More than 17,600 attendees and 444 exhibitors from 70 different countries participated in CEDIA EXPO 2011 last week in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Of those participants, 25 percent were first time attendees. The EXPO also featured 83 first time exhibitors.
"The feedback received from attendees was positive and energetic," said Utz Baldwin, CEDIA CEO. "According to the 2011 CEDIA Benchmarking Survey, electronic systems contractor businesses are experiencing higher revenue and profitability and judging by the data and the traffic at the show the coming year looks to be one of growth and expansion."
CEDIA EXPO offered more than 100 CEDIA University education courses and 150 Manufacturer Product Training opportunities. The most popular CEDIA courses attended focused on home networking, content delivery, and emerging technologies/trends.
According to exhibitors and attendees, CEDIA EXPO 2011 was a valuable business opportunity to connect with new buyers and identify new and future technologies.
"CEDIA EXPO is the perfect tradeshow," said Phyllis Eliasberg, ABC TV Producer. "I've covered many tradeshows over the last 25 years in the electronics industry and CEDIA EXPO is the most organized, targeted event that provides me with that face-to-face time I need with quality attendees and exhibitors that represent the home technology space."
"As a first-time EXPO exhibitor, the show was an amazing introduction to the US residential marketplace," said Ollie French, commercial director for Future Automation. "CEDIA EXPO attendees are intelligent and informed visitors with real projects. CEDIA 2011 has been a success for Future Automation and we are looking forward to next year's show."
“CEDIA EXPO once again blew me away,” said Phil Cordell, president, HiPhidelity. "It made me proud to be an AV installer and excited about what the future has in store for our industry. With all of the opportunities for learning, chances to catch up with friends in the biz and cool innovations I don't see anywhere else, I wouldn't miss CEDIA EXPO for the world."
"Proficient has had huge traffic this year and the highest first day attendance over the last ten years," said Keith Marshall, president of Proficient. "We have to thank the CEDIA folks for doing a good job of putting on a good program, building excitement and getting the turnout this year."
"The AVC Group had a great show," said David Scofield, director of marketing and communications for The AVC Group. "We've experienced wonderful booth traffic and a great enthusiastic crowd."
Highlights of the event included the CEDIA Future Technology Pavilion, which featured 29 companies displaying technologies and products that represent the future of the residential electronic systems industry.
CEDIA EXPO will return to Indianapolis September 5-8, 2012.