Monthly Archives: February 2018

Episode 69: What’s a Chatbot… and Why Should We Care?



Join host Megan Powers, her ‘Making a Marketer’ co-host Elizabeth Glau and Corey Moss as they welcome their guests:

Julius Moster – Master of Science student at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), researching chatbots, together with German company STIHL.

Chris Colleran – Co-founder and CTO of Sciensio.

Julius Moster lives in Karlsruhe, Germany. He’s currently working on his masters in Industrial Engineering and Management, which was also the focus of his undergrad studies–both at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). He’s in the final stages of his studies working on his Master thesis: “Designing a guideline for the implementation of conversational AI in the production environment,” together with German company STIHL. He is analyzing opportunities of human-machine-communication in the production environment, especially the use of chatbots as an artificial intelligence tool that serves as an information/knowledge manager and personal assistant

Chris Colleran is Co-founder and CTO of Sciensio, he lives in Salt Lake City… Chris believes that in the near future, messaging will be a powerful enabler unlocking the full potential of predictive analytics, natural language processing and deep learning — redefining how companies interact with customers, employees, and things.

Many of us experience chatbots on a regular basis, but might not even know it! They are still quite new, and how they’re used is moving at a very rapid pace, which made our guest Julius Moster choose them as the focus of his masters thesis in his Industrial Engineering Management Master of Science program. Chris Colleran is at the helm of the technology at an (award-winning) event technology company called Sciensio that has developed a bot – eventbots – to help meeting and events organizers create a better experience for their staff and attendees. He actually created his very first bot for an party (aka, event) he was having at his house! From that Sciensio was born.

Please join us as our guests break down what chatbots are, and how they’re used, in a very easy to understand way on this episode of The AV Life.


Episode 68: The Return from ISE 2018, the Experiences, and Stories to Tell (Part 2)



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Alan Brawn, Justin Rexing and Lauren Larson as they welcome their guests:

Richard Ventura – Vice President of Strategy at NEC Display Solutions
Brady Bruce – Chief Marketing Officer at InFocus
Joan Vandermate – Head of Marketing, Business Collaboration Unit at Logitech
Kordon Vaughn – Sr. Director of Product Marketing at Control4

After an electric, record breaking ISE 2018 show, the Crew is back along with guests who have returned from exhibiting at the show in Amsterdam. Alan and Justin have joined Corey and Lauren who were on the Part 1 show to talk with the guests about what their companies did at ISE along with their experiences at the show.

Joan Vandermate begins by talking with the Crew about the new SmartDock Flex.

Kordon Vaughn talks about a few product and news items: Triad One Streaming Amplifier, Pakedge Wireless Router with BakPak Lite and the recent acquisition of Ihiji.

Brady Bruce talks about Jupiter PixelNet 2.0 along with the new range of laser projectors. There’s also very interesting projection and screens discussion here as well brought by Alan.

Rich Ventura begins by talking about NEC’s partnerships and relationships which is always a major discussion for him. NEC brought a range of new technologies including RB Laser to the show and Rich discusses that (along with an award given to NEC). There’s also discussion of what NEC is doing with Raspberry Pi, a must listen.

The show wraps (as in Part 1) with the guests and Crew members talking about what’s upcoming for them and their companies in terms of trade shows and events (including ‘The AV Life’ coming to the DSE).

Sit back, plug in, and we hope you’ve enjoyed all of our coverage of ISE 2018 as we all live…

The AV Life.


Episode 68: The Return from ISE 2018, the Experiences, and Stories to Tell (Part 1)



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett, Michelle Loret and Lauren Larson as they welcome their guests:

Dana Corey – GM & VP of Sales at Avocor
Pippa Edelen – Director of WW Marketing + Communications at Avocor
Justin Kennington – President at SDVoE Alliance
David Kung – Vice President, Product Strategy at Oblong Industries, Inc.

After an electric, record breaking ISE 2018 show, the Crew is back along with guests who have returned from exhibiting at the show in Amsterdam. Katye and Michelle returned from ISE and share their experiences, Katye of course is CEO|Chief Strategist at KMB Communications, and Michelle, who represented Convergent AV as a reporter at the show, is Regional Director – Gulf Coast at ProVideo Solutions. You’ll hear them talk about the show and the city of Amsterdam – for Michelle her first ever trip to ISE. Corey was back at home base in Virginia during the show, and he talks about working with Michelle to put out the exhibitor and executive interviews that she did on Convergent AV. Lauren was home in Dallas, TX, and she looked forward to this show’s conversations with the guests as did all of the Crew.

Each guest who joined on this Part 1 episode talk about their company or organization and what they do, share some of their experiences at ISE, and discuss the following stories:

David Kung – Oblong Industries adds some PoP to ISE 2018 (and more about Mezzanine, along with global team collaboration).

Justin Kennington – Christie Boxer Is Now The First Projector To Deliver Direct Interface With SDVoE system Over 10G Ethernet (along with conversation about AV over IP with Michelle, and a few “shootouts” at ISE).

Dana Corey and Pippa Edelen – Avocor Teams with Zoom to Bring Advanced Video Conferencing on Large Interactive Displays with Zoom Rooms for Touch (along with Avocor touch display technology, collaboration and the huddle room).

The show wraps with Michelle discussing her first ISE show experience, along with the guests and Crew members talking about what’s upcoming for them (and their companies) in terms of trade shows and events (including the AVIXA Women’s Council).

