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InfoComm 2022 recap: thought leadership and innovative technology

InfoComm 2022 on June 4-10 in Las Vegas brought innovative technology, thought leadership, and numerous opportunities for networking to the pro AV industry’s biggest stage in North America.

“InfoComm 2022 reunited AV professionals for a week of continuous learning, developing business connections, and accelerating our industry forward,” said Rochelle Richardson, CEM, Senior Vice President of Expositions and Events, AVIXA, the producer of InfoComm. 

InfoComm attendees were welcomed to the show in a unique way this year. The LG CLOi Guidebots and CLOi ServeBot roamed through the Las Vegas Convention Center to greet attendees, provide copies of the InfoComm Show Daily magazine, snap photos, and share helpful information about the show. The bots standing just under five feet tall welcomed everyone with a friendly smile on its 9.2-inch LG LCD “face” display. 

Also new this year were two Market Insights Lunches focused on the state of the AV industry and the outlook for digital signage.  On Tuesday, June 7, Sean Wargo, AVIXA’s Senior Director of Market Intelligence, and Peter Hansen, Economist for AVIXA, hosted a presentation on the state of the AV industry, where they provided an update on how the economic recovery is spurring growth for the industry as well as the 5-year outlook for pro AV solution and product areas. On Wednesday, June 8, Florian Rotberg, Managing Director of Invidis Consulting GmbH, and David Haynes, Publisher/Editor of Sixteen:Nine, presented recent trends in the digital signage space, from supply chain challenges to how digital signage has become business-critical for a vast number of industries.

While at InfoComm, many AV professionals with their sights set on earning the leading pro AV credential took their Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) exams. A total of 119 professionals earned their CTS at the show (78 earned their CTS, 27 attained CTS-D (Design), and 14 attained CTS-I (Installation). A total of 163 exams were administered during the week of InfoComm with an overall pass rate of 73%.

AVIXA’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) was elevated throughout the show. The “pass the mic” initiative encouraged speakers to include and support colleagues to present sessions at InfoComm to amplify more diverse voices and points of view. Sessions focused on DEI explored breaking language barriers using AI, assistive listening technology, creating equitable experiences for video conferencing, and more.

On Thursday, June 9, the Technology Innovation Stage featured a session on the importance of accessible technology and inclusive design and explored the benefits of diversity for organizational growth. The Technology Innovation Stage featured conversations June 8-10 on trends in IT and networked AV, digital signage, learning, and more – including Technology in Immersive Entertainment presented by:
Mark Stutzman, CTO – AREA15
Trent Oliver, Principal and Managing Director – Blue Telescope
Mario Iacampo, President and Artistic Director – Exhibition Hub
Hilary McVicker, VP, Sales and Marketing – The Elumenati
Brian Allen, Executive Vice President of Technology and Content Integration – Illuminarium Experiences

The AVIXA Women’s Council Breakfast drew more than 300 attendees on Thursday, June 9. New council co-chairs Tammy Fuqua, Developer Partner Manager for QSC, and Diana Patricia Quintero, CTS, Territory Manager, LATAM export, Bose, opened the breakfast, announcing the council now has 1,028 members. The AVIXA Women’s Council is the first AVIXA council to reach over 1,000 members. The breakfast featured keynote speaker Melanie Spring, Chief Visionary of Confidancia, an agency built to help rebels start revolutions. Spring shared stories of her path to becoming unfiltered while sharing with attendees the tools to speak their truth with confidence and authenticity.

“InfoComm was an energetic and exciting week for the pro AV industry,” said David Labuskes, CTS, CAE, RCDD, CEO of AVIXA. “While we all do our best to stay connected virtually throughout the year, there is nothing comparable to coming together in person. And we’re excited to do it again at InfoComm 2023.”

InfoComm 2023 will take place in Orlando on June 10-16 (Exhibits 14-16) at the Orange County Convention Center.

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