The AV Industry’s Flagship Virtual Event

March 6-9, 2023

LAVNCH WEEK 7 featured all-new sessions, presentations, product announcements and technology introductions on the latest ProAV, digital signage, UCC and emerging technologies.

Hosts Steph Beckett and Megan A. Dutta, industry futurists, thought leaders and top manufacturers discussed the latest updates, the future of our industry, open communication and innovations.


Industry education sessions

Innovative ideas for AV integrators

LAVNCH CREW networking opportunities

Panels with AV industry leaders

New product introductions & demos

Earn CTS RUs


All times listed are in EST

Monday, March 6

People are the core of every business. That’s why we’re kicking off Day 1 of LAVNCH WEEK 7 with a deep dive into everything you need to know about unified communications and collaboration. Viewers will learn how UCC is shaping the future of our work life and how it can improve business and employee relationships. We’re spilling all the best secrets.

12:30 p.m.

Welcome To UCC Day!

with Steph Beckett, Megan A. Dutta, Gary Kayye

12:45 p.m.

How BYOD Can Alleviate Daily Meeting Challenges

with Steph Beckett, Lauren Simmen

Is your company standardized on a different meeting platform than your client? Forget your dongle at home for your day in the office? Designing a modern meeting space and dreading how cluttered cables will look on the table? BYOD for wireless conferencing and presentation helps mitigate all of these mishaps and more. Lauren Simmen, Director of Product Marketing at Crestron, joins rAVe to discuss how BYOD in the workplace can change the game for IT Managers and their users.

1:00 p.m.

The Conferencing Audio Experience

with Steph Beckett, Jenn Steinhardt, Michael Slamer, Justin Watts

With the rise of the hybrid office, conferencing audio is more critical than ever. It’s even more critical — most would say — than video. This panel explores the latest UCC audio trends, how to create the ultimate hybrid conferencing audio experience and more.

1:45 p.m.

22 Miles on UCC

with Megan A. Dutta, Tomer Mann

2:00 p.m.

UCC Update

with Gary Kayye, Hawon Jung, Mark Peterson

What’s happening now in UCC? Join rAVe’s Gary Kayye and a panel of experts as they discuss the latest UCC trends and how they’ll impact the future of conferencing and collaboration.

2:30 p.m.

Enhance Collaborations & Connectivity with UCC

with Megan A. Dutta, Hal Truax

Corporate communications are key for organizations, but meeting equity is vital for creating a collaborative work environment. Enhancing connectivity through USB workflows allows for participants to be seen and heard and for more engaging collaborations. Join Hall Technologies’ Hal Truax and Megan A. Dutta as they highlight streamlined USB workflows that result in improved communication, more participant engagement and easy switching between audio and video sources.

2:45 p.m.

Will We Ever Achieve a True Collaboration Standard?

with Megan A. Dutta, Jeremy Caldera, Rebecca Onchi, Lex Evans

It’s no secret that AV doesn’t always standardize. But when it comes to UCC, the push to discontinue the use of proprietary technology is stronger than ever. This panel examines the future of UCC and whether we will ever achieve a “true standard” of collaboration.

3:30 p.m.

The Office: Flexibility Today

with Sean Wargo

When it comes to Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC), many companies are still trying to figure out the path forward. For this lynchpin technology, how does strategy prevail when one-third of your staff is in the office, but the rest are distributed globally? Far deeper than video conferencing, the office still matters and how we communicate and work with our peers is the culture of the future.

Join Sean Wargo, Vice President of Market Intelligence at AVIXA, as he deep dives into the value of the office and how we can better utilize the space when in fact, the traditional idea of the office has not truly been updated – if ever. Utilizing the large body of research that impacts the flexible work environment, Wargo will uncover where the ProAV industry can provide innovation and new opportunities.