Sit back, plug in and enjoy this Part 1 as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 67: The ISE 2018 Executive Interviews – Dave Labuskes, Julian Phillips, Rich Ventura and Cory Schaeffer



Crew member Michelle Loret spent the week at ISE 2018 and conducted product discussions with exhibitors – along with one-on-one interviews with certain industry executives:

Dave Labuskes, Chief Executive Officer at AVIXA – Michelle sits down with Dave Labuskes who has come to ISE for the first time with the newly rebranded industry organization, they begin by talking with about this, as well as the “user experience.”  They discuss what people will be able to look forward to attending InfoComm 2018 in Las Vegas this June – Dave talks about creation of content, as well as TIDE which will be taking place again at the show. They also talk about some exhibitor statistics, as well as how the shows are the epicenter of the industry. Dave also discusses the commitment to audio visual and bringing value over all of the verticals, as well as a focused discussion on digital signage. And of course, creating the integrated experience with audio visual technology.

Julian Phillips, Executive Vice President at Whitlock and Chairman of the Board of Directors, AVIXA – Michelle gets together with one of the AV industry’s leaders and top influencers Julian Phillips, who along with his executive role at global video collaboration company Whitlock, is the new (and first) Chairman of the Board of Directors, AVIXA. Michelle begins by asking Julian about his being at ISE, and he also details the European market in this conversation, including discussion of economies of scale. Next is a global discussion as Julian talks about the Global Presence Alliance (GPA), from its creation to bulding the global footprint along with the catalog of services, 24 x 7 multilingual service desk, manufacturing partners and the customers. He also talks about their sharing economy including development of relationships, knowledge base and new ideas. Julian then discusses his becoming the Chairman of the Board of Directors, AVIXA, and also talks about the organization, community and data analytics, including market research conducted by AVIXA. Michelle and Julian close with discussion of the industry organization’s name change along with the necessity of accessing analyst information.

Richard Ventura, Vice President of Strategy at NEC Display Solutions and Chairman of the Digital Signage Federation (DSF) – Michelle sits down with Rich Ventura an industry leader in display and digital signage solutions, who is Vice President of Strategy at NEC Display Solutions as well as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Digital Signage Federation.  Rich begins by talking about the acquisition of S[quadrat], and the Best Large Booth win at the show along with what took place in the booth. Rich also talked about some of NEC’s products showcased as well as their partnerships, and their strategy with Raspberry Pi and OPS architecture (and next SDM). Michelle then asks Rich about what to look forward to at the next shows – the Digital Signage Expo (DSE) and InfoComm, and Rich adds some discussion of the London Showcase, and also discusses the New York Showcase (now in its 25th year) in depth. He talks about a great focus on verticalization, and NEC helping integrators to put together the proper solutions. He discusses how the NEC executive teams work together at the trade shows – NEC Display Solutions of America and NEC Display Solutions Europe. He also talks about meeting with Dave Labuskes as well discussing education, analytics, AVIXA and DSF the organizations, and more. Rich closes talking about integrators going for the right opportunities.

Cory Schaeffer, Director, Systems Solutions Global Enterprise Accounts at QSC – Michelle catches up with Cory, one of the AV industry’s most prominent leaders as well as a leader of the AVIXA Women’s Council at ISE 2018 to talk about QSC the company and the culture, along with her role. Cory also talks about the large number of women at the company, and QSC “50 and Forward.” Michelle discusses the AVIXA Women’s Council and events with Cory (Michelle is a part of the Houston division, Cory heads up the Southern California division with rp Visual Solutions’ Brandy Alvarado), as well as how Cory has been a pioneer of the AVIXA Women’s efforts.

The order of discussion – Dave Labuskes, Julian Phillips (14:02), Cory Schaeffer (34:15) and Rich Ventura (44:00).

Sit back, plug in, and join Michelle and her executive guests as they live…

The AV Life. 


Episode 66: Living on the Edge of AV and Exponential Experience



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Alan Brawn, Justin Rexing and guest member Christina Engh as they welcome their guests:

Kyle Davis – Global Marketing at Harman Professional
Adrian Doughty – National Sales Manager at Nureva 

While ISE 2018 is taking place at the RAI in Amsterdam (Crew members Katye McGregor Bennett, Michelle Loret and Jared Huet are there), Corey, Alan, Justin and Christina are back in the U.S. talking with their guests about some of what is taking place at the show, and much more. 

Toward the beginning, you’ll hear part of an interview Michelle conducted with Shure (focused on their Microflex Complete Wireless system), and later on in the show you’ll hear Corey talk with Katye about some of what she observed at ISE, including discussion about AVIXA’s presence there. 

Kyle begins the guest discussion by talking about Harman (and Samsung), products, and the excitement of where the company is going in 2018. Adrian talks about new products Nureva brought to the show including the brand new Dual HDL300.* Alan then begins with discussion about “2018 as the year for audio visual,” and Justin joins in with perspective of educating the end user.  Corey, Justin, Alan and the guests continue to extend this conversation, talking about industry companies, technologies, integration, the customer –  also talking about the experience. Christina known by many as a drones expert (who has worked with Stampede) brings perspective concerning experience as it alludes to being better educated, which led to education discussion with Alan and Justin who are educators in the industry. 

All then talk about those in PR and marketing (Alan begins by talking about Katye and her role in the industry), and Kyle of course gets deep into the discussion as a global marketer in AV. Corey talks about working with global PR and marketing people in AV as well. There’s also discussion of ways of getting industry information and social media.

Excellent closing comments on this show about AV, education, information and the experience (with of course a closing note from Alan Brawn) so make sure you keep listening for those. 

Sit back, plug in and experience the AV as we live… 

The AV Life.