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Episode 149 (Part 1): All About Tech and the e, as in eSports



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Tim Van Woeart and Spence Graham as they welcome their guests:

Meg Sciarini – AV Systems Engineer at Apple

Tyler Wells – Distribution Sales Manager at Mimo Monitors

Ryan Hallisey – Owner at Priority Vape (Warwick, NY)

On this extended length The AV Life podcast, we begin with the first e – eSports. So to start, we’re Kym and Maura-less. After some of the usual Crew banter – like Tim and Spence where have you been? (Spence talks about some of the DSF activities, Tim talks about attending the AV/IT Summit) – introducing the guests of course, and one of them just happens to be stationed in a Starbucks.

Discussed on this podcast part one, eSports is a huge topic in the AV industry, especially over the last year. Meg begins this conversation talking about working with an Overwatch League ambassador, and talks about the tech involved as well. Corey talks about the fact that eSports is considered a sport, as well as the real opportunity now for the AV industry. Tyler talks about ESPN hosting eSports competitions, and how the sport is packing arenas. He talks about the sport’s profile, and the upcoming Olympics in 2024. Are eSports players athletes? All talk about that too. There’s monetization and culture discussion as well.

Tim talks about colleges and universities and how students will be looking for those institutions which are outfitted for eSports. Tim also talks about this at Rutgers. Ryan, who is not in the AV industry and was mainly brought in for the second part of the podcast, talks about a new eSports arena being built in Philadelphia – he also talks about Blizzard (video game publisher) Overwatch (game), Dota2 (the most played game on Steam), and eSports athlete Tyler “Ninja” Blevins. He talks about Fortnite’s gaming model which has changed the face of gaming and eSports He also has a concern about those who are gamers and “practicing.”

Again more talk about the AV industry and the expansive, exponential growth, bringing major opportunities for work, which Corey refers to as a “trickle down” effect. Meg talks about a hotel in Vegas which put in an eSports arena. She talks about the immersive experience, and how it will affect graphics and streaming as well. Ryan asks Meg about eSports having a big impact for the push to technology innovation for better audio and video. Tim talks about gaming stations, and the quality of video and audio output and Corey gets in the discussion here too. Tyler adds about opportunities for PC companies that have lost market share here (Dell for one) to manufacture higher end PC’s, screens and more. Corey talks about the integrators’ opportunities for global integrations. He also talks about his experience at E3 in the 90’s.

Two articles covered on part one:

The Rise of Esports — a Gamer’s Perspective

Teens rule at $30 million Fortnite World Cup, game gets a Season 10 teaser

Teens are beginning to rule this sport – and teens are the focus of part two as well.

Enjoy Part 1 – Part 2 (e-cigarettes) coming next week.


Episode 144: Making Our Technology Worlds Go Round, Brainwave EduTech, and a Cold Tasty Beer



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Maura Quinn, Tim Van Woeart and Spence Graham as the welcome their guests:

Pro AV’ers Andrew Davis, Renee Benson and Gina Schneider

The usual banter takes place, and to begin Spence is introduced as a new Crew member. His reward for this is something that all Crew members and guests want – but hurry, it’s only going to be around for a very short time. All talk about how —- hot it is (or may not be) in their living place. Maura makes everyone jealous of course (the beach, y’know), and our Canadian guest talks about what’s going on outside his window.

First, a tech question: What to you makes the technology world go round now?

Guests and Crew talk about what technology (AV or not) is currently making their world better.

Cybersecurity and AV: We discuss Andrew’s article ‘Imminent Disaster — The Looming AV Threat‘

We do get serious here for a bit, as this has been high level discussion in AV for some time now. Andrew talks about why he wrote this article, and some of his perspectives concerning the AV industry and network/cyber security.

From Andrew’s article:

Worst case scenario, front page news tomorrow is an enterprise data attack worth millions that is traced back to AV equipment. All the AV equipment you installed will be ripped out, and the prophecy from my last article about the end of AV hardware will happen in the span of a week.

Some excellent perspectives here from Andrew and others.

(This discussion to be continued on another podcast – stay tuned).

And on another note entirely, this article:

The Welcome to the new utopian brand of education. Or is it dystopian? dept.

