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AV Week 2010 Wrap-Up

…And just like that, AV Week 2010 has passed. Here’s a quick look back at all of the fun we had this year.

AV Week Projector Giveaway

In honor of AV Week 2010, AVI-SPL teamed up with NEC Display to award a brand new NEC M260X projector to a K-12 school here in the United States. We received more than 40 entries in total and, after a close race, Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School in Okeechobee, FL, was named the winner. Congratulations! Thanks to everyone who submitted entries and voted! We’ll post photos of the winner accepting the projector soon.

AV Trivia

AV Week isn’t just about giveaways — it’s about educating everyone about the AV industry. In keeping with this theme, we asked our online followers and employees various trivia questions all week. To keep it fun, we gave away cool prize packs, too!

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AV Spirit Days

AVI-SPL employees showed their AV pride all week with our themed Spirit Days. We posted all of the entries (nearly 60 in all!) on Facebook and let our fans pick their favorites. Click the thumbnails to view full-size photos of our winners!

In keeping with the educational focus of AV Week, we posted relevant facts on our employee portal for each day, including tidbits about manufacturer partners, products, company history, training and certification. Our CEO John Zettel wrapped up the week with an employee address about his vision for the future of AVI-SPL and the AV industry.

Manufacturer Monday

On Monday, employees sported manufacturer attire. AVI-SPL’s Denver office put on a great show and was our clear Manufacturer Monday winner! One employee didn’t have any gear from his favorite manufacturers (Revolabs & Biamp), so he grabbed some boxes and jumped in the photo!

Team Tuesday

We’ve got spirit – yes we do, we’ve got spirit – how ‘bout you? On Tuesday, we asked employees to show their AVI-SPL pride by wearing our signature blue and green. Our winner was Phil from our Dubai office, who paired a blue & green tie with a sharp black suit. Our employees are lookin’ good all around the world.

Geek It Up Wednesday

Horn-rimmed glasses, pocket protectors, bowties, oh my! AV is typically seen as an industry for geeks, so we decided to embrace the stereotype for Geek It Up Wednesday! A few of our employees proved that geek can be chic in this challenge. Jessica in Tampa took home the prize.

Throwback Thursday

AV people just love technology. On Thursday, we challenged employees to show off their most prized vintage piece of equipment. We were blown away by the 30+ pieces of old tech that were submitted! Slide projectors, record players, Apple computers from the 1980s, and even an 8-track of the original Star Wars soundtrack were submitted (along with LOTS of other stuff!). The voting was tight, but Frank from our Boston office won with his entry– a stereo amplifier that he bought with money earned from his paper route in 1965. Cool!

Future Friday

On Friday, we asked employees to submit photos of their most high-tech piece of equipment. Dave from Creative Show Services submitted a photo of his new iPad and took home Friday’s prize.

Click here to see more AV Spirit Days entries on Facebook!

AV Week Proclamation

Much to our delight, Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio signed a proclamation declaring October 17-23, 2010 to be officially AV Week across the city.

“Mayor Iorio’s proclamation further solidifies the immense impact the audiovisual industry has on the public,” said John Zettel, CEO, AVI-SPL. “With companies looking at ways to reduce travel costs and be more environmentally friendly, we’re seeing more and more adoption of videoconferencing and Telepresence solutions.” Zettel added, “We’re very proud to be headquartered in Tampa. The region’s diverse industry landscape combined with the abundance of talented professionals makes Tampa an ideal place to lay down a company’s roots.”

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AV Week Factoids

We’re getting our employees in on the AV Week fun with special activities and contests just for them! Thanks to some of our AV industry experts, we’ve created a list of AV Trivia to put our employees to the test. Winners will receive a pack of AV Week and AVI-SPL branded prizes! We’ll be posting the trivia Q&As and winners throughout the week right here…

Monday’s Trivia:

Q: What does the 7 and 1 stand for in a 7.1 sound system?

A: Seven discrete channels of audio (Left, Right, Center, Left Surround, Right Surround, Left and Right Back) and one subwoofer.

Winner: Chip Garrett from Atlanta

Q: 3D has brought new excitement to the movie industry. There are two types of 3D that require the use of glasses. What are they? BONUS: There is one type of 3D being sold today that does not require any glasses at all. What term describes it?

A: Passive and Active

Bonus: Lenticular

Winner: David Harris from Tampa

 

Tuesday’s Trivia:

Q: What does USGBC stand for? What does LEED stand for?

