Category AV Events

Crestron Masters and the Spaghetti Challenge

Today’s post is part two of David Thorson’s look at the Crestron Masters event. David is AVI-SPL’s senior manager for programming architecture, and a recognized expert within the AV industry. Read part one of his entry here.

This year at Crestron Masters, AVI-SPL extended the momentum to bring all of AVI-SPL’s 32 Crestron Certified programmers together. The time together consisted of team building, programming awards, panel discussion, targeted Crestron training, and AVI-SPL specific topics and an open discussion.

We kicked things off just after the Crestron Masters closing ceremony. As programmers we’re queuing up for their Crestron give away AVI-SPL was just getting started.

Team building
To break up the classroom overload that we just survived, we started with a fun teambuilding activity: the Spaghetti Tower Challenge! If you’re not familiar with this activity, let me set the scene. Each team consisted of three programmers, one Crestron technical director and 30 minutes on the clock. Each team had to gather the following supplies and given a limited set of instructions.

Supplies

  • 20 sticks of spaghetti
  • One yard of tape
  • One toothpick (flagpole)
  • One piece of paper (flag)

Instructions

  • Build the tallest tower
  • Create team flag
  • Tallest tower wins

Each team gave their best shot at building the tallest tower. We saw a lot of creativity and ingenuity. As the clock approached the deadline teams were still feverishly working. A few did not hold up to test, others pushed the rules, and the majority constructed a tower to be measured. The winners of this challenge went to:

  • Kevin Rusch (AVI-SPL Detroit)
  • Mario Roman (AVI-SPL Detroit)
  • Stan Pawlowski (AVI-SPL TSG Crestron Developer)
  • Jason Moulden (Technical Director Crestron Midwest)

So why a tower made of dry spaghetti? This exercise was more than just way to bring people together. This was about building something fast. Demonstrating that it’s important to learn from mistakes early. And proving that continuous iteration to improve a solution pays off.

In part 3 of my recap of Crestron Masters 2016, we’ll look at the winners of the first-ever AVI-SPL programming awards, and touch on the joint discussion panel between Crestron and AVI-SPL.

April 27 Webinar: Workplace Transformation

Still not sure what workplace transformation means or how it applies to your organization? Hear experts from Cisco and AMX discuss this timely topic Wednesday, April 27 at 1 p.m. EST.

Cisco’s John Franklin will explain what’s changed in the workplace in terms of collaboration, workloads, and the technology that brings people together to work on projects. Bob Sharp of AMX will offer his insight into the control systems that streamline and automate meeting functions like room scheduling and setup. He’ll look at the value of the enterprise IT network in managing an array of workplace source devices and endpoints.

Some of the topics to be addressed include:

  • Challenges to collaboration
  • Factors driving workplace change
  • Why you need to care about workplace challenges
  • Benefits of Cisco and AMX solutions in fostering positive change

Register for “Workplace Transformation with Cisco and AMX by Harman.”

Be AVI-SPL’s Guest at InfoComm 2016

If you plan on attending — and if you’re reading this, why wouldn’t you be? — keep in mind that no InfoComm show is complete without visiting the systems integrator that tops the Systems Contractor News rankings year after year.

So while you’re at the Las Vegas Convention Center this June 8-10, come see us at booth N1218 and learn how we design, build, and support collaboration solutions by working with the companies you’ll see throughout the exhibition hall.

And if you’ve been on the fence about heading out to Vegas for the professional AV industry’s biggest show in North America, we’ll make it easy for you: Register for an InfoComm 2016 exhibit pass for free using our VIP code, AVI159.

InfoComm registration page: https://registration.experientevent.com/showinf161

Team Collaboration Event at Ford Field This April

Join AVI-SPL on Thursday, April 21, 2016 to learn how you can enable Team Collaboration while satisfying the needs of Digital Immigrants and Digital Natives.

The forum will take place at Tech Stars Mobility at Ford Field in Detroit.

We will feature several experts that will speak to the following areas:

  • Team Collaboration
  • Workspace and Workplace
  • Mobility and BYOD
  • Collaboration Security

You’ll also get to meet with manufacturer partners who will demonstrate technology that powers team collaboration.

Microsoft, Polycom, Cisco, SMART, Oblong, Smart Technologies and Prysm.

We’ll also have food and refreshments in addition to some excellent giveaways.

Register for the event.

We hope to see you there!

See Advanced Projection Mapping at Orlando iX

If you’ve been tasked with leading your organization’s digital innovation strategy, then you’ll want to check out the Digital Expo at OrlandoiX, October 5 and 6 at the Orange County Convention Center.

For the Digital Expo, Christie Digital will join us at our booth to demonstrate tools for projection mapping applications.

Our booth will feature an interactive AutoMapper demonstration, which showcases an application of mapping onto a scale model of a building and uses Christie tools to quickly and effortlessly converge the projectors onto the surface of the model.

We look forward to seeing you. Register for Orlando iX and the Digital Expo.