Conferencing and Collaboration Sessions at Infocomm 2021: Getting Together via Technology

By Marcella Walsh
Content Manager

Whether you are in person or virtual or some combination of both, conferencing and collaboration are key building blocks for any organization. We’ve put together some compelling sessions for InfoComm 2021 to keep you up to speed on the latest trends in the industry as well as managing for today’s environment. Here are some of the highlights: 


Tuesday, October 26, 2021

The Current State of Conferencing and Collaboration
Mehryn Corrigan, Incubation Sales Executive, Microsoft Teams Rooms, Microsoft
Jon Sidwick, Senior Vice President Global, Maverick, Tech Data
Lisa Perrine, CEO, Cibola Systems Corporation
Sean Wargo, Senior Director, Market Intelligence, AVIXA
1:30 PM – 2:15 PM 

A panel of the foremost manufacturers and service providers share their insights on where conferencing and collaboration are now, a year and a half after the COVID-19 pandemic reshaped our world. Plus, their predictions on where we are going next.

Enable Meeting Success through Technology and Human Connections
Kay Sargent, Senior Principal Director of WorkPlace, HOK
Adriana Rojas, Director of Interiors, HOK
2:15 PM – 2:45 PM 

Still working in conference rooms where you can’t connect and viewing meetings as a waste of time? Different types of gatherings need different tech tools to enhance and support meaningful human interaction. Combining our experience working with clients around the world, we know clients today want a holistic approach, ease, service, comprehensive solutions and spaces that empower and inspire people. We intend to share a diverse range of gathering spaces that create different experiences for the users and truly enhance people’s ability to collaborate effectively. 

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

What’s New in BYOM

Craig Durr, Senior Analyst, Wainhouse Research
Shannon Webster, AV Manager, Instacart
Jay Taylor, Senior Director, Strategic Alliances, Screenbeam
Justin Watts, Senior Design Engineer, Apple
9:30 AM – 10:15 AM 

Bring your own meeting (BYOM) systems are top-of-mind and have accelerated over the past year to become simpler, more flexible, and more capable. Rapid advances in wireless collaboration technologies and personal device control options have transformed the capabilities in meeting rooms while health and safety conscious workers are accelerating adoption. Join a panel of the foremost manufacturers and service providers to unpack what’s new for BYOM systems and the collaborative possibilities these new technologies unlock.

Artificial Intelligence Tools in Corporate Conferencing
Megan A. Dutta, Director of Emerging Markets at the rAVe Agency
Linda Gedemer, Principal, Technology, AlfaTech
Damon LuVisi, Consultant Liaison, Barco
Pete (TEC MAN) Coman, Chief Technology Officer, PTS, People|Technology|Space
10:45 AM – 11:30 AM 

There is undeniable heat surrounding Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools right now. When it comes to AI in conferencing and collaboration systems, however, how much of that intelligence is truly artificial, and how much is clever macro programming? In this session, a panel of the foremost manufacturers and service providers will clarify what we mean by AI in conferencing and collaboration. We’ll break down what we can expect AI applications to accomplish in a collaboration context, distinguishing what’s already possible, and what needs to change to make further reach applications a plausible reality.

Thursday, October 28, 2021  

Case Study: Redesigning the Virtual Healthcare Workspace During a Pandemic
Bo Toof, Senior Video Producer & Streaming Specialist, Partners HealthCare
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

 Overnight, the Collaborative Media department and the myriad of teleconferencing, streaming, hosting and remote work tools it provides became critical to the ongoing operation of the Mass General Brigham healthcare system. By necessity we created a hierarchy of failure to honestly determine which elements were critical and which could be abandoned. This session will share how the department structured a workflow that anticipates redundancies becoming necessities, and embraced an esprit de corps beyond just colleagues and healthcare workers.
Two cases will be discussed that feature different success criteria and different catastrophic failure criteria: First, a high visibility live-streamed Harvard Medical Grands Rounds presentation and interview with NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, and second, an international streamed live surgery with concurrent procedures between Brigham & Women's, John Hopkins, Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, Sao Paulo Hospital and UC Irvine Medical Center.

To see the full list of Conferencing and Collaboration sessions click here: InfoComm 2021 Conferencing and Collaboration.







Marcella Walsh
AVIXA, Content Manager

With over 15 years of experience in marketing and communications, Marcella Walsh, Content Manager for AVIXA, develops both in-person and digital programs. She is always looking for new content ideas that highlight topics and trends of importance to the AV industry. Contact Marcella at [email protected] with your thoughts.