New event from the Integrator Network and the Technology & Business Summit events addresses converging technologies, delivers valuable education, and offers impactful insights

The Technology & Business Summit, a business development and education event produced by Integrator Network and supported by independent manufacturer rep firms across the US, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2018 with an expanded schedule that spans from California to New York and the addition of the new CASTLE Summit.

The CASTLE Summit, an acronym for Converging Audio/Video Security Technology Lighting and Entertainment, is a trade-only event that will take place at the Fort Lauderdale/Coral Springs Marriott in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, May 1 – 3, 2018. The event will include manufacturers, rep firms, dealers, service providers and consultants within the residential and commercial AV, security, and lighting industries.

A focused and fun, education-oriented trade show and industry gathering, CASTLE addresses the crossover between home automation and smart home technologies, security, integrated A/V systems, and DIY products, and offers education providing the skills and tactics needed professionals across these channels need to stay competitive as technologies continue to converge. CASTLE includes three days of education, two days of exhibits and live demos, and plenty of one-on-one time with manufacturers and reps. Day 1 is Manufacturer/Rep Seminars only. Day 2 is Exhibits, Live Demos, a Keynote and Industry Oriented Seminars. Day 3 is Exhibits and Live demos and a different Keynote and Seminars.

Two Keynotes are offered; Both take place from 8:00 – 9:15 AM:

  • Wednesday, May 2nd, features Julie Jacobson of CE Pro magazine discussing The Uberization of Smart Home Services.

  • Thursday, May 3rd, is an All-Star panel session exploring Hot Topics & Disruptive Technologies That Will Affect Your Business with experts Eric Bodley, Julie Jacobson, Frank White, and Bryce Nordstrand.

“Like the Technology & Business Summits, the new CASTLE Summit is structured to help professionals develop, grow, and fortify their business by developing new skills and exploring new revenue streams,” says Mark Cichowski, CEO of Integrator Network. “There is so much to see and do, we are encouraging people to attend multiple days. The CASTLE Summit provides attendees a new opportunity to experience exactly how distinctly different industries can effectively complement each other. Every year, more professionals from outside the AV trade are attending the Tech Summit events and we realized it was time to expand our reach and strengthen our connections with commercial AV, lighting, and security systems integrators, manufacturers, distributors and associated pros supporting the market. We are excited to see the CASTLE Summit debut in Florida this year. We appreciate the reps coming together to drive this evolving event and the support of the displaying companies working to further develop the converging marketplace.”

With CEDIA as an education partner CASTLE offers top-notch seminars and workshops delivered by entertaining and insightful subject matter experts and providing real-world knowledge. Training on trending technologies, networking and IoT, lighting, security, and network connectivity will be offered while presentations will teach attendees how to sell value, how to make advanced sales, and will detail other business topics. The CASTLE Summit is free to attend and lunch is provided at no charge, enabling attendees to stay for the day — or all three — and soak in all the CASTLE Summit has to offer.

The inaugural CASTLE Summit is conveniently located for attendees from across Florida and the Southeast U.S. “All you really need to do is get there, and we take care of most of the rest,” says Cichowski. “As we open our doors to lighting and security professionals for the first time ever, we expect they will see the tremendous benefit such a small investment of time can deliver in terms of knowledge, networking connections, and business growth.”

View the CASTLE Summit schedule of events here.

Register to attend the CASTLE Summit here.

Book discounted hotel rooms here.

About the CASTLE Summit
The Converging Audio/Video Security Technology Lighting & Entertainment Summit (CASTLE Summit) is a two-day event in Florida, that offers home automation, security, lighting, and integrated A/V systems integrators the opportunity to interface with manufacturers, reps, and dealers in residential and commercial Security, Lighting, and Commercial A/V channels. To learn more, visit

About the Technology & Business Summit
The Technology & Business Summit is a cooperative effort between multiple Independent Manufacturer Rep Firms based in various territories. It is a business development event to benefit integrators and exhibitors of all sizes. To learn more, visit

Event Contact:
Mark Cichowski, Integrator Network (949) 472-4141, [email protected]