Retail Observer

November 2017

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NOVEMBER 2017 R ETAI LOBSE RVE R.COM 35 C EDIA 2017, the premier connected tech expo in the industry, saw strong growth in attendance at the recent conference and expo in San Diego, with more than 20,000 home tech professionals participating in the event. Major exhibiting brands, including Lutron, Control 4, SnapAV, Z-Wave Alliance, Nest, and DISH, among others, have already committed for the 2018 show, and helped drive record onsite sales for the next show. CEDIA 2018 will take place September 4-8, 2018, again at the San Diego Convention Center, and is expected to see a further increase in attendance. As always, the event will feature five days of networking, CEDIA training, brand exposure, and product launches. In addition, Emerald Expositions will launch several key initiatives in 2018 to drive additional value for both exhibitors and attendees. A Smart Stage will be introduced to host a number of new attendee engagement opportun- ities. Tech Bites will launch in 2018 and will give exhibitors the chance to apply for a 5-minute slot to present a new product and/or service in a short elevator pitch. Designed to encourage product innovation, Tech Bites will be a valuable oppor- tunity for both press and attendees to receive concise access to new products hitting the market. In addition to the already-popular CEDIA Talks, Tech Talks will also utilize the Smart Stage and give attendees a platform to listen to short, powerful talks from industry leaders about current trends, market changes, and other general industry topics. Exhibitors may also utilize the Smart Stage for sponsored content. Emerald Expositions Recaps CEDIA 2017, Announces Plans for the 2018 CEDIA Show C E D I A 2 0 1 7 S A W A S I G N I F I C A N T I N C R E A S E I N A T T E N D A N C E , A N D E M E R A L D E X P O S I T I O N S I S E X C I T E D T O W O R K I N T A N D E M W I T H T H E C E D I A A S S O C I A T I O N A N D A S E L E C T G R O U P O F I N D U S T R Y E X P E R T S T O D E V E L O P P L A N S F O R E X C I T I N G N E W I N I T I A T I V E S T O B E N E F I T B O T H T H E E X H I B I T O R S A N D A T T E N D E E S F O R C E D I A 2 0 1 8 . PLANS

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