Q: What Do AV, IT, AVIXA, and Wicked Hot #AVTweeps Have in Common?

Q: What Do AV, IT, AVIXA, and Wicked Hot #AVTweeps Have in Common?
(Image credit: Cindy Davis)

We’re all busy—and it’s easy to have unexpected meetings prevent you from attending a local event. I’m happy I recently resisted that temptation, because these events can be particularly rewarding. In addition to sharing a common industry, you share the same language. When an entire group parks their cars in the same yard—it’s magic.

Yup, Boston is my hometown, yet I had only met two of the attendees at the first AVIXA Women Boston Regional Group networking event on August 9, hosted at the Rajen Kilachand Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering at Boston University (BU).

It was wicked hot outside, which made for a perfect summer evening to enjoy Boston’s best ice cream from Toscanini's, talk everything AV, IT, and Red Sox with fellow women and men from our industry.

The first AVIXA Women's Council Boston event was organized by regional group leaders Linda Jerrett, assistant director of learning and event technology services at BU; Hope Roth, lead programmer at Boston-based, Riordan Brothers Integration; and, Gina Sansivero, director of business development, education at FSR and co-leader of the AVIXA Women NYC Metro Group.

AV in Action

With its official opening in September 2017, the newly constructed, nine story, state-of-the-art Rajen Kilachand Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering facility at Boston University is stunning.

We all agree there’s nothing more rewarding than to experience outstanding AV design and integration in action. After finishing ice cream, AVIXA Women's Council Boston attendees were in for an even greater treat.

BU’s Jerrett and Tyler Brown led a presentation highlighting the integrated AV at the Kilachand Center Auditorium, which is the main hub and colloquium room.

For this project, Brown was the owner’s representative, communicating standards to AV designer Cavanaugh Tocci Associates and systems integration firm McCann Systems, as well as other external and internal stakeholders. He also ensured that when systems were brought onto the network, clients understood how everything worked.

A peek inside the Kilachand Center Auditorium, main hub and colloquium room at BU’s Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering.

A peek inside the Kilachand Center Auditorium, main hub and colloquium room at BU’s Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering. (Image credit: Cindy Davis)

A 12,000-lumen laser projector, a massive acoustically transparent screen, a 7.1-channel surround sound system, with microphones and voice reinforcement throughout the auditorium deliver an immersive experience for attendees.

For larger events, audio and video is streamed from the auditorium to four meeting spaces used for overflow, and audio plays in the lobby.

A combination of large airy conference rooms, meeting rooms, and huddle spaces are located throughout the facility and enabled with audio, video and web conferencing capabilities, making this space the envy of our AVIXA Women's Council Boston group.

We’re all looking forward to our next gathering!

Cindy Davis
Brand and content director of AV Technology

Cindy Davis is the brand and content director of AV Technology. Davis enjoys exploring the ethos of experiential spaces as well as diving deep into the complex topics that shape the AV/IT industry. In 2012, the TechDecisions brand of content sites she developed for EH Publishing was named one of “10 Great Business Media Websites” by B2B Media Business magazine. For more than 20 years, Davis has developed and delivered multiplatform content for AV/IT B2B and consumer electronics B2C publications, associations, and companies. From 2000 to 2008, Davis was the publisher and editor-in-chief of Electronic House. From 2009 to present, as the principal of CustomMedia.Co, Davis developed content plans and delivered content for associations such as IEEE Standards Association and AVIXA, content marketing for Future Plc, and numerous AV/IT companies. Davis was a critical member of the AVT editorial team when the title won the “Best Media Brand” laurel in the 2018 SIIA Jesse H. Neal Awards. A lifelong New Englander, Davis makes time for coastal hikes with her husband, Gary, and their Vizsla rescue, Dixie, sailing on one of Gloucester’s great schooners, and sampling local IPAs.