New for IBS 2017: Builder Clinics and Tech Bytes

Filed in Home Building, International Builders' Show by on December 22, 2016 0 Comments

handheld deviceNew for the 2017 NAHB International Builders’ Show are classrooms just off the show floor that will feature all hands-on, interactive learning to host two new types of sessions: Builder Clinics and Tech Bytes.

These programs will be offered in 20- to 30-minute segments and repeated a few times throughout the week to allow for flexibility in your schedule.

Take Your Homes from Standard to Stand-Out

Through a series of live, hands-on demonstrations, Builder Clinics will show you finish and trim carpentry techniques, tips and tricks that will give you the ability to create customization to wow your customers and best practices for building and installing:

  • Pocket and sliding doors
  • Site-built cabinets
  • Built-ins
  • Staircase detail
  • Wainscot paneling
  • Mantels
  • Custom trim detail

Builder Clinic sessions will offer live demos of various building techniques with a focus on finish and trim carpentry. These 30-minute sessions are designed to give you the how-to on a specific carpentry technique so you can get the tips and tricks you need fast.

Not only will you learn first-hand how to build these custom features, but how to do so in a time-efficient and budget-friendly manner. Custom builders, remodelers and tradesmen get tips and tricks to impress your clients and set your homes apart from the competition.

Technology a Whole New Way

Tech Bytes sessions are the place to learn about and test out various social media platforms, virtual reality, video applications and more. They’re all about hands-on, how-to learning, and we’ve packed 25 Tech Byte presentations into the three-day show.

Each presentation shows you the practical side of various tech tools to consider for your business, including:

  • Drones
  • Interactive sales kiosks
  • Virtual reality/3D Tours
  • Social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat)
  • Smart-home technology
  • Apps

Sessions take place on the large presentation stage but two other areas of the room are just as important: the small group area, where you can bring your own devices to get hands-on experience with the guidance of experts; and a showcase for new gadgets and tech toys so you can watch demos or learn first-hand how they work.

Tech Bytes speakers will start each session with a short 20- to 30-minute presentation on stage. Afterwards, many will move to one of the adjoining areas to work directly with the attendees and answer questions.

Builder Clinic and Tech Byte sessions will be held in room W230 at the Orange County Convention Center. You will need a full registration or one-day education pass to attend.

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