Expo Overview Part Three: Floor Features

Jul 06, 2018


Innovation Alley is a unique section of the CEDIA Expo show floor devoted to celebrating new-to-market technology products and services for the built environment.
In the past two years, over 40 brands have launched their new-to-the-world products and services at the CEDIA Expo Innovation Alley. No fewer than a dozen attribute their success to being a part of this novel platform.

Participating brands will be offered an exhibit package to assist in launching their business including membership to CEDIA. All selected brands nominated by another party (media, technology, design, and construction professionals) will have their nominating party recognized as part of their booth presence.

Innovation Alley has been a tremendously successful launching pad for some of the industry’s best and brightest. “CEDIA Expo has been a great way for our company to get exposure to integrators and manufacturers,” says John Braden Fowler, chief product officer of Domotz Integration. “Innovation Alley provided a forum to showcase our technology and educate the channel on how Domotz could improve our clients’ business models. I’m looking forward to continued success within the CEDIA channel.”

“We are excited to bring the newest technology players to the forefront of CEDIA Expo,” says Brian Pagel, senior vice president of Emerald Expositions. “Over 70 percent of CEDIA Expo exhibitors launched products and services exclusively at the 2017 event. We have no doubt, that with all the innovation in the market today, this robust roster of new brands will hit the road running.”

At press time, the Innovation Alley brands include AV Junction, Clovitek, Montavue, Weconekt, Altro, iGlass Technology, Iminate, SeeLess Solutions Mysa, and Danby Appliances.


Design and construction professionals are hungry for information, introductions, and relationships that can give them a leg up in understanding how to deliver intelligently built environments. Technology integrators have that knowledge. CEDIA Expo is where they meet. The Expo is pleased to announce the Design Connection Tour and the Design Connection Pavilion, along with a networking event — Bourbon and Brownies — where industry professionals have the opportunity to learn and better understand the others’ roles and challenges.

Design Connection Pavilion

The first-ever Design Connection Pavilion is specifically designed to allow brands never before at CEDIA Expo — in the design and construction space — to introduce themselves to the technology integrator professionals as well as the designers and other construction professionals in attendance.

Design Connection Tour

There will be two tours taking place at CEDIA Expo 2018, one on September 6 and the other on September 7. The two-hour tours will be led by Joe Whittaker, founder and president of The Thoughtful Home, and David VanWert, principal of VanWert Technology Design.

The September 6 tour starts at 11:30 a.m. with a light lunch and runs from noon to 2 p.m. The September 7 tour starts at 10 a.m. and culminates with lunch at noon. The guides will curate their tours, choosing exhibitors that best illustrate their integration experiences and expertise.

Bourbon and Brownies

Kicking off this year at CEDIA Expo is the first-ever Bourbon and Brownies, a networking event that will draw design professionals, media, integrators, and exhibitors. This exclusive event is slated for September 7 from 5:30-7 p.m. More than 75 guests will be invited to attend and enjoy catered bourbon and brownies. The Design Connection Tour guides, participants, and sponsors will also be in attendance, as well as the NKBA San Diego chapter officers, members of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers), and members of the local NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) chapter. In addition to these guests, a select roster of VIP media will attend including writers, editors, and bloggers covering content in the connected home-tech arena.


CEDIA Talks | CEDIA Booth #1527

CEDIA Talks are 20-minute, TED-style talks that feature the best minds in the industry and cover topics from business acumen to technical trends. Presented (as always) in the CEDIA Booth on the show floor, these talks feature some of the best minds in the industry, covering topics from the growth of AI and AR/VR technology in the residential space to the abundant opportunities presented by lighting control and design. This year’s schedule of CEDIA Talks was being finalized at press time, so keep an eye on cedia.net for developments, times, and topics.

TechBites | The Smart Stage

New to the CEDIA Expo 2018 Smart Stage: TechBites. TechBites is a quick-paced, speed-dating–style series of presentations where selected companies will each conduct a three-minute presentation, immediately followed by a three-minute Q&A. The session guests will be comprised of purchase influencers, as wellas elite media who are interested in reporting on the latest and greatest innovations in the intelligently connected environment. The presenting companies must deliver their latest product or service in only three to five slides. An Advisory Board comprised of industry influencers, media, and CEDIA Expo marketing professionals will evaluate the entries and decide on the presenting brands.

Frank White, a partner at Weld2 & StayTuned, will host the lively Tech|Bites events, which will occur on the CEDIA Expo Smart Stage.

TechTalks | The Smart Stage

Another content series to hit the CEDIA Expo Smart Stage is TechTalks, an all-new series of inspiring and educational talks. These talks feature connected technology experts sharing insights into what the future holds for the custom integration industry. Partnering with CEDIA Expo to bring TechTalks to life on stage is CE Pro, the leading industry authority on consumer electronics for the connected technology professional. TechTalks will take place on the CEDIA Expo Smart Stage September 6-8 at the San Diego Convention Center.

A few of the TechTalks topics planned for CEDIA Expo include:

  • Breaking into the Lucrative Lighting Fixtures Market
  • Working Effectively with Interior Designers
  • Breaking Down Smart Home Objection Barriers



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