Despite a worldwide pandemic, the CEDIA Awards went on – a little later than usual, and very much online.
The 2020 Awards all hit the CEDIA HQ YouTube channel as “live” premieres at various times on October 8, with regional shows dropping in the Asia Pacific, EMEA, and Americas regions.
Hosting duties were split across the shows. The Asia Pacific program featured the dynamic duo of Paul Skelton, the association’s regional development consultant for Australia and New Zealand and CEDIA’s Vice President of Engagement and Global Development Wendy Griffiths. CEDIA EMEA Managing Director Matt Nimmons hosted that region’s show, and CEDIA’s Vice President of Industry Engagement handled duties for the Americas.
Besides stunning projects, the shows featured vignettes highlighting everything from advice from CEDIA’s thought leaders to CEDIASTRONG stories of firms pitching in to help during the pandemic – making masks, providing high-tech solutions to hospitals and food supplier, and folks who volunteered to fight fires during the other crisis that befell the Australia/New Zealand region earlier on in 2020.
There were cocktails, too. As a way of thanking the evening’s sponsors, some classic recipes were adjusted for a series of boozy tie-ins. (Example: The classic “Sazerac” cocktail became the “Savant-erac” for the evening.) A gent known only as “Tom” handled the pours with dizzying speed for the EMEA and Asia Pacific bar scenes, while bourbon expert Meredith Barry served as mixologist for the Americas