Optimizing Live Events in the New Normal

October 15, 2020 by Allison Tardif

The live events industry has been hard hit by the pandemic as more and more events have been cancelled or postponed. But there is some light at the end of the tunnel as things start to slowly come back in person. We spoke with Tom Stimson of the Stimson Group about how businesses can rethink how they manage their operations to become more sustainable and optimize their profits in this new world.

Enduring Through Difficult Times

October 07, 2020 by Marcella Walsh

2020 has been a tough year for everyone, and signs point to things continuing to be tough for some time. Businesses large and small are having to learn how to survive and adapt through the pandemic. For AV professionals, particularly those in the hard-hit live events industry, it’s a supremely challenging time. The following round-up of sessions from InfoComm 2020 Connected offers some guidance and inspiration for industry members during these difficult times.

Bringing the Sound of the Crowd to the NBA Bubble

October 06, 2020 by Kirsten Nelson

Not every COVID-19-era sports venue was reopened with a player-centric experience as the starting point, but over time it became obvious that the players need atmosphere, fans, and the unique energy of real human emotion that comes from collective cheers, boos, gasps, and sighs.

Turning Around the Sound: Enhancing Crowd Experience for the Players

October 05, 2020 by Kirsten Nelson

The invisible magic that makes sports come alive is suddenly in the spotlight. Something the AV and broadcast industries knew all along is reverberating across the global population of fans trying to enjoy some spectatorship during the pandemic: audio and acoustics make the game. Not just from an entertainment perspective, but from an athletic perspective. Performing to an empty house just doesn’t cut it.

Podcast: How Museums Are Creating a New Narrative

October 02, 2020 by Kirsten Nelson

One of the main reasons we will return to public spaces is the search for a fuller sense of engagement. While remote life has us confined to mostly separate and disembodied existences, communicating with each other primarily through the limited rectangles of video screens, in public spaces even the currents of air in outdoor spaces might provide new narrative information.

How Facebook Manages Collaboration During COVID-19

September 29, 2020 by Allison Tardif

How are global companies with huge office footprints handling a massive increase in working from home? Experts shared how one of the largest companies in the world is handling remote collaboration, and what they see coming as staff starts to return to its famously well-appointed office space.

Industry Insights: Together Again Expo Demonstrates New Concepts in Production

September 23, 2020 by Andy Cingolani

On July 24, 2020, Technisch Creative provided live production support to the Together Again Expo, one of the first large-scale events to return to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, after the shutdown caused by COVID-19. The expo was created to demonstrate a safe and successful approach to large event production following some loosening of restrictions in the state.

How to Launch a New Collegiate Esports Program

September 22, 2020 by Loanna Overcash

When Caldwell University decided to create an esports program for current and prospective students, it was a dream come true for gamer Anthony Yang. As Executive Director of the Caldwell, New Jersey based university’s IT Operations, he had approximately one year to move the special project from conception to reality.

EDspaces Spotlight on Higher Education Trends

September 21, 2020 by Adrienne Dayton

The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally disrupted nearly every aspect of academic institutions with undetermined long-term consequences. Nevertheless, there continues to be innovation in learning, teaching, and space planning for both K-12 and higher education. Educational facility experts, some of whom are presenting at the EDspaces 2020 Digital Experience, November 10-12, 2020, were asked about the adjustments being made to planned construction, pedagogy, learning spaces, and emerging technologies.

Podcast: Reshaping the classroom experience

September 18, 2020 by Kirsten Nelson

For years flexible learning spaces have undergone rapid evolutions to accommodate new styles of learning. AV technology is at the center of these changes both as the impetus to create more interactive classroom experiences and as a reflection of the tools and knowledge sources central to learning.

The Effects of COVID-19 on Retail Environments

September 16, 2020 by Loanna Overcash

After months of being relegated to online shopping, home delivery, and curbside pickup, buyers are craving the in-store shopping experience. Under pressure to provide a safe environment, today’s retailers are turning to AV technology, especially digital, to grab consumers’ attention.

The Critical Pivot From Classroom to Distance Learning

September 11, 2020 by Allison Tardif

With shelter at home orders affecting organizations globally, including AVIXA® and many of its members, learning and education professionals have quickly figured out how to move their programs online. Here are a few takeaways for educators and the AV professionals who support them … that we’ve learned so far during this critical pivot from classroom to distance learning.

WeWork, Convene Share How to Have Better Meetings during COVID-19

September 10, 2020 by Michelle Bollen

Pandora’s box has been opened, and companies won’t be able to get all the meeting apps and tools back under lock and key post-COVID-19. But, as the myth goes, hope remains. Audiovisual technologies and meeting spaces are more flexible than ever and have the capabilities to put the user’s choice first.

Podcast: Can we use technology to make events more human?

September 09, 2020 by Kirsten Nelson

The events and experiential marketing industries have arrived at a new phase in this dramatic and painful pause on in-person gatherings. We are learning a lot, and as we settle in for the long-haul with remote life and a gradual return to in-person events, we have an opportunity to completely reimagine the way we connect.

Market Update: Transportation Spending on Pro AV Expected to Recover by 2021

September 08, 2020 by Sean Wargo

The pandemic ground travel down to a minimum as restrictions were put in place, worldwide events were cancelled, and companies shifted to remote work and collaboration. Even as traffic going through major transportation hubs such as airports and train stations has decreased, the slowdown has not necessarily meant the halting of technology projects within them.

Entertainment Events from a Social Distance Combine Live, Install, and Remote Expertise

September 02, 2020 by Kirsten Nelson

The “hybrid” scenario is very much in swing, and new discoveries are happening through the calibration and recalibration of blended remote and in-venue entertainment experiences. It may be that in the stop-and-restart of large-venue use, we discover new ways to improve the in-person experience and generate new sources of revenue for years to come.

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