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InstallAwards 2016: Rising Star Award focus

New to this year’s event, the Rising Star Award recognises up and coming talent in the AV industry and will go to someone under 30 or with fewer than three years of industry experience.

To help promote and celebrate the future of the AV industry, Installation will be presenting its first Rising Star Award to an industry newcomer who is making a big impact in their chosen field.

In the running for the award are:

Calum Findlay, network AV engineer, Streamtec

Nominated by his colleagues at Streamtec, Findlay is praised for his can-do attitude and strong work ethic.

He has been with the company since June 2014 and graduated from Abertay University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) in Computing and Networking, First Class.

Findlay recently completed his AMX Expert Certification scoring a resounding 95% on the course. He has also contributed to numerous successful installations, including at St. Andrews, Dundee University.

Ty Howden, full stack developer, embed signage

Howden, 21, is a full stack developer and has led the development of embed signage from day one. Before this he worked closely on developing technical solutions for Onelan, who were so impressed with his technical development skills that they have showcased his work for the past four years at ISE and other events around the world.

According to his colleagues at embed, through both Onelan and embed signage, Howden has made a massive impact on the AV and digital signage world with thousands of people being exposed to projects he has been fundamental to. Not only has his development been appreciated and experienced by end users but his forward-thinking mentality and technical development skills have also influenced the likes of Onelan to develop their product and features further.

Madeleine Vining. senior AV technician, Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street and Chandos House

Vining joined the Royal Society of Medicine as a trainee AV technician in late 2012 age 23, as a graduate with a BSc in Music Technology with a background of work experience in broadcasting at the London Olympics and live music.

In less than three years she has progressed to AV technician and senior AV technician now supervising a team of five other AV techs across two buildings with three lecture theatres and 24 other meeting spaces.

She has used this time to become proficient or expert in sound engineering, camera operation, video editing, video streaming, interactive meeting technologies, troubleshooting AV in live events, networked AV systems, display technologies and IT support.

The InstallAwards will be presented at the Grand Connaught Rooms, London, on Friday 24 June. Tickets for the event are available now, visit:

InstallAwards 2016