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InfoComm 2017 to welcome first class of Emerging Trends Fellows

InfoComm International, in partnership with IMCCA, will host a day of emerging trends education on Tuesday, 13 June, the day before the InfoComm 2017 showfloor opens at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The special day of insight into the future of the AV industry will feature the inaugural class of Emerging Trends Fellows – experts chosen for their knowledge of a cross-section of critical technology areas.

InfoComm 2017, taking place 10-16 June (exhibits: 14-16 June), is sponsored by Presenting Show Partner Samsung, and Strategic Show Partners Blackmagic Design and Crestron.

In addition to Emerging Trends Day, InfoComm 2017 will feature a new Center Stage, located on the exhibit floor, where AV industry thought leaders will showcase case studies and real-world AV solutions to customers’ enterprise technology challenges.

“Through Emerging Trends Day and Center Stage, InfoComm 2017 attendees will see how AV technology is creating remarkable solutions and customer outcomes,” said Jason McGraw, CTS, CAE, Senior Vice President of Expositions, InfoComm International. “Along with our TIDE conference, plus a variety of new sessions added to our regular education offerings, attendees will gain fresh context for all the new products that will be on display from 1,000 exhibitors.”

Also new this year is TIDE (Technology. Innovation. Design. Experience.), a one-day conference at InfoComm 2017 for examining the strategic impact of AV technology. It was created not just for AV professionals, but also for design professionals and enterprise technology customers. TIDE will feature keynote speakers Matthew Luhn, one of the original story creators at Pixar, and virtual reality pioneer Nonny de la Peña. For more information, visit

InfoComm 2017 will also introduce the new Immersive Technology Pavilion, an area dedicated to augmented reality, virtual reality and 360-degree video solutions. The new pavilion will include hands-on experiences of application-specific VR environments, and attendees will learn how AR, VR and 360 video (sometimes called immersive video) can be used in commercial AV applications.

“For InfoComm 2017, we want to show attendees how they can employ technology to get results for their customers,” said Rachel Bradshaw, Director of Expositions Content, InfoComm International. “We selected our Emerging Trend Fellows for their deep-rooted knowledge of technology that spans manufacturers. It’s our goal that attendees will leave those sessions better informed and ready to get the most out of the show floor.”

Emerging Trends Day will kick off with Pete Putman, CTS, of ROAM Consulting, who will provide his popular, annual forecast of future trends in the pro-AV industry. Next, Dr. S. Ann Earon, President of Telemanagement Resources International, will moderate a series of 30-minute briefings with the nine 2017 Emerging Trends Fellows. Attendees can join some or all of the sessions.

The fellows and their topics for discussion are (in scheduled order of appearance):

Mike Sinclair, Vice President/Owner, Audio Incorporated
Microphones and Audio Processing

Joel Silver, President, Imaging Science Foundation Inc.
Display Technology

Manolo Almagro, Managing Director, Innovations, TPN

Digital Signage

Hope Roth, CTS, Lead Programmer, Riordan Brothers Integration
Control Systems

David Danto, Director of Emerging Technology/Principal Consultant, IMCCA/Dimension Data
UC, Videoconferencing and Huddle Rooms

Irwin Lazar, Vice President and Service Director, Nemertes Research
Workstream and Team Chat Solutions (Slack, Spark, Microsoft Teams)

Tim Banting, Principal Analyst, Collaboration and Communications, GlobalData
Collaboration Using Apps and APIs

Brent Kelly, President and Principal Analyst, KelCor Inc.
The Cloud and XaaS

Ira Weinstein, Senior Analyst and Partner, Wainhouse Research
Monitoring and Managed Services

IMCCA will formally recognise the Emerging Trends Fellows at its State of Collaboration Lunch and Learn, to be held the following day, June 14.

“We’re looking forward to presenting the Emerging Trends Day program we’ve been developing with InfoComm,” said Carol Zelkin, Executive Director of IMCCA. “Our fellows will provide extraordinary insight into the rapidly changing world of collaboration we live and work in. Knowledge sharing and meeting new industry professionals is what InfoComm is all about.”

The Emerging Trends Day is part of the InfoComm’s expanded Seminar and Workshop Package. For 2017, package programming starts on Tuesday and runs through Friday. It includes Emerging Trends Day and InfoComm’s regular training programs, plus the Standards Plenary, all Manufacturers’ Training, new solution-selling courses, the digital signage sessions from Invidis Consulting, and more. At InfoComm 2016, more than 2,500 attendees opted for the package, which allows them to pay one price for unlimited access to education sessions.

To learn more about InfoComm 2017 and register, visit: