LDI New Technology Breakfast

New Technology Breakfasts 

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

  • Lighting & Projection: From the newest LED fixtures and consoles to state-of-the-art projectors and pixels, hot new technology to put you on the cutting edge.
    Friday, November 18, 9:00am–11:00am
  • Audio, Staging & Rigging: New technology to be pitch perfect in terms of audio gear, that also meet the latest standards for staging and rigging.
    Saturday, November 19, 9:00am–10:00am
  • Special Effects & Lasers: A truly eye-popping display of pyro, lasers and effects that add panache to productions.
    Saturday, November 19, 10:00am–11:00am
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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Friday, November 18, 11:00am

Join the us as for the ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the official opening of the LDI Expo Hall!

Fostering the Future Reception

Fostering The Future Roundtable

Friday, November 18, 11:00am-12:00pm, New Technology Breakfast Room

Join us right after Friday's New Technology Breakfast for a special meet and greet with the next generation of designers, technicians, and creators from LDI's Young Career Professionals Program, including the 2022 Pat MacKay Diversity In Design Scholarship recipients. An A-list of industry experts will host round tables and share advice and insights as we "foster the future" of entertainment design and technology.

Music Sustainability Association (MSA)

Music Sustainability Association: Sustainable Design And Power Without Compromising Production Value

Friday, November 18, 1:30pm-2:30pm 

As sustainability becomes a focus in the live event industry, there is a calling for production to innovate and adopt green practices. In this panel we will discuss how designers, set construction companies, production managers and power companies can work collaboratively to minimize the use of virgin materials, maximize the use of existing inventory, and power shows efficiently.  

Moderator: Carol Scott, Principal Sustainability Advocate, TAIT

Speakers: Spike Brant, Co-founder Nimblist

Neel Vasavada, CEO, Overdrive Energy Solutions


LDI Portfolio And Website Review: Lighting And Projection

Friday, November 18, 12:00pm-4:00pm

All students and young professionals are invited to participate in the LDI Portfolio and Website Review.  

Bring your portfolio and/or device to get tips one-on-one from the industry's top professionals. Co-moderated by Brackley Frayer and Deanna Fitzgerald. Reviewers' list coming soon!

All participants will receive a free Expo Hall pass. Register here!

The Entertainment Association Logo

The Entertainment Association Panel & Discussion 

Friday, November 18, 3:00pm-4:30pm 

In describing his efforts to defend our industry over the last year, Michael T Strickland described it this way: “the airlines, the restaurants, the gyms all showed up in a Battleship. Our industry showed up in hundreds of canoes.” It is clear - we need a Battleship. The Entertainment Association is a new political action committee that will represent the entire entertainment industry; touring, television, corporate, trade shows, theatre, meta experiences and anyone in the business of creating entertainment. Like the airlines, we’ll combine our version of the pilots, baggage handlers, gate agents, airlines, airports, and traffic controllers into a single, powerful, united voice in the sea of noise that is Washington DC. Our gathering at LDI will be a chance to have a wide discussion of where we’ve come from, where we can go, and why this is desperately needed. For those who think, ‘why now, the pandemic is behind us’? What is the next threat to our industry that could shut it down completely in less than 48 hours? “That can’t happen again”… did you see the last one coming? Join us as Bandit Lites’ chair, Michael T Strickland and a host of panelists from all experiences in this journey take a look at what comes next. 

Nathan Alves, Partner, Darkroom Creative 
Seth Jackson, Partner, Darkroom Creative

Marcel Fairbairn, President/CEO, GearSource.com
Robin Shaw, Co-Founder, Upstaging, Inc.
Michael T. Strickland, Founder, Bandit Lites

Lumen Brothers Light Talk Podcast

Lumen Brothers Light Talk Podcast Live at LDI

Saturday, November 19, 4:00pm-5:00pm

The Light Talk podcast features seasoned professional lighting designers and educators— the original three Lumen Brothers Steve Woods (SMU), Stan Kaye (University of Florida), David Jacques (California State University Long Beach), plus Brackley Frayer (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 Circle Bar and Lounge

Crew Up & Connect Industry Party


Friday, November 18, 6:00pm-8:00pm, LDI Circle Bar + Lounge, LDI Show Floor (free to all DSE attendees)

Hard Rock’s Circle Bar may be gone but we have recreated that iconic LDI gathering place right on the show floor. Now that the industry is in swing again, we’re ready to party at the After-Hours Industry Party. Crews are back to work, so it’s the perfect time to reconnect with the friends and colleagues you haven’t seen. Join us at the LDI Circle Bar + Lounge for drinks and appetizers immediately after the show floor closes. The Circle Bar will also be open during show hours.


