White Light Meets The Future At Central Hall Westminster
One of the most important dates in the world of events technology, ‘Meet the Future - Event Technology Challenged’ took place on June 9 at Central Hall Westminster.
Now in its second year, this award-winning event offered those in attendance the chance to experience new event technology as well as engage with some of the most influential people in the events industry. It encouraged organisers to think about the growth of modern-day technology and how this will ultimately shape the future of events. White Light not only acted as one of the sponsors for this year but also provided all of the production elements for the conference.
With 350 senior event organisers in attendance, ‘Meet the Future - Event Technology Challenged’ featured some of the most prominent keynote speakers from across the globe. The first, Dr Beau Lotto, a globally renowned neuroscientist, looked at augmented reality and how the crossing of the virtual world into reality is becoming increasingly popular in the world of events. The second, Corbin Bell, a technology speaker, writer and specialist, focused on the Ten Transformative Meeting Technology Trends of 2015, emphasising how advances in technology mean that now is one of the most exciting and interesting times for event organisers. Kate Russell, television presenter for BBC’s Click, was the final keynote speaker and appeared as part of a pre-recorded holographic projection. The event also displayed never-before-seen technology demonstrations, with organisations such as Arcstream AV, Catchbox, Europac3d and Musion all displaying their latest equipment.
With its reputation constantly growing as the complete production solution specialist, White Light supplied all of the production requirements for the conference. The headline keynote speakers and demonstrations took place in The Great Hall, Central Hall Westminster’s main space, which features the building’s iconic dome.
The dome itself became an integral part of the conference, with White Light using its unique shape as a platform for video mapping. This was achieved by using four 15,000 lumen Christie projectors driven by ArKaos MediaMaster to allow for rapid mapping of the content (designed for White Light by GeeFX) to the complex dome shape. This was complimented by additional projection mapping of the stage set (designed and built for White Light by Coe Designs) using four 5,000 lumen Christie projectors, again driven by ArKaos MediaMaster.
The whole system was under the control of an LSX LX600 lighting console. The impressive lighting which shone throughout the conference was mainly achieved by Clay Paky’s Mythos units for beam projections whilst the Clay Paky Sharpy washes provided the vibrant colours. The main stage was lit by Source Four LED Lusters along with the Martin Professional Mac Aura XB.
Another example of the latest technology in action at the event was the use of a 20,000 lumen Christie ‘J Series’ projector on the Musion stage to create stunning holographic projection effects for the closing key-note finale in Central Hall Westminster’s impressive library space. As one of the main aims of the event was to showcase new technology, White Light chose to do this through the use of its Esdlumen 3.75 mm pitch LED walls which were integrated into the main stage set, to provide a vivid, central high-definition screen for displaying the main keynote presentations whilst easily cutting through the stage lighting.
The sound equipment used for the show was taken from White Light’s recently formed audio department and included EM Acoustic speakers controlled by a Yamaha mixing desk. There were three systems in operation: the first was the main plenary system which comprised of compact Halo Line Array, whilst a secondary bespoke seven point surround sound system was used to accompany the dome video mapping. Downstairs in the lecture hall and library, a multi-channel audio system was supplied for the Musion and presentation stage. All of these were controlled via Yamaha processing.
Richard Wilson, Director at White Light, commented: “It was a fantastic experience to be able to help host this truly unique event. Not only did it allow us to showcase our wealth of expertise and extensive stock but to also further develop our relationship with such a high-profile and historic venue.”
Maria Schuett, Conference Producer, stated: “We were delighted with what was another extremely successful ‘Meet the Future’ event. It was great to see the latest technology first-hand and to hear some of the interesting issues being discussed. White Light ran the day with both efficiency and energy and I look forward to working with them once again on a whole host of other projects.”
‘Meet the Future - Event Technology Challenged’ once again showcased the very latest in event technology and allowed its attendees to witness how they too can use this to shape their own events. With White Light becoming Central Hall Westminster’s official Production Service Partner from July 1, it hopes that this is the first of several successful ‘Meet the Future’ events hosted together.
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