Alpharetta, GA  — (August 23, 2018) — CEDIA Expo enriches the Expo experience by launching two engaging programs on the Smart Stage. Over three days, attendees are invited to experience TechTalks, a series of thought-provoking panels lead by industry authorities and TechBites, a fast-paced opportunity for brands to showcase their newest innovations to an audience of media and attendees. Both programs will take place at the Smart Stage located in Hall A in the San Diego Convention Center.

Below is the current schedule of events for the Smart Stage at CEDIA Expo 2018, running September 6-8:

Smart Stage Agenda

Thursday, Sept. 6

• 10 a.m. TechTalk: Connected Home IoT Energy Roadmap sponsored by CABA

• 11 a.m. – TechTalk: IoT Trends for Integrators sponsored by Google/Nest

• 12 noon – TechTalk: The Impact of Technology on Lifestyle Design sponsored by Women in CE

• 1 p.m. – TechTalk: Videowall Home Theaters sponsored by Samsung & Harman

• 2 p.m. — TechBites

• 3 p.m. – TechTalk: Voice-First Revolution sponsored by Parks Associates

• 5 p.m. — CE Pro BEST Awards


Friday, Sept. 7

• 10 a.m. – TechTalk: Bottom Line Business Management Tips sponsored by ConnectWise

• 11 a.m. – TechTalk: Designing A/V-over-IP Solutions sponsored by SDVoE, Netgear & Savant

• 12 noon – TechTalk: Energy Automation sponsored by Sonnen

• 1:30 p.m. — TechBites

• 3 p.m. – TechTalk: Building Solid Relationships with Design Professionals sponsored by Barco & Houzz


TechBites Offer Fast-Paced Look at Innovations

The inaugural TechBites program, moderated by industry icon Frank White, will feature 12 exhibitors launching their most innovative smart-home and audio/video products in a fast-paced, interactive format. The participants are:

• AXIS Labs (Booth #810) 

• LeakSmart (#1400) 

• ABB Inc. (#916) 

• StreamLabs (#418) 

• DISH Network: (#1014) 

• Modulus Media Systems (#2339) 

• TV Template: (#5625) 

• Vanco International: (#2017) 

• Vutec Corporation: (#4231) 

• D-Tools: (#2614) 

• RoseWater Energy Group: (#4649) 

• Flo Technologies: (#2539)


Tech Talks Tackle Business Opportunities

Each 30 to 45-minute TechTalk will be streamed via Facebook Live, posted on and blasted out to CE Pro’s database of custom integration professionals.

Here are the valuable takeaways from five of the sessions:

  • Big IoT Trends and What They Mean to the Home-Tech Channel
  • Artificial intelligence and predictive analytics join CE Pro’s Julie Jacobson and her CEDIA Technology Council cohorts for a fast-paced discussion on the state of the smart home.
  • The panelists will review new products, technologies and themes from CEDIA Expo 2018, and cover some of the major movements affecting home technologists today.

The group will delve into some of the hottest IoT trends and what they mean to the channel:

Sponsor: Google/Nest

Moderator: Julie Jacobson, founding editor, CE Pro

Date/Time: Thursday, Sept. 6, 11:00 a.m. — 11:45 a.m.


Creating Videowall Home Theaters Using MicroLED & Powerful Audio

MicroLED is a next-generation flat-panel display technology that is enabling a higher level of performance for commercial and residential video applications. One of the leaders in the field of MicroLED technologies is Samsung, and its Wall product represents a versatile, high-performance video solution for professional integrators serving a range of client goals from video walls and digital signage, to home theater. 

But what about companion audio? How can integrators match the power of a giant in-home video wall with audio that complements the visuals without being overpowered? That is where Samsung division Harman Luxury Audio group comes in. The panel discussion will address how to create an audio environment for MicroLED displays. 

Sponsors: Samsung & Harman

Moderator: Jason Knott, editor-in-chief, CE Pro

Panelists: Christopher Simpson, senior product development manager, Samsung; Jim Garrett, senior director of product strategy and planning, Harman Luxury Audio Division.

Date/Time: Thursday, Sept. 6, 1:00 p.m — 1:45 p.m.


Energy Automation: Powering Smart Homes with Clean Energy

Homeowners and business owners across the country are adopting more energy-efficient modes of operation. Smart thermostats, LED lighting and other devices are now pervasive in homes, so what’s the next step?

In this engaging panel discussion, learn how energy automation will increase the value of front-end home automation systems and also help you differentiate and expand your offering with a unique sub-system that powers smart homes. 

The panel will cover a range of topics, including: 

Sponsor: Sonnen

Moderator: Lisa Montgomery, editor-at-large, CE Pro

Panelists: Blake Richetta (Sonnen); Gordon van Zuiden (CyberManor); Troy Morgan (Pantech Designs); AJ Brunson (Cinegration); and Ron Callis (OneFirefly)

Date/Time: Friday, Sept. 7, 12 noon — 12:45 p.m


Boost the Bottom Line with Better Business Management

The top custom electronics integrators aren’t simply capturing the most revenue; they’re maximizing revenue per employee. Even with great employees, many custom integrators struggle to create consistent processes, keep the team organized, and get the most out of their employees’ time. 

Whether you’re a company of two or 200, peak productivity can be achieved with the right combination of people, process, and systems. During this panel discussion, you’ll learn how to improve operational efficiency for your employees and business.

Sponsor: ConnectWise

Moderator: Arlen Schweiger, managing editor, CE Pro

Panelists: John Toscano, COO, AAMI; ConnectWise regional sales manager David Pirtle 

Date/Time: Friday, Sept. 7, 10 a.m. — 10:45 a.m.


How to Design the Best A/V-over-IP Ecosystem

A/V over IP isn’t just a technology, it’s an ecosystem. From the network switch to the UI, learn how to assemble a complete system for delivering pristine 4K video using off-the-shelf networking hardware and copper or fiber infrastructure with standardized SDVoE (Software Defined Video over Ethernet) technology.

Sponsor: SDVoE, Netgear & Savant

Moderator: Jason Knott, editor-in-chief, CE Pro

Panelists: Laurent Masia, senior product manager for managed switch products, Netgear; Justin Kennington, president, SDVoE Alliance; Jim Locasio, vice president of engineering, Savant.

Date/Time: Friday, Sept. 7, 11 a.m. — 11:45 a.m.


About CEDIA Expo

CEDIA Expo powers the disruptors, innovators and integrators in the intelligently connected built environments by providing the only platform for discovery and collaboration. More than 20,000 home technology professionals and more than 500 exhibitors convene each year for the leading event in connected technology and connected built environments. CEDIA Expo is the place for system integrators to experience new products and breakthrough innovations first and to access targeted training in technology integration. CEDIA Expo 2018 takes place September 4–8 at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California.

CEDIA Expo is owned and operated by Emerald Expositions, a leading operator of business-to-business trade shows in the United States. The company currently operates more than 55 trade shows, as well as numerous other face-to-face events. In 2017, Emerald’s events connected over 500,000 global attendees and exhibitors and occupied more than 6.9 million NSF of exhibition space.