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InfoComm Looks to the Future of AV Pros

This week InfoComm is a sponsor in the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. If you are in the area, you should check it out. The festival is April 26 and 27 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. InfoComm is also a sponsor of the “Nifty Fifty”; a group of scientists and other STEM professionals who visit D.C.-area schools promoting the STEM (science, technology, engineering, & math) careers.
In addition to supporting a show that promotes STEM careers for our younger generations, InfoComm is also promoting the STEM career of AV at this show. They will have interactive touch screens, audio mixing stations and information how you can take STEM and make it into a life of AV. This is one of the reasons, I believe, InfoComm exists. It is to take the message of AV out beyond our industry to the world at large. In addition, it is to help recruit the next generation of AV professionals into the industry. One way to do that is to get them involved early in thinking about AV as a real career.
The majority of colleagues I have encountered have sort of “fell into” the industry. That is a phrase used more than once. You came from the music industry, film, or broadcasting. You have degree in English, history, interpretive dance, or no degree at all. Some how, some way, you have ended up in this great endeavor we call AV. Wouldn’t it have been great if your school counselor said “why don’t you try AV” and could have spoken intelligently about what that would entail? That is what makes this festival, and InfoComm’s involvement in it, so great.
In addition, InfoComm is the sponsor of what they call the “Nifty Fifty”. This is a group that goes around to schools in the Washington, D.C. area to promote STEM careers. Two names jumped out at me while going over the list. One was Dr. Mayim Bialik. Those of a certain age will remember her, at first, from the NBC show “Blossom”. More recently she is also on “The Big Bang Theory”. A real-life neuroscientist, she is able to speak about the life of a researcher and scientist. She is also able to break down the idea that STEM is only for men. As a father of a little girl, that is very important. The other name is Elon Musk. If the name is not familiar to you, think about a real-life Tony Stark and you’d be pretty close. The guy is flat out brilliant. He invented the Tesla electric car, founded PayPal, and the SpaceX program. So, not too shabby.
As we are all getting ready for the InfoComm show less than two months out, InfoComm is going to another show to promote our industry. It’s just what they do. If you are in the D.C. area this week, stop by and tell them “hi” and you appreciate what they are doing. They are in booth Hall A #231. Better yet, take your kids. It’s never too early to get them excited about STEM. Even if they don’t follow you into AV, they may step into another career where they make a difference in science, technology, engineering, or math.
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. Have a great week.

About Author

Tim Albright is the founder of AVNation and is the driving force behind the AVNation network. He carries the InfoComm CTS, a B.S. from Greenville College and is pursuing an M.S. in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. When not steering the AVNation ship, Tim has spent his career designing systems for churches both large and small, Fortune 500 companies, and education facilities.

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