A: U.S. Green Building Council, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

Winner: Jacob Ayers from Atlanta

Q: In order for a commercial building to achieve the highest level of LEED (Platinum), how many points must they earn?

A: 80+ points

Winner: Alex Rodriguez from Ft. Lauderdale

 

Wednesday’s Trivia

Q: Before being renamed InfoComm, what was the AV industry organization called?

A: ICIA (International Communications Industries Association) was the name prior to InfoComm

Winner: Lisa Berry from Ft. Lauderdale

Q: How many levels of InfoComm CTS certification are there? List them all.

A: CTS (general), CTS-I (installation), CTS-D (design)

Winner: Craig Hertzler from King of Prussia, PA

 

Thursday’s Trivia

Q: What was Panasonic’s first home theater projector model?

A: PT-AE100U

Winner: Mary Lovett from Atlanta

Q: What is the origin of the word “codec”?

A:  Compressor-decompressor, coder-decoder

Winner: Mark Cretella from Columbia, MD

Bonus!

Q: When did ProjectorPeople.com go online? (To be eligible, your answer must include the correct month and year.)

A: January 1999

Winner: Vicken Aghazarian from Philadelphia

 

Friday’s Trivia:

Q: What product gives you 1080P video conferencing at home?

A: Cisco Umi

Winner: Michael Kaether from Tampa

 Q: There is only one projector on the market today that uses a single chassis unit with a single lens to project Passive 3D; which company manufacturers this unit?

A: LG Electronics

Winner: Ben Elliott in Atlanta

Win Prizes with AVI-SPL Trivia!

We quizzed our customers and online fans in honor of AV Week. Winners recieved fun AVI-SPL branded prize packs!

AV Week Trivia

Q: What year did Audio Visual Innovations and Signal Perfection Ltd. merge to form AVI-SPL?
A: 2008
Congratulations to our winner – Melody from Dallas!

Q: What college did CEO John Zettel attend?
A: Florida State University

Q: AVI-SPL has nearly 40 offices around the world. Name one international office location.
A: Dubai, UAE & Mexico
Congratulations to our winner – Janice O.!

Q: AVI-SPL’s President retired last month. What is her name?
A:
Stephenie Scanlon
Congratulations to our winner – Linda from Massachusetts!

Q: At AVI-SPL, what division does CRG stand for?
A: Control Room Group
Congratulations to our winner – Kimberly from Tampa!

Q: At AVI-SPL, what division does CS2 stand for?
A: Creative Show Services
Congratulations to our winner – Penny from Indiana!

Q: What do the “AVI” and “SPL” in AVI-SPL stand for?
A: Audio Visual Innovations & Signal Perfection Limited
Congratulations to our winner –  Gregory from Tampa!

Q: What is the name of AVI-SPL’s education e-newsletter?
A: Bright Ideas

Q:What are the names of AVI-SPL’s Executive Chairman and Vice Chairman?
A: Martin/Marty Schaffel and Chad Gillenwater
Congratulations to our second winner –  Sarah from New York!

Q: Name one stadium/arena project AVI-SPL (or legacy AVI / SPL) has worked on.

A: Yankee Stadium

Congratulations to our winner Harry from Maryland!

Q: In what city is AVI-SPL’s corporate headquarters located?
A: Tampa, Florida
Congratulations to our first winner – Natalie from Minnesota!

Trivia Prizes

Bag o’ Goodies for our winners includes AVI-SPL-branded:

  • Soft-sided cooler
  • Tumbler (for hot or cold beverages!)
  • Recycled notebook and pen
  • USB memory stick

Winners: We’ll be mailing your prize packs later this week!

 

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Official Rules

Tools for Educators Projector Giveaway Rules

The following Sweepstakes is intended for participation in the United States only and shall only be construed and evaluated according to United States law. Do not proceed in this Sweepstakes if you are not a legal resident of one of the 50 United States or D.C., or if you do not fall within the other eligibility requirements set forth in the official rules below.

