DSrupted 2014 Digital Signage Conference Taking Close Look At Disruptive Technologies

Industry: Digital Signage

A new conference, DSrupted 2014, will take a focused all-day look this fall in Toronto at technologies that are disrupting and reshaping the digital signage business.

Canada (PRUnderground) April 28th, 2014

A new conference, DSrupted 2014, will take a focused all-day look at how steadily evolving web services, micro-computing and display technologies are disrupting and reshaping the emerging digital signage market in North America and globally.

Scheduled for Sept. 17, 2014, in Toronto, Ontario, DSrupted 2014 will have a set of subject-matter experts explore in detail the services and technologies that are here or on the near horizon, and their implications for digital signage end-users and vendors.

Subjects to be explored include micro-computing, cloud and web services, HTML5, display canvases and data-driven content.

“The people who attend should walk away at day’s-end with a really solid grasp of what’s here, what’s coming and what actually matters,” says organizer Dave Haynes, a digital signage industry management consultant and writer. “This stuff is really important, and a half-hour talk here and there at trade shows doesn’t cut it. That’s the big reason why I put this together … because it was needed.”

DSrupted already has a commitment from Google for a senior product manager to talk about the current state and future of cloud services. “Google is now active in digital signage, through Chrome For Business,” says Haynes, “and I think a lot of people will be very interested to hear more.”

Haynes says the key selling points of DSrupted 2014 are:

–       Limited speakers who’ll each have an hour to talk and field questions;

–       Most or all speakers will be subject-matter experts from outside the digital signage industry eco-system;

–       No one can pay to then speak;

–       The audience will be limited to just 200, and networking time and tools are baked into the event;

–       The venue and location are ideal.

DSrupted will be at the downtown Toronto head office of event host TELUS, in the Canadian telecom giant’s conference centre. The office tower, at 25 York Street, is just steps from Union Station, Toronto’s mass transit hub. Hotels and restaurants, and the head offices of many of Canada’s top companies, are also in the immediate vicinity.

Early plans are in the works for a digital signage industry networking function on the evening of April 16th, also in downtown Toronto, ahead of the DSrupted conference.

A website – designed to also work on smartphones and tablets – is now live, as well as an event-specific business networking app for Android and iOS devices. All registration and payment processing is being done online.

Admission to the one-day event is $335, and includes snacks and lunch. Haynes said he is reserving a block of tickets he’ll make available to a pair of university digital media programs, so some selected students can attend.

Five of six sponsors are already in place, and Haynes is actively seeking those two final event sponsorships. “The number of sponsors is purposefully low to drive profile and value to those companies that have stepped up and helped make this happen.”

DSrupted 2014’s sponsor/supporters are: TELUS, Rise Vision, Pattison OneStop, LGCineplex Digital Solutions and the Digital Signage Federation.


About DSrupted 2015 (Vertical Media)

DSrupted is managed by Vertical Media Consulting Group Inc., the parent corporation of the tech writing firm pressDOOH, the digital signage blog Sixteen:Nine and the DSrupted 2015 tech conference. Dave Haynes is the owner of Vertical Media. The company is based in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.

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