Dubbed the Donnee in Denver, the biannual Azione Unlimited conference is bringing together over 250 members for three days of business advice, collaboration, and a few thoughts on the future of lighting. Aside from the continued conversations, the buying group will host the conference TED Talk-style - akin to the wildly popular global speaking series - giving nine different speakers from a broad range of backgrounds 15 minutes to talk about a variety of topics.
Following Azione's path so far, members have been exposed to a few unique companies and how they are influencing the future of the industry. The last meeting for Azione members in Philadelphia hosted Google Home, Sonos, and a handful of industry partners in the architect, building, and design arena. Their views all dovetailed nicely into each other as they talked about why the future of form meeting function becomes so important.
The Philadelphia meeting also introduced Boston-based lighting designer Wolfers and the newly acquired System 7, who offer a turnkey solution to the vetting, purchasing, delivery, and installation of lighting. And the initiative has already begun to make huge progress as integration firm's like San Diego-based Acoustic Evolution is already seeing positive growth. They have essentially become the go-to for many of their clients (and a few new ones) to be the contractor for all things lighting design in a home.