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IBC2017 posts record attendance

In its 50th anniversary, IBC has confirmed a year-on-year increase in visitor numbers, marking a record attendance of 57,669 across the six days for the 2017 event.

Visitors had the opportunity to learn about the opportunities offered by technologies – including VR, AR, cloud, IP, and to meet the most intelligent robots.

Highlights from this year’s show included Launch Pad, which had a record number of exhibitors and the Future Reality Theatre and Content Everywhere Hub free programmes were packed with diverse and new exciting content, embracing the transformation.

IBC2017 welcomed robots Sophia and Professor Einstein, the expressive, intelligent and humanlike robots designed and created by Hanson Robotics founder and chief executive, Dr David Hanson. Sophia responded to questions verbally and with complex facial expressions during the keynote session that covered both the technology and the ethics behind the advancement of robotics.

The IP Showcase, one of three new initiatives, provided 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 event structure matching start-ups and scale-ups with investors. A special guest was welcomed to the Forum – HRH Prince Constantijn, who championed the Dutch start-up ecosystem. Lastly, the inaugural invite only C-Tech Forum brought together senior executives from across the media landscape to discuss and debate cyber security and 5G.

IBC chief executive Michael Crimp, said: “IBC2017 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.