InfoComm is less than two weeks away and I'M SO EXCITED! This is the first time in over a decade that I won't be on the exhibitor side of the fence so it'll be a whole new world for me.
I can't really say I'm sad to not be setting up in 100-degree heat, but I will definitely miss the camaraderie that comes from bonding over the aches and pains of putting a booth together. I also miss the Exhibitor Committee where I met a ton of new friends, and did a lot of idea-swapping. If you're exhibiting, you NEED to be a part of the committee (it's open to all!); contact Kurt St. Clair to get involved.
Speaking of bonding, I'm really looking forward to all the networking opportunities the show provides. I'm also stoked about my very cool friends teaching a variety of classes and educating #AVTweeps. With that said, here are some of the places you'll find me during InfoComm 2018 (and some shameless promotion for my friends!).
Tuesday, June 5
Emerging Trends Day
I could tell you all about this but I already did in the VIP issue of the InfoComm Show Daily. Missed it? Read more: www.avnetwork.com/news/emerging-trends-day-2018
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
I'm sure you've all heard me rave about TIDE at the InfoComm 2017 show in Orlando. This year's TIDE is going to be even better because my girl Margot Douaihy is moderating a panel session—Designing the Customer Experience: Nike NYC Headquarters Case Study. While it's a full day event, Margot goes on at 10:45 a.m.
Read more: http://tideconference.com/las-vegas/las-vegas-schedule-at-a-glance
Park MGM, 8:00 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.
SCN InfoComm Installation Product Awards
We received many cool entries, and a team of top-secret integrators narrowed it down to three finalists per category. Who will take home the trophies?
Read more: www.avnetwork.com/systems-contractor-news/voting-opens-for-2018-scn-infocomm-awards
LVCC, Room N252, 2:00 p.m.
InfoComm Opening Reception
It's free to all attendees and at a super hip nightclub.
Read more: www.infocommshow.org/event-info/special-events/networking-receptions
Omnia Nightclub, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
SCN The Nine Meet Up
This year's class of #SCNTheNine is so cool that they independently planned their own meet up...and all via Twitter!
Read more: www.avnetwork.com/features/the-nine-2018
Nine Fine Irishmen, 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 6
As the reigning 2017 Young AV Professional, I'm particularly excited for this crown-passing ceremony (totally dramatizing this). Catch up with all of the 2018 AVIXA Award winners and hear about their achievements on Day 1 of the show.
Read more: www.avnetwork.com/news/avixa-announces-2018-award-winners
LVCC, Booth N1646, 4:00 p.m.
AV Tweet Up
The AVNation AV Tweet Up is a chance for those of us who have connected online and through social media to meet IRL. Grab me for an #AVSelfie and tag me on Twitter @MeganADutta.
Read more and register: www.eventbrite.com/e/avnation-infocomm-2018-tweetup-tickets-45417651418
LVCC, Room N217, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 7
AVIXA Women's Breakfast
This is one of my favorite events each year. It's where I first fan-girled Hope Roth (winner of this year's Educator of the Year!), and have met a ton of really cool women in the industry.
Westgate Hotel Las Vegas, Ballroom A, 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Friday, June 8
Center Stage is FREE to all attendees throughout the show and features 20-minute Ted-Talk-style presentations. But Friday is going to be especially powerful. Lady Gaga's producer DJ White Shadow and the famed Alesia Hendley within hours of each other? Need to see.
Read more: www.infocommshow.org/education--conferences/center-stage
LVCC, Booth N1646, 10:30 a.m. - 2:50 p.m.
As soon as the show floor closes, I'm off to enjoy a weekend in Vegas with my bestie. I plan to do some hiking, eat some good food, and have lots of girl talk.
Tell me: How will you recover from the show?
Megan A. Dutta