Quartz In 15 years we’ll be able to upload education to our brains. So can I stop saving for my kids’ college?

Tim is worried – very worried. Find out why.

If Elon Musk and other brainwave technology entrepreneurs have their way, brick and mortar colleges will no longer be relevant in the coming few decades. We will be able to download education from computers directly into our brains.

Sounds great, parents of young ones rejoice! However, how do we know what exactly will be uploaded into their brains – will we be producing more scientists and engineers for the greater forward advancement of humanity… or mad bombers and doomsdayers?

Then, as we know what happens at the end –

The Firing Range!

The When your beer tastes like a kid’s drink, does it become an extraordinary experience, or a violation on many levels? dept.

Vinepair Pabst Debuts Hard Coffee And Everyone Says it Tastes Like Yoo-hoo

This time Maura and Tim are the team leaders (Corey takes a break with Kym being off), and each choose pretty good teams to take on this subject.

Pabst Blue Ribbon, the 174 year old beer known and loved by so many, is now side by side with a coffee/YooHoo-like hard drink made by Pabst Brewing. So what’s the problem? Yes, we hear your argument PBR (or maybe all beer) die-hards, and while some of us may agree, others of us are really happy with this.

Or we’re pretending to be. This is a debate segment.

Who wins? Kym’s not here (she ended it big-time for the win last time), but we had yet another big-timer on this one – listen in to find out just how exciting (and happy) an end it was.

That’s it – sit back, plug in, and get ready to listen to a good one while cracking open a cold hard YooHoo as we live…

The AV Life.

Happy 4th of July!


Episode 131: Living the Higher Ed AV Life



Join the Crew host Tim Van Woeart, Corey Moss, Kym Frank and Maura Quinn as they welcome their guests:

Joe Way – Director of Multimedia Services at California Baptist University
Gina Sansivero – VP of Marketing and Corporate Communications at AtlasIED
Spence Graham – Business Development Manager at Real Digital Media
Renee Benson – Regional Sales Manager, Midwest at NEC Display Solutions
Jessie House – Assistant Director, Digital Media Services at New Jersey Institute of Technology

Here we go – it’s Tim’s turn! Being Senior Project Supervisor at Rutgers University, he’s the perfect choice to host this show – and since Joe is Multimedia Services Director at Cal Baptist University, why not pair the two of them to drive this one?

And you’ll notice something in the title, which leads to a podcast plug during the show (and you’ll find out who on this show has appeared on that one).

The topics of discussion:

When it comes to staying at the forefront of technology, how do you provide the latest and greatest, while at the same time making it accessible to users of all technical levels and still staying with budgetary constraints?

What are the current strategic technologies that are appearing? For those in Education what is the next big thing?

And then, of course it’s time for…

The Firing Range!

When a university bans access to Netflix, iTunes, Spotify and other streaming services on campus, will the students become smarter? Or will they just be spending extra time at Starbucks?

Purdue University bans Netflix, other streaming services for students in academic buildings

Sides are chosen (of course), they’re uneven (of course), and there’s a surprise ending to this one as someone walks away with the win hands down.

Hands down – slam dunk, grand slam, hole in one (you get it).

Toward the end Gina talks about upcoming AVIXA Women’s Council events, Joe plugs away, and Jessie talks about his band. Make sure you attend the AVIXA Women’s events, listen to Joe’s podcast, and follow the band. Trust us.

Sit back, plug in, get edu-teched with Tim, Joe and the rest of the group as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 128: The Post-DSE 2019 Show Exhibitors and the Digital Signage Federation – Engagement, Education and other such Experiences



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Kym Frank, Tim Van Woeart, Maura Quinn, guest Crew members Spence Graham and Erick Parra as they welcome their guests:

Jonathan Gudai – CEO at Adomni, Board of Directors Member at DPAA

Ryan Cahoy – Managing Director at Rise Vision, Education Committee/ At-Large Board Member at Digital Signage Federation

Daniel Griffin – VP Marketing at Userful

Ella Taran-Katz – VP Business Development at Red Falcon.AI

Tosh Akhgar – Manager, Solution Sales at Shuttle Computer Group

The Digital Signage Expo was outstanding, and the Crew who were at the show (Corey, Kym, Spence and Erick), the exhibitors and members of the Digital Signage Federation (Spence and Ryan) talk about DSE – experiences, engagement, gamechangers (are we seeing a pattern here?).

