Orlando, FL (June 18, 2015)—Outside the Orange County Convention Center, welcoming the expected 35,000 attendees for InfoComm15, is a colorful sign that says it all—WOW. Taking up 515,000 square feet and 22 audio demo rooms, InfoComm’s trade show floor is once again offering attendees the unique experience of seeing (and hearing) the latest AV solutions up close.
InfoComm’s leadership has worked tirelessly for the last year to prepare for this week, taking careful consideration towards the technologies and content that pulls this show together. “We’ve been working on that for the entire attendance experience,” said David Labuskes, executive director and CEO, InfoComm International. “For our classroom and education offerings, we've revamped and enhanced more areas, and wanted to make sure we had consistent equipment for students to learn.”
Keeping the technologies consistent throughout the education and training sessions was key to helping create the experience, Labuskes explained. The same concept was utilized on the show floor, where attendees can experience the latest technologies and solutions close up. “It's this sensory overload experience that affects even the most seasoned attendees,” he said.
Jason McGraw, senior vice president of expositions, InfoComm International, said this year is the largest show to date. “The show is tracking very closely to where we were last year, but we have record hotel reservations,” he said. “That’s a good sign that the show is healthy. It’s one for the record books, and were very excited about that.”
Leading up to the show opening, Labuskes said the biggest buzz surrounded InfoComm’s new drone programs, with training sessions and a pavilion on the show floor. “We have over a dozen training sessions on that, with over 100 people registered for each—it’s standing room only,” Labuskes said. “Clearly we're new stuff junkies.”
The Women in AV breakfast is also expected to make a splash this year. Since it started two years ago, this event, meant to empower and support the women in the industry, has grown from 35 attendees to over 200 registered. “This is something we’re really excited about,” said Labuskes. “The momentum is just so cool to me.”
Labuskes said the Innovation Showcase is sure to add to the experience this year. “The Innovations Showcase gives the opportunity for early-stage companies to bring their innovations to show floor in a way that’s a less investment for them, but beneficial for the entire industry.”
Many of the changes to this year’s show were based on what did and did not work during the previous year, along with some new ideas. “Every success gives us an opportunity to get better the next year,” explained Labuskes. “One of the things that helps the industry get better is by not becoming complacent. We want to deliver a trade show that is most valuable for the attendees and exhibitors.”