Held in Chicago at the iconic Drake Hotel, along with the 2019 CEDIA Americas Celebration, the first CEDIA Leadership Conference brought together 200 industry professionals. The meeting kicked off with a humorous and engaging keynote from David Rendell, who advocates for businesses to turn their “flaws” intro attributes. The author of Freak Factor and Pink Goldfish showed examples of brands across the globe illuminating imperfection to their advantage.
Mark Boud, chief economist of Metrostudy, market analysts for the real estate industry, gave the lunchtime crowd a deep dive on what’s happening in the economy and construction market, with insight into how tariffs and trade wars might effect consumers in the next 12 months. And how autonomous autos might affect real estate in the future.
Intrigued? Mark your calendars now for even more at the 2020 Leadership Conference at the Union League Club of Chicago July 22 with a fun networking event at the Cubs game the evening before.
The annual Integrate show hosted over 5,000 industry pros from across Australia and Asia at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and, in partnership, CEDIA provided 22 training sessions on a variety of topics — from AV over IP to immersive audio to optical fibre cabling. This is the third straight year of growth for CEDIA in terms of education attendance and program offering.
New this year was the Designing the Super Cinema course and a Standards and Licensing Update panel discussion, both of which were very well received. The always popular Rack Building workshop and CEDIA Outreach Instructor Train-the-Trainer were offered before the show opened. CEDIA also took this opportunity to host design and build professionals at the show, offering a CPD-accredited course on the show stage, as well as access to the show floor so they could experience all the exciting technology at Integrate.
CEDIA held 18 Tech Summits in six countries this year — Australia, Canada, India, Mexico, UK and USA — with more than 3,200 attendees. These one-day events bring the community together and provide training close-to-home. Each regional event features education sessions that is free to attend and is held in intimate venues that promote one-on-one conversations between manufacturers, reps and local integrators.
CEDIA purchased this series of U.S. events from Mark Chicowski and his company Clarity AV in early 2018 and in this region, they are strongly supported by the manufacturer representative network. In past years, CEDIA hosted an event series in several parts of the world with a similar format called Tech Forums that were rebranded to Tech Summits this year.
The CEDIA Awards celebrations, held annually on three continents, bring the industry together to honor the best of the best each year. From Chicago on July 25 to Melbourne on August 28, and concluding at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London on September 26, more than 85 trophies were awarded to firms for Winning, Finalist, and Highly Commended honors. Three global winners were recognized from the category winners in all regions. 2019 winners are:
Best Home Cinema: Sound Sense, Ahmedabad, GJ, India
Best Media Room Audio Images, Tustin, CA, USA
Best Integrated Home: Perfect Integration, London, England, UK
This year, Award winners and finalists were included in a new comprehensive microsite, received a individual case study, and were pitched in the association’s media relations efforts. Six award-winning projects featured in the Wall Street Journal and 11 were covered in the Financial Times and the Sunday Times.
Four products were named to the CEDIA Hall of Fame, which honors products that have had a significant impact on CEDIA members and entered the market seven or more years prior. Honorees for 2019 are:
Crestron DigitalMedia™, Crestron Electronics, Inc.
J+P 2G Platfrom, Just Add Power
RadioRA 2, Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
Savant TrueImage, Savant
CEDIA Expo returned to what is often cited as attendees’ favorite host city, Denver, Colorado. CEDIA offered 125 classes, almost half of which were new, running the gamut from transformational leadership to rack building to deep dives on home network security.
This year’s keynote was Luke Williams, one of the leading experts on innovation strategy, a NYU professor, and a Fellow at Frog Design. He warned that the danger for any business today is complacency, and suggested attendees spend time thinking about what it would look like to blow up their businesses and start from scratch. Not that he recommended actually blowing it up, just a way to get into the mindset to unearth that next disruptive idea.
The show floor was as busy as ever with 20,000 in attendance and 500 exhibitors. One new feature was the wellness pavilion focused on themes like biophilila, indoor air quality, and human-centric lighting.
Integrated Systems Europe, or ISE, is the world’s largest AV and systems integration tradeshow and is co-owned by CEDIA and AVIXA. It was another record-breaking year with over 81,000 attendees and 1,300 exhibitors descending upon the RAI in Barcelona. Of the total attendees, 29% were entirely or partially focused in residential work.
The show was a great platform for attendees to connect with the industry and for CEDIA to deliver a packed education program featuring 42 courses and a new full-day cinema design masterclass.
Another ISE development was the announcement in July that 2020 will be the final show in Amsterdam and ISE will be moving to Barcelona in 2021. The Gran Via, part of the Fira de Barcelona exhibition complex, will be the show’s permanent home from 2021 and beyond. The decision was made after 18 months of extensive research and dictated by the need for additional floor space as the show continues to grow.
4 full days of CEDIA training
42 CEDIA classes
Full-day Cinema Design Masterclass
10 CEDIA Talks
520 media outlets covering ISE
Record-breaking 81,268 industry professionals
38.5% of attendees were Directors, Executives or C-Suite