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.

SPEAKERS

Cheryl Badley

Sr. Regional Business Manager

ViewSonic

Bradford Benn

Industry Expert, Solutions, Themed Attractions

Mark Berlo

Project Manager

ICS - Integrated Communication Systems

Tim Boot

Director of Digital Products

Meyer Sound

Joseph Conover

LA 2028 Olympic Liaison, AV Technical Solutions

Panasonic Media Entertainment Co

James Copello

Head Of Global Audio Visual Services

Aruba, A Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company

Mark Coxon, CTS-D, CTS-I

Regional Sales Manager

Barco

Joey D’Angelo

President

Joseph D’Angelo and Associates

Cindy Davis

Executive Producer, AV/IT Leadership Summit / SCN ThinkTank, Contributing Editor, AV Technology

Custom Media Co

Margot Douaihy

Editor-at-large

AV Technology

Megan A Dutta

Content Director

Systems Contractor News

Sasha Harris-Cronin

Lead Creative Programmer

BBI Engineering

Garth Hemphill

Associate Principal, Audio/Video

Jaffe Holden

Greg Kadorian

Director Audio/Video Engineering (retired)

Walt Disney Imagineering

Peter Kolak

Senior Manager, Conferencing Services

Juniper Networks

Steven Lamphear

Channel Development Manager

Barco

Patty Mead

Assistant Dean - Infrastructure and IT

College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley

Mohammad Sigari

Senior AV Engineer

Uber

Liz Smith

Experience Producer

Dammit Liz Productions

Josh Srago

Design Engineer

TEECOM

AGENDA

Time

Session

Details

Wednesday April 18
8:00 PM to 10:00 PM Meet and Greet Join us for a casual networking meet-up at the bar at the Hilton San Jose 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 in the New Venture Hall at The Tech Museum of Innovation
9:00 AM Welcome: Megan A Dutta, Content Director of Systems Contractor News
9:10 AM Keynote: Break the Rules, Build the Future, Imagine Walt Disney created the concept of a Theme Park and Walt Disney Imagineering is continually inventing its future. Disney Imagineers take advantage of technology or invent technology needed to tell new, compelling, and immersive stories.

Recently retired, Greg Kadorian worked for Walt Disney Imagineering for more than 30 years. At Imagineering he received a patent for Star Tours and developed many of the audio and video technologies in use at Disney Theme Parks worldwide.

Join us as Kadorian takes a look at the evolution of audio and visual/video technology in use at Walt Disney Theme Parks, starting with the original Disneyland in Anaheim to the latest rides and attractions worldwide. What have been enabling technologies and what will be future enabling technologies helping Imagineers tell stories that entertain and educate?

"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."   Walt Disney
9:45 AM Mental Processing Break in the New Venture Hall
10:00 AM What's next for the UX? Experience designers, AV integrators and consultants 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?

Moderated by Margot Douaihy, Editor-at-Large of AV Technology
Panelists:
John Arpino, CTS-D, Manager Audio Visual Design Engineering at Google
James Copello, Head of Global A/V at Aruba, A Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company
Garth Hemphill, Associate Principal, Audio/Video at Jaffe Holden
Mohammad Sigari, Senior AV Engineer at Uber
11:00 AM The Softer AV Ecosystem A drill down into the new AV/IT Model and software-based AV designs. We explore needs analysis, refresh cycles, upgrade paths, network investment, BYOx, and how to ensure better RoI. Lifecycle wisdom and global procurement strategies for growing organizations.

Moderated by Margot Douaihy, Editor-at-Large of AV Technology
Panelists:
Steven Lamphear, Channel Development Manager at Barco
Patty Mead, Assistant Dean - Infrastructure & Information Technologies at UC Berkeley: College of Environmental Design
Josh Srago, CTS, Design Engineer at TEECOM
Mark Taylor, Principal Technology Manager at Microsoft
12:00 PM Lunch & Sponsor Networking Networking on the Rooftop
1:00 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.


Moderated by Margot Douaihy, Editor-at-Large of AV Technology
Panelists:
Bradford Benn, Industry Expert, Solutions, Themed Attractions
Tim Boot, Director of Digital Products at Meyer Sound
Joseph Conover, LA 2028 Olympic Liaison, AV Technical Solutions Panasonic Media Entertainment Co
Sasha Harris-Cronin, Lead Creative Programmer at BBI Engineering
Liz Smith, Experience Producer at Dammit Liz Productions
2:00 PM Networking, Sponsor & Caffeine Break in the New Venture Hall
2:30 PM Enterprise Deployments: What's Next? Tech managers and integrators/consultants share success stories in unified collaboration adoption, real-time operations support models, commissioning AV on secure networks, and standardized system designs.


Moderated by Margot Douaihy, Editor-at-Large of AV Technology
Panelists:
Cheryl Badley, Sr. Regional Business Manager at ViewSonic Corporation
Mark Berlo, Project Manager, Integrated Communication Systems
Joey D'Angelo, President, Joseph D'Angelo and Associates
Peter Kolak, Senior Manager, Conferencing Services Juniper Networks
Klaus Trilck, Instructional Designer at San Jose State University
3:15 PM Lessons Learned Through case studies 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 more effective teams and a more profitable business.

Moderated by Cindy Davis, Contributing Editor of AV Technology
Panelists:
Joseph Conover, LA 2028 Olympic Liaison, AV Technical Solutions Panasonic Media Entertainment Co
Mark Coxon, CTS-D, CTS-I Regional Sales Manager Barco
4:00 PM The Briefing Room in the Group Greeting Room
4:30 PM The Tech Museum of Innovation Tour

VENUE

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San Jose, CA 95113

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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 agoldstein@nbmedia.com for more info.

CONTACT US

Sponsorship Opportunities
Adam Goldstein
212-378-0465
Speaking Opportunities
Megan Dutta
917-281-4713
Senior Producer, Events
Andy Friedman
312-613-3166
Events Manager
Brie Johnson
212-378-0457