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Experience InfoComm 2014 Your Way

This week in Las Vegas, InfoComm 2014 is happening. It is a three day Audio Visual extravaganza with over 900 exhibitors showing their latest wares and trying to get integrators and technology managers to spec and use their products. The show is a great opportunity to see that latest and greatest technology. It is also a good chance for us in the industry to get together, network, meet face-to-face, and learn some things that aren’t common knowledge some times. If you have ever been, you know seeing every booth and announcement can be daunting. If you aren’t attending, even more so. Today I will lay out some great ways you can keep up on what is going on in the world of AV over the next week.
If you haven’t ever used the subject or hashtag search of Twitter, this would be the week to start. Begin by using your favorite Twitter service then search for a number of the following terms; #AVTweeps, #AVNews, #ProAV, #ProAudio, #InfoComm14, #InfoComm2014, and of course #AVSelfie. I’ll get to what the #AVSelfie has to do with InfoComm in a bit.
Especially for those of you who are not attending, this is a great way to get to see and learn about all the great new products this week. I would start with our friends over at Commercial Integrator. They have a team of reporters hitting the floor right as it opens. One of the first booths they are going to is the Microsoft booth. From there, they are spreading all over both Hall C and Hall N. Check them out daily, or even a couple of times a day.
AVNetwork.com is a website that combines the staff of multiple publications. This is the online home of AVNetwork, Digital Signage Magazine, System Contractor News, Rental & Staging, AVTechnology, and Healthcare AV. These folks will also attack the show floor come 9 am PT on Wednesday. Actually, from both of these publications you will find some familiar AVNation faces writing for them.
Every year rAVe Publications attempts to film something in every booth. I have honestly never tried to watch every one, but it’s an honorable effort. It’s a great resource if you want a video booth tour. In addition, their bloggers will be in full effect. Sara Abrons, their editor, does an incredible job keeping everything on the site, and at the show, running smoothly so you don’t miss a thing.
We have teamed up with the Red Band/AVShout gang. They will be all over the show floor covering it from their unique perspective. If you want to catch up with them, there will be some at our booth, North Hall 217.
It seems silly to mention, but AVNation.tv as well. We have put together some great things in place for you this week. The top of our home page features an InfoComm 2014 section that will publish the latest content we are producing for you from the show. We have interviews, podcasts, and blogs planned throughout the week. We will be doing booth interviews, which is a bit different than just a tour. We will interview and find out why these products matter to you. We will also have a number of very special events. One is a cable challenge which will happen at 12 noon PT on Wednesday in our booth, North Hall 217. We will test various cable manufacturers cable to see if they meet the HDBaseT/HDMI spec. We have the AVNation AVTweeps Tweetup party on Wednesday from 4:30 – 6:30 that we will be streaming live; so you can attend remotely. You’ll just have to bring your own food and drink remotely. George Tucker will be hosting a live version of InfoComm Today on Friday from the InfoComm booth discussing some hot-button issues in AV. Plus, we will feature blogs written by your familiar favorites like Matt Scott, Steve Greenblatt, AV Dawn Meade, Chris Neto, and myself.
We will also be recording our weekly news and information show, AVWeek, on Friday in our studio room N 217 from 2 – 4 pm PT. It will feature some familiar favorites and some new faces/voices as well. We are going to stream it as well. If you don’t get the chance to watch it live, you can download it afterward.
#AVSelfie is the brainchild of Chris Neto and Phil Cordell. This week, take a selfie with AV technology and it will be used in a really, really, really, cool way on Friday at the show. We’ll announce more on Monday or Tuesday.
It is a huge undertaking trying to keep up with everything happening in Vegas this week. Please go to these sites I’ve suggested. Read, comment, and learn all there is about the industry that is coming from this show. Even if you go through all the sites every day, you will miss some things. So, we are not going to do a massive data dump on you. We will put some of the most exciting, breaking, or pressing issues on our site. Then, over the next few weeks we will put everything up. This way you have a chance to absorb it all.
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. Have a great InfoComm 2014 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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