Tech X Design — CEDIA’s Virtual Education Summit for the Design Community

Amy Bates | Sep 18, 2020



CEDIA has announced a new series of virtual education events that have been curated for the design community and are being supported by CEDIA Trade Supplier members. Tech X Design, planned for Wednesday 23rd September and Tuesday 6th October, will offer two unique half-day programmes to provide designers and architects with an unparalleled opportunity to learn how technology can add value to their projects and drive new business.  

A key element to CEDIA’s three-year strategic plan is outreach to the design and build community.  Tech X Design is the next step in this plan to raise the profile of CEDIA members amongst interior designers, architects, specifiers, and other design professionals to help build their business on strong foundations for the future. 
“CEDIA is committed to fostering an understanding of home technology with the design community — and providing a platform to learn, earn CPD points, and have open discussions,” said Giles Sutton, CEDIA Senior Vice President of Industry Engagement. “Showcasing how other designers are working with home technology integrators is exactly the goal of Tech X Design. We’ll provide the forum and we want you to immerse yourself in the intersections shared when brilliant design and technology meet.
“I am particularly excited about the panel sessions that we have pulled together. The impacts of technology in the home are undeniable, but many times, designers and architects don’t know where to start. That is why we’ve set up each panel session to include professionals from the technology space and from the design community. Facilitating an open dialogue about what collaboration looks like is the first step to any successful project.” 
Each programme will include a mix of panel discussions and professional development sessions, all of which are available for free to attendees. These sessions have been curated with the help of event sponsors, Amina, Barco Residential, Control4, Crestron, Lutron, Samsung The Wall, Savant, Somfy, and Sonance.
23rd September Agenda 

09:30 BST / 04:30 EDT / 01:30 PDT
• Opening Panel: Designing Lighting for Wellness 

11:15 BST / 06:15 EDT / 03:15 PDT
• CEDIA: Designing Home Cinemas and Media Rooms • Samsung: What is a Luxury Entertainment Space & How to Design for it   

12:35 BST / 07:35 EDT / 04:35 PDT
• Lutron: Living in a Material World: Specifying Shade Fabrics to Meet Occupant Needs
• Control4: The Five Levels of a Smart Home 

14:00 BST / 09:00 EDT / 06:00 PDT 
• Afternoon Panel: Successfully Integrating Technology with Design  

15:45 BST / 10:45 EDT / 07:45 PDT 
• Savant: Introduction to Microgrids
• CEDIA: Supporting Green Lifestyles with Technology Systems
17:05 BST / 12:05 EDT / 09:05 PDT 
• Somfy: Improving Façade Designs by Comparing Automated vs. Manual Solar Shading
• Sonance: Designed to Disappear
18:25 BST / 13:25 EDT / 10:25 PDT 
• Closing Panel: Establishing Collaborative Relationships - How Design Professionals can Work with Integrators
6th October Agenda
09:30 BST / 04:30 EDT / 01:30 PDT
• Opening Panel: Establishing Collaborative Relationships 
11:15 BST / 06:15 EDT / 03:15 PDT
• Amina: Understanding and Specifying Invisible Sound Solutions
• Crestron: Taking the Smart Home to the Next Level
12:35 BST / 07:35 EDT / 04:35 PDT
• Barco: New Media Art & The Architectural Digital Canvas: Connecting the Dots
• Savant: Light & Wellness - Design Ramifications of Circadian Lighting in the Built Environment
14:00 BST / 09:00 EDT / 06:00 PDT 
• Afternoon Panel: Technology Trends that are Shaping the Smart Home 
15:45 BST / 10:45 EDT / 07:45 PDT
• Control4: Your Home is Your (Smart) Castle
• CEDIA: Hidden Technology for the Modern Home
17:05 BST / 12:05 EDT / 09:05 PDT
• Lutron: Today's Smart Home
• Samsung: What is a Luxury Entertainment Space and How to Design for it
18:25 BST / 13:25 EDT / 10:25 PDT 
Closing Panel: Transforming Lighting Design with Technology
Attendees can view the full agenda and register for the event here.