Welcome to Day One of LAVNCH WEEK 5: UCC Day!

March 2, 2022

It’s finally arrived, the week you’ve all been waiting for — LAVNCH WEEK 5! Tuesday was UCC Day; on this day we dive into any and all things UCC. We had product demos, panelists and great conversations centering on all things UCC, including the past, present and future of the market. Read on below to […]

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My Most Popular Tweet of the Year (And What It Says About Our Industry)

November 28, 2018

For those of you that aren’t on Twitter or don’t follow me there, I am pretty active on that platform as @avphenom.  Most of my tweets deal with AV in some capacity, whether I’m participating in an online chat session, playing an industry hashtag game, or sharing a blog, podcast, or perhaps general business intel that […]

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3 Reasons We Need Women on the CEDIA Board

August 12, 2017

If you’ve been paying attention to the chatter around CEDIA this year, you already know that there has been a lot of talk about the lack of women on the CEDIA Board of Directors.  Several posts on LinkedIn and on rAVE have been critical of CEDIA as an organization for not having any women on the […]

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Hidden Figures

February 17, 2017

Last week, I saw the movie Hidden Figures, the story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. These trailblazing women were human “computers” at NASA (they did the math before there were electronic computers), and they all made significant contributions not just to the space race, but to advance women and people of […]

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The Gift of Technology

December 25, 2016

Christmas is here, and this year many of my family members are getting the gift of gadgets. My four-year-old daughter has been begging for “her very own Alexa,” so she is getting an Echo Dot and a stern admonishment that she’s not allowed to use it to turn the lights on or off in Mommy’s […]

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The Science Behind the Technology – Part 2: An Interview with John Underkoffler, Oblong Industries

July 20, 2016

Those who have read my Disruptive Top 10 at InfoComm blog know that this year I selected Oblong Industries Mezzanine as my number one choice: At InfoComm16, Oblong Industries demonstrated its ground-breaking immersive visual collaboration solution, Mezzanine™, featuring a dynamic and interactive experience across multiple devices, display surfaces, and locations.  Mezzanine is characterized by its […]

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The Science Behind the Technology – Part 1: An Interview with Dr. Roger Hajjar, Prysm

June 22, 2016

Months back, I had a conversation with an associate in the industry and told him about my blog concept of the science behind AV technology. As I have been one to create certain types of interview series’ on rAVe (My first series Disruptive Forces in AV/IT was back in April, 2014), I decided to create a new […]

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Take Your Child to Work Day.

April 20, 2016

You haven’t been reading or listening to much industry news or chatter if you haven’t seen and heard discussion around the idea of getting more young people into the AV industry.  It’s an effort that both InfoComm and the NSCA seem to be heavily involved in.  There have been various outreach events at schools and […]

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When I Grow Up

December 30, 2015

This is a saying that we’ve all said and heard for most of our lives: When I grow up I want to be a scientist, cowboy, policeman, fireman, doctor, teacher, etc. The list of possibilities is endless to a young imagination. However, once you grow up, do you actually become what you wanted to be […]

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Convergent TechWeek 10/2

October 2, 2015

A High School Student, An Inexpensive Ebola Test and a $50,000 Grand Prize  A science fair took place where 20 finalists’ projects – originally selected from thousands of submissions from more than 100 countries – came from 11 countries: Bosnia, Canada, France, India, Lithuania, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. This […]

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Unwinding the STEM — Why a Career in Tech Is Not My Dream for My Children

April 28, 2015

As InfoComm time grows nearer (for my non-professional connections, InfoComm is the annual trade show for professional audiovisual industry) I think back towards a conversation I had at the Women in AV dinner with Kristin Rector of ListenTech. We’d been talking about family and, at the moment, about my then-seven year old daughter (in a […]

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