The Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association lowered the curtain on its first InfoComm show in North America as AVIXA. The event kicked off with a record-setting TIDE conference and concluded with a trade show exhibition that attracted nearly 43,000 registered attendees, 10 per cent more than the last time InfoComm was held in Las Vegas in 2016.
"It was another fantastic week for a show and an industry that never stops innovating," says Jason McGraw, CTS, CAE, Senior VP of Expositions for AVIXA. "We continue to develop new offerings that celebrate and explore in-depth the many facets of technology experiences. Our exhibitors took the lead with solutions that continue to push the envelope of what AV can deliver, and our many subject-matter experts and thought leaders contributed to a program that gave all attendees the opportunity to think differently about the role audiovisual technology plays in people's lives."
InfoComm 2018 visitors hailed from all 50 U.S. states and 108 countries, with 20 per cent of attendees coming from outside the U.S. The show's 964 exhibitors anchored a massive expo that spanned 550,000 net square feet of exhibits, demo rooms, and special events space, making it the biggest InfoComm ever. And in a sign of what the association says was enthusiastic support from InfoComm exhibitors, 94 per cent of this year's exhibit space was rebooked for InfoComm 2019, a new record.
"In its third edition, TIDE [Technology. Innovation. Design. Experience.] drew its largest crowd to consider ways of applying human-centered design to AV solutions," McGraw says. "New programs such as Design Thinking for AV and Integrated Life Day were well received, and the C2 Experience on our show floor had participants collaborating in ways they'd never imagined."
Emerging Trends Day, held in association with the IMCCA, attracted more than 600 attendees before the InfoComm show opened to explore everything from the digital workplace and smart buildings to global brands in the pro-AV market, the latter session presented by Steve Koenig, Vice President of Research at the Consumer Technology Association.
"The engagement of InfoComm attendees in our new and evolving content offerings has been very gratifying," said AVIXA CEO David Labuskes, CTS®, CAE, RCDD. "Technology moves so quickly, it's important to try and think differently and innovate in new ways, namely by focusing on the experiences of AV customers."
Other notable news from InfoComm 2018 in Las Vegas:
- 540 attendees took part in AVIXA's three-day training sessions before the show opened - a new InfoComm record.
- 188 professionals passed a Certified Technology Specialist£ (CTS) exam at InfoComm 2018, bringing the total number of CTS holders to 11,901.
- 3,114 attendees registered for AVIXA's Seminar & Workshop Package at InfoComm 2018, nearly 20 percent more than the last time the show was held in Las Vegas.
"AVIXA thanks all the exhibitors, attendees, and media who made InfoComm 2018 a success," Labuskes says. "I hope that nothing that happened this week in Vegas stays in Vegas. I encourage all our attendees to take home what they learned and experienced and share it with their colleagues and customers. It's a great and important time to be in AV, connecting people and changing the way they experience the world around them."
InfoComm 2019 will be held June 8-14, 2019, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.
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