• Workforce Development Takes Center Stage with New CEDIA Pilot Program

    A 12-week pilot program from CEDIA designed to equip future home technology professionals with in-demand fundamentals has graduated its inaugural class. CEDIA Electronic Systems Integration Technician Training is hands-on in nature and takes a comprehensive approach to preparing the next generation of talent.

    One of CEDIA's top strategic initiatives focuses on workforce development, and the completion of the program's successful pilot phase is a key milestone for the global organization and the industry.

    "The program is a central component of CEDIA’s workforce development strategy," says CEDIA Director of Workforce Development Tommy Tabor. "This program is really geared towards making sure that folks that we're attracting to the industry have the skillset they need to be fully contributing members to the employers that hire them."

    The program involves 108 hours of job skills training -- from basic laboratory work to home technology infrastructure training and rack building to home theater installation -- and CEDIA's long-term objective is to roll it out nationally. CEDIA has identified multiple states as potential candidates for the program’s expansion, which could include partnerships with technical schools, trade schools, and community colleges.

    Nearly 30 percent of respondents to CEDIA's 2018 "Size and Scope of the Residential Technology Systems Industry" survey reported finding and keeping qualified employees as a challenge for integration firms -- by far the biggest concern identified by employers of all sizes.

    "There is an entry level shortage in our industry, all the way down to my personal level," said Thoughtful Integrations President Joe Whitaker, who serves on the CEDIA board of directors and the organization's Strategic Advisory Council and Workforce Development Working Group. "We can't move forward unless there are people that take my place 10 and 20 years down the road. CEDIA's overall strategy holds a lot of different components, from education to industry outreach, but none of those can continually go without a workforce to support an industry."

    The pilot program's inaugural class included eight graduated, two of whom have already secured employment in the industry. By graduation night, seven trainees had also earned Electronic Systems Professional Alliance (ESPA) Electronic Systems Technician (EST)credentials and six earned CEDIA Electronic Systems Certified (ESC) credentials.

    The initiative has received occupational skills training approval from the state of Indiana and it is in-compliance with Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) policies at the state and federal levels.

    "We learned a lot from running this first cohort," said Tabor. "We look forward to rolling it out in more states and we are happy to talk to members about how they can begin setting the foundation in their market for the program to be successful."

    Connect to more on CEDIA Education initiatives and opportunities at

    Notes: A video highlighting the program is available by clicking here. Images of students and instructors at work as well as the graduation event are available by clicking here.
  • CEDIA Names Finalists for Best New Product Awards

    CEDIA has announced the 2019 Best New Product Awards finalists. The finalists -- in hardware and software categories -- were selected by a panel of judges comprised of home technology professionals. Winners will be announced in the CEDIA booth (#1301) at 3:00 p.m. MT at this year's CEDIA Expo on Thursday, September 12.

    2019 Best New Product Awards Finalists:

    Best New Hardware Product category finalists:
    Bang & Olufsen
    Bang & Olufsen Beovision Harmony
    Barco Residential
    Bragi Cinemascope

    Bowers & Wilkins
    Formation Duo
    Draper, Inc.
    Silent Partner
    Epic Sky Technology
    Epix Fusion
    Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Lutron Maestro LED+™ dimmer
    LG Electronics USA
    LG 75-inch LCD 8K TV (75SM99)
    Meridian Audio
    Meridian DSP640.2 In-Wall Loudspeaker
    NAD Electronics
    NAD Masters M10
    Nexus 21
    Apex Motorized TV Wall Mount

    Nortek Security & Control
    ELAN Intelligent Touch Panels with Face Recognition 

    Samsung Electronics America
    Samsung 82” Q900 8K QLED TV

    Samsung Electronics America
    The Wall Luxury

    SAVANT Breaker-Companion Modules

    Séura® Shade Series™ Outdoor TV

    Seymour-Screen Excellence
    Seymour-Screen Excellence Adjustable Ratio Theater (ART) Motorized Masking Film Screen System

