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InfoComm Live Events Update

November 25, 2015

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Live Event Technician Certificate; AVEC 2015 Video; ICIF Podcast; Scholarship Success; Grant Sponsor; Cable Labeling Standard; Certification Matters

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Music Venues Want a Piece of the Event Pie


Times are tough for music venues, if hosting music performances is all they do. With opportunity knocking, small and mid-sized clubs offer just the right amount of space for a large variety of events (not everyone needs Madison Square Garden). And they often come with a certain amount of cachet. Go inside two such event venues.


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Live Events Year in Review


If you missed any of InfoComm's 2015 reports written especially for the live events community, now's the time to catch up. Read about best practices in pop-up events; figure out if holographic projection is the next big thing; and plan for integrating cloud services into your next event. Want more? Learn about the role of BYOD in events and visit a hot new venue — a bowling alley.


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Podcast: Coming to You From AVEC


Live events executives from AVTS, Bluewater Technologies, DWP Live, Frischkorn Audio Visual, HB Live and others trekked to Amelia Island, Fla., for the 2015 AV Executive Conference. Hear about it on the InfoComm Today Podcast. First, members of the conference committee discuss how the event has evolved. Next, attendees reflect on the conference, including the speakers, themes and workshops.


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InfoComm 2016 Board Election Results


InfoComm International® announces election results for the 2016 Board of Directors and Leadership Search Committee (LSC). Members elected Julian Phillips, Executive Vice President of Whitlock, to be Secretary-Treasurer and Jeff Day, CEO of Bluewater Technologies, and Kevin Kelly, President and COO of Stampede, to serve on the Board. Alexis Bryant La Broi, Systems Consultant at Avitecture, was elected to InfoComm’s Leadership Search Committee. Read the news.


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More News From InfoComm

 Live Event Technician Certificate

Are you an IATSE member? Do you know one? If so, check out the IATSE Education Program for free professional development and the opportunity to earn the InfoComm/IATSE Live Event Technician Certificate. IATSE is the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts. It has partnered with InfoComm to provide benefits and membership to all IATSE members and promote the importance of trained AV professionals.

With specially selected courses, including Audiovisual Fundamentals for Stagehands and CTS Prep, the InfoComm/IATSE program offers a solid foundation for integrating AV with stagecraft. "With InfoComm education and CTS® certification, people working in stagecraft can address AV issues needed early in the production process to provide a good experience for themselves, fellow workers and ultimately the audience," says Nathan Cox (pictured), Vice President of IATSE Local 675. Learn more.

 Take a Peak at AVEC

InfoComm talked to many of the AV professionals who took part in last week's AV Executive Conference. You'll hear from them in the weeks and months ahead. In this video, Deb Britton, CTS, CEO and Founding Principal of K2 Audio, tells us what she gets out of her trip to AVEC. We want to thank everyone who attended and all the sponsors who made AVEC 2015 a success. We'll see you Nov. 9-11, 2016, at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Fla.

 Now Hear This: ICIF Podcast

Meet the 2015 Michael Vergauwen Scholarship Award winner and Directors of the International Communications Industries Foundation (ICIF) Board Kevin Kelly, President and COO of Stampede, and Jeffrey Lipp, CTS-D, Principal Consultant of Lipp AV Design. The three discuss workforce development, the ICIF's new grant program and advice for newcomers to the AV industry. Listen now.

 The Scholarship That Shaped an Influencer

The first recipient of the International Communications Industries Foundation's (ICIF) Michael Vergauwen Scholarship, Dawn Meade, CTS® — known to many by her social media handle @AVDawn — is a perfect example of someone who took the resources available to her and ran with them. Since earning her Master of Science Degree in Technology Management/Information Systems and her MBA from the University of Maryland, she has supplemented her day job as Director of Marketing for Net-AV with writing for industry publications, serving on InfoComm committees, mentoring and encouraging women as a member of the Women of InfoComm Network (WIN), and more. Read about her journey and nominate an aspiring AV professional for a Michael Vergauwen Scholarship.

 ICIF Grant Sponsor Sees Results

When Joe Fong, Deputy Managing Director at Electronics & Engineering Pte Ltd. in Singapore, discovered the ICIF Grant Program, he was excited to take his company's commitment to workforce development to a new level. His company had already been promoting the industry to students at Nanyang Polytechnic, a nearby university. Fong believes all AV companies need to play a role in developing new leaders.

"We are proud to see the next generation willing to join this industry with career paths in design, consultancy, system programming, engineering, sales, project management and facility management," says Fong. "We need to jointly promote and raise the standard of professionals in this industry to benefit the clients, the companies and the professionals of the AV industry."

The ICIF Grant Program is designed to mentor and engage talented individuals in the AV industry. Through the program, Fong and Electronics & Engineering Pte Ltd. are helping students earn valuable experience and gain a competitive edge over other aspiring AV professionals. Learn more about the program and how to be a sponsor.

 Public Review: Cable Labeling Standard

Tune in at 8 a.m. EST on Dec. 4 for a live town hall meeting about InfoComm International's upcoming cable labeling standard. We need AV experts like you to read the draft standard and share your opinions with us. In this interactive webinar, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and submit your comments directly to the task group working on the cable labeling standard. So have a microphone ready or feel free to text away. Reserve your spot.

 Certification Matters

When Jennifer Hu, CTS, graduated and got her first job in the AV industry, her first question for her new employer was, "Is there anything I should do before I start?" The response? Begin studying for her CTS certification. Now, a little more than a year since starting at the San Diego office of Idibri, this mechanical engineering graduate has earned her CTS and is talking about studying for her CTS-D. Read more.

 Installation School… In Pictures!

What do InfoComm University™ Installation 1 and 2 classes look like? They look a lot like this. Last month, school was in session in Fairfax, Va., as aspiring installers participated in successive Installation classes: System Fabrication and Setup and Verification.

Couldn't make it? Get the scoop on all of InfoComm University's installation courses and map your career path.

 Upcoming Webinars

  • Cable Labeling for Audiovisual Systems Standards Town Hall
    Dec. 4

  • Deploying USB, HDMI and DisplayPort Bus-Powered Solutions in AV System Design
    Dec. 9

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