After introduction of the guests, Spence and Ryan talk about the Digital Signage Federation – Spence gives insight into the Federation, and Ryan goes in depth about education, professional development and their microcredential program. Spence also talks about NEC Display’s Rich Ventura who received the green jacket, listen in for this.

Next the guests talk about theirs and their company’s experiences at the show – and what’s a good post trade show podcast without discussion of some of those buzz words heard there too. The Crew add theirs too.

Then it’s time for Kym Frank’s favorite segment…

In The Firing Range – IBM, AI, and getting to know your employees (that are ready to quit) better:

IBM artificial intelligence can predict with 95% accuracy which workers are about to quit their jobs

All get to present opinions on the article – is this a good idea? Is it ethical? Will we need to be concerned about the company knowing how we really feel about meetings?

For answers to these questions, along with engagement, experiences, experiential (and on) –

Sit back, plug in, and relive these moments from DSE 2019 as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 125: Welcome to the Mind Shift IV – IoT, Transformation and Cybersecurity



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Tim Van Woeart and Spence Graham as they welcome their guests:

Mitchell Klein – Executive Director at Z-Wave Alliance
Joe Way – Director of Multimedia Services at California Baptist University
Mike Shinn – AV Industry Consultant

In this next Welcome to the Mind Shift episode of The AV Life, all discuss the topics – continuously mounting conversation in this ever-growing connected world. You’ll hear IoT, transformation and security discussion from Mitch, who is an Internet of Things (IOT) and Smart Home technology and practice expert, Joe and Tim who work in higher education, Spence who is a digital signage professional and also worked for West Virginia University, and Mike who brings the commercial business perspective. There is data conversation to go with this as well.

In this podcast, the following recent articles and blogs are discussed (passages referenced here):

IoT For All How IoT Drives Enterprise Transformation

– The total number of IoT devices in use around the world has reached 7 billion. This number is forecast to reach around 18 billion by 2022, as most IT decision makers plan to increase their IoT spending, with an average spending increase totaling nearly 18 percent, according to a 451 Research survey report.

ZDNet Why IoT devices pose a bigger cybersecurity risk than most realize

– Unsecured IoT devices provide an easy gateway for criminals looking to get inside a network.

Joe discusses a cybersecurity law signed in California:
Starting on January 1st, 2020, any manufacturer of a device that connects “directly or indirectly” to the internet must equip it with “reasonable” security features, designed to prevent unauthorized access, modification, or information disclosure. If it can be accessed outside a local area network with a password, it needs to either come with a unique password for each device, or force users to set their own password the first time they connect. That means no more generic default credentials for a hacker to guess.

Targeted privacy discussion here too.

Next, Corey talks about tweets about IoT, transfomation, privacy and cybersecurity from a chat #MWC19 #MegaChat that occurred on Tuesday, and all discuss these as well.

Avast blog What risks do IoT security issues pose to businesses? (referring to sabotage and botnets)

– A hacked IoT device will allow the attacker to access its functions. While a coffee-maker might not allow an attacker to do anything more dangerous than brewing a latte, a hacked heating system or machinery can create far more disruption to a business.
– Cybercriminals can bring together huge numbers of infected devices into networks called botnets. These botnets can be used for a variety of things, but they are best known for their use in DDoS attacks.

Finally, as usual it’s time for…

The Firing Range!

VentureBeat Arm unveils security certification testing for IoT devices

– Arm has teamed up with independent test laboratories to certify security for internet of things (IoT) devices, which have proven vulnerable to botnet attacks.

All get together in The Firing Range to give thoughts, opinions and more to this story — a very good first step? Much further to go? Listen in.

Sit back, plug in and welcome again to the mind shift as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 123: Time to Enter The Firing Range – and you thought the burger was Impossible… (Part 2)



Make sure you listen to Part 1!

Join the Crew and their guests, as it’s time to enter in a whole new way (thanks to Kym) into:

The Firing Range!

