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InfoComm 2014: A Wrap

Like about 35,000 of you, I am relaxing and getting my strength up for the start of the work week after an exhausting, but pretty successful, InfoComm Show 2014. It was a success for exhibitors, for attendees, and for those of us covering the show. We have content that we will be putting out over the next week or so. We could have inundated you with everything at once, but we thought you might appreciate not having everything thrown at you at once. A few highlights from the show. The InfoComm Today Show returned with a bang. From sponsors to award winners, and interviews with attendees telling what they thought of the show. AVNation and Redband held a cable challenge, testing various HDBaseT cabling solutions. And, of course, there was the #AVSelfie video. Thousands of you posted selfies over the last few weeks, and especially during InfoComm. We came together with HiPhi and created an epic video. You should check if out if you haven’t. Here are some other things about InfoComm 2014.
Microsoft Was There
You may have read that Microsoft was a first time exhibitor and platinum sponsor. You may have also read that their booth, the largest at 10,000 square feet, was a vast wasteland of nothing. I will give those who would like to poke fun at the Microsoft for not having much in their booth a point for stating the obvious. There was not much there in the way of AV. However, the bigger win for the industry is the fact that they were there at all. The world’s biggest software manufacturer has taken note of our industry and has joined us at the largest U.S. trade show we put on. They didn’t have to, but they did. It’s almost akin to the cool kid in school finally joining your friends for a game of Dungeons and Dragons, then you spend the entire time making fun at them for not knowing the rules or vocabulary. I’m excited they were even there to begin with. They have already signed up for next year. So, let’s give them a pass and wait for InfoComm 2015 to see what they come out with. If they have a rest and recharge lounge again, we can poke fun at that point.
Record Breaking Year
According to InfoComm, this was the most attended show ever. With over 37,000 attendees, the show was full of energy and excitement. On AVWeek 148 exhibitors said they had broken previous years’ records for visitors to their booths. Who says “nobody goes to tradeshows anymore?” The show increased the number of CTS holders, created educational opportunities, and delivered the contacts for exhibitors. This all adds up to a successful show on many levels.
You could say we had a pretty good year as well. From the AVTweeps Tweetup on Wednesday to the World Premiere of the #AVSelfie video, it was a great week. I still remained amazed at the number of people of are impacted by what we do. I said this to numerous people last week, explaining what we do and what makes us different; but it’s the truth. We are all working AV professionals creating content for the AV industry. There’s nothing wrong with reporters and journalists. We love them. They are the hard-working folks that bring all of us the news. We aren’t that. We take the news they report and tell you why it matters, put it into context, and provide some insight into upcoming trends that are tied to that news. Hopefully you find some value in that. If InfoComm 2014 is an indicator, a large number of you do.
From all of us here at AVNation, thank you for continuing to listen, read, and watch. As long as you keep coming back, we will continue making the great, high quality content you have come to expect. Thank you 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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