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November 2019

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RETAILOBSERVER.COM NOVEMBER 2019 36 "CEDIA offers the most diverse and industry-leading educational courses each year, more so than any other event within our industry," says Tabatha O'Connor, global president and CEO, CEDIA. "With 125 courses covering all ranges of experience and six courses offered in Spanish at the 2019 show, CEDIA Expo continues to be the destination for beginning a new career or gaining expert-level educational credits in the residential technology field." CEDIA Expo saw a return of show floor programming as well as a debut of new programs for exhibitors, attendees and media. See below for descriptions of each program. TECHSTARTER – INNOVATION ALLEY TechStarter, the all-new program specifically for Innovation Alley exhibitors at the 2019 show, gave all new exhibitors a chance to pitch their business models to three leaders of the residential technology market. After the pitches, the winning brands participated in a panel discussion, receiving media training, interviews and a chance to win $2,500 cash. THE 2019 TECHSTARTER JUDGES: • Alex Capecelatro, CEO and founder, • Hagai Feiner, founder and CEO, Access Networks • Tabatha O'Connor, global president and CEO, CEDIA Starting with judging on Thursday of the show, the TechStarter judges walked the Innovation Alley section of the show floor to choose the five brands that demonstrated the most promise for a successful business model. After judging and deliberation concluded, the "TechStarter FIVE" were chosen. RESIDENTIAL TECH AND DESIGN 2019

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