Tuesday, March 7

Innovative technology moves our society forward, and emerging technology is taking the lead. On Day 2 of LAVNCH WEEK 7, we’re stepping into the future by exploring the endless possibilities of Emerging Tech, virtual production, Esports, the metaverse and more! But these aren’t just for fun. Our viewers will learn how to use emerging tech to be one step ahead of the competition and elevate their business solutions.

12:30 p.m.

Welcome to Emerging Technologies Day!

with Steph Beckett, Megan A. Dutta, Rich Ventura

12:45 p.m.

Experience Design at ISE 2023

Check out the latest trends in experience design from these videos we recorded at ISE 2023.

1:00 p.m.

Esports and Experience Design

with Megan A. Dutta, James O’Hagan, Jared Timmins, Joe Dunbar, Raj Singh

As esports continues its explosive growth, there’s unlimited potential for AV professionals to cash in on this phenomena. This panel explores the role ProAV plays in esports as well as unique considerations for this growing market.

1:45 p.m.

Blackmagic Design on Virtual Production

with Megan A. Dutta, Bob Caniglia

Join Megan A. Dutta and Bob Caniglia as they discuss the latest virtual production trends and tools.

2:00 p.m.

Emerging Technologies Update

with Gary Kayye, Ed Haravon, Mina Mustafa

What’s happening now with emerging technologies? Join Gary Kayye and a panel of experts as they discuss the latest emerging tech trends and how they’ll impact the future of the industry.

2:30 p.m.

Virtual Production at ISE 2023

Check out these virtual production products we saw at ISE 2023.

2:45 p.m.

Virtual Production in the Corporate Space

with Steph Beckett, Kris Santoro, Jaime Raffone, Andre Dantzler, Joe Whitesides

When you think of virtual production, it’s likely that “The Mandalorian” comes to mind … but there are so many more uses for AV professionals, particularly when it comes to the corporate market. Join Steph Beckett and a panel of experts as they explore the benefits and use cases for virtual production in the workplace.

Wednesday, March 8

The transportation and retail industries have significantly upgraded digital signage technology over the past few years. That is just the beginning. On Day 3 of LAVNCH WEEK 7, we will discuss digital signage. Not only will viewers learn how the industry is evolving, but also how future digital signage technology will dramatically enhance our daily lives.

12:30 p.m.

Welcome to Digital Signage Day!

with Steph Beckett, Megan A. Dutta

12:45 p.m.

Meet Videri — The Digital Signage Company You Didn’t Know That You Already Knew

with Gary Kayye, Rolf Carlson

Videri Digital Canvases are the smartest and most energy-efficient digital displays in the market. The Canvases are stunningly thin, beautiful and engineered for simplicity and impact. Out of the box and on the wall in 15 minutes, Videri Canvases come in unique shapes and sizes to fit almost any space. Messaging on Videri Canvases is easily managed from anywhere, on your phone or laptop, whether the deployment is for 1 or 100,000 Canvases. Attend this session with Rolf Carlson, SVP, and Gary Kayye to find out why Videri Canvases should be a part of your portfolio if you want to be on the leading edge of innovation in digital signage and create paths to incremental revenue.

1:00 p.m.

Using Digital Signage to Enhance the Retail Experience

with Steph Beckett, Matt Nurre, Andrea Varrone, Dane Oldridge

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cool, retail is beginning to bounce back. However, consumers want more than just to run in and grab something — they want an experience. This panel explores the latest retail activations and how digital signage is being used to enhance the retail experience for consumers.

1:45 p.m.

Visualizing Data for Digital Signage

with Megan A. Dutta, David Defelici, Ido Aviram

Digital signage partners, Telecine and YCD Multimedia team up in this session to discuss how to enhance the customer experience in financial institutions, corporate spaces, and more. This partnership leads the “any K” revolution in digital signage with a canvas approach to content and the management and distribution of media to create current, captivating and relevant information, displayed in the most appropriate, compelling and painless way possible. Learn their tips for building engaging, interactive multimedia experiences.

2:00 p.m.

