The Professional Sound team touched down in Las Vegas early Tuesday morning for the 2014 edition of the InfoComm show, which finds the association celebrating its 75th anniversary.
While the exhibit halls don’t open until Wednesday, the 18th, there was some programming on the books for the pre-show evening, including the rather interesting keynote address by “futurist” aike Walsh and the show’s welcome reception.
Mike Walsh is a futurist, global speaker, and author who was speaking to the future of technology and commerce, and how people will be interacting with each other in the coming years. The scope of his discussion was rather broad, covering buzz words like people, culture, marketing, technology, and innovation, and while not everything was relevant to the average AV contractor, the overall ideas were very interesting.
Essentially, he believes that, regardless of how far technology progresses in the next few years, human experience will be the primary driver of what we develop and what we do with it. There was a lot of talk about quick thinking – being able to identify people’s wants and needs and devising quick ways of meeting them for the time being.
One of the main ideas I took away was that what drove your success in the past may very well be what kills you in the future – the idea that rapid and constant evolution is required to be successful in any industry that serves other people.
He also spoke to the importance of human interaction and communication for corporate success, merging departments and finding more communal ways to address and solve problems.
Ultimately, it was full of interesting ideas and takeaways – particularly his “mind grenades,” which turned common conventions on their heads by asking people to consider things beyond what’s right in front of them.
The Welcome Reception that followed was quite busy and offered attendees some food and beverage along with great networking opportunities. It was great connecting with the first fellow Canadians we met at the show – Engineering Harmonics’ Paul Alegado, RP Dynamics’ Cynthia Wong (both of whom were profiled on opposite pages in the June 2014 issue of Professional Sound) and Dustin Su of Smith + Andersen. Big thanks to the three of them for sharing ideas on cool things to do for this Vegas virgin, not to mention some updates on their current projects.
It was an early night after long flights, getting set for day 1 on the show floor.