It’s been a little over a week back in the office post-InfoComm. It’s not back to work, because we did plenty of that out in Vegas. It’s just back to the day-to-day. No parties at some hotel on the strip tonight. No cool exhibits to check out some company’s latest products and solutions. Though the office may not have changed while we were gone for InfoComm, I see this internship with new eyes.
If I learned one thing while at the show — it requires a special breed of AV rock stars to take on an event like InfoComm.
The show itself was huge. Huge is probably the understatement of the year. Prior to the show, people threw around the word “booth” very loosely. In my mind InfoComm would be a few hundred tents set up, a few signs, screens and select devices. Boy, was I wrong.
These booths were the size of houses and powered more electronics than they use in some small towns. Setting these up required heavy machinery and a lot of manpower. Some had second stories or enclosed areas to host private meetings. Many offered food, drinks and comfortable seating. Of course all presented the latest and greatest solutions to just about any AV challenge you could imagine.
We saw 3D projectors, seamless video walls and interactive screens that any organization, no matter what the industry, could benefit from. The future was at InfoComm and at times, it was so overwhelming that I found myself at a loss for words, only able to describe each exhibit with the most eloquent of adjectives — cool.
Sure, you’re just walking and standing, but the convention center covered more than 487,000 square feet of exhibits and special events space. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. the show room floor was bustling with activity. Any moment spent eating or sitting was considered a waste of precious networking opportunity.
Everyone found reason to celebrate. Whether your company was winning an award or you were supporting a good cause, such as NSCA’s Education Foundation, there was an incredible balance of work and play. In the end, it was all centered around good ol’ fashion networking.
From competitors to coworkers, the show floor was full with over 34,000 people. Upon departure, I looked like a blackjack dealer with all my cards — business cards, that is. I spent my days visiting our partners’ booths and covering their InfoComm stories via our social media outlets. I spent my nights getting to know fellow “AVI-SPL”ers from 30 different offices outside our Tampa headquarters. We were out in full force and people made note of it. They were shocked to hear we were over 100 employees strong at the show.
It was neat putting faces to the names I write press releases about and it was great getting to see our company’s values upheld from office to office. Each office represented our core values with a little twist. There was the Detroit version, the New York version, the Dallas version and even our distant neighbors with the Orlando version. I got to know each a little better, formed connections a little deeper and was really proud to be a part of such a prestigious team.
Now that you’ve had some time to let InfoComm12 sink in, let us know your thoughts. What were your impressions of the week? Were you an esteemed veteran or a rookie intern like myself? Did you have a favorite booth? Did any surprise you? Let’s hear it!