CEDIA Comments on Upcoming Electronic Lifestyles EXPO
The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA), which says it is running a “grassroots campaign to ensure that its highly skilled and certified member companies capture the largest share of market possible,” is touting its April Electronic Lifestyles EXPO as an opportunity to “reach out to architects, interior designers, builders, cable, satellite, IT and security managers, and other professional trades with the message that CEDIA members are the most reputable and qualified partners for the electronics integration process, and CEDIA is the number one source of education to start an electronic systems contracting career.”
“Electronic Lifestyles EXPO is the centerpiece of an outreach platform that will shape the future of residential electronic systems contracting, and position CEDIA members as critical to the design and construction of every modern home,” said CEDIA Executive Director Don Gilpin.
The EXPO, a first for CEDIA outside of its flagship fall show, is just one element of CEDIA’s annual Electronic Lifestyles Forum event, to be held at the Sands Expo & Convention Center and The Venetian in Las Vegas from April 18 to 21. Other components of the event include the CEDIA University (CU) on the Road traveling educational program, as well as CEDIA’s new Gateway education program, which is aimed at “security, IT and other professional trades that have passive involvement with the residential electronic systems industry.”
CEDIA said it added a trade show feature to the heretofore educational/networking event because last year’s Forum attendees “indicated that classroom instruction is essential, but that hands-on experience with products and technologies, as well as manufacturer product training, would help to solidify the electronic systems concepts.”
“By reinventing the typical trade show into the convergence point for multiple outreach and educational initiatives, CEDIA has strengthened its influence among key design/build audiences and reduced the number of overall industry exhibition events for its manufacturing members,” Gilpin said. “And because the new platform is scalable, we will be able to add additional outreach and education events that feed into Electronic Lifestyles EXPO as those needs or opportunities arise.”