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Alpha Video 3C Tech Expo 2018

Wednesday, October 24th from 8am to 4pm

Join us for a look into the future of visual communications. This year, Alpha Video's 3C Tech Expo will explore new technologies that will change the way you shoot and share video and audio content. We are at a tipping point where traditional digital broadcast and audiovisual technologies are starting to merge with VR, AR, and AI. From streaming live events and creating immersive visual experiences, to collaborating with clients using augmented reality, the future is near. Here are some of the future forward technologies that will be discussed and on display at the Tech Expo:

  • VR/360 video presentations with sample content.
  • Augmented Reality (AR) demonstrations using Microsoft HoloLens.
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) in live event video production.
  • Live streaming for social media.
  • A keynote speech on The Five Big Future Trends in Visual Communications.

We will, of course, have best-in-class examples of the most current broadcast and AV technology. Over 45 exhibitors will be showing their latest products and solutions for production, presentation, collaboration, and digital media.

In addition, there will be a dozen seminars throughout the day. Click here the link below to check out the seminar topics.

We know there will be something for everyone and encourage you to stop by for product demonstrations, a free lunch, and a seminar or two.


  • 8:00am – 4:00pm: Registration starts and Exhibit Halls are open - Grand Ballroom
  • 9:00am – 11:30am: HoloLens Demos - Grand Ballroom Foyer
  • 9:00am – 9:30am: Morning Seminars – Session #1 - Atrium Rooms 1,2,3
  • 10:00am – 10:30am: Morning Seminars – Session #2 - Atrium Rooms 1,2,3
  • 11:30am – 12:30pm: Complimentary lunch in East Hall.
  • Noon: Keynote speaker, sponsor recognition, and prize giveaways
  • 1:00pm – 1:30pm: Afternoon Seminars – Session #3 – Atrium Rooms 1,2,3
  • 2:00pm – 2:30pm: Afternoon Seminars – Session #4 – Atrium Rooms 1,2,3
  • 2:00pm – 3:30pm: HoloLens Demos - Grand Ballroom Foyer
  • 4:00pm: Show close

Where to Go

Tech Expo

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton - Bloomington - Minneapolis South (Map). 7800 Normandale Blvd, Minneapolis. From the lobby, take the escalators upstairs to the Grand Ballroom and look for the Alpha Video registration tables.
Expo Hours: 8am to 4pm. Free lunch at 11:30am. Prize drawing at 12:30pm. (Must be present to win!)
Parking: The hotel should have plenty of free parking.

What to See

Exhibition Halls

The Tech Expo will have an exhibit hall with manufacturers representing a variety of broadcast, production, presentation, collaboration, and digital media solutions.

  • Broadcast & Production
  • See the latest switchers, cameras, editing, replay, and shared storage solutions featuring IP, 4K, wireless, and HDR worfklows.

  • Presentation & Collaboration
  • Corporate and education attendees will benefit from getting hands-on demos of video conferencing, wireless collaboration, and interactive displays, along with room control and monitoring systems.

  • Digital Media
  • A variety of digital signage, video wall, and streaming solutions will be available for demos and in-depth discussions on applications and features.

What to Hear

Keynote: The Five Big Future Trends in Visual Communications.

Andrew Murphy2.jpgGet ready for your head to expand (hopefully not explode) while joining us for our keynote speaker, Andrew Murphy. Andrew is a managing partner and co-founder at Loup Ventures, a research-driven venture capital firm pioneering frontier technology including artificial intelligence, robotics, virtual reality, and augmented reality. Prior to Loup Ventures, Andrew was a senior marketing manager in Ecolab’s Healthcare division. Prior to joining Ecolab in 2012, Andrew spent 5 years at Piper Jaffray where he covered the Digital Media space.

Andrew will be sharing his thoughts on the five big trends that will have the most impact on how we consume, manage, and share visual content. This big-picture discussion will touch on a variety of areas including:

  • Content layering: (e.g., iOS 12 and Lego AR.) Apple and Google are leading the way in providing AR dev tools for us to blend real and digital worlds through our phone. VR is a playground for layering content like television streams with an alternate camera angle, scores and game data, social streams, and advertising.
  • Information compression: (e.g., GIPHY, 30 app., podcast and video acceleration tools.) Our time is saturated with information, so we need to continue consuming more information by compressing it, making it more relevant. Time and space-constrained content is solving this issue and improving relevance.
  • Niche audiences: (e.g., Peloton Digital, Twitch, Apptiv, Crater. ) Content creators can make content for a niche audience of viewers around the world with very specific interests. We’re seeing new content platforms pop up to meet the needs of niche audiences.
  • Automated creation: (e.g., Lumen5, Adobe, Wibbitz.) Artificial Intelligence and natural language processing have unlocked the ability to automatically create content using disparate content pieces. AI narrators can even remove the human entirely.
  • Beyond interactive: (e.g., Neurable, Neuralink, Paradromics.) From desktop to laptop to wearables, the next step in computing is implants. Brain-control-interfaces allow someone to directly control a device with his mind. If you think about a keyboard and mouse, or even touchscreens, its a brute force input method. Direct control from the brain is just how we operate, and computers shouldn’t be any different. It’s the most natural way for a machine to understand human intention.

What to Do

HoloBooth - AR Demos

Stop by the HoloBooth for a chance to try on a Microsoft HoloLens and see what professional AR is really like. (Of course, we wanted to say Holodeck, but that may be overselling it a bit ;-) We're not trying to sell you a HoloLens, we're just giving you a glimpse of what other forms of future collaboration and communication looks like. Click here to learn more.


A variety of informative seminars will be offered throughout the day. Click below to see the entire seminar schedule and learn more about the discussion topics. Seminars will be approximately 30 minutes long with plenty of time for Q&A. (Seminar schedule is subject to change.)