Countdown to the 2018 SCN Think Tank​!

Connecting AV Innovators for Next-Level Business and Design Opportunities

Systems Contractor News invites the most forward-thinking minds in AV and experiential design to explore the next-level technologies and techniques that will position their business for the next wave. This symposium is designed for AV integrators, consultants, content creators, developers, creative services providers, designers/architects, and manufacturers to exchange ideas with leaders from the fields of UX design, content creation, music curation, digital signage, and venue operations.


Josh Srago CTS

Design Engineer


Mark Taylor

Principal Technology Manager






Wednesday April 18
8:00 PM to 10:00 PM Meet and Greet Join us for a casual networking meet-up before the event begins. Meet SCN and AV Technology editors and pitch yourself for a story. Network with your peers, trade stories and business cards, and score exclusive product information from our vendor partners. Fun fact: 50% of AV Technology's 2017 cover stories resulted from great impressions made at an AV/IT Leadership Summit.
Thursday April 19
8:00 AM Breakfast & Networking
9:00 AM Keynote: Break the Rules, Build the Future
9:45 AM Mental Processing Break
10:00 AM What's next for the UX? AV integrators, consultants and experience designers identify the hallmarks of a solid user experience, both from a customer perspective and a user point of view. In an ROI-driven, big-data scenario, what are the quantifiable metrics in the great equation of experience?

10:45 AM Q & A
11:00 AM Real Talk: Tech Manager Spotlight Tech Managers discuss their role in the industry and how to create an effective client relationship with them.

11:45 AM Q & A
12:00 PM Lunch & Sponsor Networking
1:00 PM The Economics of AV (Joint Session) Market research experts and AV integrators and consultants discuss the current state of the economy and what that actually means for AV businesses. What do we need to move the industry forward?
1:30 PM Snack + Caffeine Break & Sponsor Networking
2:00 PM Integrated Experiences: What's Next? Foremost experience designers specializing in merging the digital with the physical talk about their work creating unforgettable experiences for museums, stadiums, and all manner of brand activations and events. This panel of experts reveals what we can expect from a future where storytelling determines technology.

3:00 PM Q & A
3:15 PM Mental Processing Break
3:30 PM Lessons Learned (Joint Session) AV integrators, tech managers, and IT experts from the AVT Summit and Think Tank discuss how they labor together to redefine working relationships. We will synthesize what we've discussed today and how you can take those lessons home to create a more effective teams and a more profitable business.
4:30 PM AV Tour Groups of 10 MIXED with AV/IT

followed by a Reception (Happy Hour) & Sponsor Networking


201 South Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113


Interested in sponsoring? Smart move. Contact Adam Goldstein at 212.378.0465 or for more info.

What is a Think Tank anyways?

SCN Think Tank is series of sessions in which panelists from different sides of the design, integration, manufacturing, and experience development process ask tough questions about technology and the future of the AV industry. As these factions take turns moderating and answering questions, with audience participation encouraged, the resulting conversations will provide real-world in-depth insights and contrasting viewpoints on evolving challenges and opportunities. No slide shows, this is a chance to challenge those who know.

Who attends Think Tank?

SCN's Think Tank is open to audiovisual integrators, consultants, and technology design practitioners. This includes content creators, developers, creative services providers, designers/architects from the fields of UX design, content creation, music curation, digital signage, venue operations, and more.

I'm sold. How do I attend?

Begin registration here!

Why should I sponsor Think Tank?

Think Tank isn't your average industry event. We're looking to challenge the best and brightest minds in the biz. If your company is looking to connect with forward-thinking integrators, consultants, and designers, this is the place for you. You'll get to spend one-on-one time with industry thought leaders. Contact Adam Goldstein at 212.378.0465 or for more info.


Sponsorship Opportunities
Adam Goldstein
Registration & Logistics Information
Stephanie Rubin
Speaking Opportunities
Megan Dutta
Senior Producer, Events
Andy Friedman