In its 12th year, the WFX Conference & Expo the nation's largest dedicated church training and expo event is set to break records in terms of the number of exhibitors and special offerings from manufacturers.
Access to the expo is free for churches. For those who are not part of a church staff, business expo passes are $45.
And of course, full-conference registration provides access to the expo floor as well as the robust education offered by WFX's five concurrent conferences and networking events. It's the best option for exploring solutions to the problems that hinder church growth today.
More than 225 exhibitors will represent audio, video, lighting, furnishings, construction, design, fundraising, digital signage, security, and software industries, along with many more. Experts from these companies will be on hand on the WFX Expo floor in Dallas on October 10-12, ready to discuss and demonstrate their products and services to church teams.
"Our expo provides the hands-on, face-to-face interaction that church decision-makers need to make informed purchases," says Beth Vinton, WFX program manager. "It's one-stop shopping, so to speak. Where else can you touch and feel products and receive training under the same roof? It's the most cost-effective approach to upgrading and training available today. "
Expo Pass Includes
In addition to 40,000 square feet of exhibitor space, the WFX Expo pass includes access to many special offerings:
Pre-conference manufacturer-sponsored workshops
Manufacturer training sessions during the conference
Keynote address delivered by Paul Baloche, singer, songwriter and three-time Dove Award-winner.
Night of Worship Concert at Covenant Church
Tech Tour at Covenant Church
The Spark a space for attendees to ask questions, have conversations, and interact with the experts, authors and thought leaders that will be present at WFX.
Pre-Conference Sponsored Workshops
The pre-conference workshops will be held Tuesday, October 10, and are sponsored by VER, Sling Media, Church Streaming.TV, and Panasonic.
VER's workshop, "Staging Top Notch Events: A VER Audio, Lighting, and Video Panel Discussion," will be taught by VER Display Specialist Joe Viola, a 20-year veteran of the AVL industry. A complimentary lunch will be served while attendees learn about the latest equipment trends in audio, lighting, LED and video, as well as what to expect in the production world in the coming years.
Sling Media is sponsoring "Utilizing Affordable Multi-Camera Video to Achieve YOUR Next Level Results," which will be led by Jeff Sasagawa, director of product management with Sling Media. Workshop attendees will learn the basics of live broadcasting, multi-camera production and live editing, as well as how to develop a strategy for enhancing production values and training staff and volunteers.
"Streaming Basics and Equipment Essentials" will be taught by Telestream's Product and Live Streaming Evangelist, Andrew Haley. He will discuss the basics and best practices of live streaming, including the various types of software and hardware, and how they connect to distribution platforms.
Panasonic's workshop, "How New, Groundbreaking NDI (Network Device Interface) Technology Improves and Simplifies Your Worship Production," will explore how NDI technology can be utilized by churches currently streaming. The workshop will be led by Delix Alex, product manager for Professional PTZ Cameras and IP Networking Systems for Panasonic.
Manufacturer Training Sessions
Throughout the day on Wednesday, October 11 and Thursday, October 12, hands-on training in a variety of AVL systems and products will be offered by some of the industry's leading manufacturers Chauvet, Avid, Arria Live Media, Wenger Corporation and Music Group Entertainment. These sessions will cover basics, as well as advanced tips and techniques and include:
"Live Audio Has Never Been This Simple"
"Lighting's Silent Partner at Bethel Church"
"Big Sound for Small Churches"
"Latest Equipment Trends in Audio, Lighting, LED and Video Equipment"
"Hands-on S6L Training - Mixing Live Sound"
"ChamSys Hands-On Console"
"Balancing Stage Lighting, Video Walls, and Projection"
"Virtual Acoustics LIVE"
"Energize Your Worship Experience"
"5 Steps To Creating Greater Engagement With Light"
"Color Immersion Beyond the Stage"
"Mixing for Contemporary Worship," presented in both English and Spanish
LSI Loudspeaker Demo
The expo is also home to the Live Sound International (LSI) Loudspeaker Demo, which gives attendees the opportunity to evaluate and compare top loudspeaker systems in a controlled listening environment. LSI will be held in an expo room adjacent to the expo floor at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.
For more information or to register, visit www.WFXevents.com. The WFX Conference & Expo will be held October 10-12, 2017, at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.