The subject: 6 International Delicacies You’ll Find at L.A.’s Disgusting Food Museum

The Crew and the guests break into teams headed up by Corey and Kym to talk about these disgusting delicacies, however Kym has thrown a bit of a twist into this one, unlike the regular Firing Range contests. Each team member must decide on which item they would likely eat, and which they would only give to their worst enemy to try.

Who wins? Actually it was supposed to be what wins as that was really the point here, however the last to go chooses a selection totally off this menu as their food item of choice – and one of the guests truly goes ballistic about it. Yep, Kym knew she’d be starting something that ultimately would lead to this…

Dumpster fire.

There’s NonComm talk here too, and why not – it is the show about anything and everything with people flying in from everywhere. ISE and InfoComm eat your heart out.

At least all’s well that ended well (or something like that).

Sit back, plug in, play along and enjoy the full-effect dumpster fire as this episode progressed while we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 123: Talking Women in AV/Tier PM ‘Creating a Community’ and NonCommEMEA (Part 1)



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Kym Frank, Maura Quinn and Tim Van Woeart as they welcome their guests:

Spence Graham – Business Development Manager at Real Digital Media and Chairman of the Digital Signage Federation
Jennifer Willard – President at J Technology Solutions, Inc.
John Greene – Vice President of Sales and Marketing at New Era Technology
Art Danner – System Sales Specialist at AVI Systems
Gabe Moronta – Technical AV Product Manager – PSO at Zoom Video Communications

After the usual Crew and guest banter, the show begins with an outstanding conversation driven by Maura and Jennifer about ‘WAVEcast: The WAVE Career Pledge’ – the AV Nation podcast hosted by Jennifer where Maura was her guest. The synopsis:

TierPM and Women in AV come together to announce a new initiative to assist women in finding a career path in the AV industry.

The guests and Crew get involved in the conversation begun by Maura and Jennifer, especially John and Kym – she is the President at Geopath, and looks to find out how she can possibly become a part of this initiative as well. John mentions one of his employees who had participated in a panel with two CIO’s, and how she had the true practical knowledge, as well as the experience to be involved. Corey talks about knowing her, and the drive she has to succeed in such a scenario. Spence also talks about the Women of Digital Signage, and the Geri Wolff Scholarship in the digital signage industry which recognizes a woman in the technical field. Marika Aquino, Managing Partner of Tier PM and a well-known AV and IT professional, is also mentioned here for her industry involvement. Jennifer points to the professional resources brought through Tier PM in this initiative, and how women’s groups and scholarships in the industry carry so much importance.

Essentially, the message here about the way being paved for women to take a true stake in AV and adjacent tech markets, through many of these efforts.

And then…

Next, a whole different subject – that being ISE… and NonCommEMEA. There’s some ISE talk, and then Art, who is the founder of NonComm (last year’s landslide event around InfoComm time), talks about the big show coming in March. Art’s co-founder Harry Meade was invited to be on, however according to Art, Harry flew to the trade show site to check on things (and meet with Giancarlo their European intern – who replaced that guy who almost singlehandedly brought down NonComm last year). Corey talks with Art and Gabe about a NonComm podcast last year that was co-hosted by Michelle Loret – one that Art was a little bit late for (and Gabe had to worry about being found participating). And – if you’re familiar with the Tweetstorm that recently took place in the industry, one actually began on this podcast – and Art talks about big plans for one at NonCommEMEA.

Do AVIXA and CEDIA know that their major industry show in February is just the preview for the really big show in March? Is there a website? Do we know what kinds of food selections will be available? Which is the premium suite to be had? Is there quality swag? Will we ever make our way back to civilization?

And who exactly is that AV industry celebrity calling in to this show?

The answers to these questions, and more are addressed here… in Part 1.


Episode 116: Still Snowbound – A festAVus for the restAVus



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Kym Frank and new Crew member Maura Quinn as they welcome their guests:

Spence Graham – Business Development Manager at Real Digital Media (and Vice Chairman of the Digital Signage Federation)

John Greene – Vice President of Sales and Marketing at New Era Technology

George Fournier – Design Engineer – Workplace Technologies at dancker

Brandy Alvarado – Marketing and Business Development Manager at rp Visual Solutions (she was there, then she wasn’t – you’ll hear)

So if you listened to the last episode of AV Road House (the holiday edition), you’re ready for this episode of The AV Life. If not, don’t worry we’ll get you prepped on this podcast. AV Road House host Joe Whitaker, who is now officially a Crew member of The AV Life, had just a little too much fun. Maura took his place, now she’s a Crew member (Corey’s Crew member intervention is coming up in 2019). Some of the AV Road House guests apparently made it out before the storm hit, Spence remained, somehow John and George made their way there. And in no time, it basically became a show about nothing.

