Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at InfoComm

AVIXA™, the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, and producer of InfoComm shows around the world, is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. As a member-driven association, we are using our talent and resources, as well as that of our industry volunteers to be a voice of change — and that includes the content we produce and actions we take at InfoComm 2022. Below are initiatives we have implemented to foster diversity, equity and inclusion at the show.

Visit the AVIXA website for articles, videos and other resources that champion diversity, equity and inclusion for the AV industry.

Diversity Resources from AVIXA

Pass the Mic

Each year we set out to make the InfoComm education program more inclusive by encouraging speakers to "pass the mic." Speakers were asked to include and support colleagues to present sessions at InfoComm to amplify more diverse voices and points of view.

See Who's Speaking

Stay tuned for more information about the InfoComm 2023 Call for Presenters and how you can pass the mic.

Gender Neutral Restrooms

Several designated gender neutral restrooms are located throughout the Convention Center:

North Hall Level 1

#103 - back Hall of N3, aisle 1800

North Hall Level 2

#206F - right before meeting room N261, across from escalators

West Building Level 1

#1066 - beside meeting room W106

#1037 1 & 2 - right inside Hall W3, aisle 2600

#1037 3, 4, & 5 - across from Hall W3

#1028 - inside Exhibit Hall, back of W3, aisle 3200

West Building Level 2

#2066 1 & 2 - beside meeting room W208

#2026 - beside meeting room W239

#2016 - beside meeting room W241/W242

Wellness Rooms

Wellness Rooms can be utilized for personal medical needs, prayer, and by new mothers for pumping. The rooms can be locked to ensure privacy.

North Building Level 1

Outside of Hall N3/N4

North Building Level 2

Across from meeting room N255

West Building Level 1

Outside of Hall W3/W4

Free at the Tech Innovation Stage

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2:00 PM
  1. TIS - Booth W2247
    50 mins
    This panel will discuss the importance of accessible technology and inclusive design and explore the benefits of diversity for organizational growth. How can AV technology enable inclusion and equity ...
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The Ever Popular Women's Breakfast

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7:30 AM
  1. N245
    120 mins
    One of InfoComm’s MUST SEE events. This annual community-wide event supporting the women in AV draws hundreds together to be inspired by lessons of strength, courage, and service.

    Sponsored by:

     ADI  aten  avi spl  CTI  Clear-Com

"Equity Intelligence is excited to partner with AVIXA who has become a proactive change agent to increase diversity in the pro av industry with internal goals on expanding the percentages of women and minorities in Pro AV. They are paving the road to diversity by partnering with companies like Equity Intelligence consulting who they know are already doing this work on a grassroots level in the technology sector. In doing so, they are setting a great example for all of the companies that are members of AVIXA. Infocomm 2022 reflects that AVIXAs commitment to diversity, the conference has intentionally recruited innovative solutions to inequities, prioritized gender inclusive bathrooms, and added sessions that talk about how to use technology in more inclusive ways and create diverse communities by changing hiring and promotion practices."

Christopher Hope, Principal Consultant - Equity Intelligence Consulting

 

equity intelligence logoEquity Intelligence Consulting is a boutique professional DEI and training consultancy that is passionate about promoting equity. We tailor solutions for short - and long -term projects by directly addressing diversity needs and by supporting minority professionals with direct support and training. We empower clients who are seeking to amplify their mission, enhance their message, and who are looking to employ equitably. Equity Intelligence Consulting is also a certified-Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) through the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC).

DEI Education Sessions

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8:30 AM
  1. W314-W316
    60 mins
    • Diversity and Inclusion
    • Learning Spaces
    How can the metaverse be used to enhance learning? This session explores how virtual reality technology is providing a new level of empathy in workplace training.
10:00 AM
  1. W314-W316
    60 mins
    • Design and Integration
    • Diversity and Inclusion
    80% of consumers expect to increase their use of touchless technologies to avoid physical contact, even once the pandemic is over. Sensing technologies can also provide an enhanced experience for peop ...
11:00 AM
  1. W318
    120 mins
    • Business and Project Management
    • Diversity and Inclusion
    In this workshop, participants will learn a strategic framework to help their organization move beyond conversations about race to be able to take action for racial equity. Participants will practice ...
11:30 AM
  1. W325-W327
    60 mins
    • Conferencing and Collaboration
    • Diversity and Inclusion
    What is meeting equity and why is it so important in today's hybrid and virtual meetings? Office, home, and mobile environments all play a role in creating inclusive meetings, in addition to factors s ...
4:30 PM
  1. W322-W324
    60 mins
    • Content Production and Streaming
    • Diversity and Inclusion
    From simple daily transactions at a bank to meetings with colleagues in multiple countries, the ability to clearly communicate and be understood, regardless of your language, is imperative. While noth ...
8:30 AM
  1. W314-W316
    60 mins
    • Audio
    • Diversity and Inclusion
    How can AV Professionals create a memorable experience for everyone while meeting ADA compliance? Williams AV for insights on selecting the right assistive listening technology to meet ADA requirements while creating a meaningful user experience.
9:30 AM
  1. W322-W324
    30 mins
    • Content Production and Streaming
    • Diversity and Inclusion
    • Learning Spaces
    This session will overview aspects of designing and building the foundation for a successful HyFlex learning program . The collective space of learning, both physical and virtual, must be considered part of the pedagogical practice, as well as incorporated into the overall strategies for colleges and universities worldwide.
1:30 PM
  1. W317
    30 mins
    • Content Production and Streaming
    • Diversity and Inclusion
    The providing and distribution of Automatic Speech Recognition captions is more than getting ahead of lawsuits and ADA regulations and doing what's right - it's also about making your facilities and content more accessible to a broader audience, saving money, and even provide an enhanced revenue stream.
4:30 PM
  1. W311-W313
    60 mins
    • Conferencing and Collaboration
    • Diversity and Inclusion
    This session is about creating equity for an accurate representation of varying skin tones on video conferencing. Google has done extensive work in designing systems and spaces that look to create equ ...

AVIXA Diversity Council

The AVIXA Diversity Council is a group of AVIXA members interested in bringing together AV and integrated experience professionals from various backgrounds and cultures to facilitate a larger dialogue around initiatives of inclusion within the industry.

All are welcome in this council, no matter one's race, gender identity, sexual orientation, veteran status, religious affiliation, disability, national origin, or any other community affiliation.

Interested in learning more? Interested in joining the Council?

Go to AVIXA

Sign Up Here

 

Follow the AVIXA Diversity Council on Twitter at @AVIXAdiversity.

Diversity Council Chair

Frank Padikkala

Frank Padikkala
Kairos Solution Architect
Panasonic 

Anti-Harassment Policy at InfoComm

AVIXA, the owner of InfoComm, is committed to providing a professional environment free from physical, psychological and verbal harassment. AVIXA will not tolerate harassment of any kind, including but not limited to harassment based on ethnicity, religion, disability, physical appearance, gender, or sexual orientation. This policy applies to all speakers, staff, volunteers, guests, members, contractors, exhibitors, government and attendees at AVIXA conferences, meetings and events.

Harassment includes but is not limited to offensive gestures and verbal comments, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, inappropriate photography and recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome attention.

If you experience or observe harassment at InfoComm, please report the conduct to InfoComm show management, any AVIXA staff member, or email alert@avixa.org as soon as possible. This enables us to investigate and address the conduct. AVIXA may take any action they deem appropriate, ranging from a simple warning to expulsion from the current and/or future AVIXA meetings, conferences and events.

Read the full Anti-Harassment Statement as part of the InfoComm Show Rules which must be adhered to by all participants.

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