Rants & rAVes — Episode 1055: For CEDIA, the Education Must Go On!

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Even if there were no in-person CEDIA Expo (Sept. 1-3, 2021), the education and certification department at CEDIA (the association) would still be delivering education. Show or no show, thanks to CEDIA’s Samantha Ventura, CI education and training is alive and well in the residential AV market with CEDIA hosting classes for live attendees, live virtual attendees and prerecorded on-demand sessions. […]

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The No-BS Video Interview with CEDIA Expo’s Jason McGraw — And, a Kind (and Perfect) Message to Exhibitors and Attendees

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There’s probably no one fielding more complaints, confusing calls or questions in the market today than Emerald’s CEDIA Expo VP Jason McGraw. Is CEDIA happening? Can we get a refund if we pull out? Are masks required? Do I need to bring proof of vaccination if I attend? Will anyone show up? Why isn’t Emerald canceling CEDIA? […]

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Who’s In, Who’s Out: CEDIA Expo 2021

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As we acknowledge the ever-changing impact COVID-19 and its variants have on our industry, our editorial team seeks to keep an updated list of what companies and audiovisual groups we can expect to see at CEDIA Expo 2021. Rather these manufacturers and exhibitors are in-person, hybrid or virtual, we plan to keep this article updated […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1049: CEDIA Expo Is One Month Away, and Here’s Why You Should Be Excited to Go in Person

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Gary spoke with CEDIA Expo’s Jason McGraw to get all the details on the upcoming show — Sept. 1-3 2021 — in Indianapolis. This will be the largest tech show since February 2020 and includes an all-new category of products: Resimercial AV tech for the home. This is a huge growth opportunity for both residential […]

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CEDIA to Kick Off 2021 Expo With Education Conference

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CEDIA Expo kicks off the CEDIA Education Conference on Aug. 31, 2021, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. The residential technology event plans to bring over 10,000 people together with over 300 exhibitors at one of the first 2021 in-person events supporting the technology sector. CEDIA will expand on its education initiatives at the […]

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CEDIA Expo Announces ‘Launchpad’ for Residential Tech Brands to Share Innovations

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CEDIA Expo has announced the newly branded “Launchpad,” – where the newest residential technology brands share their innovations. Formerly, Innovation Alley, The Launchpad is designed to highlight brands that have been in business for fewer than three years and have never exhibited at CEDIA Expo. In addition, CEDIA Propel brands will also be participating in […]

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ISE 2021: Wendy Griffiths of CEDIA Details Importance of In-Person Events for Gordon Dutch

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London-based AV consultant Gordon Dutch and Wendy Griffiths, the VP of engagement and global development and from CEDIA, met up to discuss the returning normality of live events and the need for in-person professional gatherings. View it below: CEDIA Expo is gearing up in Indianapolis as well as the CEDIA Tech Summit in London. Wendy […]

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CEDIA Expo 2021 Opens Live Show Registration

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The first live trade show for 2021, CEDIA Expo 2021, has opened registration! CEDIA Expo begins Aug. 31, 2021, with pre-show conference sessions and show floor programming running Sept. 1-3, 2021, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. CEDIA Expo is expected to attract over 10,000 home integration professionals and 300 exhibitors, including Crestron, Elan, Harman, […]

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The ISE Barcelona Numbers Are In — Smiles All Around!

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ISE Live & Online (June 1 and 2) closed its doors at the Fira de Barcelona after a successful two-day physical exhibition, with face-to-face attendees perusing about 55 booths, in-person keynotes and roundtables as well as a concurrent ISE Digital program. You can find rAVe’s coverage of ISE 2021 in Barcelona here. “This event is […]

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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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CEDIA Partners With the Powerhouse Alliance for Training Program Expansion

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The PowerHouse Alliance and CEDIA have partnered to expand the availability of CEDIA’s in-person training programs. As one of the first CEDIA Education Partners in the industry, the PowerHouse Alliance 11 distributor members are committed to hosting in-person CEDIA Training courses at over 55 locations across the U.S. beginning in Q4 of 2021. “Dealers want […]

