The Year in Review
Dec 1, 2005 12:00 PM,
By Mark Johnson
Well, here’s another one under our belts. 2005 has come and gone in the seeming blink of an eye. The year was marked by incremental innovation, the natural evolution of the technologies that drive our industry — brighter projectors, sharper displays, more user-friendly digital consoles. Perhaps the year’s biggest story in our industry had little to do with technology but everything to do with people. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the industry came together to provide support, assistance, and hope to those directly affected. That support came in many ways and on many levels — from individuals freely giving time and resources to corporate programs for relief, assistance, relocation, and employment.
As many of us continue or resume the fast pace of our career paths, it’s easy to get swept up in the day-to-day activities and lose sight of the things happening around us. While the storm itself may be long gone and the news coverage diminished, the havoc wreaked is still very much in evidence. The important thing, particularly for those of us less affected, is to remember that there is still much to do. People still need help. The website created by NSCA and supported by InfoComm International and CEDIA remains a good central source for information on where help is needed specifically for the systems integration industry. The site also serves as a means to provide information on ways to help generally. The address bears repeating: portal.nsca.org/relief/.
While technology is certainly a key component of our industry, ultimately it’s all about the people. I wish you a safe and prosperous 2006. See you next year.