Digital Signage Update

with Gary Kayye, Carrie Leigh Garcia, Bradford Benn, George A. Borden

What’s happening now with digital signage? Join rAVe’s Gary Kayye and a panel of experts as they discuss the latest digital signage trends and how they’ll impact the future of the industry.

2:30 p.m.

Peerless-AV on the State of Digital Signage

with Steph Beckett, Kevin McDonald

Peerless-AV shares the current state of digital signage and how the company’s products play in the space.

2:45 p.m.

Planes, Trains and Digital Signage

with Megan A. Dutta, Chris Freeman, Lindsey Wall, Paul J. Fleuranges, Todd Green

As government funding for transportation continues to grow, so does the signage inside these venues. From airports to train stations, the signage possibilities are endless for all uses. Where will this technology go next and what types of emerging technologies will we see in use? This panel discusses all of that and more.

3:30 p.m.

#EmbraceEquity with WAVIT

with Megan A. Dutta, Brandy Alvarado-MirandaAlthea Ricketts

March 8 is International Women’s Day and this year’s theme is #EmbraceEquity. Women in AV/IT (WAVIT) board members will discuss how to challenge gender stereotypes, call out discrimination, draw attention to bias, and seek out inclusion.

Thursday, March 9

What does it take to create a successful event in today’s climate? Are people in the AV industry still called end users? Find out the answer to these questions and so many more during our final day of LAVNCH WEEK 7, dedicated to all things ProAV. Hosts Megan A Dutta and Steph Beckett will be joined by industry pros to discuss the latest trends, how partnerships are evolving, the future of ProAV and will interact with viewers to answer questions in live-time.

12:30 p.m.

Welcome to ProAV Day!

with Steph Beckett, Megan A. Dutta

12:45 p.m.

Yealink’s Advanced ProAV Integrations and Applications

with Steph Beckett, Bill Newman

Need more than just an “Out of the Box” turnkey solution for your customers? Want to build custom solutions? Please join Bill Newman, Senior Solution Architect, to learn more about Yealink’s advanced ProAV solutions and applications. Learn how to natively integrate control systems, DSP, combinable rooms and more into a native Teams Room deployment.

1:00 p.m.

Don’t Call Me An End User … Or Do?

with Megan A. Dutta, Joshua Willmann, Luis Garcia, Angelique Burke

As the skill level of end users, or technology managers, increases, the ProAV industry needs to change how it works with clients. This panel explores how integrators can better work with technology managers to create meaningful partnerships. It also explores where and why tech-savvy end users need integration services and how those relationships are evolving.

1:45 p.m.

How AI Will Transform ProAV Cameras

with Gary Kayye, Chrissy Sara

Join Chrissy Sara and Gary Kayye as they discuss and demo Sony’s new SRG-A40/ SRG-A12 PTZ auto-framing camera with AI analytics. Thanks to advanced features theses cameras automatically and consistently track and naturally frame presenters, regardless of movement or posture, for seamless content creation and control — all without operating a computer.

2:00 p.m.

ProAV Update

with Gary Kayye, Mark Coxon, Alexis La Broi, John Garmendi

What’s happening now in ProAV? Join rAVe’s Gary Kayye and a panel of experts as they discuss the latest ProAV trends, including AI, and how they’ll impact the future of the industry.

2:30 p.m.

Want to Make a Lot of Money? Sell NOCs, SOCs and Control Rooms; Here’s How

with Gary Kayye, Todd McCandless

There’s no doubt that Barco’s been the leader in the control rooms for over three decades — starting with CRTs, then LCDs and now LEDs, with TruePix. So, why not learn from the leader, as entering the control room market is easier than ever — and now Fintech and SaS providers are all asking for SOCs (Security Operation Centers) and NOCs (Network Operation Centers) too. So, want to know how to find them, sell them and install them? Watch this session!

2:45 p.m.

