Tips + Preparation Checklist for CEDIA 2016

CEDIA is the connecting point for manufacturers, home technology professionals, media, industry partners, and more. With three full days of networking, brand exposure, and product launches, CEDIA is the must-attend industry tradeshow.

This year’s theme? Think BIG.

As your organization prepares to head to Dallas for CEDIA 2016 to attend, exhibit, or cover the show as media, here are some helpful facts, links, and tips for you to get started.

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The Basics

Conference Dates: September 13-17
Show Floor Dates: September 15-17

Show Floor Hours:
September 15: 9am – 6pm
September 16: 9am – 6pm
September 17: 9am – 5pm

View schedule at a glance
Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
650 S Griffin St, Dallas, TX 75202

 Watch Video: CEDIA 2016 – Think BIG

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Click here to register as an Attendee, Press, or Exhibitor.

View registration brochure.

Tip: If you register before July 22, you save 25%

Interested in exhibiting?
View CEDIA’s Exhibitor Prospectus
Check out the Exhibitor Manual (includes important CEDIA deadlines)
 Make your travel arrangements
Book early for the best availability & deals. Tip: CEDIA has promo codes for airfare and car rentals deals.    View discount codes.

Plan a few locals-approved outings during your trip to Dallas.
 Get the lay of the land
See who else is heading to Dallas & where to find them.

Browse exhibitors

View the interactive floorplan.

Tip: Plan meetings in advance for guaranteed face time with the best contact in attendance.

 Build your show plan
My CEDIA Show Planner

Create a My CEDIA Show Planner account.

Your CEDIA Show Planner will automatically show up in your CEDIA 2016 App (available in August) and enables you to:
  • Browse Training Sessions
    • This year, CEDIA is bringing you over 100 courses, nearly half of which are new, as well as sought-after workshops like Rack Building and Wiring Fundamentals, Home Cinema for Designers, and more.
  • Add exhibitors to your show agenda
  • Schedule meetings with exhibitors
  • Create and print your show schedule
  • Navigate the show floor
  • Print a map of the show floor highlighting exhibitors you’ve added to your agenda
  • Stay organized onsite

CEDIA 2016 App

Set a reminder to download the CEDIA 2016 App when it is released in August.
More information here.

With the CEDIA 2016 App, you can:
  • Access your show plans
  • Explore the floor map
  • Search exhibitors
  • Receive special event alerts
  • Plus, Your CEDIA Show Planner content will automatically appear in the app.
 Browse Special Events, Panel Sessions, & CEDIA Talks
View full calendar

Here are a few top picks for your time in Dallas:

Get the true Texas experience.

CEDIA’s 2016 Celebration will kick off the event and congratulate CEDIA Award Winners for 2016.

Thursday, September 15, 2016
7pm – 10:30pm (Awards Presentation from 7:30pm – 8:15pm)
Gilley’s Dallas
Free to all CEDIA 2016 attendees

CEDIA promises “one BIG Texas-sized celebration”, complete with:
  • Mechanical bull
  • BBQ
  • Cocktails
  • Live music in the venue made famous by the classic movie Urban Cowboy.

Meet the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders be signing squad photos and posing for pictures with attendees in the BIG Lounge #8920 every day of the event.
  • Thursday, September 15 from 2pm – 5pm
  • Friday, September 16 from 2pm – 5pm
  • Saturday September 17 from noon – 3pm

Are you a first time attendee?

The First-Time Attendee Event is scheduled for Sep 15, 2016 from 8 – 9am at Booth #4710

Attending the event as media?

These events are for you:
 Stay in the know
Keep up to speed with CEDIA’s blog to get the latest news.

Follow CEDIA news on social media:
Tip: Exhibitor giveaways will be announced here.
 Get involved in the conversation
Get people excited – Social media is a great outlet for reaching people attending events. Use the official CEDIA 2016 hashtag, #CEDIA16, in your company tweets & Instagram posts to get involved in the conversation and reach people with common interests.

Tip: Many people are also using these hashtags: #ThinkBIG / #CEDIA2016

See what other attendees are excited for at CEDIA 2016 here.

Plan a CEDIA email campaign:
  • Let your subscribers know you’ll be at CEDIA.
  • Include a call-to-action asking for a meeting.
  • Provide your own CEDIA tips on your website to engage the group.
  • Include top picks for the show – events, booths, products, and what to do in Dallas.

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