IBC2017 Reports Record Visitor Numbers in Its 50th Year

– Event shines a light on future technologies, from VR to robots –

AMSTERDAM–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#IBC2017–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.

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Notes to Editors:

About IBC

IBC is the world’s leading media, entertainment & technology show. It
attracts 57,000+ attendees from more than 170 countries and combines a
highly respected and peer-reviewed conference with an exhibition that
showcases more than 1,700 leading suppliers of state of the art
electronic media and entertainment technology.

IBC2018 Dates

Conference: 13 – 17 September 2018

Exhibition: 14 – 18 September 2018

For more information about IBC2018 visit: show.ibc.org/

Contacts

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Louise Wells, Bubble
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