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Laser Show Experts Gather in San Antonio for Annual Conference and Awards
The 2012 ILDA Conference in San Antonio, TX has just concluded, bringing the world's leading laser show companies together on a unified front, to discuss the industry and recognize outstanding work being done in the field.
By: Justin Perry - ILDA Board of Directors
At the Advanced Technology Workshop, representatives from Coherent, DexLogic, Kvant, LaserAnimation Sollinger, Lightline Lasertechnik, and Pangolin showed attendees the latest developments in projectors and software. In the evening, attendees watched beamshows and graphics shows at the Lase-Off. Eliav Kadosh of Lightwave International won the first-ever Laser Jockey competition, scoring highest over five other laserists who played live to both familiar and new music to show their chops.
The next day, ILDA held seminars on safety, awards, and proposed projector standards. A new feature, the Laser Projector Shootout, compared a number of different laser projectors, so that subtle differences could be discussed.
The Conference highlight was the 2012 ILDA Awards Banquet. Awards were given to the top laser shows and technology achievements of the year. Lightwave International from the U.S. came away with seven awards, followed by Germany's LOBO and LaserAnimation Sollinger, and Russia's Orion-Art Multimedia who each had five awards. ILDA's most prestigious honor, the Career Achievement Award, was presented to Tom Harman of LaserNet in Miami, both for his excellent shows and for his service to the laser display industry. On the final day, Nov. 7, attendees relaxed and networked on a bus and boat tour of San Antonio.
The ILDA trade association and its annual conference are all apart of a greater initiative and vision to help expand the laser industry as a whole in a safe and ethical manner. As the leading international association for the lasershow display entertainment industry, ILDA encourages laser companies and associated individuals to experience the benefits of an ILDA Membership for themselves, which are listed here:
For more information on ILDA, or becoming a member, please visit our website at
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About the International Laser Display Association (ILDA)
Founded in 1986, ILDA is a worldwide non-profit trade association dedicated to advancing the use of laser (http://www.facebook.com/
ILDA promotes the use of laser displays in the international marketplace through awards programs, publications, technology standards and a code of ethics.
ILDA also represents the industry on safety issues and provides forums for members to exchange ideas, forge partnerships and explore new technologies.
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ILDA helps members relate to each other not as competitors but as colleagues who share common goals and problems.
Working together, members have the ability to solve problems faster and more productively than working alone.