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Jason McGraw to Run CEDIA and KBIS

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Emerald today announced the appointment of Jason C. McGraw, CTS, CAE as vice president responsible for the oversight of the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (owned by the National Kitchen and Bath Association) and CEDIA Expo, the leading event serving the residential integrated technology marketplace. Additionally, Emerald announced the newly created position of director, key […]

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CEDIA Announces Propel Affinity Program to Connect Members to New Brands

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CEDIA announced the launch of CEDIA Propel, an affinity program designed to connect members to new brands. CEDIA’s integrator members will receive preferential pricing and product training across all brands enrolled in Propel. The Propel program will enable current CEDIA manufacturer members to drive adoption, while also attracting new brands to the CI channel. Propel […]

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CEDIA Launches New Virtual Leadership Series Based on Financial Success and Growth

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CEDIA is launching a new virtual Leadership Series, an engaging three-part event with the theme of “Financial Success and Growth for the Leader: 2021 and Beyond.” Each day of the series — Nov. 18, Dec. 9 and Jan. 27 — will feature three separate, hour-long segments designed to provide integrators a needed opportunity to take […]

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CEDIA Launches Beta Testing for CIT Certification

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As part of a comprehensive overhaul of its certification program, CEDIA has delivered on another key objective: launching beta testing for the CEDIA Cabling & Infrastructure Technician (CIT) Certification. CIT Certification is geared toward those who are just starting in the industry or are embarking on the early stages of a career as a technician. […]

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Tabatha O’Connor to Depart CEDIA

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CEDIA announced today that CEDIA President Tabatha O’Connor would depart the organization at the end of her contract in January after an 18-year tenure, during which the industry and CEDIA itself went through much transformation. In 2016, the association integrated its North American and worldwide operations to form a single integrated global organization. In 2017, […]

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CEDIA Honors Michael Heiss with Lifetime Achievement Award

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CEDIA has announced that Michael Heiss has been chosen as this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Heiss was honored as part of the 2020 CEDIA Awards Program, which was hosted virtually across three regions on Thursday, October 8th. The CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has exhibited outstanding, creative, innovative, and visionary leadership […]

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CEDIA Announces Winners of 2020 CEDIA Awards

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Following a memorable evening showcasing the best work and products in home technology integration, CEDIA has announced the winners of 2020 CEDIA Awards in the Americas region, global honorees and manufacturers. Eleven unique projects from integrators located in the United States, Canada and Mexico have been honored as the best of the best in the […]

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CEDIA Announces Finalists for 2020 Best New Products Awards

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The finalists for the 2020 CEDIA Best New Products Awards program in the Americas region have been announced. The honors feature hardware and software products from top CEDIA member manufacturing companies and trade suppliers. “The technology showcased by this year’s Best New Products finalists is out of this world,” said CEDIA Senior Vice President of […]

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CEDIA Establishes CEDIASTRONG Scholarship for Up-And-Coming Talent

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CEDIA announced the establishment of the CEDIASTRONG Scholarship Fund Tuesday. CEDIA will begin accepting donations with the intent to award education grants in 2021 to up-and-coming home technology talent: high school graduates, community college and vocational school students, as well as displaced techs who are keen to build their skills and careers in the smart and […]

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CEDIA Opens Board Elections with 5 New Candidates

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The ballot featuring five elected director candidates for the 2021-2022 CEDIA Board of Directors is open. CEDIA is encouraging all global member companies to cast their vote for four open elected director positions. The CEDIA Board of Directors governs the association’s activities, and is dedicated to furthering the CEDIA mission of building prosperity for its […]

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AudioControl Intros Director 2.0 Firmware for Select Amplifiers

