The seventeenth annual conference of the Association for Audiovisual and Educational Technology Management Inc. (AETM) was held at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). This was a hugely successful conference and incorporated learning, education and networking sessions across a vast array of industry related topics.

The first day was a training day facilitated by AVIXA and covered a session about Network Security for AV systems and how to create a Project Risk Register – hosted by Dean McFadden from Learning by Experience. The second session was a very informative session hosted by Mike Comiskey, from AECOM, focussing on Project Management for AV.

Over the next three days the conference featured two keynote presentations, eight member presentations, five sponsor presentations, a presentation from the SCHOMS representative, tours of the USC facilities, the vendor exhibition, two dinners and other networking events and opportunities.

The conference opening keynote presentation was provided by Dr Jenine Beekhuuyzen. Janine is an advocate for women in ICT and has pioneered programmes to engage girls and women into the IT/ AV industry. The closing keynote presentation was provided by Gary Kayye from rAVe and focussed on the impact that 4k projection solutions are going to bring into classrooms and learning spaces. Caroline Pepper, from SCHOMS in the UK, also attended and presented at the conference, her presentation covered their initiative to share knowledge across the SCHOMS members.

Thanks to the eight members who prepared and presented at this year’s conference. There was a wide variety of topics covered including new and emerging technology trends, management techniques in unusual circumstances and AV design techniques and considerations. A feature of this year’s conference was the tours of the fantastic USC facilities including the CAVE2 installations, the nursing simulation spaces and the other lecture and learning spaces. Thanks to all the team at USC for organising these tours and also hosting the conference. There was also a post conference ‘bonus’ tour of the medical teaching facilities at the Sunshine Coast hospital.

The vendor exhibition was held over two days and gave our members a great opportunity to network with the industry supplies. Our major sponsors also presented at the conference showcasing their new products and services, thanks also to Crestron and Christie for providing the 4k projection system used in the lecture theatre.

The Gala Dinner was a tremendous event and gave the delegates a chance to meet and network.

We look forward to the 2018 conference being held at the University of South Australia in Adelaide.