What’s New at #InfoComm18: Part One


InfoComm 2018 (June 2-8 2018 at the Las Vegas Convention Center) will have a wide variety of events, educational opportunities, and show floor demonstrations that have always kick started new industry trends to the world of audio visual technology.  This years InfoComm 2018 trade show will feature over 155 first time exhibitors and new companies, will provide over 80 NEW training sessions, will feature TIDE (Technology. Innovation.Design.Experience) which is a designed-focused conference on how design thinking can produce better and more meaningful outcomes, and so much more. InfoComm 2018 is a rewarding experience for everyone attending and networking and a definite must attend for the AV professional. #InfoComm18 is the largest, most exciting hosted in North America that is solely focused on the professional AV Industry, with over 1,000 exhibitors, thousands of products to review or demo, and brings in over 40,000 attendees for over 100 countries around the world! The Opening Reception is free for all attendees, so mark your calendar for Tuesday night (June 5th) for some networking and fun. To register for InfoComm 2018 go here: registration.experientevent.com/ShowINF181/Flow/ATTENDEE#/registrant//Member/

We will be writing about show information and detailing all that is being provided to show attendees, so that your trade show visit at #InfoComm18 will be a unique experience and many are included in your Exhibit Hall pass! This is part one of a multiple part focus on “What’s New at #InfoComm18.” Enjoy!

The Center Stage:

The Center Stage will be in it’s second year and will be providing even more to show attendees. Session are designed to explore increasing audience engagement through both personalized and immersive experiences through both wearable technology, human-centered interface and action by way of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). All areas of the audio visual profession will be represented from entertainment, enterprise, education, and hospitality and industry leaders like  Huge, Bravo Media, PixMob, FreemanXP, The Salk Institute, Local Projects, Patten Studio, and Marriott International, will take the stage (booth N1646) to present free, 20-minute sessions throughout all three days of the #InfoComm18 show.

“We’re excited to have Center Stage return after a successful debut at InfoComm 2017,” said Jason McGraw, CTS®, CAE, Senior Vice President of Expositions, AVIXA™. “It’s a great opportunity to learn from these bright creatives who employ technology to push the human potential to learn, connect, and entertain.”

The Center Stage session lineups are provided below:

Personalization of Digital Signage Content: David Title, Chief Engagement Officer of Bravo Media and Manolo Almagro, Managing Partner of Q Division

The Psychology of User Interface Design: Sundar Raman, Director of Creative Engineering, Local Projects and James Patten, Director of Patten Studio

AR for Immersive Live Experiences
Cortney Harding, Founder of Friends with Holograms

Why Our Voice Assistants Need Ethics
Sophie Kleber, Executive Director of Product and Innovation, Huge

Wearable Technology for Connecting Audiences
Vincent Leclerc, Partner and Chief Technology Officer, PixMob
Christopher Cowley, Senior Director of Technology, C2 International

Experience Capture Technology for Improving Event Design
Haluk Kulin, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Data, FreemanXP
Sergei Gepshtein, Director of the Collaboratory for Adaptive Sensory Technologies at the Salk Institute

Incorporating VR into the Online Classroom
Julian McCrea, CEO of Portal Experiences

Using Videoconferencing to Connect Learning Communities
Amar Bakshi, Founder and Creative Director, Shared_Studios
Lewis Lee, Curator, Shared_Studios

How Buildings of the Future Will Change in Response to Human Occupants
Neil Redding, Director of Emerging Technology, ThoughtWorks
Güvenç Özel, Principal, Ozel Office

Combining Live Music with Both Physical and Virtual New Media
Yo-Yo Lin, Media Artist and Art Director, The Family
Steve Dabal, Co-Founder and Creative Director, The Family

Creating Empathy with Immersive Audio in VR and Video Games
Joanna Fang, Foley Artist, Alchemy Post Sound
David Grinbaum, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Chapter Four

How Hospitality Brands Use VR and Interactive Video to Engage Guests
David Kepron, Vice President of Global Design Strategies, Distinctive Premium Brands, Marriott International
Bill Lally, President of Mode:Green

Innovators in Online Video Content Creation Reveal the Secrets to Compulsively Watchable Content
Alesia Hendley, Multimedia Journalist and AV Operator, Berry Center, Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District
Will Curran, Founder and Owner of Endless Events

“By putting innovators in conversation, Center Stage shows how AV is leveraged across disciplines to create something really exciting,” said Rachel Bradshaw, Director of Exhibition Content, AVIXA. “Center Stage is a beacon of inspiration in the middle of the show floor.”

About InfoComm

InfoComm is the largest technology exhibition and conference in North America focused on the pro-AV industry, with 1,000 exhibitors and 44,000 attendees from 110 countries. InfoComm is part of a global alliance of trade shows, produced by AVIXA and its partners, including Integrated Systems Europe, Beijing InfoComm China, Chengdu InfoComm China, InfoComm India, InfoComm Southeast Asia, TecnoMultimedia InfoComm Brazil, TecnoMultimedia InfoComm Colombia, TecnoMultimedia InfoComm Mexico, Integrated Systems Russia, and Integrate.


AVIXA is the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, producer of InfoComm trade shows around the world and the international trade association representing the audiovisual industry. Established in 1939, AVIXA has more than 5,400 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, consultants, programmers, live events companies, technology managers, content producers, and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. AVIXA members create integrated AV experiences that deliver outcomes for end users. AVIXA is a hub for professional collaboration, information, and community, and the leading resource for AV standards, certification, training, market intelligence, and thought leadership. Additional information is available at avixa.org.

AV Beat is an Official Media Partner of the 2018 InfoComm Show in Las Vegas

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Matthew has worked in both the private sector and in higher education for over twenty years. He specializes in the areas of digital media project management, broadcast engineering and media production. Matthew has extensive knowledge in digital post production, digital asset management, digital cinema production, and broadcast facility integration. Mr. Harchick actively researches state of the art broadcast, cutting edge digital cinema and smart audio visual technologies for client implementation and is available for your consultation needs.

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