Plans for the virtual show include an AI matchmaking feature that will recommend exhibitors to attendees based on attendees’ interests
AVIXA, the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, will host its first completely virtual show, InfoComm 2020 Connected, this June 16-18. The event will showcase top manufacturers’ pro AV products and solutions, hold training and thought-leadership presentations, and feature opportunities to network with professionals around the world.
“We couldn’t imagine a year without our June show where AV professionals have the chance to learn about the latest technology and solutions, meet with each other, and share business challenges and triumphs,” said David Labuskes, CEO of AVIXA, CTS, CAE, RCDD. “Since people are unable to travel to an in-person show, we are bringing InfoComm to them. As an industry quite in tune with virtual collaboration, we’re excited for everyone to join this new edition of InfoComm.”
InfoComm 2020 Connected will host a virtual trade show where pro AV companies will present their products and solutions in virtual showcases and host live and on-demand exhibitor presentations. An AI matchmaking feature will recommend exhibitors to attendees based on attendees’ interests. Attendees can customize their experience and use the scheduler to request and schedule one-on-one or group meetings.
The show’s education program will encompass new technology trends, design best practices, and business needs with a focus on the effects of COVID-19 on the industry. AVIXA CEO David Labuskes will deliver a keynote presentation about finding a better normal in the form of a digital and physical hybrid world on Tues., June 16 at 2 p.m. EDT. In addition, Sean Wargo, AVIXA’s Senior Director of Market Intelligence, will present a session on the state of the industry, highlighting key findings from the new 2020 Industry Outlook and Trends Analysis(IOTA) on Wed., June 17 at 2 p.m. EDT. Jeff Day, Chairman of AVIXA’s Board of Directors and President of North of 10 Advisors, will be joined by a group of his fellow board members for a fireside chat on Thurs., June 18, at 2 p.m. EDT to discuss the future of AV. All three sessions will include live “Ask Away” sessions.
“It’s important for AVIXA to be able to easily adapt and create a new sustainable virtual experience for AV professionals from around the world to come together,” said Rochelle Richardson, CEM, Senior Vice President of Expositions and Events, AVIXA. “With InfoComm 2020 Connected, we’ll expand our reach and offer a robust program for all regions and all AV professionals.”
To make it a truly global show, InfoComm 2020 Connected will take place from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. EDT each day. All three days will feature regional programming for Asia-Pacific, EMEA, and Latin America. This includes AV standards sessions in German, state of the industry sessions in Italian and French, discussions on the relationship among content, space, and technology in the Latin American market in Spanish, and Q&A sessions with AVIXA instructors and EMEA regional managers.
InfoComm 2020 Connected will also present “New Tech Lightning Rounds,” where exhibitors will present their most exciting products in categories including conferencing and collaboration, audio, higher education, and more. Attendees will be able to compare solutions side by side and get answers to their questions live.
The winners of the inaugural AV Experience Awards will gather for a panel discussion on Tues., June 16, to share their stories on employing AV to create various types of experiences — from dynamic art to individualized.
The show will have several opportunities for networking, from all-council meetings, the Women’s Council Breakfast, and live group chats, to nightly entertainment. In addition, the annual AVIXA Awards ceremony on Wed., June 17 at 5 p.m. EDT, will recognize AV professionals who are making lasting impressions on the industry.
InfoComm 2020 Connected is free to attend and the virtual platform will remain live June 19-August 21 for attendees to browse exhibitor showcases and view on-demand sessions. Registration opens May 12 at infocommshow.org.