LDI After Dark

LDI and DSE: 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.

Industry After Party Schedule: Coming Soon!

Sponsored by: TAO Hospitality Group


Diversity Fireside Chat

Shaking Things Up - A Case For Diversity Fireside Chat

Saturday, November 19, 1:30pm-2:30pm, LDI Stage by the Circle Bar + Lounge

Join us for a conversation on the need for increased diversity, equity, and inclusion in the live events industry, an important issue the industry is facing and there is so much more to learn. 

Moderator: Roma Flowers, Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Classical & Contemporary Dance, Texas Christian University (TCU)


Behind The Scenes

Tools And Resources For Mental Health And Suicide Prevention

Saturday, November 19, 3:30pm-4:30pm

Learn about the Behind the Scenes Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Initiative and how it can benefit you, your family, and your colleagues. The presentation will provide an overview of the tool and resources developed specifically to support entertainment industry workers and promote mental health and psychological safety. These include the Entertainment Industry Therapist Finder, online behavioral self-assessments, easy to navigate resources pages, information and resources on alcohol and substance abuse, Mental Health First Aid training, sample language on mental health, and resources to help fight bullying, harassment and intimidation. It will also include a detailed look at the program’s suicide prevention materials including the warning signs, the steps to take to help keep someone safe, and practical guidance and examples for those steps.

Speakers :
Lori Rubinstein, Executive Director, Behind the Scenes Foundation
Steven Michelman, Founder, EPS


LDI Awards

Diversity In Design Scholarships & LDI Product And Booth Awards Ceremony

Saturday, November 19, 6:00pm-7:00pm, LDI Stage by the Circle Bar + Lounge, LDI Show Floor

Support diversity and inclusion as we acknowledge and celebrate the 2022 recipients of the 4th annual Pat MacKay Diversity In Design Scholarships, sponsored by LDI. Followed immediately by the 2022 LDI Booth and Best Debuting Product Awards, which honor technological advances in new products from our exhibitors and those companies who excel in their booth design.

Take Advantage of Co-Located DSE Special Events with your LDI Expo Hall Pass!

Refik Anadol

DSE Keynote

Thursday, November 17, 10:30AM (open to all)

Start your morning on the exhibit floor with inspiring keynotes, open to all on the main stage, daily at 10:30

Refik Anadol, new media artist

Opening night party

Opening Night Networking Party sponsored by SONY, Esper and Vistar Media

Thursday, November 17, 5PM – 6:30PM, DSE Exhibit Floor (open to all)

It's been three years since this industry got together! Catch up with old friends and meet new ones as we enjoy cocktails and appetizers together. This reception is included with your Expo Hall pass. Everyone is invited! 

Jason Cothern

DSE Keynote

Friday November 18, 10:30AM (open to all)

Start your morning on the exhibit floor with inspiring keynotes, open to all on the main stage, daily at 10:30

Jason Cothern, SoFi Stadium

DSE Awards

Digital Signage Experience (DIZZIE) Awards Ceremony and Reception

Friday, November 18, 5-6PM, DSE Main Stage

The inaugural DIZZIE Awards will recognize and celebrate visionaries from around the world whose digital signage installations and campaigns challenge existing standards and drive the industry forward. 

Naveen Viswanatha

DSE Keynote

Saturday November 19, 10:30AM (open to all)

Start your morning on the exhibit floor with inspiring keynotes, open to all on the main stage, daily at 10:30

Naveen Viswanatha, Google

Vertical Market Meetup

Vertical Market Meet-Up

Saturday, November 19, 1PM - 2PM, Central Park (open to all)

Meet your peers and other colleagues! Join like-minded attendees for a self-guided discussion, your chance to chat with other attendees in vertical markets, including AV/IntegrationDOOH/AdvertisingEducation/Corporate CommsHospitality, and Retail.