On the Circuit

In the June issue, we celebrate the 15 finalists in the 1st Annual People’s Choice Awards. 6/07/2013 7:33 AM Eastern

On the Circuit

Jun 7, 2013 11:33 AM, By Cynthia Wisehart

In the June issue, we celebrate the 15 finalists in the 1st Annual People’s Choice Awards. This InfoComm awards program allows attendees to visit the voting pavilion on the show floor and vote with their badges for the best projects in corporate, education, healthcare, government, and arts/leisure AV. So if you are reading this at InfoComm, please vote!

A panel of judges, including journalists, technical directors, and training consultants, chose the 15 finalists from among projects submitted to Sound & Video Contractor’s Pro AV Spotlight Awards and AV Technology’s AV Tech Awards.

It was difficult to narrow the field to 15. We received strong entries from across U.S., London, and Canada, representing a wide range of AV creativity and professionalism.

In many cases the finalists represent the bigger budget projects. Money well spent can buy spectacular AV these days both in terms of visual and auditory impact, but also in terms of the infrastructure AV can supply. For many of the projects, the AV system was integral to workflow; in others it was actually part of the revenue stream—particularly in schools with distance learning.

Although I concur with the judges’ evaluations, I did find myself rooting for two projects in particular that did not end up as finalists. Since I have this forum, I’m going to acknowledge them.

Project Lead the Way is a non-profit provider for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in middle and high schools. Integrator Sensory Technologies brought the range of AV options—digital signage, lecture capture and annotation, and videoconferencing—to career and technical training.

The other project is the Academies for Discovery in Georgia. Here DB Audio & Video used Samsung display and software (among other things) to change the way BYOD culture works for elementary and middle schoolers. Maybe it’s because my daughter Jess is 10 and headed into middle school, but I was impressed with how organic the technology was in both these learning environments. It seemed like the technology truly supported learning rather than dominated it.

I want to congratulate all the entrants. It was a great pleasure to read all the entries, see the great work, and imagine the adventures and challenges you had bringing these projects to completion.

Enjoy the show, see you there. And vote.

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