Live Events – The Renaissance?

with Steph Beckett, Amanda Eberle, Don Guzauckas, Wallace Johnson

Live events are back and better than ever! Or are they? Technology has changed in the past three years and people no longer look at live events the same. From extra precautions to hybrid options, there are many more decisions to make now. What does it take to create a successful event in today’s climate? Find out from our panel of experts!



LAVNCH WEEK 7 brings together leading AV, digital signage, branding, UCC and emerging technology leaders and manufacturers for an event like no other. With an emphasis on peer-to-peer discussions, leading education sessions and more. Led by hosts Steph Beckett and Megan A. Dutta, LAVNCH WEEK 7 will bring open communication and innovations for all attendees. 

Gary KayyeCo-Founder & Director
THE rAVe Agency
Megan A. DuttaEditor-in-Chief
Steph BeckettManaging Editor
Mark CoxonBusiness Development Director- XTG
Ed HaravonCo-Founder
Get Real XR
Amanda EberleGeneral Manager
AV Chicago
Alexis B. La BroiDirector, Audio Visual Services Division
MidPoint Technology Group
Matt NurreDirector of National Sales
Visual Image
Don GuzauckasVice President & General Manager
HB Live
Wallace JohnsonFounder & Executive Producer
Digital Xperience Group
Rebecca OnchiSr. Consultant
Global Consulting
Jeremy CalderaSenior Vice President
Pearl Technology
Mina MustafaBusiness Development Manager
Sean WargoSr. Director, Market Intelligence
Lauren SimmenDirector of Product Marketing
Jenn SteinhardtAssociate
Shen, Milsom & Wilke
Bill NewmanSenior Solution Architect
Yealink (Xiamen) Network Technology CO., Ltd
Brandy Alvarado-MirandaCEO
BAM! Marketing & PR Agency
Chris FreemanSenior Project Manager
Sound Incorporated
Althea RickettsVice President Corporate Initiatives
James O’HaganVice President of Education Innovation
Michael SlamerExecutive AV Engineer
Warner Bros Discovery
Joshua WillmannDeployment Engineering Lead
Meta Platforms Inc
Lindsey WallSr. Manager – Strategy & Innovation
United Airlines
Luis GarciaAudio Visual Services Manager
University of Redlands
Angelique BurkeEnterprise Client Care Manager
McCann Systems
Hawon JungProject Consultant
Kris SantoroMarketing Specialist
DetaiLED Solutions
Jared TimminsVice President of Innovation, Media and Entertainment
Rolf CarlsonSVP, Head of Sales
Videri, Inc.
Jaime RaffoneSenior Manager, Virtual Production and New Media
Paul J. FleurangesManager, Advertising
Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
Carrie Leigh GarciaAccount Director
Dane OldridgeTechnical Sales Specialist/SME – Display Solutions
Mark PetersonGlobal AV Discipline Leader
Shen Milsom & Wilke
John GarmendiSr. Manager Sales Support Engineering & Consultant Program
Sony Electronics
Todd McCandlessDirector, LED Sales & Strategy Americas
Bradford BennChief Advisist
Advisist Group LLC
Andrea VarroneDirector of Strategic Accounts
Creative Realities
Chrissy SaraSr. Sales Support Engineer
Sony Electronics
Hal TruaxVP of Sales & Marketing
Hall Technologies
David DefeliciNew Media Executive
Ido AviramGeneral Manager
YCD Multimedia
Todd GreenGlobal Sales Manager, Transportation
George A. BordenSolution Architect
Sharp NEC Display Solutions
Andre DantzlerCEO/Founder
Raj SinghHead of Learning Technologies
Lex EvansCX Design & Support Analyst
Tomer MannEVP, VP of Global Sales
22 Miles
Rich VenturaVice President of Professional Display Solutions
Sony Electronics Professional Solutions Americas
Bob CanigliaDirector of Sales Operations, North America
Blackmagic Design
Joe WhitesidesDirector of Experience Technology, XTG
Kevin McDonaldSr. Director, Business Development
Joe DunbarVisual Specialist