Making Learning Interactive with Digital Signage

Authored by Rise Vision- DSF Member

Are libraries really needed? That’s the question James White, M.Ed asked as he stood at the doorway of their large but unused library space.

Marquette Catholic High School Finance Lab

White, who has been President of Marquette Catholic High School for over five years, wasn’t against libraries. On the contrary, he believes that books were essential to learning. What White was really questioning was if libraries were supposed to be about learning, but no one was learning in the space, then was it really the best use of the area?

White began to create a plan to reinvent books and learning at the library. It started with moving the books online. Every student at the school received an iPad, and now had access to thousands of books at their fingertips.

With the books removed, the  open space was used in an innovating way. White understood that students learn best in a hands-on environment. He looked at the space and decided that if his school had a chemistry lab, then why couldn’t it have a finance lab.

The result was nothing short of state of the art. LED tickers draped the walls, and two digital displays showed a large marketwall. The computer lab doubled as finance workstations with the latest simulation software. Each semester, Marquette has about eight business classes in the lab.

The result? It’s in the data: 75% of the students are taught at a college level, and about 70% of the students that take a course in the lab will go into the finance field.

The finance lab has helped the school recruit some of the best educators in the country. While White got some push-back for removing the library, it has now become a hallmark of his school; it shows anyone visiting that Marquette stops at nothing when it comes to investing in their students future.

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Digital in Dining, a DSF Toronto Event – June 6, 2019

Register Here

Program Schedule

  • 8:00 – 9:00– Registration and Breakfast
  • 9:00 – 9:50 – Program Presentation
  • 10 am – 11:00 – Optional Connected House tours & Networking

Program – “Digital in Dining”

Menu boards, kiosks, and interactive customer experiences.  Join us for an expert panel to hear about the part these technologies are playing in the in-restaurant experience.  Presenters include:

  • Solange Bernard –  Senior Manager of Media, CRM & Partnerships, McDonalds Canada
  • Gajen Indrakumaran – Director, Digital Technologies, Aramark
  • Marcos Terenzio – VP Creative & Strategy, iGotcha Media

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For help with registration please contact info@digitalsignagefederation.org.

Video About Digital Signage in Retail Created by Signagelive

Retailers need to be ahead of the game as they are currently facing many challenges from online and discount retailers. DSF Member, Signagelive, has created a video showing how retail digital signage has a major role to play to increase commercial results.

Digital signage can help to provide an effective digital retail strategy. Retailers are investing in omnichannel initiatives to increase sales, improve their market share and improve customer loyalty…. Learn More

Seattle Meet and Greet- May 8

Program Features Discussion on Spheres Project

Join the DSF Board of Directors, past leadership, and industry professionals at this staple DSF event.  The DSF puts on a regional event four times a year in North America for its members.

Our panel will discuss the development of digital experiences within the Amazon Spheres project.  Presenters will include members of the project team:

  • Ed Tang- Technology Director,Belle & Wissell, Co.
  • Keith Sawka- Regional Account Manager, Whitlock
  • Travis Taylor- Technical Operations Manager, Whitlock



6:00-7:00 PM Registration and Networking with appetizers and bar (2 drink tickets/person)

7:00-7:45 PM Presentation about the integration of digital media in the Amazon Spheres project

7:45-8:30 PM Networking and discussion with presenters


$15 for members, end users and integrator company attendees

$25 for non-member vendors


Interviews at DSE 2019 with DSF Members

The DSF conducted numerous interviews with DSF Members during DSE 2019. We found this to be a great way to share with our community what our members are doing and the direction our industry is taking.

36 of the published interviews may be found on our #DSFlive page.

WTIwireless – DSF Member Interview

1. What does your company do?
WTIwireless (Worldwide Telecommunications, Inc. Est. in 1997) offers M2M and IoT wireless data service for Digital Signs, Kiosks, Wireless Failover and many other applications. Our plug & play 4G LTE Wireless Routers deliver dependability through all major US carriers.

2. What’s next for your company/the industry?
At WTIwireless we constantly adapt with our clients’ changing business needs and pride ourselves in developing the best solutions. With that in mind our developers are having fun to create new products and features are clients are asking for.

