Minneapolis Tech Showcase

May 20 - 21, 2015
9:00am - 5:00pm

Wednesday, May 20th - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Thursday, May 21st - 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Join us for the second-annual Minneapolis Technology Showcase Wednesday, May 20th and Thursday, May 21st at the the DoubleTree Minneapolis Park Place. Breakfast and lunch are included both days. A happy hour networking event will be held at 5 PM on Wednesday.

Over 75 manufacturers will be available to answer questions and demonstrate the latest in AV technology. Sony, Panasonic, Kramer, Polycom, Barco – you name it – the best of the best will be there.Join us for the second-annual Minneapolis Technology Showcase Wednesday, May 20th and Thursday, May 21st at the the DoubleTree Minneapolis Park Place. Breakfast and lunch are included both days. A happy hour networking event will be held at 5 PM on Wednesday.

Both days are jam-packed with educational seminars, covering topics from huddle rooms and 4K display technology to collaboration and production. Need help with asset management or distributing and streaming? Whether you’re in IT at a local business, a classroom technology manager at a university or volunteer at your church – industry experts will be available both days to answer any questions you might have.


WEDNESDAY May 20th Doors open at 8 :30 AM


How Skype for Business will Impact Visual Collaboration in Your Organization

Rich Maryanski, Channel Business Manager, Polycom

How will Microsoft’s re-branding of Lync to “Skype for Business” impact the deployment of voice and video in your organization? Learn how to integrate collaboration solutions into existing and future deployments.

9 AM

Digital Signage in the Real World

Jane Phillips, Regional Vice President, AVI

Many of us think of digital signage as an LCD on a wall, showing a simple message, however the use of this technology has expanded into so much more. In this enlightening presentation, find out how organizations have used digital signage to create interactive environments using content, architectural enclosures and unique displays that provide solutions for today’s business and educational needs. We’ll showcase a variety of different applications and discuss how they implemented these solutions, what was successful and what was a challenge.

9 AM

The Modern Video Wall – Wireless Connectivity, Control and Collaboration

Bob Christopher, Regional Sales Manager, Christie Digital

Video walls consist of multiple displays tiled together to form a very large screen. An image can be used to fill up the entire display of tiles; or in the case of a command and control center, a different image can be shown on each individual tile. Learn how to allow multiple users to not only mix and match multiple sources, but easily connect, collaborate and control data from anywhere, anytime.

10 AM

Creating Collaborative Production Workflow

Craig Frankenstein, New Broadcast Media, AVI

We’ll discuss how producing content in today’s tapeless environment creates new challenges – storing content, editing in a collaborative and efficient way, managing your assets, review and approval, rendering and delivering content to new broadcast and social media platforms and safely archiving and backing up your intellectual property.

10 AM

4K Display Technology

Sander Phipps, Senior Product Manager, Sony

You’ve probably seen 4K movies at your local theater — Sony is the only company in the world with a full suite of products that let you shoot, edit and enjoy the clearest video quality available today. Learn how Sony is pioneering 4K technologies.

11 AM

IT Standards for AV

Steve Malmgren, Regional Solution Engineer, Crestron

Similar to IT infrastructure, AV in an enterprise must include the latest technology, proven support, industrystandard languages and API’s, remote monitoring and control as well as usage tracking. Crestron will examine these new requirements and how to procure an engineered, verified system design for your enterprise.

11 AM


11:30 - 1:30 PM

Moving Beyond the Room with Visual Collaboration

Bill Dudas, Channel Account Manager, Avaya

This compelling discussion will center on how businesses, large and small, can now leverage enterprise grade Video Collaboration, at an affordable price. We will explore practical, real world use cases and how companies are using Video Collaboration every day, to lower costs and moreover, build stronger relationships and grow revenue. Forget your Videoconferencing experiences you’ve had in the past. Come see what’s new and learn how easy it is to visually connect to the world today.

12 PM

Control and Automation: Complexity Simplified

Tim Albright, CTS, Director of Operations for Innovad Innovations and Design, Founder of AV Nation

During this presentation we will look at the current state of the control and automation segment of the AV industry. We will discuss the current technologies, best practices, and the move to IP control. The session will wrap up with the future of the automation segment; from gesture and voice-based control to RFID and biometric control.

12 PM

Don’t Just Present, Experience True Collaboration

Matt Kopin, Product Manager, Kramer

Today’s technology can be overwhelming. Learn how Kramer’s intuitive and easy-to-use AV and control has been designed for power yet with the end-user in mind. Discover true collaboration that enables you to meet smarter.

