Special Events + Co-Located Networking


New Technology Breakfasts

New Technology Breakfasts

Start your day with a cup of hot coffee and continental breakfast plus a sneak preview of the coolest new technology on the show floor.

Lighting & Lasers
Date & Time:
Sunday, December 8  •  8:00 am – 10:00 am
Location: Room W232

Digital Signage, Projection, Special FX
Date & Time: 
Monday, December 9  •  8:00 am – 9:00 am
Location: Room W232

Audio, Staging & Rigging 
Date & Time: 
Monday, December 9  •  9:00 am – 10:00 am
Location: Room W232

LDI Special Events - Tech Breakfast


LDI Special Events - Rise Shine

Rise and Shine 5K Walk/Run

Race Date & Time: Sunday, December 8
Meet-up Location & Start Time: TBD
Race Course Link: TBD
Note: This course is open and not closed to traffic. Please exercise caution while participating. 
***All participants must sign a liability waiver on the morning of the run. 

Charity: Behind The Scenes

Join us for a meaningful stride towards positive mental health and substance use support at our annual 5K Rise and Shine Walk/Run. Lace-up your running shoes and be part of a community dedicated to making a difference. Every step counts as we come together to support a worthy cause, Behind the Scenes. Run with purpose, run with heart – let's go the extra mile for Behind The Scenes!

Behind The Scenes: Mental Health Sessions  

Date & Time:

  • Sunday, December 8 • 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Monday, December 9 • 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday, December 10 • 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Behind The Scenes Wellness Lounge, LDI Show Floor

Visit the Behind the Scenes Wellness Lounge, a safe space to learn about mental and physical health through daily presentations, activities, training, and one-on-one consultations. You can also pick up valuable information from our Mental Health Initiative on suicide prevention, Mental Health First Aid, alcohol and substance use, bullying and harassment, and the Entertainment Industry Therapist Finder.

Behind the Scenes Wellness Lounge

Foster The Future

In its innovative Foster The Future program, LDI embraces the next generation of industry professionals with special initiatives. 

The main focus of Foster The Future is the fourth annual Young Career Professionals Program for those under the age of 25 and developing an interest in a career in live events design and production. Foster The Future also includes The Pat MacKay Diversity In Design Scholarships and LDI's production assisant program.

Career Day Schedule

Date: Saturday, December 7, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Locations: New Technology Breakfast Room - W232


9:00 am - 10:00 am
Orientation Meet Up & Breakfast

10:00 am - 10:30 am
Buzz Session 

10:30 am - 11:00 am
Buzz Session

11:00 am - 11:30 am
Buzz Session 

11:30 - 12:00 pm
Buzz Session 

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Career Day Lunch 
*Included with Young Career Professional Pass but can be purchased as an add-on at registration here.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Welcome Keynote
*Open to everyone

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Portfolio & Website Review

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Buzz Session 

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Buzz Session 

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Buzz Session

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Networking Reception 


Foster the Future Sessions

LDI Portfolio & Website Review

Date & Time: Saturday, December 7 • 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: TBD

All students and young professionals are invited to participate in the LDI Portfolio and Website Review.  Bring your portfolio and/or digital device to get tips one-on-one from the industry's top professionals. Co-moderated by Brackley Frayer and Deanna Fitzgerald. All participants will get a code for a free LDI expo hall pass.

Sign up for time slots here: LDI Portfolio & Website Review 

LDI Special Events - Portfolio

URTA Design Showcase

Date & Time: Sunday, December 8 • 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Association Lounge, LDI Expo Hall

Designers and technicians! Present your work, and network with graduate school recruiters and potential employers. Presented by the University Resident Theatre Association, there is no additional cost to participate in the showcase.

LDI Special Events - URTA

Pat MacKay Diversity in Design Scholarship Ceremony 

Date & Time: TBD

Location: TBD

Support diversity and inclusion as we acknowledge and celebrate the 2024 recipients of the 6th annual Pat MacKay Diversity In Design Scholarships, sponsored by LDI.


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2024 Pat MacKay Diversity in Design Scholarship Receipients


LDI Special Events - Awards

LDI Booth and Product Awards Breakfast

Date & Time: Tuesday, December 10 • 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Location: DSE Keynote Stage

In an all-new breakfast format, the LDI 2024 Booth and Best Debuting Product Awards will honor technological advances in new products from our exhibitors and those companies who excel in their booth design.


LDI Special Events - Battle of the Busk

Battle of the Busk

Date & Time: Sunday, December 8, 6:00 pm  – 7:00 pm
Location: LDI Circle Bar and Battle of the Busk Stage

Experience the ultimate showdown between lighting and video jockeys as they compete in the Battle of the Busk. Vote for your favorite lighting and video team.


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Crew Up + Connect Industry Party

Date & Time: Sunday, December 8, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Circle Bar

Reunite with old friends, colleagues, and make new ones at LDI’s Crew Up + Connect industry party. Meet us at the Circle Bar for beverages immediately after the Battle of the Busk. The Circle Bar will also be open during show hours.

LDI Special Events - Circle Bar

LDI After Dark

Las Vegas opens its arms – and dance floors – to LDI and DSE attendees. Present your LDI or DSE badge for free entry into the hottest clubs in town. It’s the perfect way to check out the gear as you dance the night away. Each night will have exclusive VIP expedited entry and access to special VIP table booking options.

After Dark Schedule:

  • Thursday, December 5 – TAO 
  • Friday, December 6 – Omnia 
  • Saturday, December 7 – Hakkasan 
  • Sunday, December 8 – Marquee Nightswim &  LIV Nightclub
  • Monday, December 9 – Jewel
  • Tuesday, December 10 – Omnia

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LDI After Dark

Expo Hall Sessions

LDI Special Events - Diversity Panel

Diversity: Committing to Equity And Inclusion

Date & Time: Sunday, December 8 •  12:30 pm  – 2:30 pm
Location: ConNEXTions Café

A serious conversation on the need for increased diversity, equity, and inclusion in the live events industry, is an important issue the industry is facing and there is so much more to learn. How to engage and commit!

LDI Audience Session

LDInnovation Conference - Audio Sessions

Dates: Sunday, December 8 - Tuesday, December 10

Location: Pro Audio Pavilion

Visit the Pro Audio Pavilion for professional training and to demo the latest audio gear.  Please stay tuned for training schedule.


The Lumen Brothers Light Talk Podcast Live at LDI

Date & Time: Sunday December 8, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Location: Podcast Studio TBD

The Light Talk podcast (now in its 7th year) features seasoned professional lighting designers and educators — the original three Lumen Brothers Steve Woods (SMU), Stan Kaye (emeritus University of Florida), David Jacques (emeritus California State University Long Beach), plus Brackley Frayer (emeritus UNLV) as well as designers Zak Borovay and Driscoll Otto, and honorary Lumen Sisters Ellen Lampert-Gréaux (LDI/Live Design) and Ann McMills (San Diego State University)—who discuss the latest topics and developments in the world of entertainment and architectural lighting design and offer sage, and sometimes controversial advice to professionals and students of lighting design. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and they can be as silly as they are informative. Join us for a live taping and toss out questions and topics at LDI.

LDI Special Events - Light Talk Podcast