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.


Manolo Almagro

Manolo Almagro

Managing Partner

Q Division

Joseph Bradley

Joseph Bradley



Jeff Day

Jeff Day


North of 10 LLC





Tuesday - July 24
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. Location to be announced.
Wednesday - July 25
8:00 AM Breakfast & Networking
9:00 AM Welcome Megan A Dutta, Content Director of Systems Contractor News & Matt Pruznick, Content Director of AV Technology
9:10 AM Keynote: Questioneering - in a world full of answers, the value is in the question Joseph M Bradley, VP, Cisco Corporation

Joseph M. Bradley is currently the Global Vice President of the Digital & IoT Professional Services Organization at Cisco and Senior Research Fellow for the Global Center for Digital Business Transformation at IMD. In these roles, he leads a team of multidisciplinary experts and technologist who help CXOs and government leaders transform into digital organizations.

Joseph is known for achieving several breakthrough innovations in business and technology. He built the foundation for Cisco's Internet of Things strategy and the Internet of Everything's Practice by directing Cisco's influential research that determined $19 trillion of value was associated with embracing the Internet of Everything.
9:45 AM Mental Processing Break
10:00 AM Panel Discussions AV/IT Summit: Lifecycle Planning ofr a Softer AV Ecosystem
Drill down of the new AV/IT Model and software-based AV designs. Discussions will be centralized around analysis, refresh cycles, upgrade paths, network investment, BYOx and how to ensure a better ROI

Megan Dutta

SCN Think Tank: 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?

Margot Douaihy

Dale Bottcher, EVP, Global Sales & Marketing, AVI/SPL
Mike Pedersen, CTS-D, CTS-I, EAVA, Senior Staff Engineer, Mechdyne Corporation
11:00 AM Panel Discussions AV/IT Summit: Real Talk - Integrator Spotlight
Panel discussion of the role an integrator plays in the evolving industry and cultivating the relationships that maintain the growth and strength within their businesses. Discussions of managed services, SaaS, AVaaS, AI and support to in-house AV/IT teams

Margot Douaihy

Jeremy Caldera, CEO, IAS Technology
Dave Hatz, Director of Application Development, AVI Systems
William Graves, Tech Program Manager, IVCi

SCN Think Tank: Real Talk - Tech Manager Spotlight
Tech Managers give the inside scoop on their ideal integration experience including their role within the industry and how to create and maintain effective client relationships.

Megan A. Dutta
12:00 PM Lunch & Sponsor Networking
1:00 PM Combined Session: The Future of AV - What's Next? Manufacturers discuss new technologies and the impact they'll have on the Pro AV industry. They'll tell us what the field will look like in one, three, and five years.

Matt Pruznick, Content Director, AV Technology
1:45 PM Networking, sponsor & caffeine break
2:15 PM Panel Discussions AV/IT: Enterprise Deployments - What's Next?
Sharing success stories with the unified collaboration adoption, real-time operations support models, commissioning AV on secure networks and standardized system designs

Margot Douaihy

SCN Think Tank: 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

Megan A. Dutta

Manolo Almargo, CEO, QDivision Jeff Day, Executive Advisor, Bluewater Technologies & Independent Consultant
Randy Gress, Director of Business Development, NEXT/NOW
Raffi Vartian, Digital Media Solutions Specialist, Diversified
3:00 PM Mental Processing Break
3:15 PM Combined Session: Lessons Learned Through case studies, AV integrators, tech managers, manufacturers, and IT experts 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.

Margot Douaihy


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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.

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.


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Megan Dutta
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