CEDIA Expo will bring back the Design Connection program, a platform that debuted at CEDIA Expo last year, and featured multiple programs and networking events.
Design and technology collaboration opportunities include viewing products in the Design Connection Pavilion, participating in the Design Connection Tour Series, and networking at the Bourbon, Bubbly & Brownies event.
The Design Connection Pavillion will be anchored by two leading design associations, the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). The expanded Pavilion will feature design and construction brands and is dedicated to furthering technology and design partnerships.
"Since CEDIA Expo 2018, the NKBA has seen the kitchen and bath industry benefit greatly from having access to experts in home technology design and installation," says Suzie Williford, NKBA's Executive Vice President of Industry Relations & CSO. "Our research shows that homeowners are ready for tech integration in their homes, they just need trusted experts to specify the products. Going into CEDIA Expo 2019, our goal is to educate and create new opportunities for our members through these new initiatives."
"Through our strategic partnership with Emerald Expositions, ASID is thrilled to begin connecting the interior design and technology communities through the leading home technology trade show in the country," adds Randy Fiser, Hon. FASID, CEO, ASID. "CEDIA Expo is the epicentre event where leaders in design and technology come together. ASID fully supports the shared learning that will happen through the Design Connection programs at this year's expo."
The Design Connection Tours, held on September 12 and 13, will benefit both designers and integrators, says CEDIA, by creating a professional dialogue about the intelligently built connected environment. The tours will be led and curated by two specially selected CEDIA members who will guide 15 to 20 certified designers around select exhibitor booths. The tour will also feature a stop at the Design Connection Pavilion.
Control4 is the title sponsor for the Design Connection tour series and the tours will kick off in the company's booth each day.
Each tour will feature 10 exhibitors, eight selected by the expert tour guides and two sponsorship opportunities. All 2019 CEDIA Expo exhibitors are invited to apply. Two members of the press will also be invited to attend each tour.
Both tours will feature a complimentary lunch for all participants as well as a ticket to "Bourbon, Bubbly & Brownies," an invitation-only cocktail hour and networking session.
"The Design Connection program is another added benefit for all attendees of CEDIA Expo, including design and construction professionals, integrators and manufacturers," says Brian Pagel, Senior Vice President, Emerald Expositions." CEDIA Expo is honoured to welcome these innovative members of both communities to CEDIA Expo 2019, and we encourage all attendees to get involved."
CEDIA Expo 2019 takes place September 10-14 at the Colorado Convention Center.