Where Live Events Pros Discover Tech
The Lighting & Staging Pavilion, located in Hall D at InfoComm 2015 in Orlando, is your one-stop shop for everything that goes into an exceptional experience in live events, from technology solutions to training. Find lighting systems, audio mixers, rigging and drapes, show control, speakers and much more.
While youíre there, take in one of the pavilionís Rigging Safety Demos, produced in partnership with IATSE, the association representing technicians, artists, stagehands and other professionals in the entertainment industry, including live theater, television production, motion pictures and trade shows. Experts will demonstrate safe rigging practices for trusses, motors, hardware, lights, line arrays and LEDs. The demos are free and packed with real-world tips.
When you need to catch your breath, relax in the Live Events Lounge, sponsored by The Stimson Group, at Booth #6551. See you there!
In case you missed it, InfoComm announced the winners of the 2015 InfoComm Awards, including this yearís Adele DeBerri Pioneer of AV, CTS Holder, Educator, and Volunteer of the Year, as well as the Young AV Professional, Women in AV and Fred Dixon Service in Education Award winners.
Join the winners and all your peers for the InfoComm Awards Dinner, Tuesday, June 16, at 7 p.m. at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Itís a great way to kick off the InfoComm 2015 show and celebrate the industry.
InfoComm Live Reception in Orlando
If you attended InfoComm Live in February or you work in live events or rental and staging, youíre invited to a reception at InfoComm 2015 in Orlando. Join us for a complimentary beverage, network with pros like you, and hear about the great time we had at InfoComm Live this year. The fun happens June 17, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., in the Valencia AB Lobby at the Orange County Convention Center.
Whatever Happened to Binary Answers?
When you ask if a project is done, how often do you get a simple yes or no answer? Rarely? InfoComm Internationalís longtime project management expert isnít trying to be a jerk, but he wonders why people canít just take responsibility for their progress and move on to constructive dialog. Lend your 10 cents to the conversation.
The InfoComm Pitch
Still trying to talk those decision makers into letting you attend InfoComm 2015 in Orlando next month?
Use these brief talking points to help deliver your pitch.
New Council Name, Same Council Mission
In its fifth year, the Independent Technical Services (ITS) Council (formerly the Independent Technical Service Providers Council) has expanded to include 35 member companies. The ITS Council serves the needs and interests of AV system technicians, installers, operators, engineers, programmers, documentation service providers, staffing companies and project managers who are not employed by hardware vendors, dealers or integrators.
New Council Chair Jack Mayhugh, a partner at AVTek Staffing, knows firsthand the role that independent service providers play in successful project delivery. ďAs technical specialists, the member companies provide integrators, VARs and consultants with flexibility and elasticity in their project delivery capabilities and customer services,Ē he says. ďThe trend toward outsourcing isnít surprising considering the benefits that result: cost savings, scalability and the agility to leverage external expertise, to name a few.Ē
The ITS Council will also host a cocktail reception during InfoComm 2015. The meet-and-greet will take place June 18 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Everglades Bar located at the Rosen Centre Hotel. Learn more about the council.
ICIF Grant Program Success
Many of your industry peers didnít just wait for the right opportunity to foster AV workforce development — they shaped it by applying to be an International Communications Industries Foundation (ICIF) grant sponsor or recipient. The ICIF grant program is designed to help companies engage talented individuals in the AV industry. Participating companies gain insight into identifying and mentoring potential employees. Grant recipients get hands-on work experience and training to help them get started in the industry.
This year, ICIF has received several applications — and thereís room for more in the program. Best of all, interested parties can apply anytime, because applications are reviewed as theyíre received and processed based on the academic school year. Interested? Learn more about the program and the requirements for grant sponsors and recipients at infocomm.org/icifgrant.
InfoComm Roundtable Stops in Indy
Join us for InfoComm's Roundtable in Indianapolis, July 23, to get an in-depth look at what makes for an exceptional AV experience. Itís free for members and non-members.
We'll share with you the components and goals of an exceptional experience and how such experiences can give you a strategic advantage in a competitive market. Youíll finish the event with an interactive workshop, in which youíll learn how to apply what you learned to your own projects as you connect with your peers. Learn more and register.
InfoComm University Education — Free!
Want a free pass to an InfoComm University™ seminar or workshop at InfoComm 2015? Volunteer to be a room host, and you can attend the InfoComm Universityô session of your choice for free. You can volunteer to host any course with the session ID format IS##, IUX## or IUL##. You'll be notified of whether your session is available within five business days. Sign up now.
The Perfect Project Management Training
Whether youíre a project manager, executive or sales professional, you need a broad understanding of AV and the project management principles unique to this industry. At InfoComm 2015, June 13-19, in Orlando, there will be plenty of project management classes to help you stay ahead of the curve, from an intense three-day course to shorter workshops and seminars. View a list of project management courses and register.
Join the Celebration — CTS is 10K Strong
In April, InfoComm Internationalís Certified Technology Specialist™ (CTS®) program reached a milestone: 10,000 certified AV professionals and growing. See how your AV peers are celebrating on Twitter, using hashtags #10Kstrong and #AVtweeps.
Interested in joining the growing number of CTS holders? Explore the benefits of the only ANSI-accredited certification for AV and consider taking the exam at InfoComm 2015.
Draft Fall Protection Standard Posted for Review
Another draft American National Standard has been posted for public review on the PLASA TSP website. BSR E1.46, Standard for the Prevention of Falls from Theatrical Stages and Raised Performance Platforms, addresses the problem of people falling from theatrical stages and raised platforms. Health and safety regulations require action to prevent these falls, but the regulations offer little guidance that is suitable for theatrical environments.
The public review period runs through July 13, 2015.