ALPHARETTA, Georgia – September 18, 2017 – Emerald Expositions today announced its CEDIA 2017 recap and plans for the 2018 CEDIA show.
CEDIA 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 opportunities. 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 opportunity 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.
As part of the plans to increase attendance in 2018, Emerald Expositions will leverage its strong Design and Construction brands to encourage designers, architects, and builders in the residential and hospitality fields to attend CEDIA 2018. “The integrator-designer relationship needs to be a partnership, and we want to help educate builders and remodelers on the critical importance of including the integrator from the onset of a project,” remarked Brian Pagel, SVP of Emerald Expositions and Show Director of CEDIA 2018. “CEDIA 2017 saw a significant increase in attendance, and Emerald Expositions is excited to work in tandem with the CEDIA association and a select group of industry experts to develop plans for [exciting] new initiatives to benefit both the exhibitors and attendees for CEDIA 2018.”
About CEDIA 2018
CEDIA 2018 brings the home tech industry together. More than 20,000 home tech pros and 500+ exhibitors will convene in San Diego for the leading event in connected technology. At the event they will receive concentrated access to new products, breakthrough innovations and targeted training in tech integration.
CEDIA 2018 is owned by Emerald Expositions, the largest operator of business-to-business trade shows in the United States, with many of our shows dating back several decades. We currently operate more than 50 trade shows, as well as numerous other events. We connect over 500,000 global attendees and exhibitors and occupy more than 6.5 million NSF of exhibition space each year. We have been recognized with many awards and accolades that reflect our industry leadership as well as the importance of our shows to the exhibitors and attendees we serve.
More information about CEDIA 2018 can be found at http://www.cediaexpo.com
CEDIA is the international trade association and central touch point for 3,700 member companies who design, manufacture, and install technology for the home. CEDIA is committed to helping members at every level set a pathway to prosperity by offering industry-leading education, training, and certification; delivering market intelligence through proprietary research; providing opportunities to foster community within the channel, and cultivating awareness with industry partners and consumers. To learn more about CEDIA visit www.cedia.net.