CEDIA Talks 

Join CEDIA for the always popular CEDIA Talks in booth 1301! Hear from top industry minds on critical topics affecting the home tech industry and what to expect tomorrow. Only 20 minutes long, CEDIA Talks offer crucial insights into emerging trends, new and innovative technologies, and even how to strengthen overall business practices. 

Thursday, September 12

Maurice Karagiorgos, Sales Manager & System Sales Engineer, Lutron Electronics

Exploring the exciting evolution of lighting from filament lamps to LEDs, and the protocols that are propelling it. This whistle-stop tour of all things lighting will ensure you’ve heard of the light sources, as well as the acronyms and the buzz words that are illuminating our world and providing business opportunities for integrators.

Michael Heiss, Principal Consultant, M. Heiss Consulting
Some pundits are saying that the size and quality of emerging direct-view LED displays may mean the "end of projection." Perhaps, perhaps not, as both technologies will likely remain viable into the future. Which is best in a given application? What are the costs and pitfalls? Learn the facts at this CEDIA Talk to reach the right solution for your installations.world and providing business opportunities for integrators.
Christiaan Beukes, Owner, Artcoustic SA/Sphere Custom Design
The internet of everything. Name a smart device that doesn’t have some form of sensor in it bet you can’t because they don’t exist. Let's dissect the ongoing battle of privacy versus data harvesting, the uberization and click-of-a-button availability of anything and everything aimed at making your life easier, more relaxed, and more sinisterly controlled. If you’re not paying for it, you are it: advertising, marketing…everything and everyone has a price – you just don’t know that you’ve already been sold. This is a short, sharp but human perspective on daily interactions with “harmless” technology, the constant grapple for subconscious control of our information, our wallets, our lives, and the subtle, “smart” subversion of our perceptions.

FRIDAY, September 13

Ken Erdmann, Owner, The Erdmann Group 
LED lighting, USB power, and POE are just a few culprits creating problems for power systems in the home. Non-linear loads  are creating terrible harmonics that affect power quality and efficiency. Alternative energy solutions output DC, then we convert it to AC, then back do DC! How do we ensure proper power with low noise? The weakest link happens to be the storage batteries. What is going on in the world to help solve these problems?  We'll talk all of this and new, emerging battery technologies.
Michael Heiss, Principal Consultant, M. Heiss Consulting
eSports is growing as quickly as any other professional sports., At the same time, home- and professional gamers are making big money as home-based e-gamers. This FREE CEDIA Talk will give you the highlights on how to create an eSports environment in the residential space. NO games here! This is a potential money maker for the residential professional. CEDIA Fellow Michael Heiss will help you understand what it is all about.
Julie Jacobson, CE Pro & Bigger Things, Emerald Expositions
Ask any integrator how they market, and most will tell you: “I don’t need to. It’s all word-of-mouth.” Well, neighborhood networks are the new word-of-mouth. Hyperlocal social platforms like Nextdoor (and soon Google and Facebook) allow neighbors to engage, build trust, recommend, provide feedback, and spread the word to adjacent communities. Owning a neighborhood – enjoying a high saturation of customers in a small area – is not only self-perpetuating, it’s highly efficient, enabling techs to make multiple service calls in a single run. Let’s discuss how custom integrators can win the neighborhood.
Nathan Holmes, Technical Trainer, Access Networks
With Wi-Fi now an expected utility in all buildings and 5G threatening to change the landscape of mobile data, what's next for our beloved Wi-Fi? Enter 'WiFi 6' the next big thing in wireless LAN! The introduction of WiFi 6 will bring, not only speed and capacity benefits, but a complete renaming of the WiFi standards we know and love. In this talk we'll delve into the dataspeeds, radio bands, and device availability and learn the new lannuage of WiFi standards!

saturday, September 14

Rich Green, Owner, Rich Green, InkPeter Aylett, President and CTO, Archimedia 
As social and consumer trends mature, so does the ever-shifting aspirational definition of AI (Artificial Intelligence). This session will define the important terms, and explore how the next decade will see a gradual shift towards the previously sci-fi reality of Broad General AI, and how this will affect the experiences and solutions that we'll be delivering to our customers in the future.
Christiaan Beukes, Owner, Artcoustic SA/Sphere Custom Design
We're the industry that connects the dots, but the dots keep moving! Yesterday, we were wiring for RF technologies and the coming of HD. Today, we're figuring out multiple streaming technologies over three different existing infrastructures in a home. Tomorrow, we're going to deal with the headache of HDMI X.x; Technology is the fastest growing, consistently changing, and constantly adapting industry there is; taking a glimpse at what is to come can give us a solid foundation for how we could adapt our individual businesses to better cater for the client of tomorrow. 
Rich Green, Owner, Rich Green, Ink
In a few short years, every aspect of our daily lives will be transformed by the Spatial Web. It starts today with the convergence of IoT, 5G, AR/VR, and Blockchain. Virtually everything in our environment will be both physical and digital. Objects, rooms, buildings and vehicles will have spatial URLs allowing us to interact with layer upon layer of dynamic data made decentralized and secure with open operating systems authenticated by our personal, rule-based blockchain systems. This short talk will tease you with the Spatial Web, aka Web 3.0, and how it will change everything.

Michael Heiss, Principal Consultant, M.Heiss Consulting
Video displays have gone from CRT to plasma and then to LCD, QLED and OLED, and now DirectLED and microLED. Projection systems have gone from bulky three-tube CRT systems to laser illuminated systems, and now to laser-direct as well. This talk will briefly review the current state of video displays and, pun intended, project where it is going in the future. 
Peter Aylett, President and CTO, Archimedia 
As the authority in the design and installation of spaces in the home, CEDIA already has a range of recommended practices and other resources that define best practice. 2019 will see all of these updated, and three new exciting ones added to make up the complete picture to define performance grades, define engineering specifications for products, define design best practice, and bring all these together with comprehensive guidance notes. This session will outline CEDIA's plans and also introduce potential opportunities for CEDIA members to get involved in this exciting industry defining work.

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