ICAN in Omaha, Markey's Style

This year marks the 5th consecutive year Markey’s has fully supported the annual ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. ICAN sold out with 2,550 attendees representing 313 companies, 21 states and 3 countries. The event has changed and grown since 2012, our first year as ICAN’s audiovisual partner, with the General Session moving from the 31,000-square-foot Peter Kiewit Ballroom to the 98,000-square-foot Hall C to accommodate the growth.
 
 

The General Session showcases an oversized 15’x73’ rear-projected center screen with six blended and double-stacked Barco 20K-lumen projectors. The center screen creates a dramatic backdrop for the stage and features custom graphics, animated transitions and video playback. Flanking both sides of the center screen are 15’x26.75’ screens which are primarily used for Image Magnification (IMAG) and video playback.

Four HD cameras capture all of the activity on stage as well as in the audience; one of the cameras is mounted in the downstage lighting truss, controlled via a backstage remote. Cameras, videos, graphics and social media feeds are all controlled and switched with a Barco FSN-150, with signal routing and blending performed using our Barco Encore Presentation Switcher.

 

Markey’s relies on a JBL VerTec Line Array system, with thirty-two cabinets and eight subwoofers, to supply sufficient audio for such a large venue and audience. Shure ULX-D wireless microphones and a Midas M32 digital audio console complete the audio system loud enough to make an impact for 2,400 attendees.

Our lighting design begins with a stage wash of eight ARRI 2K fixtures with an array of ARRI 1Ks supplying the backlight. No lighting design is complete without intelligent lighting, so we have added eight Elation Platinum Beam 5R Extreme fixtures, the newest in the Markey’s inventory. There are also eight Martin Mac 101s and sixteen Chauvet LED Cyc Lights to supplement the look. All lighting is controlled with a Jands Vista T2 Lighting Console.

In addition to the General Session, Markey’s also supports all of ICAN’s breakout sessions held in various rooms on the upper floor of the CenturyLink Center. This year, we are again supporting those sessions with screens, projectors and full PA systems for each breakout room.

Two semis were used to transport the equipment from our warehouse in Indianapolis to Omaha, with supplemental equipment driven to us from our Des Moines office. A crew of over 20 technicians converged to set everything in a single day, with support coming from the IATSE Local 42 as well as from our Des Moines office to supplement the seven technicians who traveled to Omaha from various cities around the country.

 

It truly is a team effort to put on an event of this magnitude and Markey’s taps into their many resources to help pull it off - making each year’s conference even bigger and better than the previous.