    WattBox® 250-Series Wi-Fi 2-Outlet IP Surge Protector

    Somfy Systems, Inc.
    Sonesse® 30 WireFree Zigbee® Li-ion

    Sony Electronics Inc.
    Sony MASTER Series Z9G 8K HDR TV

    Wilson Electronics
    WilsonPro Pro 1100 

    Best New Software Product category finalists:
    Control4 Smart Home OS 3
    Crestron Electronics, Inc.
    Crestron Home OS 3
    D-Tools, Inc.
    D-Tools Cloud
    Natural Language Voice Control Multisource and Multizone AV

    SAVANT Advanced IP-Based Apple TV Integration 

    Finalists and winners are recognized for their innovative contributions to the industry and for the value they provide to integrators and end users. You can connect to a full list of finalists, including photos, by clicking here. Connect to more about CEDIA Expo, including registration, at The 2019 CEDIA Expo runs from September 10-14 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.
  • CEDIA Details Five CEDIA Expo Education Hot Topics

    This year's CEDIA Expo kicks off in a little over a month and with more than 125 classes, CEDIA is taking a moment to highlight five education topics that will take center stage at this year's CEDIA Expo. The 2019 CEDIA Expo will run September 10-14 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

    "CEDIA has listened to our members as well as industry stakeholders and worked diligently to assemble educational offerings at CEDIA Expo that match current needs and address future technology demands," said Director of Technical Training Steven Rissi. "Half of this year's courses are new and the returning subjects have been thoughtfully curated to continue CEDIA's mission as the leading source of education and certification for the industry. We also worked hard to bring our entire New Hire Track of classes to Expo, making it a one-stop-shop for someone wanting to have their new technicians learn everything they can, with both lecture based and hands-on learning experiences, within the cost of the training pass. Whether attendees have years of experience or are new to the industry, CEDIA Expo has tons of valuable classes for everyone."

    2019 Hot Topics include:

    Network Security
    As the Internet of Things environment continues to evolve, integrators and professionals in related fields need to be hands-on when it comes to locking down residential networks. Several courses at CEDIA Expo, including "Properly Securing a Residential Network: Methods and Best Practices" and "Remote System Access: Methods, Security and Best Practices Learning Lab" will build attendees abilities in the complicated but critical world of network security.

    Health and Wellness in the Home
    How to tackle health and wellness in the home is an incredibly popular topic among industry insiders and CEDIA education is offering multiple courses on this topic -- notably, "A Healthy Home Starts with HVAC," "Smart Home for Good: Technology Benefits at Every Stage of Life," and "Smart Seniors Seminar: How Technologies are Keeping Seniors Safer, Smarter and out of Assisted Living" -- deal with topics seeing significant demand from customers.

    Audio/Video Over IP Infrastructure
    The methods of distributing video in commercial and residential applications keep shifting and a number of courses offered at CEDIA Expo will help integrators keep current and work toward what's next. "AV-over-IP Methods, Formats, and System Design" will explore compression codes and standards, network speed and latency implications, HDR, and infrastructure and system design best practices. "Tailoring Network Performance with VLANS and QoS Learning Lab" will offer advanced network performance tools for residential applications to help learners enhance their understanding of achieving optimal network performance with multiple devices and programs, building on students' working knowledge.

    LED Lighting
    LED technology -- from sources to controls -- is rapidly changing and gaining prominence. Stay ahead of the curve with courses including "Fundamentals of Control Systems," which will take a deep dive into a range of user interfaces and emphasize understanding to help designers meet client needs for common and complex tasks. Additional courses dealing with LED lighting will focus on user experience and the potential impact of DirectLED and microLED display systems.