And just then, festAVus came to The AV Life.

Of course, all began to air grievances. AV grievances? Technology grievances? Someone’s wife aired a grievance and told him to get his butt up and take care of the tree? Yes, just listen in.

Feats of strength? Hold on, we’re getting to that.

Since all are in the Road House, it was decided they’d discuss an article – of course one related to outer space (yep – Kym):

The “Humans are not welcome on Mars but Martians are welcome here” dept.

Dangerous life on Mars? Humans could be infected and we could kill microbes on the Red Planet

Is there really any safe place for humans to be anymore? Will we soon see little people from Mars walking around on earth with surgical masks on their faces?

Then, of course, you can’t have a The AV Life/AV Road House episode without…

Feats of strength performed in the Firing Range (but this one’s a three on three):

The “Internet-connected devices and the monetization of every move you make (and every breath you take)” dept.

The Coming Commodification of Life at Home

We carry internet-connected devices and use internet-connected appliances. Data is collected and distributed at will.

What’s wrong with us?

Did the Crew and guests finally get out of the Road House? Will they be snowbound for the holidays? Will anyone even send a search and rescue party for them?

Sit back, plug in, enjoy the show, and the holidays as we live…

The AV Road House Life.


Episode 114: Welcome to the Holidays – Tech, Bourbon and Bacon (Part 2)



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, George (Santa) Fournier, Brandy Alvarado and Kym Frank as they welcome their guests:

– Rich Ventura – Vice President of Strategic Management at NEC Display Solutions (and Chairman of the Digital Signage Federation)
– Spence Graham – Business Development Manager at Real Digital Media (and Vice Chairman of the Digital Signage Federation)
– Frank Pisano – VP of Sales, Americas at BrightSign LLC
– Adrian Doughty – Director, North American Sales at Nureva
– Rob Ziv – Director of Business Development at Almo Professional A/V
– Garth Leach – Director of Marketing at ZeeVee
– Marika Aquino – Managing Partner at Tier PM

All guests (along with George and Brandy) begin with introductions, talk about their companies and what they do. You’ll also hear each person talk about their beginnings in AV and tech. Kym Frank joins a little later replacing Brandy.

Next, all talk about perspectives of 2018 – the industries, technologies, important things that have taken place and more.

Finally, all provide inspirational messages for the new year – make sure you catch this.

Join us for this show, a great conversation with industry leaders – sit back, plug in and…

Live the AV Holiday Life.

(Note: this podcast is in two parts).


Episode 114: Welcome to the Holidays – Tech, Bourbon and Bacon (Part 1)



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, George (Santa) Fournier, Brandy Alvarado and Kym Frank as they welcome their guests:

– Rich Ventura – Vice President of Strategic Management at NEC Display Solutions (and Chairman of the Digital Signage Federation)
– Spence Graham – Business Development Manager at Real Digital Media (and Vice Chairman of the Digital Signage Federation)
– Frank Pisano – VP of Sales, Americas at BrightSign LLC
– Adrian Doughty – Director, North American Sales at Nureva
– Rob Ziv – Director of Business Development at Almo Professional A/V
– Garth Leach – Director of Marketing at ZeeVee
– Marika Aquino – Managing Partner at Tier PM

All guests (along with George and Brandy) begin with introductions, talk about their companies and what they do. You’ll also hear each person talk about their beginnings in AV and tech. Kym Frank joins a little later replacing Brandy.

Next, all talk about perspectives of 2018 – the industries, technologies, important things that have taken place and more.

Finally, all provide inspirational messages for the new year – make sure you catch this.

Join us for this show, a great conversation with industry leaders – sit back, plug in and…

Live the AV Holiday Life.

(Note: this podcast is in two parts).