Registration Opens for the 2012 ILDA Conference in San Antonio, Texas
The laser entertainment industry is preparing for the 2012 International Laser Display Association (ILDA) Conference running from November 4-7 in San Antonio, Texas. This is the 26th anniversary of the ILDA Conference and the first time since 2004 that the event is being hosted on land in the United States. (The 2008 and 2010 conferences were held on Miami-based cruise ships.)
Tim Walsh, ILDA's president 2007-2011 and owner of Laser Spectacles Inc., will be hosting this year's event at the historic St. Antony's Riverwalk Wyndham hotel in the heart of San Antonio. Tim has worked closely with the ILDA board of directors, to arrange for an action-packed conference filled with fun and informative events.
The conference will start on Sunday, November 4 with the first-ever ILDA golf tournament. In addition, Greg Makhov will be conducting ILDA's Laser Safety Officer course, which is open to any person responsible for laser safety at light shows. Sunday night features the ILDA welcome cocktail reception and buffet dinner.
On Monday, November 5, the conference proper starts with the ILDA "Advanced Technology" workshop and general business meeting. Then, ILDA will have the first ever "Projector Shootout" where participants can compare laser projectors and laser show equipment. Following this is the "Artistic Seminar," featuring the most unique laser shows of the year. In the evening is the informal ILDA Lase-Off, where some of the best laser shows from ILDA Conference attendees are played for everyone to enjoy. To end the night, ILDA will have the 2012 Laser Jockey performance and judging, where participants perform live to music, and those in attendance vote for their favorite performance.
On November 6, the day begins with the second half of ILDA business meetings, covering a variety of business topics relating to the laser industry. In addition, ILDA conducts its annual election for the new ILDA president and board members. Following, there are a variety of seminars and workshops available for participants to attend, including the annual "Pangolin User Group" (PUG) meeting.
In the evening, attendees gather at the gala 2012 ILDA Awards Banquet and Presentation. In 2012, 150 entries were received from around the world. The winners will be announced in public for the first time at the awards banquet. Attendees can see videos and laser performances of the winners. Also, the prestigious ILDA Career Achievement Award will be announced. This honors an individual whose career has had a profound impact on the laser entertainment industry as a whole.
The conference concludes on Wednesday, November 7, with the ILDA "Cultural and Networking Tour." This is a great way for ILDA members to enjoy the beautiful city of San Antonio together, and to build strong networking relationships, to further the strong business ties ILDA members have developed with one another.
Signup for the conference has already begun. More information regarding conference pricing and registration can be found on the ILDA website at the URL below.