    The Art of the Home Theater
    This year's CEDIA Expo will offer several unparalleled learning opportunities for home tech professionals looking to raise the bar on home cinema projects. "The CEDIA Home Cinema Design Masterclass" -- featuring Imaging Science Foundation founder Joel Silver, Grimani Systems President Anthony Grimani, and TK Theatres and RAYVA founder Theo Kalomirakis -- will provide an in-depth examination of several high-level topics for veteran integrators. The "Becoming Cinema Sommelier" course will focus on the unique position the high-end private cinema industry finds itself in and what opportunities it presents for integrators.

    You can connect to more about CEDIA training by clicking here and explore the full lineup of courses by clicking here. CEDIA Expo is the largest annual residential technology show with some 20,000 home technology professionals and more than 500 exhibitors. The event runs September 10-14. CEDIA Education will be offered four days and the Exhibit Hall floor will be open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Register for CEDIA Expo and dozens of classes at
  • CEDIA Unveils Americas Home Technology Professional Award Winners

    CEDIA is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 CEDIA Home Technology Professional Awards competition for the Americas region. Twelve projects received recognition Thursday during the CEDIA Awards Celebration & Leadership Conference at the historic Drake Hotel in Chicago. Each honoree represents the best work over the last year from CEDIA members in the global organization’s Americas region.

    "This year's winners really showcase the exceptional work of CEDIA members and the innovative spirit of the industry," said CEDIA Global President and Chief Executive Officer Tabatha O'Connor. "The awards event capped off a terrific day at a one-of-a-kind venue in Chicago that also included the successful debut of our Leadership Conference. A big thank you to all of our event supporters, particularly headline sponsors Crestron, DISH, and Savant."

    The 2019 Home Technology Professional Award Winners from the Americas Region are:

    Best Home Cinema
    • Level I: ACOUSTIC INTERIORS – Toronto, Ontario – Canada
    • Level II: Audio Images – Tustin, California – USA
    • Level III: Audio Images – Tustin, California – USA
    Best Innovative System or Solution
    • Pacific Audio & Communications – Kihei, Hawaii – USA
    Best Integrated Home
    • Level I: La Scala – Vancouver, British Columbia – Canada
    • Level II: Cantara – Costa Mesa, California – USA
    • Level III: La Scala – Vancouver, British Columbia – Canada
    • Level IV: The Premier Group – Carmel, Indiana – USA
    Best Media Room   
    • Level I: Audio Images – Tustin, California – USA
    • Level II: Audio Images – Tustin, California – USA
    Best Multiple Dwelling Unit Design
    • SmartTouchUSA – Columbia, Maryland – USA
    Best Showroom
    • Atlanta Audio & Automation – Atlanta, Georgia – USA
    Best Documentation
    • La Scala – Vancouver, British Columbia – Canada
    Best Lighting System
    • Service TECH, Inc. – Cedar Park, TX – USA
    Life Lived Best at Home
    • Cantara – Costa Mesa, California – USA
    Technology Meets Design
    • La Scala – Vancouver, British Columbia – Canada

    A global judging panel of experts deeply connected to the home technology industry evaluated entries and selected winners. Asia Pacific region finalists were announced in Juneand winners will be revealed at Integrate in Melbourne, Australia on August 28. EMEA region finalists were also previously announced and the winners will be unveiled September 26 during a sold-out celebration in the V&A in London, UK. Global Award winners will be announced at the EMEA event.

    As part of the "Road to CEDIA Expo," CEDIA and Emerald Expositions are partnering to award category winners in the Americas region with a CEDIA Expo travel package that includes flight reimbursement of up to $500 and a three-night hotel stay at the 2019 CEDIA Expo at the Colorado Convention Center September 10-14 in Denver.

