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FIRST AVIXA DIVERSITY COUNCIL EVENT OUTSIDE NORTH AMERICA
The inaugural UK AVIXA™ Diversity Council meeting this past week was attended by over 100 AV professionals celebrating the positive benefits of diversity and inclusion in the AV industry.
The programme of speakers challenged guests to create a larger dialogue around initiatives of inclusion within the workplace and within the AV community. Kicking off the discussion was event organizer Kevin McLoughlin, AV Manager, Royal Society of Medicine, sharing how his experience at the Diversity Council Meeting at InfoComm 2018 began the process of creating a Diversity event in the UK: “I was 1 of about 40 people representing disability at the InfoComm meeting. This is an opportunity for me to use my position in the industry to spread the word and encourage people to join the Diversity Council in the UK.”
With Mike Blackman, Managing Director, Integrated Systems Events, leading the line-up of expert speakers, keynote Simon Minty, Director, Sminty Ltd, offered practical steps to a new way of thinking about disability and to not only be inspired, but to be motivated to make a change: “Two things happen with disability. One, it changes your life, and two, it effects how people start treating you. Do we have to be disabled to think about disability?” The three-hour event covered issues of gender, age, race, and disability within business and how we can apply ourselves in creating an inclusive and creative workforce.
View the live stream of the event online for free, courtesy of AV Nation TV.
The next UK AVIXA Diversity Council event will take place during UC EXPO in London on 15 May. Advanced registration is required for UC EXPO to ensure free entry to the Diversity Council Meeting. Use code AVIXAMEETUP when registering on the UC EXPO show site.
Learn how you can make a change and get involved with the AVIXA Diversity Council below!
NAVS COURSE COMES TO BELGIUM
Networked AV Systems is an advanced three-day course exploring the impact of audiovisual systems on networks. Sign up to join AVIXA™ Staff Instructor Marcus Yarborough in Belgium and walk away with an in-depth understanding of network architecture, components, protocols, security and important considerations for the network. The course, which takes place 2-4 April in Ternat, is ideal for design consultants, AV and IT managers, and IT professionals who manage networked AV systems.
The session—held in collaboration with AVIXA—will take place at Afial Iberico, which is being held at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal. Attendees are encouraged to register their interest to secure a seat, with spaces limited.
CTS IS NEW MISSION FOR VETERAN AT AVMI
For armed forces personnel, returning to civilian life can often be a difficult transition. Integrator AVMI is looking to provide a career pathway to help veterans into employment and give them a fresh objective to achieve in the AV industry.
The 52-week AVMI Veterans Programme will provide ex-service personnel with a full engineering tool kit and allow them to begin Certified Technology Specialist™ (CTS®) training on day two. Those who complete the paid programme will begin their career at AVMI as either Project or Service Engineers. The first veteran to take advantage of the programme is David Puleston, who’s written a blog about his initial experiences.
JOSE MOZOTA PRESENTS AVIXA EDUCATION IN EUROPE
AVIXA Staff Instructor Jose Mozota, CTS-I, took to the stage at Afial Ibérico 2019 in Lisbon to discuss the key industry topic of AV over IP technology. Mozota covered the relationship between the three critical parameters of an AV over IP system: bandwidth, image quality and latency, and its impact on the cost of the solution.
Mozota holds a Ph.D. in Electrochemistry from the University of Ottawa, and he has 33 years of broad and varied corporate experience with Fortune 500 companies in water treatment (Nalco), structured cabling and AV (Legrand). He is a trainer certified by the HDBaseT Alliance, an SDVoE designer, and he runs his own consulting firm, Freman Solutions Incorporated, focused on AV training. Mozota is also presenting AVIXA’s Essentials of AV Technology course in Milan 20-22 March, which is taking place in Italy for the first time. The course will provide a complete introduction to the fundamental elements of light, sound, science and AV technology for the creation of integrated experiences.
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