AVIXA has announced details of its first completely virtual show, InfoComm 2020 Connected, which will be held from 16-18 June. 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.”
The virtual trade show element of InfoComm 2020 Connected will enable pro-AV companies to 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 programme 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 Tuesday, 16 June at 2 pm 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 Wednesday 17 June at 2 pm 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 Thursday 18 June at 2 pm 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 at AVIXA. “With InfoComm 2020 Connected, we’ll expand our reach and offer a robust programme for all regions and all AV professionals.”
To make it a truly global show, InfoComm 2020 Connected will take place from 6am until 10pm 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 Tuesday 16 June to share their stories.
The show will also 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 Wednesday, 17 June at 5 pm.EDT, will recognise AV professionals who are making lasting impressions on the industry.
InfoComm 2020 Connected is free to attend and the virtual platform will remain live from 19 June to 21 August for attendees to browse exhibitor showcases and view on-demand sessions. Registration opens on the 12 May 12 at infocommshow.org.