Overview of the contents of the CEDIA exhibition; New Show Floor sections in September – raVe [PUBS]

CEDIA Fair just added a new section to the show in September called Innovation Hub. This is the newest exhibition program where case studies revealing new and innovative solutions are presented.

“Resimerical” – Residential technology integrators expect 9% increase in cross-business projects

After taking a “deep dive” into the emerging “new hot spaces”, CEDIA has identified several key areas of growth in the “resimercial” field. These commercial or crossing spaces are a mix of residential applications that require more robust commercial technology as well as light commercial or “main street” applications. The applications appear commercial but have been supported by “lighter” technology systems in the past and would benefit from commercial technology solutions designed and installed by residential technology professionals.

Light commercial applications performed by custom integration companies focused on residences such as bars, local restaurants, lounges, places of worship, local retail businesses and small corporate meeting rooms and offices ( aka “Main Street”) provide the increased opportunity. Integrators share their enthusiasm for this change in mix, citing higher revenues, easier / cleaner installations and the opportunity to work with professional business owners.

To support this change of “mix”, CEDIA Expo has created a new programming space specially designed to present case studies of technological applications telling the stories of who, what, when, how and why of some of these projects.

The “new hot spaces” that will be presented will include:

  • Live outside
  • Resimercial / Multi-family dwellings / Micro-condominium developments
  • Work at home
  • Home cinema
  • Lighting
  • security
  • Smart water

Daily Innovation Pole

The Innovation Hub will present more than 25 sessions over three days. Three different hosts will kick off the daily programming. While round tables on major industry topics will take place on the Smart Stage, the Innovation Hub offers the opportunity to take a different look at brands that have successfully entered new market segments.

Hosts of the Innovation Hub will guide the question-and-answer sessions and recap CEPro research information at the start of each day:

  • Charles Warner, CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Innovative Properties Worldwide (Innovation & Tech Today, Residential Tech Today, Cannabis & Tech Today, STM Canna) – Charles Warner is the CEO of Innovative Properties Worldwide. Charles founded Innovative Properties Worldwide in 2009 after eight years as CEO of Mainstream Media International, the country’s largest publisher of college bowls. While working on these crown jewel publications, Warner developed a passion for developing the highest quality publications available.
  • Ed Wenck, Content Director, CEDIA Association – Ed Wenck is a writer and broadcaster who has won dozens of awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, and the Indiana Broadcasters Association. He has hosted numerous radio shows and podcasts, served as a television correspondent and served as editor at NUVO Newsweekly before becoming content director at CEDIA. Wenck has been a freelance writer for a wide variety of periodicals and newspapers across the United States and is the author of four books.
  • Robb Stott, Director of Corporate Communications, Nationwide Marketing Group – Rob Stott is the Director of Corporate Communications for Nationwide Marketing Group, the largest buying and business support organization for independent appliance, appliance, furniture and bedding retailers in North America . Rob’s passion is discovering and telling the stories of independent retailers and the brands that support them. Prior to joining Nationwide, Rob spent several years covering the consumer technology and custom integration industries within the commercial media setting, traveling from salon to salon, learning about the latest technology and being captivated by brands and the people behind it all.

IMCCA will collaborate on key topics of the innovation cluster and on the model head office

As a partner association of CEDIA Expo 2021, IMCCA (Interactive Multimedia Alliance and Collaborative Communication) will assist CEDIA Expo in the development, organization and moderation of content session discussions on Unified Communications (UC) and Work from Home (WFH) topics, including:

  • Best Practices for Designing, Installing, and Using Audio, Video, and Lighting Solutions for Home Office Applications
  • A “Home Office Model” showcase demonstrating installation best practices for achieving ideal business home offices for attendees to review

“Residential systems integrators, designers, distributors, architects, home builders and contractors are stepping up their knowledge and services, incorporating WFH and commercial solutions into home offices to meet new market demands in when it comes to connecting homes to businesses and schools for effective collaboration, ”Carol Zelkin, Executive Director of IMCCA said. “We are proud to help bring this knowledge base to residential integrators and help bring established UC professionals to this now critical event for the future of home offices and workstations.

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