In honor of the group’s three decades in operation, CEDIA announced the launch of a new awards program that will be held in conjunction with a new Leadership Conference. The 2019 Americas CEDIA Awards Celebration will be held alongside the association’s new Leadership Conference, slated to run July 24-25 at the Drake Hotel in Chicago.
“This is CEDIA's 30th anniversary and we want to commemorate this milestone with a very special event," said Giles Sutton, Senior Vice President of Industry Engagement. “While the CEDIA Awards has traditionally been held in conjunction with CEDIA Expo, we recognize that it is an incredibly busy week for all our members, and over the years, we have worried that these important awards have not gotten the attention they deserve.”
The event, which is being designated as part of the “Road to CEDIA Expo,” will see category winners in the Americas region honored with a CEDIA Expo travel package that includes flight reimbursement up to $500 and a three-night hotel stay at this year’s CEDIA Expo. The program, which is supported by CEDIA and Emerald Expositions, will also feature at-show and year-round communications and promotions for the award winners.
“We are very excited to offer this additional prize to CEDIA Award winners, and appreciate the generous donation of our partner Emerald,” Sutton said. “This new event is going to provide a great platform to celebrate excellence, and our ability to couple the awards with an interactive conference means that attendees will receive tremendous value for their time out of the office.”
Not to be overshadowed, the CEDIA Leadership Conference will include a full day of interactive conference sessions that focus on a range of themes from the tactical and strategic-thinking standpoint. The content program is still being finalized, but, CEDIA said, attendees can expect specific sessions to hit on things like economic overviews, monetizing the wellness movement, and evaluating new channels to expand one’s business.
Registration for the conference and awards events opens May 8, with early bird rates available. Additional info about the event can be found right here.