Friday, October 28, 2016
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IABM provides overview of its Annual International Business Conference and Awards
John Ive
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IABM, the international trade association for suppliers of broadcast and media technology, announced the outline program for its Annual International Business Conference and Awards event, which takes place on December 1-2 2016 at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, Heathrow, London. 

This year’s conference includes several innovations, key among which is the integration of end-users. The conference, running under the banner ‘Transformation and Collaboration’, reflects the tipping point the broadcast and media industry is at right now as new technologies, changing viewer habits and new delivery mechanisms have come together to fundamentally redefine the entire media ecosystem across supply, production and delivery. The conference aims to equip delegates with the knowledge, business tools and relationships to keep ahead of the market and succeed. 

IABM’s recently announced partnership with the AIB is bringing end-users into the heart of the conference alongside broadcast and media technology suppliers, enabling the latter to better understand the business imperatives and technology needs of their customers. 

The conference opens on the morning of Thursday, Dec. 1, with two concurrent masterclasses--a new development for this year. The first is an AIB Technology Masterclass and the second covers sales and marketing in the digital age. More details of these masterclasses will be released over the coming weeks. 

The afternoon of Dec. 1, and morning of Dec. 2 are given over to plenary sessions which look at key aspects of how to succeed as the ground continues to shift under the industry’s feet as disruption continues to fundamentally change the industry. End-user requirements are at the heart of this, and conference sessions will include presentations from luminaries such as Corey Bridges of LifeMap Solutions and Burning Bridges (and previously VP marketing at the Cameron|Pace Group), Martyn Suker, ITV head of production innovation, and Christina Mixon of Mixon Digital, experts in audience engagement on digital platforms. 

The dinner and awards presentation take place in the evening of Dec. 1, providing another excellent networking opportunity for delegates. 

“This year we have expanded the conference to bring end-users into the conversation and added some valuable new streams too,” said Conference co-chair, John Ive, IABM’s director of technology and strategic insight. “To help achieve this, I’ve brought in Saleha Williams, executive producer, Clarity Ctreative, as my co-chair and executive producer, whose vast experience of delivering high-value conferences in our industry has been enormously helpful in defining the new shape for this flagship event as well as engaging influential speakers. 

“Our aim for the conference is to give delegates a 360° view of the fundamental changes that are taking place right now in the media industry and equip them with the knowledge, support, leadership and services they need to do business in this time of unprecedented change. Add that to the unique, high-level networking opportunities this event offers with peers and end-users, and it adds up to a ‘must attend’ opportunity for our members,” Ive concluded. 

Delegates can review the conference program and book places via the IABM website here.