Amsterdam RAI opens its doors for 50th IBC Show

14 September 2017
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Between 50,000-55,000 delegates are expected to attend this year's IBC.

The IET has an even stronger presence than usual at this year's International Broadcasting Convention from 14 - 19 September 2017 in Amsterdam.

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC), the world’s premier event for the electronic media and entertainment industry, which got underway this morning.


Held annually at Amsterdam RAI, the event attracts industry leaders, media and technology providers, device manufacturers and content owners from all over the world, and around 50,000-55,000 visitors are expected to attend over the next few days.


This year’s theme is “Truth, Trust and Transformation” and there will be numerous sessions focusing on key topics such as Applied Visualisation, Cyber Security, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and 5G Networks. Presentations across the five days will explore the impact that new technology and innovations will have on society, together with potential challenges ahead. In addition to keynote speeches, forums and panel discussions, there will also be over 1,700 exhibitors across fifteen halls.


The IET is one of six main partners that organise and put on the event each year. This year, staff and volunteers will be hosting a stand throughout the show for the first time. The stand is located at 8.E9O so, if you are attending IBC, please come and visit us.


On Friday 15 September 2017, from 15:00 – 16:00, Graham Turner, IET Multimedia Communications Network Chair and Chris Cartwright, IET IT and Communications Sector Chair will take part in an IET Panel Debate in the Future Zone theatre. The IET is also launching a new, special interest IBC Open Access Proceedings Journal, which will be available from the IET Digital Library.


There will also be a drinks reception for IET members and those interested in joining at 17:00 on Saturday 16 September 2017, followed by four free-to-attend taster courses throughout Sunday 17 September 2017 on the Internet of Things (IoT) and Broadcast and Content Protection that will deliver a technical overview of each topic, hosted by the IET’s Multimedia Connections Network.


Ahmed Kotb, IET IT and Communications Lead, said: “Celebrating its 50th year in 2017, IBC is an important event for the IET. As a formal member of the IBC’s partnership board, we seek to encourage and promote professional excellence in the field of media technology.


“This year we will be launching our Open Access Journal – our ninth annual publication showcasing the best contributions to IBC – while the areas of focus closely mirror key activities within the IT & Communications Sector at the IET, including Big Data Analytics, Immersive Technology, Cyber Security and AI.


“IBC represents an important annual industry dialogue where the worlds of technology and media intersect.” 


Keynote speeches, panel discussions and attendee interviews will be available on IET.tv following the conclusion of this year’s show.


For more information about IBC, please visit the official website.