HOW TO ENTER:

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THE PRIZE. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

To enter the Tools for Educators Projector Giveaway, complete the entry form between 12:00:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) on October 11, 2010 and 11:59:59 p.m. ET on October 21, 2010 (the “Entry Period”). Entries become property of AVI-SPL, Inc. By submitting an entry, the author waives all rights of ownership, control, and future compensation. By submitting your entry, you allow your entry and school name to be posted for public voting. Voting will take place between 12:00:00 a.m. ET October 25, 2010 and 11:59:59 p.m. ET on October 28, 2010. The entry with the most votes receives the Prize (defined below). In the event of a tie, AVI-SPL reserves the right to pick a winner, or to extend the voting period until a winner is selected. All entries must be submitted via Entry Form during the Entry Period, according to all applicable directions as listed on the Web Site, or the entry will be void. Those who do not fill in all the required fields will be disqualified. Entries generated by a script, macro or other automated means will be disqualified. Sponsor (defined below) is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, illegible, incomprehensible or misdirected entries, bugs, failures in servers, hardware or software transmission failure or loss or delayed or corrupted data transmissions or any injury or damage to an entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from downloading any portion of this Sweepstakes. All entries will become the property of Sponsor and none will be returned. Limit one entry per school and per email address. If Sponsor discovers multiple entries submitted for the same school, the first entry submitted will be accepted for the contest, and later submissions will be disqualified. This Sweepstakes is void where prohibited or restricted by law. The potential winning school will be notified via entrant’s e-mail that the school, subject to verification, is the Prize winner. If a potential winning school does not respond within seven (7) business days from Sponsor’s first notification attempt, or if an entrant is found to be ineligible or not in compliance with the official rules, or if the potential winning school rejects the Prize, such potential winning school will be disqualified and an alternate winning school may be selected. If any Prize or Prize notification is returned as undeliverable, the winning school may be disqualified and an alternate winning school may be selected at Sponsor’s sole discretion.

ELIGIBILITY:

The Sweepstakes is open to public or private K-12 schools, operating in one of the fifty (50) United States or District of Columbia (“D.C.”) (but specifically excluding U.S. territories and protectorates (including, without limitation, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa) and foreign-based U.S. embassies and military installations). Individuals entering the contest must be 18 years of age or older as of the date of entry. Employees of AVI-SPL, Inc. (“Sponsor”), and its partners, parent companies, divisions, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising, promotion and public relations agencies and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives, agents and assigns (collectively, the “Sponsor Affiliates”) are not eligible to participate in the Sweepstakes and/or win a Prize. Additionally, relatives and household members (whether related or not) of such employees are not eligible to win. For the purposes of this Sweepstakes, relatives are defined as spouse, mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, brother, sister, children and grandchildren (whether biological, adopted, step or in-law). In addition, you are not eligible to participate or win a Prize in this Sweepstakes if you have been involved in the development, production (including Prize suppliers), implementation and distribution of this Sweepstakes or any of Sponsor’s websites.

PRIVACY:

Any information collected will be subject to Sponsor’s Privacy Policy. By entering the Sweepstakes, you acknowledge that you have agreed to the Policy and you consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information for the purposes of administering this Sweepstakes in accordance with the Policy. If you wish to access or correct your personal information held by us, opt out of receiving further communications from us, or have other questions respecting our privacy policy, please contact us at webmaster@avispl.com »

WINNERS/PRIZE:

One (1) Prize consisting of one (1) NEC M260X Projector will be awarded in the Sweepstakes. Prize winners will be determined based on votes received during the voting period. The approximate retail value (“ARV”) of the prize is $1199.99.

Limit one (1) prize per school/e-mail address. No transfer, cash equivalent or Prize substitution allowed, except at Sponsor’s sole discretion. To claim the prize, a school representative must submit a letter of acceptance signed by the school Principal on official school stationery. Sponsor may also require winner(s) (or winner’s parent/legal guardian if winner is an eligible minor) to sign an affidavit of eligibility, liability release, and publicity release (where legal) as a condition of winner being awarded a Prize, and such signed documents must be returned within time frame set forth by Sponsor in winner notification materials or prize may be forfeited and an alternate winner selected. Decisions made by Sponsor are final in all matters, including interpretation of these official rules, awarding of the Prize and the value placed on a Prize and those decisions are final, binding and cannot be appealed. If legitimately claimed, the Prize will be awarded. Unclaimed prizes may not be awarded. In no event will more than the stated number of Prizes be awarded. All expenses not specified herein, including, without limitation, all federal, state and local taxes, are each winner’s sole responsibility.

ODDS OF WINNING:

The odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received at the time of each voting.

