Event shines a light on future technologies, from VR to robots
In its 50th anniversary, IBC2017 has confirmed a year-on-year increase in visitor numbers, marking a record attendance of 57,669 across the six day event. Visitors from across the expanding media ecosystem had the opportunity to learn about the opportunities offered by technologies – including social media TV, OTT, VR, AR, Cloud, IP, Bots and 5G – and to meet the most intelligent robots.
Visitors to the 15 exhibition halls witnessed many exciting new launches; Launch Pad grew year-on-year with a record number of exhibitors; the Future Reality Theatre and Content Everywhere Hub free programmes were packed with diverse and new exciting content, embracing the transformation.
Conference delegates packed the Forum to hear from leading experts from Facebook, Google, CNN, HTC Viveport, Dolby, C4 and ITV to discuss and debate the hot topics challenging the industry with a focus on media convergence and global transformation.
IBC was excited to welcome robots Sophia and Professor Einstein™, the expressive, intelligent and exceptionally humanlike robots designed and created by Hanson Robotics Founder and Chief Executive, Dr David Hanson, Ph.D. Sophia responded to questions verbally and with complex facial expressions during the fascinating keynote session that covered both the technology and the ethics behind the advancement of robotics.
IBC introduced three new initiatives which were huge successes. The IP Showcase saw large audiences packed in to see real-world demonstrations of proven IP end-to-end workflows for production and playout.
The Startup Forum held in association with Media Honeypot brought a new unique event structure matching startups and scaleups with investors. We welcomed special guest HRH Prince Constantijn, who is championing the Dutch startup ecosystem. The inaugural invite only C-Tech Forum brought together senior executives from across the media landscape to discuss and debate two key issues affecting the industry: Cyber Security and 5G. The Forums generated deep dive conversations and networking on two of the most exciting, challenging and important stimulants to impact the industry.
IBC Chief Executive Michael Crimp, said: “IBC 2017 celebrated its 50th anniversary with record attendance, bustling exhibition halls, new features and a dynamic conference. Now we look to the future and continue that conversation via our online community IBC365.”
The IBC2018 conference will take place from 13-17 September 2018: the exhibition runs from 14-18 September 2018.