HOG FACTOR Champs Weigh In On Inaugural Lighting Design Competition

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HOG FACTOR Champs Weigh In On Inaugural Lighting Design Competition

At the recent LDI trade show in Las Vegas, the LD team from Carnegie Mellon University emerged victorious in High End Systems' first HOG FACTOR lighting competition. Patrick Hayes and Alex Stevens from Carnegie Mellon each won a HOG4 console as well as a $20,000 scholarship for their University and a Hedge Hog 4x console. Industry professionals Vicki Claiborne, Scott Chemeleski, Marian Sandberg and Marty Postma were on hand to judge the contest.

At the recent LDI trade show in Las Vegas, the LD team from Carnegie Mellon University emerged victorious in High End Systems' first HOG FACTOR lighting competition. Patrick Hayes and Alex Stevens from Carnegie Mellon each won a HOG4 console as well as a $20,000 scholarship for their University and a Hedge Hog 4x console. Industry professionals Vicki Claiborne, Scott Chemeleski, Marian Sandberg and Marty Postma were on hand to judge the contest.

With the contest now in their rear view mirror, the winners have had time to reflect on their HOG FACTOR experiences. Patrick Hayes comments, “The competition was a fantastic opportunity to learn a console that I would probably otherwise never had access to while at school. The HES staff were warm and supportive, and I was very impressed by how user-friendly and intuitive the platform is. The experience and exposure the competition gave me has already helped open doors; I am now in contact with several designers that I met while attending LDI, and coordinating assistant design projects. My new Hedgehog is already in use in the show I am currently designing. I cannot thank High End Systems and CSI Leasing enough for the fantastic opportunity."

Alex Stevens adds, “I want to thank High End Systems for everything they did involving the Hog Factor competition. Even had we not won, the whole experience was invaluable. I always wanted to learn how to program on a Hog and wanted to give concert design a shot, so Pat and I entered with no expectations. It was the last console I needed to get my hands on before I could really decide which platform I liked the most and wanted to completely focus on. Fast forwarding to the day of the competition, there was a lot of pressure on Pat and I to do well, from our professors as well as the nerve-wracking amount of alumni that were invited to attend. Besides a pretty rough updating session the day before, I knew that I had at least nailed every cue, so hopefully the general intent of each cue was apparent. Well, some pretty crazy doors have already opened for both of us. I must express how amazing this entire program was and how thankful I am to your team, as you have helped open doors down a parallel path that none of the contestants had access to. By the way, my professor has already added a course in Hog 4 Programming to our curriculum!"

Photo L-R: Marty Postma, Patrick Hayes, Marian Sandberg, Alex Stevens, Vickie Claiborne, Scott Chemeleski

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