LIMITATION ON LIABILITY / DISCLAIMER / OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

All entrants, as a condition of entry, agree to be bound by these official rules and the decisions of Sponsor. Except where prohibited by law, by entering the Sweepstakes and/or accepting a prize, each winner consents to the use of his/her name, voice, picture, likeness, statements, and biographical data and/or any other information contained in his/her entry in advertising, promotional and marketing materials in all media now known or hereafter devised or discovered throughout the universe in perpetuity by Sponsor and the Sponsor Affiliates without notice, review, approval, permission or additional compensation.

All Prize claims and winner materials will be verified by Sponsor and/or Sponsor Affiliates. For any reason, including if this Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned, including, because of any infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failure or other cause beyond Sponsor’s control which corrupts or threatens to corrupt or adversely affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, suspend and/or modify this Sweepstakes and Sponsor reserves the right (but not the obligation) to pick a winning school from among all eligible entries received prior to such cancellation, suspension or modification of the Sweepstakes. Winner, by acceptance of any Prize, and entrant, by submitting an entry, agrees to release Sponsor and the Sponsor Affiliates, from any and all liability, claims, actions of any kind whatsoever, demands, losses, liabilities, costs (including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys’ fees, court costs and disbursements) and expenses for injuries, damages or losses (whether actual, incidental or consequential) to persons and property arising, directly or indirectly, from participation in the Sweepstakes and/or the receipt, redemption, ownership, use or misuse of any Prize. Further, no responsibilities are accepted for any additional expenses, omissions, delays, re-routing, or acts of any government or authority. Neither Sponsor nor the Sponsor Affiliates make any warranty, representation, or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to the use of any Prize including, without limitation, quality, merchantability, or fitness for a particular purpose. Neither Sponsor nor the Sponsor Affiliates are responsible for technical, hardware, software, or telephone malfunctions of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed, incorrect, incomplete, inaccurate, garbled or delayed electronic communications caused by Sponsor or the Sponsor Affiliates, the user or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in this Sweepstakes or by any human error which may occur in the processing of the entries in this Sweepstakes and which may limit a participant’s ability to participate in this Sweepstakes. Entries that are incomplete, illegible, misdirected, late or corrupted are void and will not be accepted. Any person who supplies false information, enters by fraudulent means, or is otherwise determined to be in violation of these official rules in an attempt to obtain any Prize will forfeit the Prize won and may be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Sponsor and the Sponsor Affiliates shall not be responsible for failure to supply a Prize or any part thereof by reasons of any act of God or other reasons beyond the reasonable control of Sponsor and/or the Sponsor Affiliates. The Sweepstakes shall be governed by, construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of Florida without regard to conflict or choice of law principles. Any action by entrant or any third party brought to enforce these rules or, in connection with any matters related to the Web Site shall be brought individually without resort to class action of any kind only in either the State or Federal Courts located in Hillsborough County, Florida, and by entering this Sweepstakes you expressly consent to the jurisdiction of said courts. By entering the Sweepstakes, entrants hereby waive any and all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages. Each entrant further agrees to not knowingly: damage or cause interruption of the Sweepstakes; prevent others from using the Sweepstakes; or obtain or modify another user’s non-public account information without their consent. Submission of an entry is acknowledgment of and agreement to be bound by all terms and conditions of these official rules. In the event of a dispute concerning who submitted an e-mail entry, the entry will be declared to have been made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at time of entry. An authorized account holder is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization (e.g. business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.

CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DAMAGE ANY ONLINE SERVICE OR WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES VIOLATES CRIMINAL AND/OR CIVIL LAWS. IF SUCH AN ATTEMPT IS MADE, SPONSOR MAY DISQUALIFY ANY SWEEPSTAKES ENTRANT MAKING SUCH ATTEMPT AND SPONSOR MAY SEEK DAMAGES TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

Sponsor can modify these official rules in any way or at any time, as long as Sponsor gives reasonable notice on the Web Site.

WINNERS’ LIST

For names of winners send a self-addressed stamped envelope for receipt by November 30, 2010 to: Tools for Educators Projector Giveaway Winners List, 6301 Benjamin Road, Suite 101, Tampa, FL 33634.

SPONSOR

AVI-SPL, Inc., 6301 Benjamin Road, Ste. 106, Tampa, FL 33634 (“Sponsor”).