Survive and Thrive Conference uses The HoloDesk for scheduling the Sounding Board Sessions

Survive and Thrive

New Zealand is well known for its creativity and various participants have international acclaim in the cinema, pottery, art, photography, acting, digital media and design sector. The Survive and Survive Conference is a platform that brings together those active in the industry.

HoloDesk in action at Survive and Thrive 2012

Holo-Info-Desk was asked to participate with Thrive & Survive 2012 which we did with a partial sponsorship at this year’s Thrive and Survive in the Owen Glen Building July 5th, 2012.

The Holo-Info-Desk enabled attendees to register for the Sounding Board Expert Interview sessions and then later in the day to explore the photos that documented the conference.

The configuration used was a Single Edgeless HoloDesk where we used a a programmed PDF registration document that could be completed by touch action using a virtual keyboard.

Interactive Touch screen

Holo-Info-Desk being used in photo browsing mode

The idea to use the HoloDesk came about from earlier work ICE AV had with ATEED (Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development – A City Council Organisation) and to match the registration process to some thing more high tech than a felt tip white board that had been used during the 2011 event.

The Holo-Info-Desk reflected the theme of the 2012 conference “We Need to Talk about the Future”, something Candy Elsmore, Project Director from Arts Regional Trust, reflected with her web thoughts
“It takes creativity, thinking and sheer hard work, especially if your ideas are ahead of the crowd. This year, Survive & Thrive is especially focussed on people, projects and organisations who, through their work, showcase leading edge approaches.”

During Survive & Thrive 2012, participants were inspired by guest speakers, got down to business in the workshops with people who have walked the walk and connected with people in a meaningful way in the networking activities. Practical tips and tools from specialist advisors [acting as a sounding board for brilliant ideas and sticky problems]. The expo allowed people connect with people and groups.

Touch Screen Registration Form

In 2001, The Big Idea (Te Aria Nui) website was launched by then Prime Minister, Rt Hon Helen Clark to open up connectedness and, accessibility for work and income opportunities, but it also allowed straightforward navigation around the creative industries. Today the The Big Idea Trust has as its guiding strategy to drive creativity into all sectors of New Zealand society.

For the very first time, individuals, organisations and companies in the creative sector could identify and relate to each other in one, online home. The website connected people, allowing important networks to develop on personal, local, regional and international levels. Creative talent could now link with industry, science, commerce, health or agriculture and The Big Idea could actively promote the building of relationships across sectors.


Digital Touch Points: The Power of Multi Touch. Free Seminar

Learn how to use the power of Multi Touch and Holodesk to Engage with customers like never before.

ICE AV Director, Kevin Andreassend will be presenting at the North Harbour Business Expo with his seminar “Digital Touch Points – the Power of Multi Touch”. It will include a live demo of the HoloDesk system on how business owners can utilise the HoloDesk system to invigorate and take their customer engagement to a new level.

Free Seminar at Business Expo

Learn how to use the power of multi touch to revolutionise your marketing activities.

By utilising existing content such as photos, brochures, web sites, videos, You Tube, Facebook and placing it into a multi touch environment, businesses are able to cut thru the clutter and distractions visitors face in expos by using the most natural of all senses know to man …… multi touch.

By using a HoloDesk system exhibitors can easily capture the undivided attention of visitors instead of the “no thanks, just looking” syndrome.

Location North Harbour Stadium, North Shore, Auckland.
Date 17 May 2012. Time 3pm. Seminar Room 2
COST Absolutely FREE with NO COST parking.

The seminar is part of the North Harbour Business Associations Business Expo featuring a number of North Shore businesses.

Digital Touch Points Seminars give valuable insight

This past week the ICE AV team with Wellington partner, Shout Group have been sharing with senior executives from various well known Wellington companies on a range of latest generation software and hardware technologies that can help them rise above the communication noise.

The seminar series titles Digital Touch Points described a number of techniques that can enable theatre, engagement, referrals, connection, endorsement, data access, digital interaction. By using software and hardware from the ICE AV Cataloq we are designing unique solutions.


ICE AV Founder shares during Digital Touch Points seminar

By integrating body motion, GPS, mobility, ultra sound, touch sensitive surfaces, integrated software, digital displays, we were able to demonstrate how businesses can engage with their fans and clients in a completely new way combining online, offline, mobility with social media and leading edge audio visual technologies.

We were delighted with some of the feedback that included “that was amazing what you showed, I have never seen that before, definitely be in touch, you have give us so many ideas”. It proved to us that businesses are hungry for genuine and honest non sales pitch information, and to gain insight how to use technologies, converge them as we spread out a table of capabilities.

ICE AV and Shout Group will be planning to conduct further Digital Touch Point seminars in NZ to fire up the imagination of business owners so they can create unique customer Digital Touch Points.

Holo-Info-Desk will get exposure in New Zealand’s capital city

Holodesk interactive

Multi touch surface, Multi touch software - levitating products - daytime projection, touch sensitive glass, virtual presenter, are just a few of the topics to be covered

Technology roll outs, constant developments, new models, new systems, solutions are rampant and everywhere. The ability for most business owners to get their head around this massive change is a task. No sooner have you come to grips with the latest trend thinking you have an edge over your competitors, but then find yourself outwitted by others who have implemented a technology edge that gives them a uniqueness.

Does this sounds like you?

We will cover multi touch surfaces, unique audio applications, social media integrated digital signage, interactive, LED displays, Video walls, Holographic presenters, interactive windows.

frustrated Office worker

Office worker frustrated with technology

HoloDesk creator, Kevin   Andreassend and Steve Laing from Shout Group have created some tech sessions for the non geek on how to implement a range of these exciting new technology and put it into perspective. Steve and Kevin find numerous clients searching with a degree of frustration on how to incorporate some of the amazing technology available today.

Solutions such as a simple a randomised media playback message welcoming customers each time they come in the store, or interactive floors where they can interact as they walk over the image. The latest trend of making shop windows interactive, interactive table top digital catalogs or integrating your Facebook page into your social media digital displays all just leave people dazed, confused or leave it in the to hard basket.

Touch surfaces of all manner are predicted to be a game hanger and already we have seen this in smart phone and table products in the likes of iPhone and iPad. The Holo-Info-Desk developed by Auckland based ICE AV takes that concept into large format screens for commercial use in museums, retail stores, windows, show room tables, reception and libraries. Furthermore the ability to make an in-store cardboard cut out, figures and even standard products for sale on a shelf can all now be made to be touch sensitive.

Clay Shirky describes this changing landscape and how we are all both producers, consumers and users of media on a 1:1 and 1:many basis.

We will show you how you can use interactive and smart surfaces in retail, in-store, real estate and meeting rooms and a range of other very cool technologies.

Please note the sessions are NOT A SALES PITCH, but a collaborative introduction and discussion to some of the world’s leading AV technology that ICE AV works with clients around the world.


BNZ Business Centre
28 March 2012, Wednesday All day
45 Knights Rd, Lower Hutt

Shout Group
30 March 2012, Friday Afternoon
Drop in sessions & 4.30pm Drinks
128 Nelson Street, Petone

To attend a session, meet one on one, or to bring a colleague contact:

Contact Steve Laing
Shout Group
Tel 04-586 6012
Mob 0274 850007

FREE TO ATTEND Register via email or phone Steve for your complimentary attendance.