    Connect to more about the CEDIA Home Technology Professional Awards competition and the Awards events at Winners and finalists will be profiled across all CEDIA platforms.
  • Crestron, DISH, Savant to be Headline Sponsors for CEDIA Awards Celebration & Leadership Conference

    Crestron, DISH, and Savant Sign on as CEDIA Awards Celebration & Leadership Conference Headline Sponsors

    FISHERS, Ind. (JUNE 13, 2019) — The Americas edition of the CEDIA Awards Celebration and new Leadership Conference will be supported by a formidable slate of sponsors, including headline sponsors, Crestron, DISH, and Savant. The industry innovators join Barco, Control4, Emerald Expositions, Legrand, Lutron, Meridian, Samsung, SnapAV, Sonance, Sonos, Sony, and SurgeX as sponsors of the July 24-25 event at the historic Drake Hotel in Chicago.

    "The CEDIA Awards Celebration & Leadership Conference gives honorees the full spotlight to toast their hard-earned achievements and offers a prime platform for the sponsors who will help make this night one to remember. Crestron, DISH, and Savant are some of the biggest names in the CEDIA channel and we’re grateful for their support and the terrific backing of all of our sponsors," says CEDIA Senior Vice President of Industry Engagement Giles Sutton. "Pairing the Awards Celebration with the debut of the Leadership Conference gives attendees an opportunity to interact with highly-engaging content that will help them grow as business leaders. The celebration and conference will also open the door for side-by-side networking and learning among integrators and manufacturers in an intimate setting."

    Savant Executive Vice President J.C. Murphy says "we value any opportunity to connect with industry partners and the CEDIA Awards Celebration & Leadership Conference is one opportunity that will allow us to deepen our relationships. We are excited to offer our support toward this new venture."

    DISH National Sales Manager Frank DeFilippis says "integrators are often at the front lines of delivering our technology to consumers, so we're pleased to have an opportunity to connect with them as a CEDIA Awards Celebration & Leadership Conference sponsor."

    Crestron Vice President, Residential John Clancy says "we're glad to play a part in honoring the best of the best in the industry and look forward to joining integrators during a unique opportunity to learn and build connections."

    The conference is crafted for executive leaders and will feature educational sessions throughout the day, leading up to the CEDIA Awards Celebration in the evening. The opening keynote presentation will be delivered by David Rendall and focus on embracing flaws — instead of fixing them — to gain a competitive advantage.

    Conference attendees will then choose two class options that will be followed by an economic and housing forecast from Mark Boud, senior vice president and chief economist of Metrostudy, a Hanley Wood company. Two additional attendee-selected courses will follow. Cocktail hour for the CEDIA Awards Celebration will begin at 7 p.m. and the Awards Presentation will start at 8 p.m.

    Early bird pricing (through June 18) for the conference and awards event is $700 for CEDIA members and $1,000 for non-members. Tables of 10 are $7,670 and the CEDIA member/CEDIA Expo exhibitor price will be $5,900 - a 15% savings. Members can purchase single tickets to the CEDIA Awards only for $150 at the early bird rate.

    As part of the "Road to CEDIA Expo," CEDIA and Emerald Expositions are partnering to award category winners in the Americas region with a CEDIA Expo travel package that includes flight reimbursement of up to $500 and a three-night hotel stay at the 2019 CEDIA Expo.

    Connect to more about the CEDIA Awards Celebration and Leadership Conference here.

    About CEDIA

    This year, CEDIA celebrates 30 years of connection and innovation having led the industry as the global trade association and central touch point for companies that design, manufacture, and install technology for the home. CEDIA will continue to build on this legacy in 2019 and beyond as the industry leader in delivering the resources and benefits that set members at every level on a pathway to prosperity. CEDIA Expo, also in its 30th year, remains the largest annual residential technology show and Integrated Systems Europe, co-owned by CEDIA, is the world's largest AV and systems integration exhibition. Over the last 30 years, CEDIA members have consistently been dedicated to delivering technology solutions that allow people to have their best moments in life from the comfort of their own home. Throughout the course of the year, CEDIA will be showcasing three decades of contributions of its more than 3,700 member companies. Learn more about CEDIA at