Government Video Expo 2012 – Behind The Scenes First Look

GV Expo 2012 Banner with this year's sponsors

The time has come to take a first look at this year’s Government Video Expo (G.V. Expo) hosted at The Washington Convention Center from November 27th – 29th. It looks like this year is going to be bigger and better than ever before, thanks to a co-location deal between The GV Expo and GovComm 12. The G.V. Expo 2012 will be the largest professional video and AV/IT event of the year on the East Cost, lets take a look at what to expect.

The Big Show – Working Together

What happens when the two largest government video trade shows decide to host their events in the same place at the same time? Well, you get something that looks like The G.V. Expo 2012. This year G.V. Expo and GovComm are teaming up to deliver one spectacular showcase of technology. Exhibitors from all over the globe will soon be descending on The Washington D.C. convention center to demonstrate the latest technology and techniques of their industry.For years there was a slight rivalry between the two conferences. Now, the former competitors have teamed up for the sake of delivering a better experience for everyone.

Dog helps cat raid the refrigerator, now thats teamwork!. Speaking of teamwork, did you know that GV Expo and GovComm have team up this year! Check out the article for more details.

G.V. Expo 2012 – Events and Breakdown

Logo for the 2012 GV Expo

The “traditional” G.V. expo has a lot going on this year as usual. There will be many workshops, break out sessions, panels, and presentations to educate people about all aspects of the video production industry. There is so much good stuff to see, I can’t possibly cover it all in this post. If you want a full schedule of special events check out this webpage. TIVA-DC will be sponsoring the event and is hosting another Meet The Government Producers panel where people can learn what goes into the buying process for government video producers. TIVA-DC will also be hosting our annual membership drive where conference attendees can sign up for TIVA-DC at 50% off.

In addition to the usual suspects, the “traditional” G.V. Expo is hosting 2 special sub-conferences this year, in addition to its normal exhibitions and special presenters. The first I want to highlight is the Pro Media Conference. Here is the description from The G.V. Expo website:

The Pro Media Conference takes place within Government Video Expo and is designed to educate, motivate and engage professionals working in media and entertainment, video and audio production, internet and mobile video, AV, government, corporate video environments, and IT. Through a series of papers, presentations and case studies, PMC gives media professionals access to the information and technology that will allow them to create, manage, monetize, and deliver compelling content… for all video applications, across all platforms and for all customers.

If you want to check out all of the events of The PMC visit this webpage.

The next sub-conference to take a look at is The Digital Media DC Conference. Here is how the G.V. Expo website describes it:

“The Digital Media DC conference is DC’s leading training event for professionals in the TV, video, film, motion graphics and New Media industries. Now in its eighth year, DMDC offers 3 days of sessions in 4 parallel tracks focusing on the latest techniques and practices for editors, motion graphics designers, new media professionals and video producers. DMDC is produced by Future Media Concepts, the nation’s leading training organization and features the world’s best Certified Instructors, award-winning editors, authors and power users. With a full pass, attendees may move freely between all the tracks and attend sessions of their choice.”

Take a look at the events scheduled for The DMDC by clicking here.

GovComm 12

The Entrance to GovComm 11

GovComm is owned and produced by InfoComm the leading non-profit association serving the professional AV communications industry worldwide. GovComm has teamed up with G.V. Expo this year and will be hosting their own schedule of events throughout the week. GovComm will be hosting additional exhibitors from all over the AV industry spectrum. Take a look at this short YouTube Video about GovComm 12.

For more about GovComm 12 visit their website by clicking here.

Following The Multi-Media Frenzy

As always, our team will be helping out at the TIVA-DC booth getting people signed up and giving out prizes at the raffle. Come by and say hello if you are going to be there. There is still time to register if you have not yet got your tickets so don’t feel like your time is up. If you want to get the full scoop on the G.V. Expo 2012, but can’t attend, check back here next week for a full recap of the event with technology spotlights, speaker summaries, and an overall showcase of this audio / video industry extravaganza.

