Event Trends: Intelligent Lighting

Event Trends: Intelligent Lighting

If we’re talking ways to give your event a leg up and really make your attendees feel inspired and excited, intelligent lighting is high on the list.

Intelligent lighting is lighting that has automated or motion capabilities.

These kinds of fixtures are also sometimes called movers, or moving heads. They have to ability to change colors and patterns at the press of a button, and can be pre-programmed for different looks and movements!

Intelligent lighting is often used to add impact to specific moments of an event, like entrances and transitions. They can be used to add effect to both the stage and the audience, and are especially great for flexible event spaces that have different focal points, like multiple stages or speakers placed throughout the audience. 

Intelligent lighting gives you more flexibility during an event, and creates a more elevated & energetic environment. Moving lights can even inspire movement in your attendees, if that’s a goal of yours.

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We use a variety of intelligent lighting fixtures, including Chauvet’s Rogue R2, moving wash, and Maverick fixtures to allow for a wide range of effects. We also utilize hazers to enhance the effects of our spot fixtures, as the haze allows the movement of the beam to be seen. 

Intelligent lighting is becoming a favorite tool of event designers & staging professionals, and we're busy finding more and more ways to use them creatively and in a unique way! We look forward to helping you incorporate this staging technology to create more engaging events for you and your attendees! 

Stay tuned for more profiles on event trends in the coming weeks! (Check out our last trend profile on hard sets!)

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Event Spotlight: S&P OPSCON

Event Spotlight: S&P OPSCON

We were honored to partner up with S&P Global on their OPSCON conference again this past spring! This event is an internal conference that packs lots of content into just a few days, so efficiency & time management are essential to helping it run smoothly!

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The general session space was staged at the Paramount Theater, but there were also breakout sessions to account for, which were held at the nearby Omni Charlottesville. Because the group had such a charged schedule, the organizers needed to accomplish a lot in a limited amount of time.

There were four breakout sessions that organizers wanted each attendee to participate in, and if the breakouts were spread out across the hotel event spaces, too much time would get lost in transit. To maximize on attendees’ time, we proposed the idea of gathering the entire group in one space and running 4 concurrent sessions. This way, no time would get lost during transitions, and messages could be shared in a concise amount of time.

So how did we achieve this?


We created an “in the round” stage set with 4 screens, and modular panels dividing each speaker’s area. We utilized Barco HD projectors & screens for a budget-friendly yet high impact solution.

Attendees were provided with in ear monitors and rotated every 20 minutes, allowing them to participate in four separate breakouts within an hour and a half. (Learn more about IEM’s in our last blog post: In-Ear Monitors: The What, When, Why, and How)

This solution met S&P’s goals not only in its efficient delivery of a message to an entire group, but also in keeping the group engaged and unified throughout the entire event. The unique layout & implementation kept attendees interested, and we eliminated potential wasted time by keeping attendees within the same space.


Looking for an out-of-the-box solution for your upcoming event? 

In-Ear Monitors: The What, When, Why, and How

In-Ear Monitors: The What, When, Why, and How

Ever seen a concert up close & noticed those little headphones that the performers were wearing? These are called “in-ear monitors” and they allow the performer to hear a specific audio mix overtop of the loud ambient noise of what’s going on onstage. 

In-Ear Monitor (n.) : A small and discrete headphone set that relays a personal audio mix. The headphones are connected to a small belt pack receiver, enable the listener to move about without cables.


Though these are commonly used for musical events, we’ve found some creative ways to use them to benefit a conference! 

Over the past year, we’ve had multiple clients who needed a way for conference speakers to give different presentations during the same time slot - and in the same space. As a solution, we design them a multi-sided stage set, and implement in-ear monitors for their attendees so that they can “tune in” to the presentation they want to listen to at that time. 


This solution seems to work best for longer or multi-day events, where this kind of presentation format is used as a fun & engaging exception to the rule, breaking up the more traditionally-formatted keynote presentations.

And there are several benefits to this approach! In-ear monitors and the accompanying hardware are discreet and lightweight, not like traditional headphones which can be cumbersome and uncomfortable. They’re easy for attendees to operate, and are pleasant to use.

The main benefit, though, is that the use of in-ear monitors allows for more content to be delivered throughout a conference, AND allows attendees to select which content is going to be most relevant for them, making the best use of their time there.

Curious about how in-ear monitors could benefit your event? Give us a call to learn about the possibilites!