CEDIA enjoyed an incredibly productive few days at this year’s Integrated Systems Europe. The show provided a great platform to connect with the industry and for CEDIA to deliver a packed CEDIA training programme. It also gave CEDIA’s new president and CEO, Tabatha O’Connor, and her team a fantastic opportunity to meet with members and outline the Association’s new strategy.
“CEDIA has enjoyed a phenomenal ISE 2018,” commented O’Connor. “We are so proud to be co-owners of this amazing event. Our training programme featured more than 50 classes, across business and technical topics, and certification examinations that were very well supported by the industry. Meantime, our booth was buzzing with visitors, finding out more about our new strategic plan, meeting friends from the CEDIA community, and making great, new connections. Our exciting programme of CEDIA Talks on the booth also proved extremely popular. We look forward to our own CEDIA event in San Diego this coming September and a spectacular return to Amsterdam for ISE 2019.”
This year, all CEDIA training classes were purpose-designed to support technical and business skills with not only classroom-led teaching, but practical, hands-on experiences and e-learning. Education highlights included a full-day Advanced Home Cinema Design and Rack-Building workshops, as well as a two-part acoustics treatment training. Other sessions across the programme covered topics such as power management, power conditioning, local generation and storage, and PoE, as well as using VR for smart home designs, high resolution audio, lighting control, video displays, and much, much more. Meanwhile, business owners benefitted from insights provided by Leslie Shiner, the renowned US author, speaker and trainer, with a range of invaluable courses targeted at project managers and business owners.
If you missed the training programme at ISE, CEDIA offers year-round access to the most cutting-edge residential training through its website – www.cediaeducation.com – as well as in-person classes hosted more than weekly at the new St Neots learning lab, an inspiring space to learn the latest in trends, business practices, and technical training.
On the CEDIA booth, visitors were introduced to new disruptive technologies and thought-provoking topics with a number of CEDIA Talks taking place each day of the show. The 20-minute sessions were brought to you by the CEDIA Technology Council, with many leaving standing room only for attendees. These talks will be available on the CEDIA YouTube channel: 'CEDIAHQ'.
CEDIA also used ISE to unveil its new strategic plan. This plan aims for significant advances and leadership in three key areas: education; increasing professionalism though standards, guidelines, and best practices; and deeper engagement and partnership with the design and build community.
“We are incredibly energised about the future — for both our industry and our association. We look forward to sharing our progress and success with the members,” added O'Connor.
In 2018, CEDIA will be increasing education opportunities by expanding its in-person and online industry training, standards, and certification offerings. CEDIA is also growing regional training opportunities and improving the online experience for its members, as well as making it easier for members to access CEDIA training tools.