CEDIA has announced Tech X Design, a new series of virtual education events that have been curated for the design community and are being supported by CEDIA Trade Supplier members.

With the first event taking place today, there is a further event planned for October 6, both offering two unique half-day programmes to provide designers and architects with an opportunity to learn how technology can add value to their projects and drive new business. 

A key element to CEDIA’s three-year strategic plan is outreach to the design and build community.  Tech X Design is the next step in this plan to raise the profile of CEDIA members amongst interior designers, architects, specifiers, and other design professionals to help build their business on strong foundations for the future.

“CEDIA is committed to fostering an understanding of home technology with the design community — and providing a platform to learn, earn CPD points, and have open discussions,” says Giles Sutton, CEDIA Senior Vice President of Industry Engagement. “Showcasing how other designers are working with home technology integrators is exactly the goal of Tech X Design. We’ll provide the forum and we want you to immerse yourself in the intersections shared when brilliant design and technology meet.

“I am particularly excited about the panel sessions that we have pulled together. The impacts of technology in the home are undeniable, but many times, designers and architects don’t know where to start. That is why we’ve set up each panel session to include professionals from the technology space and from the design community. Facilitating an open dialogue about what collaboration looks like is the first step to any successful project.”

Event details

Each programme will include a mix of panel discussions and professional development sessions, all of which are available for free to attendees. These sessions have been curated with the help of event sponsors, Amina, Barco Residential, Control4, Crestron, Lutron, Samsung The Wall, Savant, Somfy and Sonance.

September 23 agenda

9:30 a.m. BST

  • Opening Panel: Designing Lighting for Wellness

11:15 a.m. BST

  • CEDIA: Designing Home Cinemas and Media Rooms
  • Samsung: What is a Luxury Entertainment Space & How to Design for it

12:35 p.m. BST

  • Lutron: Living in a Material World: Specifying Shade Fabrics to Meet Occupant Needs
  • Control4: The Five Levels of a Smart Home

2 p.m. BST

  • Afternoon Panel: Successfully Integrating Technology with Design

3:45 p.m. BST

  • Savant: Introduction to Microgrids
  • CEDIA: Supporting Green Lifestyles with Technology Systems

5:05 p.m. BST

  • Somfy: Improving Façade Designs by Comparing Automated vs. Manual Solar Shading
  • Sonance: Designed to Disappear

6:25 p.m. BST

  • Closing Panel: Establishing Collaborative Relationships – How Design Professionals can Work with Integrators

October 6 agenda

9:30 a.m. BST

  • Opening Panel: Establishing Collaborative Relationships

11:15 a.m. BST

  • Amina: Understanding and Specifying Invisible Sound Solutions
  • Crestron: Taking the Smart Home to the Next Level

12:35 p.m. BST

  • Barco: New Media Art & The Architectural Digital Canvas: Connecting the Dots
  • Savant: Light & Wellness – Design Ramifications of Circadian Lighting in the Built Environment

2 p.m. BST

  • Afternoon Panel: Technology Trends that are Shaping the Smart Home

3:45 p.m. BST

  • Control4: Your Home is Your (Smart) Castle
  • CEDIA: Hidden Technology for the Modern Home

5:05 p.m. BST

  • Lutron: Today’s Smart Home
  • Samsung: What is a Luxury Entertainment Space and How to Design for it

6:25 p.m. BST

  • Closing Panel: Transforming Lighting Design with Technology

Attendees can view the full agenda and register for the event here

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