If you want to check out our coverage of The G.V Expo 2011 click here!

See you on the Exhibition floor!




IDEAS Accessibility Conference – Recap

Logo for the Interagency Disability Educational Awareness Showcase (IDEAS) in Washington DC hosted by USDA
Interagency Disability Educational Awareness Showcase Logo

On behalf of Word Wizards, Inc. I would like to thank our friends at USDA for hosting this year’s Interagency Disability Educational Awareness Showcase. It was our first year attending as an exhibitor and we took full advantage of this opportunity to demonstrate our accessibility services. The focus of our exhibit took the form of a simple question that yielded not so simple answers, “Is there a difference between compliance and accessibility?”

Word Wizards Table at the 2012 IDEAS Conference
Word Wizards Table at the 2012 IDEAS Conference

The following individuals gave presentations this year at the conference:

Kareem Dale, Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy
Dinah Cohen, Director, Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP), U.S. Department of Defense
David M. Capozzi, Executive Director, U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board).
Tim Creagan, Senior Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Board.
Alison S. Levy, Departmental Disability Employment Program Manager, U.S. Department of Agriculture

We were delighted to share the floor with our fellow accessibility vendors and do some valuable networking with our peers, friendly competitors, and section 508 coordinators. IDEAS is the perfect opportunity to see whats on the forefront of accessibility services and technology. Section 508 compliance regulations may soon be getting a facelift, as agencies attempt to standardize compliance policy across the Federal space.

IDEAS conference floor as vendors 508 coordinators and interested individuals check out the available displays.
Floor of the 2012 IDEAS conference

Section 508 compliance is more than just another service for our organization, it is a critical aspect of our mission to provide more access for disabled individuals on the internet. We look forward to analyzing the results of our compliance vs accessibility survey and publishing them for all to review. Remember, the business of section 508 compliance and all disabilities services is about people, real people with real problems need real solutions, bottom line.




Section 508 Compliance – Gearing up for IDEAS

Word Wizards is gearing up for next week’s Interagency Disability Educational Awareness Showcase (IDEAS). Our organization has developed a broad expertise helping entities achieve section 508 compliance for their documents, videos and interactive forms. After being awarded a GSA contract on the A.I.M.S. schedule earlier this summer, Word Wizards hopes to access wide new markets for section 508 compliance remediation. As mentioned in our previous article, we are honored to host an exhibit during this year’s IDEAS accessibility conference.

Logo for the 2012 IDEAS conference

Word Wizards presents…

For this year’s section 508 accessibility remediation exhibit, we are pulling out all the stops! We are putting together a serious of materials to identify some of the key issues that contractors must manage when conducting a remediation to achieve 508 compliance. Furthermore, we are highlighting the issues that have come about as this industry attempts to standardize its processes. In addition, we will have working examples of our closed captioning services, audio description capabilities, and screen reading technology for people to explore.

Accessibility for clients and conference attendees alike!

Word Wizards has been working closely with our new partners at Braille Works to provide fully accessible conference materials in the form of braille hand outs for attendees. It is the first time we will be providing conference materials in braille, which will allow us to inform the large amount of conference goers that are visually impaired. We are committed to making the internet a more accessible place, and thus we find ourselves in a position to raise awareness about section 508 compliance and digital accessibility technology. It is the perfect platform to host a discussion about the constant evolution of standards and expectations surrounding the hot ticket issue.

Graphic for section 508 compliance

Evolving Standards:

We will be conducting a survey to identify the most important issues people come across when using screen reading technology. Visit our table and you can participate in this survey and sign up to receive an extensive analysis of what people are saying about the difference between section 508 compliance and practical accessibility from a user standpoint. We think this will allow us to further refine the industry standard method of remediation, and provide a forum to let people share their opinions about what makes a document truly accessible to those with disabilities.

We look forward to seeing you there, and if you cant make it, use our Contact Us page to request a copy of our newsletter which will contain the results of our analysis of this survey.