CEDIA Day 2 Recap: TechStarter Debut, TechTalks and More

CEDIA Expo 2019 continued with an exciting 2nd day full of inspiring talks, exhibits, and connections. We’ve compiled the highlights of the day for you in this brief recap.

Did you miss our day 1 recap? Read about the top TechTalks, the CE Pro Best Product Awards, exciting exhibitors and more here.

CEDIA Expo day 2 promised to be an exciting day of conversation, connection, and collaboration around the smart home industry, and it delivered. When the doors opened at 9 AM at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, the floor was quickly filled with thousands of industry professionals and enthusiasts who gathered to share and discover the latest trends in connected technology. Read on for details on the day’s highlights.

Vivint TechTalk

Day 2 of CEDIA Expo kicked off with the first TechTalk of the day on the Smart Stage. In an interview with Julie Jacobson, Chris Ivie, Senior Director at Vivint discussed Vivint’s new Pro Channel Program. According to Ivie, the program enables home-tech pros to offer Vivint’s smart home and security products to their own customers in addition to professional monitoring and interactive smart home services. Ivie also discussed some of Vivint’s lesser-known products, such as Car Guard

“Our priority is prevention rather than retaliation,” says Ivie, speaking about Vivint’s smart security products, “We’re making homeowners more proactive.”

Sonnen TechTalk

Next to take the Smart Stage was a brief panel of diverse industry professionals who gathered to discuss the energy automation services from Sonnen, the “world leader in energy storage”. Moderated by Jason Knott of CE Pro, speakers included Jessica Weiss, Business Development Manager at Sonnen, Richard Glikes of Azione Unlimited, Ron Callis of One Firefly and Chris Worthington of Personal Technology

According to Jessica Weiss, energy automation is “taking excess energy and storing it for later use,” which can be incorporated with other smart home systems, like lighting. 

With this system, which helps save money and energy while lowering our carbon footprint, homeowners can still run their lights and appliances if the power goes out. The main idea expressed throughout the talk is the value Sonnen places on partnerships, informing interested professionals about the business opportunities they have with this new and rising technology.


The next event of the day was TechStarter. On day 1, three judges, industry experts Tabitha O’Connor, Global President & CEO of CEDIA, Alex Capecelatro, CEO & Founder of and Hagai Feiner, CEO & Founder of Access Networks, scoured the 17 innovation alley exhibitors to choose the “first-ever tech starter five”., Hero Labs, Artio Lighting, Caavo, and SandTrap Audio stood out to the judges based on problem-solving ability, market viability, innovation and booth presentation. On day 2, a representative from each brand took to the stage to briefly speak about their product and company.

According to moderator Walt Zerbe, the branding and booth design of the contenders was also evaluated in judging. 

“This is how the dealer internalizes how they’ll present the product to the customer,” he adds. 

Samsung TechTalk

The highlights of day 2 end with another insightful TechTalk, where Samsung representatives discussed the design and technology behind their newest release, The Wall Luxury, a modular micro LED TV. Designed with flexibility in size and resolution in mind and featuring unprecedented high contrast and bright colors, this innovative TV drew a lot of attention from smart home service installers. 

Speakers Michael Bennett, Senior Business Development Manager at Samsung and John Shin, Senior Engineering Manager for the North America Display Office at Samsung, sat down with moderator Arlen Schweiger of CE Pro to discuss the rise of LED technology in the residential space. 

“We’re now living in a digital age,” Michael Bennett remarks, discussing the growth of high-end LED products in the consumer market, “Whether that’s good or bad, we’re here.”

There’s just one more day left at CEDIA 2019, but our coverage isn’t stopping yet. We’re looking forward to some more great presentations and connections on the final day of CEDIA. Check back soon for our recap of the top exhibits, products, and events of day 3. 

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