3. Why did you join the DSF?
WTIwireless joined DSF in order to educate DSF members about the benefits of using a wireless internet connection to increase controls over their digital displays.

4. How may fellow DSF members reach you? Please use your primary public contact. Please reach out to us by emailing Sales@WTIwireless.com or calling 800-475-1001. 

2019 APEX Award Winners

Success and Excellence Celebrated at DSE 2019

Las Vegas – Digital Signage Expo (DSE), the world’s largest international trade show and educational conference dedicated to digital displays, interactive technology and digital communications networks, announced the winners of the 2019 APEX Awards. The announcement was made at the 15th Annual APEX Awards Ceremony on March 27 in Las Vegas. The APEX awards are judged and presented by The Digital Signage Federation.

The APEX Installation of the Year award went to Revel Media Group for their work on the Hale Centre Theatre; and the APEX Content of the Year award went to Magic Innovations for their work on the Saudi Airlines Multimedia Solutions. New for 2019, Dimensional Innovations was named Integrator of the Year for their work for the Minnesota Vikings – The Viking Museum. The three overall winners were selected from the 12 Gold award winners.

Gold,Silver and Bronze APEX Awards were presented to winners in 12 categories from a field of 112 entrants:

Corporate Environments (10 entries)

  • Gold – TechTAP TELUS Vancouver Innovation Centre for TELUS Magic Doors
  • Silver – StandardVision for One Culver
  • Bronze – MAP Global – Musion Turkiye for Maya Holding Maya Kemer and Anatolium Marmara Retail Tower Showroom Space

Digital Out-of-Home Campaigns (3 entries)

  • Gold – Vistar Media for Samsung Mobile and Starcom
  • Silver – Cineplex Digital Media for Toys R Us Endless Aisle Solutions
  • Bronze – Socionext for S8 8K Media Player

Educational Environments (11 entries)

  • Gold – TSItouch, Inc. for Morphogenesis- Stanford Biology Building – Anderson Krygier
  • Silver – Tierney Microgigantic for U of M McNamara Alumni Center Discovery Nexus Center
  • Bronze – University of Illinois Alumni Alliance for Richmond Family Welcome Gallery at Alice Campbell Alumni Center

Entertainment & Recreation (13 entries)

  • Gold – Dimensional Innovations for Minnesota Vikings – The Vikings Museum
  • Silver – C&G Partners for “Bible Now” Reactive Media Space
  • Bronze – Publicis Sapient/Second Story for The Parlors/Thomas Cole National Historic Site

Experiential Design & Planning (11 entries)

  • Gold – Ideum for Exploring Pueblo Pottery
  • Silver – BARTKRESA Studio for Shogyo Mujo @ Life is Beautiful
  • Bronze – YCD Multimedia and Belle & Wissell, Co. for The Spheres: Immersive Visitor Experience – Amazon, Downtown Seattle Headquarters

Healthcare Environments (6 entries)

  • Gold – Publicis Sapient/Second Story for Sanford Imagenetics/Sanford Health
  • Silver – Dimensional Innovations for Cleveland Clinic Children’s – Interactive Lobby Experience
  • Bronze – Envision Canada for Sunnybrook Foundation Digital Donor Wall

Hospitality (5 entries)

  • Gold – Publicis Sapient/Second Story for Holland America Line/Explorations Central
  • Silver – Magic Innovations for ROYAL WEDDING
  • Bronze – Almo Professional A/V for Housing Trust Group

Public Spaces (10 entries)

  • Gold – Kolo Digital Signage for Paseo Interlomas
  • Silver – Westbury National for The Idea Exchange – The Digital Library, City of Cambridge
  • Bronze – NEC Display Solutions of America for Rooted In Greatness

Restaurants, Bars & Foodservice (7 entries)

  • Gold – Nova Media for Hotel Indigo Hsinchu Science Park
  • Silver – ProntoTV for Pink Fish
  • Bronze – Userful for Tiger Nightclub

Retail Environments (22 entries)

