After taking place virtually in 2020, the 2021 CEDIA Expo is due to return in person September 1–3 at the Indiana Convention Center. Even though the resurgence of COVID-19 has prompted some exhibitors — Snap One, Sound United, Sonos, Samsung, and Sony — to pull out, the show will still bring together, in person, more than 10,000 technology integrators, designers, and construction professionals, and include more than 300 exhibitors.
This year, the show will build on existing elements along with introducing several new programs. The CEDIA Expo Smart Stage is one of the returning features, serving as the home for 17 panel discussions, programs, and award ceremonies. Topics include wellness, business intelligence, and multi-family housing solutions.
Formerly called Innovation Alley, the Launchpad highlights brands that have been in business less than three years and have not exhibited at CEDIA Expo before. The Launchpad exhibitors are automatically entered into the TechStarter program, where brands will pitch products and services for a chance to be chosen as a “TechStarter FIVE.”
Also debuting at the show is the Innovation Hub, a programming venue showcasing case studies — particularly on ‘resimercial’ projects — through 25 sessions across three days. Topics will include home theater, lighting, work from home, and security — all areas that have grown in relevance recently.
“It’s hard to believe, but we’re closing in on two years since the last in-person CEDIA Expo and now — more than ever — we know there’s a need for community, connection, and getting back to business,” said Jason McGraw, Emerald Group vice president, CEDIA Expo & the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS). “We’re all eager to connect again on a human level and get back to face-to-face events as we celebrate everything we value as a community together again.”