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AudioControl has introduced the Director 2.0 firmware that adds features and a better GUI for its line of Director Series and RS Series DSP amplifiers. The new GUI is also a responsive webpage, making it easy to view various devices and screen sizes from phones and tablets to computers. The new interface is compatible with […]

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CEDIA Announces 2020 CEDIA Awards Finalists for Projects in Americas

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CEDIA just released the list of 2020 CEDIA Awards finalists for projects in the Americas region. Selected through a process taken on by CEDIA’s panels of industry expert judges, this year’s Americas region finalists hail from a varied geographical footprint throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. In total, from the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific […]

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CEDIA Reaches ANSI Accreditation as an Accredited Standards Developer

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CEDIA announced an achievement in its global strategy implementation in the area of elevating industry professionalism. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved CEDIA as an Accredited Standards Developer (ASD). “Quite simply, this milestone puts us in a higher, more globally recognized echelon when it comes to developing industry standards,” said CEDIA Senior Director […]

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CEDIA to Resume a Number of In-person Trainings in August

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CEDIA is set to resume offering a select number of in-person training opportunities at CEDIA headquarters in the coming months. Through a series of comprehensive, safety-focused measures, CEDIA will host the training facility courses at the CEDIA Global Headquarters in Fishers, Indiana. The first training opportunity, Cabling and Infrastructure Technician (CIT) Program, is a hybrid […]

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CEDIA Technology and Business Summit Schedule — Now Revised

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CEDIA announced a revised schedule for the CEDIA Technology & Business Summits. Eight in-person Tech Summits and one new virtual conference have been added to the schedule for the fall. The CEDIA Tech Summits are regional educational events that provide sponsor tables from many of the industry’s AV, control, lighting, security and technology manufacturers/service providers. […]

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CEDIA Makes Changes to its CEDIA Certification Program

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CEDIA has announced new advancements in its CEDIA Certification program. These include: Launching the new CEDIA Certified Cabling and Infrastructure Technician (CIT) and CEDIA Certified Integrated System Technician (IST) Certifications. Beta testing of the new certification exams will open in the coming months. Comprehensive learning pathways developed to prepare individuals for certification and success on […]

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CEDIA Has a New Training Collaboration With the Imaging Science Foundation

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CEDIA announced a new training collaboration with the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) Tuesday. This development aligns with CEDIA’s mission to bolster industry education and standards and provides integrators with unparalleled access to ISF’s renowned video calibration curriculum and certification. CEDIA has worked with ISF Founder and CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Joel Silver to create […]

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CEDIA EXPO Officially Canceled for 2020, Virtual Experience Planned

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The producers of CEDIA EXPO, Emerald Expositions, have just sent out an announcement that the 2020 show, scheduled for September 8-12 in Denver, Colorado, will be canceled for this year. This is due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, in particular the fact that the Colorado Convention Center, the location of CEDIA EXPO 2020, has been […]

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CEDIA’s New White Paper Can Help You Understand and Prepare for Wi-Fi 6

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CEDIA has released a new white paper titled “Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax): High Efficiency Wi-Fi.” The white paper dives into the new Wi-Fi 6 standard that has been designed to address some of the most prevalent wireless networking issues and provide high-efficiency Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi 6 is the latest wireless networking standard — and it’s fundamentally different […]

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If You’re an Integrator, Help CEDIA By Taking This Survey

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CEDIA is calling on professionals in the residential technology integration industry to respond to a new survey concerning the business impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic. The study, conducted in collaboration with The Farnsworth Group, covers topics including project bidding, ongoing jobs, impact on current operations and near-term outlook. The survey is seeking participation from integrators […]

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CEDIA Calling All Technicians to Participate in Survey

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CEDIA and its recently-launched certification commission are calling on technicians to participate in a survey designed to shape the future of CEDIA Certification and education initiatives. The CEDIA Technician Survey, which is open through April 22, involves feedback from technicians or those who supervise technicians. The commission and information gathering initiative are part of CEDIA’s […]

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