By Corey Moss

Are you attending the show? Are you getting excited?

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It’s always an amazing time of the year when May arrives and the big show is just around the corner. This year’s InfoComm in Orlando, with all that it has to offer looks to be, well – electric.

It was 1995, Dallas, Texas, my first year attending the show. I was in the computer rental industry, which had its hand in AV with CRT projectors, fast fold screens, Extron and Inline devices, LCD overhead plates and more. We also of course had our hands in the latest and greatest in terms of what the computer world had to offer, from IBM, Compaq, Dell and Apple. I’ll never forget getting a hold of that Powerbook 140, the first true Apple laptop, when it came in to the shop – I had to be the first one to test it out. That was indeed Christmas, as was walking on to the show floor for the first time at InfoComm.

I’ll just mention the projection shoot-out – that was Christmas and New Years all wrapped into one room. I stopped, watched – with total amazement.

Over the years, I’ve watched the industry grow at the shows I’ve attended, many of them as a commercial integrator attendee, and the last several as a press representative. It’s truly beyond words what it’s all meant to me, as a part of this ever-expanding industry, as well as being involved in conversations in terms of AV, IT, IoT and more in-person, on videoconferences, and podcasts.

At the show, if you don’t already know wear comfortable shoes (two or three days can be tough on the feet), carry a water bottle, and get ready to take AVSelfie‘s as well. There is much to see, and it’s always advisable to plan ahead for the three days – the InfoComm mobile app (Apple, Android) is a must-have prior to and at the show, and it should very well be an attendee’s (especially first-time) guide for the entire show. Some great events taking place including Emerging Trends Day, Center Stage and the Women of InfoComm Network Breakfast (for which attendance has grown every year).

You can find coffee at booths across the show and beer at exhibitor Happy Hours – along with FREE BEER (This Is No Joke) throughout the show at two locations!

Of course, it’s also what takes place outside of the show that’s crowd-pleasing as there are always many parties to attend, some by invite only, and some just walk in and have a blast. The Drunk Unkles always play at InfoComm, this year of course is no exception:

The NSCA Education Foundation is excited to announce the Drunk Unkles’ first 2017 fundraiser, scheduled for Wednesday, June 14, at Orlando’s BB King’s Blues Club. Now in their 12th year of supporting the NSCA Education Foundation, the Drunk Unkles have generated more than $1 million through this annual event.

At Convergent AV, we’re excited to be covering the show – Alesia Hendley, Taylor Meyer and myself (so far) – along with podcasting with ‘The Crew’. And, for the second year in a row – InfoComm Karaoke on Tuesday night, and last year’s had a tremendous throw-down. This time I’m putting it together with the @madsoundguy – the site will be disclosed next week on our main podcast show The AV Life, so listen in to find out where we’ll all be partying!

A great time to be had by all for sure. And if for some reason you don’t – you’re just not living The AV Life…

More to come on InfoComm 2017 with podcasts, news and blogs throughout the month.

(Note: Listen to Taylor Meyer host Episode 28 of The AV Life – #robots).