The Smart Stage + Innovation Hub featured emerging brands and presentations over the course of two days. Topics focused around emerging trends such as Resimercial, Work From Home, Outdoor Living, Lighting, Security and Wellness. Check out the must see sessions and award ceremonies below! 

Innovation Hub Sessions

Home Office Design Post COVID-19

The communications/collaboration space was an area of exponential growth during the worst pandemic in a century. The current state of collaboration for the workplace, school, and doctor’s office has been permanently changed. In this session, Moderator David Danto of the IMCCA is joined by Aurangzeb Khan of Jabra, as they will discuss these changes at a high-level and point out significant shifts in technology and culture – some of which are not that obvious. How will our homes, offices, schools, and healthcare facilities change to meet these new needs? What have we learned from our experiences?

Outwit Your Smart Home w/ Glenn Merlin Johnson

Glenn Merlin Johnson discusses the critical nature of collaboration for the luxury home and the approach to simplify the complexity of full home integrated technologies to meet the client’s needs with exceptional results. He’ll walk you through your home and deliver stories on your devices starting with your ring doorbell, fridge, lighting, shades, printer and faxes, computer, wireless closets, web cams, Alexa’s, baby monitors, fitness bikes, golf and ski simulators, home theatres, wearable technology, drones, robotics, and more.

Open Source in Home & Building Automation

Open source technology supports the foundations of a majority of the products and services we use every day, with over 78% of businesses using at least some open-source software. Nathan Clark, Founder of Konnected, will examine a few case studies where open-source technology has made complex automation and security projects fast, scalable, and profitable, and how you can leverage the same on your custom integration projects.

Cyber Security Protection, another Income Stream in Home Network Protection

In this session, Glenn Merlin Johnson of guardDog, will discuss the easy selling and lucrative protection opportunity in today’s number one world topic, Cyber Crime. Technology in the home environment is supposed to simplify, make life easier for the occupants but it has also become the open portal for personal and corporate cybercrime.

Outdoor Lighting Puts Integrators In position to Profit

As the use of outdoor living spaces continues to grow, homeowners are spending more and more on making these areas beautiful and functional. National Sales Director for Garden Light LED Bruce Kenison and President of Phoenix Marketing Group Chris Gilray discuss how AV integrators have a real opportunity to offer a more complete service to their customers by incorporating outdoor lighting.

You Are Connected! But Are you Secure?

Daniel Pascua will explore the issues today in the ‘edge territory’ or the invisible space between networks, as home electronics are by far the largest attack surface that are now a field day for Cyber Criminals.

The Home Studio – When It’s More Than Just Videoconferencing

Being on a videoconference from home is adequate for most, but some have realized that these technologies can also be used to create complex webcasts and presentations from home. Moderator Tim Albright of AVNation is joined by David Danto of the IMCCA, Aurangzeb Khan of Jabra and Steph Beckett of rAVe Pubs, as they will explore the nuances and considerations needed to be an at-home content creator.

Award Ceremonies

CE Pro Best Product Awards

The CE Pro BEST (Best Electronic Systems Technologies) Awards “offer an incredible glimpse into the future for the entire residential integration industry,” – Jason Knott, editor-in-chief of CE Pro. Tune in to see all of the amazing brands that took home a CE PRO Best Product Award!

CE Pro Home of the Year Awards

There’s a lot of planning, collaboration, and installation and design ingenuity that goes into every project you do. CE Pro believes your company is deserving of a pat on the back … or rather, a coveted CE Pro Home of the Year Award. Tune in to see which Houses are leaving CEDIA Expo with some hardware.

CEDIA Awards

Tune in to see the finalists for Best New Product at CEDIA Expo 2021! CEDIA’s Awards program recognizes technical excellence, product innovation, and individual professionals succeeding in the home technology industry.

TechStarter Awards

This “Shark Tank” style program allows for Launchpad brands to pitch their business models to industry VIPs and c-suite executives for a chance to be crowned the winner of TechStarter 2021! Ed Wenck introduces Host Walt Zerbe of CEDIA and VIP judges, Tom Doherty of HTSA, and David Weinstein of Lutron, as they announce this year’s big winner!