargo, senior director of market intelligence for AVIXA, will deliver new EMEA data and insights from AVIXA’s Industry Outlook and Trends […]

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Joé Lloyd Hired as New Senior Director of Communications at AVIXA

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AVIXA just announced Joé Lloyd as the association’s senior director of communications. Lloyd will lead AVIXA’s public relations and internal communications; she will also support brand positioning, market intelligence and content development. Lloyd joins AVIXA from NanoLumens where she was the vice president of global marketing and business development since 2015. In that role, she […]

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AVIXA Announces New Awards to Honor Emerging Talent and Event Design

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AVIXA has announced two new categories to its annual awards program: The Emerging Talent Award and Event Design Professional of the Year Award. The award winners will be recognized during a ceremony at InfoComm 2020 in Las Vegas on June 17, 2020. “The annual AVIXA Awards program honors pro-AV professionals making significant impacts in all […]

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Smarter Systems Adds Another CTS Member to Team

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Smarter Systems has added another AVIXA Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) to the team. This certification means five team members have earned the distinct accolade in 2019. President and CEO Ned Coleman says, “Smarter Systems is dedicated to quality for our clients, and adding CTS credentialed team members is just one way to show we are […]

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AVIXA Announces New Categories to Annual Awards Program

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AVIXA announced two new categories to its annual awards program: The Emerging Talent Award and Event Design Professional of the Year Award. The award winners will be recognized during a ceremony at InfoComm 2020 in Las Vegas on June 17, 2020. “The annual AVIXA Awards program honors ProAV professionals making significant impacts in all corners […]

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AVIXA Announces 2020 Board of Directors and Leadership Search Committee

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AVIXA has announced the election results for the 2020 AVIXA Board of Directors and Leadership Search Committee. Samantha (Sam) Phenix, AV tech executive, has been elected secretary-treasurer of the board by AVIXA membership. AVIXA members also elected to the board Alexis Bryant La Broi, CTS, director of sales, mid-Atlantic and New England for VER, and […]

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