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ISE 2015 preview – professional development

Here’s our selection from the huge array of professional development opportunities available at ISE 2015 – presented by industry associations or by exhibiting companies.

Apart from the sessions at the ISE Showfloor Theatres, places can be booked for these seminars and courses when you register for ISE. InfoComm and CEDIA courses have associated fees; however, InfoComm is offering free entrance to Members and Guest Members, while CEDIA members can redeem education vouchers to attend.

Make Your Meetings More Productive
Commercial Solutions Theatre (Stand 8-M370)

This is one of two half-hour sessions that first-time ISE exhibitor Microsoft will be presenting (the other is on Big Data). Frank Buchholz, senior partner/channel marketing manager, will discuss how Microsoft and its partners are focused on enabling productivity in any space where people come together to get things done. This session is on Tuesday at 11:30, Wednesday at 15:00 and Thursday at 10:30.

Selling Luxury
Residential Solutions Theatre (Stand 7-Z160)

In this session, which takes place on Tuesday at 14:00, Jeremy Burkhardt, CEO of Origin Acoustics, will discuss how creating a sense of wonder and awe around the products that you sell can tap into what wealthy customers are looking for to set themselves apart from the masses.

Digital Signage Market Briefings
Room: F102

Each day of the show, Daniel Russell of Invidis Consulting will give an executive introduction and summary of the digital signage market in the EMEA region. Following a review of 2014, he will present the trends and drivers for 2015 in the digital signage market.

The briefings take place at 14:00 on the Tuesday and Wednesday, and at 09:30 on the Thursday.

Visual Collaboration Across the Organisation
Unified Communications Theatre (Stand 9-A140)

On Tuesday at 14:00, John Underkoffler (pictured), CEO of Oblong Industries, will talk to Oblong customer Nigel Morris, CEO of Dentsu Aegis, about the importance of visual collaboration and the role of the user interface in shaping the future.

Five New Technologies That Will Change the Industry
Room D203

Joe Cornwall, technology evangelist at Legrand, believes that understanding the future is not about crystal ball-gazing, but using careful analysis and observation. He says: “If you want to know which devices you should plan for over the next five years and what direction the AV industry will take, this session will be time well spent.”

This hour-long session is at 10:00 on Thursday.

Ecological Automation – the Basics of Energy
Room D202

Are we overlooking energy efficiency in the connected home, asks Daniel Knight, technical director of Fibaro UK? This CEDIA-presented course looks at the role technology can play in ensuring we use less energy in a smart, automated way. It will explore the current and future technologies used in energy management and will take a look at the opportunities offered by low-cost energy technologies. The course runs from 09:15 to 10:45 on Thursday.

Intro to AV Networking
Room E102

This session, led by Darryl Bryans of Bose, will introduce delegates to technologies and future trends in AV networking. Hands-on workshops will expose attendees to Dante networking using a variety of components from participating manufacturers. It takes place on Tuesday from 10:00 to 12:30 and is limited to 50 attendees.

The HDBaseT Installer Expert Program
Room: G106

This free three-hour course, presented by the HDBaseT Alliance, is targeted at installers and integrators who would like to learn more about HDBaseT technology. Content will include technology principles, installation do’s and dont’s and best practice. Attendees will receive the 2015 HDBaseT Expert Certificate at the completion of the course. It takes place on Thursday at 10:00.