In this time of COVID-19 physical distancing and sheltering in place, no one knows what the future holds for large public gatherings, such as a concerts and sporting events, let alone trade shows and business conferences. In the meantime, AVNation, the audio visual industry podcasting, blogging, and social media content provider for professionals, is has created a virtual event that may provide a welcome replacement for in-person gatherings, at least for now.
AVNation will host its first Residential Learn From Home Virtual Event for dealers, integrators, technicians, and industry professionals in the custom installation space on April 7 and 8, with online sessions, morning, noon, and evening, offering virtual participants the opportunity to learn, network, and stay up-to-date on the best practices and strategies through webinars, and video conference panels and keynotes.
AVNation’s Residential LFH Virtual Event will include keynote presentations from industry leaders, including Jeremy Burkhardt, Origin Acoustics; Charlie Kindel, SnapAV; Mitchell Klein, Z-Wave Alliance; Joe Whitaker, Thoughtful Integrations, and Matt Scott, AVNation.
Residential AV pros can get CEDIA CEU credit through some of the LFH Virtual Event education sessions, which will be offered on a variety of topics, such as networking best practices, home automation, communication and networking strategies, how to thrive following the crisis, and more. Sessions will be moderated by AVNation’s Tim Albright along with other volunteers, and Matt Scott as the emcee.
The event kicks off April 7 at 8:00 a.m. ET with a keynote presentation, followed by breakout education sessions at 9:00 a.m. During a remote work “lunch break,” dealers can tune into a noon keynote presentation, followed by a second round of educational sessions at 1:00 p.m. To finish off the day on a high note, attendees are invited to a cocktail hour before the evening session at 8 p.m. The next day will follow the same format, with different speakers and educational content.
“Working from home is not the norm for the AV industry. While some AV professionals and residential field engineers have been deemed essential personnel amid the COVID-19 crisis, many are staying in or sheltering in place, so we wanted to make this an opportunity to unite and continue education,” said Tim Albright, owner and president at AVNation. “The Learn From Home Virtual Event offers dealers and integrators free education sessions from top industry experts to advance their skills, gain credits, and prepare their business for the future. It’s also a great way to just stay connected to prevent stir-craze.”
Educational breakout sessions from industry leaders and manufacturers will focus on the current crisis the residential AV market is facing, industry trends, and opportunities for growth, including expert insight from the following companies: Access Networks, Blue Salve, Caster Communications, CEDIA, Control4/SnapAV, Crestron, Davis Distribution, Enclave, Home Theater Advisors, Hunter Douglas, Intellithings, Klipsch, KMB Communications, Legrand/AV Luxul, Origin Acoustics, Pioneer Music, Powerhouse Alliance, Savant, SurgeX, SVS Speciality Technologies, The Source Home Theater, Thoughtful Integrations, Vanco International, WiSA, Zigbee Alliance, and Z-Wave Alliance.
To register for the Residential Learn From Home Virtual Event and join the community, go here. The full event agenda and presentation details are available here. Search the #LFHSummit hashtag on social media to follow along with updates on the event.
The Learn From Home Virtual Event will host a commercial event the following week on April 14 and 15, with sessions specific for the Pro AV industry; more details will be announced soon.