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CEDIA Expo 2018


CEDIA Expo is the event that’s making smart homes genius. More than 20,000 home tech pros and 500+ exhibitors convene for the leading event in connected technology – receive concentrated access to new products, breakthrough innovations and targeted training in tech integration.

CEDIA Expo will take place September 4-8, 2018, at the San Diego Convention Center. The event will feature five days of networking, CEDIA training, brand exposure, and product launches.

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Find Katye McGregor Bennett’s AV Trade Talk podcast here.

The AV Life CEDIA 2018

Listen to The AV Life “Road to CEDIA” podcasts (Katye McGregor Bennett hosts):

Episode 94: The Road to CEDIA Expo 2018 – A Focus on Trade Show, Experiences and Partnerships

Guests: Tim Sinnaeve – Managing Director at Barco Residential, Robert Keeler – Vice President of Sales at Stewart Filmscreen, Nader Dajani – Head of Business Development at JStar LLC (, Bryce Nordstrand – Chief Sales Officer at Access Networks, Matt Montgomery – President at Tym Smart Homes and Home Theaters, Allen Tremble – CEO at Acoustic Evolution

Episode 95: The Road to CEDIA Expo 2018 – A Focus on Trade Show, Experiences and Trends

Guests: Jayson Savage – Western Regional Technical Manager Premium and Custom Installation products at Sony Electronics, Alex Capecelatro – CEO at, Tim Bigoness – Chief Marketing Officer at D-Tools, Inc., Joey Kolchinsky – Founder, CEO at OneVision Resources, George Walter – President at RAYVA, Mark Cichowski – CEO at Clarity AV International, Inc./Founder of Technology & Business Summit, Joe Whitaker – Founder & President at The Thoughtful Home/ CEDIA Board of Directors, David Watson –Consultant, Allie Watson – Digital Strategy Specialist at KMB Communications, Inc., Bruce Reed – Senior Systems Engineer at Cloud9 Smart, Gordon Van Zuiden – Owner at cyberManor

Episode 96: The Road to CEDIA Expo 2018 – We Couldn’t Design It Any Better… Let’s Do This!

Guests: Brian Pagel – Senior Vice President at Emerald Expositions, Giles Sutton – Senior Vice President of Industry Engagement at CEDIA, Toni Sabatino – President at NKBA Manhattan Chapter, Alex Capecelatro – CEO at, Frank White – Senior Consultant at Weld2 & StayTuned, Brad Hintze – Sr. Director Product Marketing at Control4, Emily Harger – Senior Marketing Manager at Séura


Programs at CEDIA Expo:

Design Connection

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CEDIA announced the debut of Design Connection, a program that will unite technology integrators with design and construction professionals in order to create further collaborations and partnerships. The new platform will feature multiple programs and networking opportunities throughout CEDIA Expo 2018. Design and technology collaboration opportunities include viewing products in the Design Connection Pavilion, participation in the Design Connection Tour Series and the Bourbon and Brownies networking event.

Endorsed by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), the Design Connection Pavilion is an is an area on the show floor designed to showcase kitchen and bath brands using connected technology in their products. The 30’ x 30’ space is a gallery concept located in Hall C and will feature technology products specifically suited to compliment design and construction integration.

Having an area on the show floor dedicated to technology and design integration will spark needed conversations between the two professional groups,” says Suzie Williford, NKBA’s executive vice president of industry relations & CSO. “Kitchen and bath designers are hungry for products that will move the needle on technology integration in intelligently built environments.”

The Design Connection Tours, held on September 6 and 7, will mutually benefit designers and integrators alike as the tours serve the purpose of creating a professional dialogue about the intelligently built connected environment. The tours will be led and curated by two technology integrators and will lead 10-15 certified designers around select exhibitor booths. The tour will also feature a stop at the Design Connection Pavilion. There will be ten exhibitors chosen for each tour, eight selected by the expert tour guides and two sponsorship opportunities.

Both tours will feature a complimentary lunch for all participants as well as a ticket to “Bourbon and Brownies,” an invitation-only cocktail hour and networking session. “Design Connection will create multiple learning opportunities for designers, architects and builders to gather knowledge from integrators, the connected technology experts,” says Brian Pagel, senior vice president, Emerald Expositions. “Integrator and designer relationships are vital to achieve the modern customer’s goals— beautifully designed space with seamless smart technology integration.”

One of the key initiatives outlined in CEDIA’s three-year strategy is to build awareness and create demand for CEDIA members’ services with architects, builders, and designers. CEDIA sees this as the most effective way to move the needle for the industry and for CEDIA members, the fact that Emerald is so aligned with us on this goal will only amplify this message to our industry partners,” said Tabatha O’Connor, CEDIA president and CEO.

For more information regarding Design Connection, visit here.

TechBites Program

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The inaugural TechBites program will be held on the 2018 CEDIA Expo Smart Stage from Sep 6-8, 2018. TechBites is designed for exhibiting brands to launch their most innovative products in a “speeddating” format. The audience will experience a lively, three-minute presentation from each brand, followed by a three-minute Q & A session fielding questions from the media, influencers and industry pros. A judging panel from different areas of the industry will choose 15 brands who are bringing the latest and most innovative products to the show to participate.

TechBites will showcase five (5) brands on each day of the Expo. Each day will feature a unique category:

  • Smart Home — September 6
  • Home Theater — September 7
  • Security — September 8

TechBites will give brands an opportunity to share their innovations in an enthusiastic and energetic format at CEDIA Expo 2018,” says Brian Pagel, senior vice president, Emerald Expositions. “We are excited to introduce this new program, giving brands the chance to tell their story at the industry’s top tier event for connected technology within the built environment. We encourage any and all exhibiting brands to apply for this opportunity.”

On each of the three days of TechBites, presentation highlights will be shared and live streamed via CEDIA Expo’s Facebook page.

Find out more about TechBites, the host and the judges here.

Innovation Alley—Launch Pad for New Brands

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CEDIA Expo celebrates past and current exhibitors in the CEDIA Expo Innovation Alley—the 2,000-squarefoot section of the CEDIA Expo show floor devoted to celebrating new-to-market technology products and services for the built environment. In the past two years, more than 40 brands have launched new products and services as part of Innovation Alley, and many attribute their success to being part of this novel platform.

CEDIA Expo and Innovation Alley were absolutely pivotal in enabling us to test the dealer market for our product while at the same time provide unbelievable exposure and build valuable relationships in the industry,” said Trung Pham, founder, CEO, Axis Labs.

CEDIA Expo has been a great way for our company to get exposure to integrators and manufacturers in the industry,” said J.B. Fowler, chief revenue officer, Domotz, Inc. “Innovation Alley provided a forum to showcase our technology and educate the channel on how Domotz could improve their business models. I’m looking forward to continued success at CEDIA Expo.”

We had just opened HDMI Staffing when we displayed in Innovation Alley at the 2017 CEDIA Expo, and we literally didn’t know what to expect,” said Brent Wiseman, chief operations officer, HDMI Staffing. “In the end, it far surpassed our expectations by providing immediate business at the show and immediately after. It was a major help in putting us on the map within the integrator community.”

Axis Labs, Domontz Inc. and HDMI Staffing are all returning exhibitors for CEDIA Expo 2018.

Find out more about CEDIA Expo 2018 Innovation Alley here.


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