KVANT will be hosting the 2017 ILDA Conference in Bratislava, Slovakia.
The dates are the evening of Monday, 6 November through Wednesday, 8 November. On 9 November there is an optional cultural tour of the city. In addition, laser safety classes will be taught on 5-6 November.
Details on the Conference and our hotel, the Radisson Blu Carlton, are on the 2017 Conference page.
The ILDA Board of Directors voted to recognize March 7 as “International Laserist Day”. Each year on that date, ILDA, Members and laserists are invited to produce shows, special events, open houses, press releases and other material to recognize the people and companies that create memorable laser light shows and effects.
March 7 was chosen to honor the birthday of Ivan Dryer, who founded Laserium and the modern laser light show business.
More on the day and Dryer are here.
ILDA Conference attendees, their guests and families at the kickoff event, the November 6 Welcome Reception and Dinner Cruise. Click for a larger version of the photo.
At the November 7-8 2016 ILDA Conference in Baltimore, Brad Billet, Olga Eser and Christopher Short were elected to the Board of Directors. Brian Gonzalez was elected President of the Board. Chad Timinskis became Secretary. The complete list of 2016-2017 officers is on the Board page.
Members attending the ILDA Business Meeting voted to add a Hobbyist category, with restricted voting and annual dues of $95. This was ratified by the Board on November 15 by officially changing the ILDA Bylaws to reflect this change.
The website now has a page with the complete list of 2016 ILDA Award winners, as presented on November 8 at the ILDA Awards Banquet and Presentation. In addition, we also have a downloadable version of the 2016 Awards Booklet that was handed out prior to the Awards Presentation. This gives additional information about the winning entries. And, we have a 23-minute YouTube video showing excerpts from all 2016 ILDA Award winners.
The 2017 ILDA Conference will be in Bratislava, Slovakia, hosted by KVANT. Members also saw presentations for the 2018 Conference in Quebec, hosted by LaserTech Canada; and for 2019 in London, hosted by ER Productions.
There are three openings this year on the ILDA Board of Directors. These are the seats which are currently held by Olga Eser, Alex Hennig and Christine Jenkin. We have four candidates for the three seats:
The current ILDA Board of Directors. Abdulwahab Baghdadi, Brian Gonzalez, ILDA President Christine Jenkin, Alex Hennig, and Olga Eser. Names in bold are up for election or re-election this year.
There are three openings this year on the ILDA Board of Directors. These are the seats which are currently held by Olga Eser, Alex Hennig and Christine Jenkin. Any qualifying ILDA Member may run for the Board of Directors. Also, the current Board members may run for re-election if they wish.
You can nominate yourself, or another ILDA Member if they agree to you nominating them. Nominees must be ILDA Members in (at least) 2015 and 2016, and must be in good standing with no dues or Ethics Committee issues.
Email the nominee’s name plus a short (500 word maximum) statement of why they would be a good Board member, to ILDA. Deadline for nominations is 9:30 AM EST (New York time) on Monday, October 31.
More information on the Board of Directors and the nomination process is on the ILDA Board page.
ILDA Members can vote from August 5 through August 19 for the 2016 Career Achievement Award. There are five nominees:
ILDA Members can vote from May 29 through June 13 for the Laser Photography category of the ILDA Awards.
Fifty-four photos are at the 2016 Photo Judging website. Members are invited to review the photos, pick their top three favorites, and email their choices for First, Second and Third Place to ILDA. Votes must be sent by 11:59 pm, your local time, on Monday June 13.
Complete instructions and the voting email address are at the Photo Judging website.
Non-Members are welcome to look through the photos as well, although only Members’ email votes will be counted.
You can save $225 by registering early for the 2016 ILDA Conference, to be held November 6-9 in Baltimore Maryland.
Early registration is available through July 15, at a rate of $523 for Members ($423 for spouses/guests). On July 16, regular registration will increase to a rate of $748 ($523 for spouses/guests).
So if you want to save, be sure to register during early the early registration period! Full details about the Conference, hosted by Image Engineering, is on the ILDA Conference page.
It is now ILDA Awards entry season for Members! Get your videos ready, and download the Awards rules and entry form.
There are three main categories of awards: Artistic, Technical and Career Achievement.
NEW! For 2017, we have added a category to the Technical Achievement awards. The “IDN Standards” category is for technical entries which implement, use, extend or otherwise help to advance the use and/or capabilities of the ILDA Digital Network Standards. If you are entering in this category, be sure that you download the Technical Achievement Awards Guide on or after February 21 2017; this lists rules for the new category.
The deadline for submission is March 31 2017. Full details are on the Enter the 2017 ILDA Awards page.
With laser projectors becoming more affordable, there are many enthusiasts and laser artists creating laser light shows. ILDA has announced a new contest to find and publicize non-ILDA members who are creating exceptional shows.
The “New Talent” search is open to any individual who has not been a member of ILDA, either on their own or as an employee of an ILDA member. They can enter up to three videos, each one up to 4 minutes in length. An international panel of judges will view all entries to choose the winner.
The deadline for this year’s entries is September 15 2016. See the Enter the 2016 ILDA New Talent search page for full rules and for the entry form.
Subsequent New Talent searches in 2017 and beyond will find and publicize additional new talents.
The 2016 "New Talent" winner will receive the star-shaped “ILDA New Talent” trophy, honoring their work as the best of the worldwide entries. They will be recognized at the November 2016 ILDA Awards Banquet and Presentation in Baltimore, and will have free attendance to the banquet (a $250 value). Their achievement will be publicized on ILDA's website. Recognition as a winner could become a stepping stone to further involvement in the laser display industry. They will also receive a free year's Individual Membership in ILDA (a $130 value; this amount may be optionally applied towards a Corporate Membership). The Membership includes free access to Skyzan laser safety software (a $299 value), discounts on LSO classes and ILDA events, and other Member benefits.
Note that one excerpt in the 2016 video is silent; it had its audio track removed due to copyright claims.
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Photo credits: Large pictures, in order — “Rainbow” by ILDA; “The Voice Italy” and “Echoes” by Laser Entertainment srl; “Deep Web” by LaserAnimation Sollinger; “Zedd - Ain’t No Rainbow” by Richard Gonsalves; “All You Need Is…” by Christopher Short; “Year of 39” by ER Productons; “Laser Violin” by Visual Sensation Laser Shows and Technologies. Green beams above column 1 (The universe’s most unique light) — “Scooter” by Lightline Lasertechnik. “Blow Your Mind” head (March 7) by Laser Show Design Inc.