1 PM

Panasonic Solutions for Business

Darryl Krall, National Sales Manager, Panasonic

In this class discover how Panasonic solutions help create, capture and deliver data of all types – where, when and how it’s needed. The complete suite of solutions includes unified business communications, mobile computing, security and surveillance, retail point-of-sale, office productivity, visual communications (projectors, displays, digital signage) and HD video production.

1 PM

Enterprise Visual Communications

Brad Sousa, Chief Technologist, AVI

Video is a critical part of the enterprise strategy and UC communications plan. Steps need to be taken to integrate video into business applications and communications infrastructure. This session addresses processes and technologies that make up an enterprise solution for UC, AV and content streaming/management.

2 PM

Projection Technologies – What’s the Difference?

Neil Wittering, Product Manager, Barco

Projection technologies are found everywhere – meeting rooms, boardrooms, training rooms, auditoriums, cinema/post-production environments. How on earth do you know which one to use when? In this presentation, you will learn the difference between Laser, LED and Plasma projection technologies.

2 PM

AJA 4K Live and Post

John Ladle, Central Territory Manager, Americas, AJA Video Systems

We will demonstrate the practicality and value of working with high frame-rate, high-resolution cameras – both in live and production environments. In addition, we will show you how to access 4K to HD scaling tools, customized for sporting environments, corporate, staging and production applications.

3 PM

AV for Anywhere

Michael Yukna, Regional Sales Manager, AMX by Harman

Space planners in commercial enterprises and educational facilities are increasingly adopting the new “open concept” trend. These newer styles of meeting spaces, and the way people collaborate in them, create some challenges when it comes to outfitting AV. This session will explore the technology considerations of huddle spaces, and showcase solutions that will ensure the function of these spaces is as beautiful as their form.

3 PM

Decision Support and Collaboration Rooms for the Enterprise

Tim DeLaere, National Sales Manager, RGB Spectrum

This presentation will address the management and control of local and networked 4K visual solutions across an organization – specifically in military, government, NOCs, EOCs, SOCs, medical and gas.

4 PM

4 Technology Trends Transforming How We Communicate

Daniel Newman, CEO, Broadsuite

Our world is more connected than ever before, but what is drawing us together may be more than meets the eye. In this session, presenter Daniel Newman dives into the communications revolution that is taking place and how emerging technology like Mobile, Social, Big Data, and Cloud are shifting not only the way we do business, but the way we live our lives.

4 PM

Happy Hour

4:30 PM

Thursday May 21st Doors Open at 8:30 AM



8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Network-based AV Distribution

Joel Woodruff, Senior AV Sales Manager, Evertz

Why and how to take advantage of the trend towards IP-Centric AV infrastructure.

9 AM

Pan, Tilt and Zoom Cameras 101

Molly Montoya, Business Development Manager and Michael Olmedo, Sales Manager, Lumens

Learn how to incorporate and leverage pan, tilt and zoom cameras into lecture capture, corporate, House of Worship and videoconferencing solutions.

9 AM

Complex Workflows, Storage, Archival and Data Protection

Matt Stamos, Solutions Architect, Quantum

Learn how to accelerate complex information workflows in this seminar by Quantum, the leading expert in scale-out storage, archive and data protection. Data management software is necessary to enable collaboration on large sets of files – this one hour presentation will show you cost effective options to preserve vast amounts of data for the future.

10 AM

Taking Your Presentations Farther with AV Streaming and Recording

Keith Scheffler, Systems Design Engineering Manager, Extron

The convergence of AV and IT continues to create new opportunities for AV systems. In this class, learn how streaming and recording are effective methods for organizations to communicate and educate, by capturing the presentation experience and delivering the same information and insight that a local participant receives.

10 AM

Network Enabled Collaborative Audiovisual Solutions

Bart Wood, Director of Sales, SVSi

In this presentation we will discuss why AV, that leverages IT infrastructure, is the next frontier in business communication solutions. You will learn why today’s Fortune 500 companies are losing $75 million annually in unproductive meetings – and how to address this problem. When implemented correctly, collaborative and communications technologies yield increased productivity in measurable and exponential ways.

11 AM

The Power of Networked Media Systems

Jake Corlett, Regional Manager, North Central, Biamp

Today everything runs over Ethernet – from security feeds to VoIP – even your home appliances. So why wouldn’t your audio? In this presentation you’ll learn how to harness the power of audio over your organization’s Ethernet network.

11 AM


11:30 AM - 1:30 PM