Runnymede, Surrey – a town that was put on the map in no uncertain terms in 1215, when King John popped along to check out the local hipster scene and, of course, meet with the country’s disgruntled rebel barons in a bid to bring about peace by agreeing to the demands laid down in the freshly penned Magna Carta Libertatum. Where was Magna Carta signed? As every school boy knows, at the bottom. And also in an unremarkable meadow in Runnymede.
Flash forward some 803 years and, once more the almost forgotten borough of Runnymede is in the spotlight yet again, as the UK’s leading specialist distributor of market leading technology for today’s automated smarthome, Invision, hosted its first ever Smart Home Innovation Conference at the Runnymede-on-Thames Hotel.
ONE DAY IN MAY
After a journey from Colchester that even the likes of Odysseus would have described as epic, taking in the myriad delights of the M25 and a tailback of legendary proportions outside of Egham, signs were good for the Smart Home Innovation Conference, as the car park at the Runnymede-on-Thames Hotel was rammed to capacity.
Sure enough, the event itself was swamped, with those interested in starting out or furthering their way in smarthome technology eagerly cramming into the auditorium to listen to thought-provoking content and enjoy an interactive conference programme with exclusive product previews. This, the first conference, explored smarthome technology trends and included keynotes from visionary speakers, representing companies such as Origin Acoustics, Luxul, WyreStorm, LILIN and RTI, discussing the industry’s most talked about hot topics, such as:
• Ed McConaghay, RTI’s CEO, discussed customisation of control systems and how to retain your brand and identity.
• Jason Hill, Group Vice President, LILIN highlighted important cyber security issues relevant the CI market.
• Jared Edwards, Technical Training Manager, Luxul talked about how networking is the critical ingredient in every residential installation.
• The evolution of HD distribution was discussed by James Meredith, EMEA Sales Manager, WyreStorm.
• Dave Donald, Worldwide Brand Ambassador, Origin Acoustics, inspired attendees with his views on selling to homeowners and voice-controlled distributed audio systems.
A SMART SUCCESS
Educational and entertaining, each speaker took their turn to impart words of wisdom and encouragement, whilst Origin Acoustics’ Dave Donald also delivered a level of comedic entertainment rarely encountered in the realm of advanced electronics.
The audience’s reaction to each speaker proved this first outing of the Smart Home Innovation Convention to be a huge success for both attendees and speakers.
Jason Hill, Group Vice President of LILIN, the first presenter of the day, said: “It was a pleasure to address a packed room of UK custom installers at this conference and the team at Invision had assembled an excellent line up of keynote speakers. The content was highly educational with lots of great questions from the audience in a lively open panel Q and A session at the end.”
Keynote Speaker, Ed McConaghay, CEO, RTI, said: “Invision’s first Smart Home Innovation Conference was an impressive gathering of the UK integrator community. The presentations were very interesting and relevant, and shed light on some important topics in our industry today. The active participation by the dealers who attended was a rewarding confirmation of their thirst for more knowledge.”
Given the success of Runnymede, Invision will be holding a second Smart Home Innovation Conference in God’s Own Country, Manchester, later on in the year, so keep an eye out for date and venue details.