2014-12-05 00:00:00

Annual Conference – Day two round up

We’d like to start off by congratulating all of our winners from last night’s awards ceremony. It was a tremendous line-up of quality candidates and we’re delighted to announce:

·         AXON – winner of the Peter Wayne Award

·         Naomi Climer as Broadcast and Media Industry Woman of the Year 

·         Adam Plowden as Young Person of the Year

·         Elemental Technologies – winner of the Sustainability Award

We also bestowed honorary membership on key industry figure John Ross OC. The evening was a resounding success and set the stage quite nicely for the second day of the conference.

John Amaechi OBI opened proceedings with an insightful look on winning. Based on his experience as an NBA player, psychologist, organisational consultant and high-performance executive coach. John focused on why organisations, particularly those in our industry that are facing times of great challenge, should create environments that support extraordinary and bold teams and individuals in order to be successful. Part of this includes organisations knowing themselves in terms of their weaknesses, strength and objectives, as well as paying attention to each and every interaction across the business.

Delegates were treated to several lively and informative presentations that followed, including a discussion between our CEO Peter White and Niall Duffy of Seranno on the skills needed in the industry and recent initiatives that the IABM Education Foundation is focusing on.

A panel debate, featuring Niall Duffy; Robert Ambrose, Oracle; and Ryan Sayre, EMC/Isilon gave the audience a lot to think about in terms of where the opportunities lie to make money within the industry and where the so-called technology sweet spots are.

Further keynotes tackled topic issues such as disruptive technology (from Stephan Kexel, Atomos), new TV platforms and content consumption experiences (Anthony Rose, Beamly), and collaboration as competitive advantage (Mark Harrison, BBC).

The subject of new business models was once again delved into by Mark Kornfilt from LiveStream EMEA in an interview with John Ive. The interactive Q&A looked at streaming live events from small scale events like university sports games, to the Rosetta landing, and the company’s focus on democratising technology for streaming content live.

The day ended with two more panel discussions; the first looked at what our industry will look like in a decade. Participants included Bruce Devlin, Dalet; Dominic Stone, IBM; and David Peto, Aframe.

The concluding debate welcomed back John Amaechi, Mark Harrison, John Ive and Peter White and focused on identifying critical success factors. Bringing together two days of intense and interesting discussion, this discussion was the perfect finish for the day, leaving all audience members with an idea of actionable steps towards a more successful future.