Engineering The Future

Engineering the Future

Tom McGann Memorial Summit - Tackling skills shortages in the broadcast & media industry

March 5th & 6th, The Royale Chulan, Kuala Lumpur
Start 9:30am on March 5th, concludes 1:30pm on March 6th 

Organised by IABM Educational Foundation, in conjunction with ABU and AIBD the summit draws together representatives and leaders from across the broadcast and media ecosystem and the government, training and educational institutes who give people the skills needed to enter and be effective in this sector. The ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium 2017 follows this summit at the same location, with kind permission of ABU 

The summit is not about presentations from the stage. It’s about working with representatives and leaders first to identify what people and skills shortages they struggle with in their sector and geography, then more importantly what initiatives and changes are needed and what organisations and businesses present can do to bridge that gap. Where appropriate, it will seek to extend and apply the actions developed at the previous summit (see below), held in Geneva, identifying and assigning additional actions that may be more applicable in-region.

Our world of broadcast news and entertainment is being transformed through online, mobile, OTT and social media.  Asia as a region is leading in many of these areas, with China and India becoming media powerhouses, and technically surpassing the West with their adoption of next generation technologies.  At the same time there are many broadcasters in Asia, particularly in the emerging economies, that are still getting to grips with digital TV transmission; where the pace of change in domestic markets in terms of skills, experience and national video services has not been as rapid. 

Dedicated to Tom McGann, one of the founders of IABM, the summit brings together representatives from companies in the technology supply chain, broadcasters, system integrators, education government and broadcast and trade associations from the region to identify initiatives to grow the people and skills-base in the region to the benefit of all.

This event is by invite only, if you are interested in attending or want to know more then please email IABM's Head of Training Andrew Jones (

About the Tom McGann Memorial Summit

Our industry faces an ongoing challenge,attracting talented people to sustain and grow this exciting business.,Every two years, IABM stages,the Tom McGann Memorial Summit to bring together all sides of the broadcast and media industry to find new ways to tackle technical skills shortages, determine future needs for engineering staff resources and address how they might be met.,

"We got into this industry because we love media. We need to take that, and use that passion for what we do to go out and make sure that the best and the brightest want to come into our industry. We need to provide them with a mechanism to come into this industry, and we need to ensure they are rewarded and engaged once they do." 2014 Summit chair, Niall Duffy.

The Summit is,themed “Engineering the Future” and is staged biennially in different geographical regions, bringing,together students, academics and engineers from broadcasters, media organizations,and their technology suppliers. Participants will tackle barriers to entry, career pathways, training needs and continuing professional development. Summit outcomes will be disseminated around the industry to build understanding, foster best practice and highlight issues that need to be addressed on an industry-wide basis.,

The first event took place in association with the European Broadcasting Union and their Eurovision Academy in Geneva in November 2014. You can find out more about the 2014 Summit by clicking the link below.

Tom McGann 2014 Summit

2014 Executive Summary

Tom McGann

Tom McGann OBE spent his career in the broadcast industry. He was one of the founders of IABM and chairman for over 20 years, driving forward the interests of technologists as well as its commercial status. During his time at IABM he played a pivotal role in the movement to transform IBC into the truly International annual convention that it is today.

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