InfoComm 2024 Highlights: DEI Thrives on the Show Floor

Published: July 3, 2024
Photo courtesy: AVIXA

Nearly three weeks later, InfoComm 2024 still remains the talk of the town for #avtweeps. Most notably, many folks online spoke positively of prioritizing their mental well-being, providing a safe space for all and elevating the newcomers to the momentous show.

In this highlights recap, we shall explore how InfoComm 2024 interweaved the threads of diversity, equity and inclusion through the fabric of the show floor.

AVIXA Women’s Council Breakfast: Bread-and-Butter Event of InfoComm

At the 10th anniversary of the AVIXA Women’s Council, Danielle Feinberg, visual effects supervisor at Pixar Animation Studios, gave a rousing speech on the importance of overcoming the imposter syndrome and bringing in more girls and women into STEM. Speaking from her own experiences and inspirations including being part of the first all-female leadership team for the film, Turning Red, Feinberg thus underscored the need for representation at all fronts.

Feinberg also emphasized the need for advocating for one’s authentic self, noting that we should learn how to be the “pot of green in the world of beige,” as depicted in the film, Wall-E.

Towards the conclusion of her talk — which received a standing ovation — Feinberg opined that while artificial intelligence certainly has its place in advancing technology and processes, art will always be made by humans for humans.

Visix Champions Sustainability

Visix, at booth C8135, provided a full demonstration on how integrators and customers could streamline daily operations while promoting sustainability for a greener future. As part of the demo, Visix showcased epaper room signs that offer an affordable and efficient way to display room schedules, availability and reservations, with a focus on long battery life and low power consumption.

In addition to this, the company displayed the Choros AR space booking solution that lets users book spaces by scanning QR codes with their smartphone camera. As it requires no app to download or update, along with no logins to manage and remember, the BYOD solution simplifies installation for ecosystems of all sizes.

Listen Technologies on Auracast

Listen Technologies and Ampetronic previewed Auri, a new product they co-developed. According to Listen Technologies, Auri is the first complete, installed assistive listening system utilizing Auracast broadcast audio, a new standard for Bluetooth low energy, that will transform the way hearing assistance is delivered in public spaces.

Per the company, Auracast broadcast audio can broadcast audio simultaneously to an unlimited number of Auracast compatible devices. In spaces where Auracast broadcast audio is available, people with hearing aids, cochlear implants, earbuds, receivers or other devices with Auracast compatibility will be able to connect to a transmitter and receive high-quality audio without added noise or effects caused by the room environment. This will provide both improved experience and broader inclusivity, says the company.

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