  • Gold – Publicis Sapient for T-Mobile Signature Stores/T-Mobile
  • Silver – Nanonation for Ellynne Bridal
  • Bronze – Shikatani Lacroix Design, Metathink Nu Skin for Nu Xtore Shenzhen

Transportation (9 entries)

  • Gold – Magic Innovations for Saudi Airlines Multimedia Solutions
  • Silver – MTA Arts & Design for “Skyys™” in Fulton Center
  • Bronze – NanoLumens for Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Venues (5 Entries)

  • Gold – Revel Media Group for Hale Centre Theatre
  • Silver – Sensory Interactive for Bank of America Stadium
  • Bronze – Dreambox Visual Communications, Inc. for Integrated 360 Video Mapping Show for Opening Ceremony of the Gyyanly Polymer Plant

Mark your calendar now: DSE® 2020 is scheduled for March 31-April 3rd, with access to the Exhibit Hall April 1-2 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas. To reserve exhibit space, contact Andrea Varrone at (770) 817-5905. For more information, visit www.dse2019.com.

You can follow DSE on Twitter (@DSExpo) or Facebook (facebook.com/DSExpo). For all DSE 2020 updates, use #dse2020. For year-round news and information on digital signage, visit DSE’s Digital Signage Connection web portal at www.digitalsignageconnection.com.

About the Independent Panel of APEX Award Judges

DSE’s APEX Awards were individually assessed and juried on the basis of originality and innovation by 15 industry experts and journalists, all of whom have long reported on or have been active in the digital signage sector. Judges included:

Kevin Bartanian, Founder & CEO, Kevani, Inc.

Mark Bennett, CEO, Microgigantic

Carre Bistline, Team Lead, National Vertical Sales, West, LG Electronics, USA

Phil Cohen, Chairman / CEO, CMN Holdings, Inc.

Susan Danaher, Founder, The Danaher Group

Paul Fleuranges, Director, Corporate Initiatives, NYMTA

Kym Frank, President, Geopath

Charles Freedman, Account Manager, CBCI Telecom

Luke Gibbs, Marketing Director, signageOS

Brad Gleeson, Managing Partner, TargetPath, LLC

David Keene, Executive Editor, digiDaybook

Ed King, Co-Founder Customer Experience Strategy, High Street Collective

Bob Kronman, Owner, Kronman Associates

Joe Kunigonis, Head of Digital Managed Services, Gable

Thomas Kunka, Senior Applications Specialist, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Jeff Porter, President, Porter Digital Signage

Kelly Smith, Account Executive, Capital Networks Limited

Note: Judges were exempted from jurying in their own categories or in any circumstances of any potential conflict of interest.

DSF Gives Legacy Award to Past Chairman Richard Ventura

Each term, the DSF’s Chairman will have the opportunity to create a legacy for the DSF that establishes a milestone of service to our members and our industry.  This legacy is commemorated in the giving of the Chairman’s Jacket, a tradition started in 2014.  In 2019 the DSF Board of Director presented the DSF Legacy award to our immediate past-Chairman, Richard Ventura of NEC Displays for his leadership in establishing the DOOH Primer guidelines document with other industry associations.  This guiding document will support the digital signage industry as we develop the next generation of professionals who will be prepared to work in our ever-changing environment.

DSF Chairman Spencer Graham, while presenting the legacy award and Chairman’s jacket said “Thank you, Rich, for your leadership and stewardship of the DSF and our industry in this tremendous two-year period of growth and for establishing a stellar example for all of us.  Your legacy with the DSF extends far beyond just this one area.  We are proud to have had you at the helm of our organization and thank you for what you have done for each of us in your time of service.”

Mr. Ventura said “I am truly honored that i was entrusted with helping lead this amazing organization.  During my tenure as a member of the board I have gotten to see firsthand how much we as an industry have grown and how the DSF has led the way in representing each and every member and interest group.  Through its focus on the key principles of education, stewardship, and best practices the DSF is a driving force within the industry.’

He continued with a call to the industry by stating “My challenge to everyone is to engage, to volunteer and to support your DSF and your industry.  Together we can do amazing things.  I look forward to continuing to support the future of the organization and the industry and celebrating the achievements of current and future industry leaders.”