HD Communications Summit – A PR/marketing view

Held last week a couple of blocks off of Broadway, the HD Communications Summit followed Jeff Pulver’s start-up tradition of finding funky, off-beat, non-traditional spaces to hold events.  New Media Stages provided to be an interesting and refreshingly different venue for a conference — with a couple of catches.

At the HD Communications Summit, New World Stages, New York, NY

At the HD Communications Summit, New World Stages, New York, NY

New World Stages, located at 340 West 50th Street, New York New York — about two blocks or so away from the “David Letterman” show — had a clean and modern feel, with newer construction in the neighborhood  The mostly-underground off-Broadway performance space has five stages and has a European feel imparted by Netherlands-based owner Stage Entertainment.   In its previous life, the space was home to an incarnation of Madison Square Garden from 1925 to 1968.

"Upper deck" view of the HD Communications Summit, New World Stages

"Upper deck" view of the HD Communications Summit, New World Stages

The five theatures are all below-ground, with the “upper deck” about two stories underground and the “ground floor” was three stories underground.   As a result, cellular service was effectively blocked — great for the theatre, not so great for someone trying to keep in touch with the office.  Getting a cell signal required a three story hike up to ground level.

AudioCodes provides an HD Voice demo at the HD Communications Summit

AudioCodes provides an HD Voice demo at the HD Communications Summit

New Media Stages has WiFi access via password, but finding out how to connect was a verbal procedure.

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Seating was comfy, but awkward if you were seated in the natural “middle” and had to get out during the presentations.  Perhaps the two biggest drawbacks were a lack of power outlets — my 4 hour battery bit the dust after lunch — and the black inside of the theatre making photography of the speakers a challenge for anything less than a digital SLR.

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One response to “HD Communications Summit – A PR/marketing view

  1. Pingback: Summary: 29 things I learned at the HD Communications Summit « Doug on IP Comm – An independent voice on VoIP, telecom, and IP Communication

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