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Your guide to the ISE 2023 content programme 

Absen is working with PSCo and Big Purple Productions to host an Esports & Gaming Showcase this week

ISE 2023 is officially underway, and this year’s content programme is jam-packed with unique insight and analysis from experts across the breadth of the professional AV ecosystem.  

The extensive line-up of conference events, programmed by ISE co-owners AVIXA and CEDIA are taking place in the purpose-built CC4 and CC5 areas on the upper level of the Fira Gran Via, and CEDIA and AVIXA members also receive a 30% discount on paid-for conferences.

Here’s a breakdown of the key events taking place this week. 

Content Production & Distribution Summit
Brand new for 2023 is the Content Production & Distribution Summit taking place today from 10:30 in room CC5.3. 

Chaired by Ciaran Doran, a consultant and senior executive with extensive experience of the worlds of broadcast, content production and AV technology, the summit will explore the strategies and technologies behind the creation, management and distribution of video content and explain how the power of a story can be unleashed to the world through the use of easy to access technology.

“I’m delighted to be chairing the new the Content Production & Distribution Summit where we will discuss with senior industry executives the technical, creative and commercial challenges facing them as they create exciting new media channels for their markets and consumers,” said Doran.

See the full agenda here.

Smart Building Conference
The Smart Building Conference runs today from 10:30-17:15 in room CC5.1. This year’s theme is ‘The Best Smart Tech is Yet to Come’, and the sessions will explore topics including lower energy costs, healthier buildings, more control and automation, and improved work environments. It will also look at the role of IT and OT as Big Data, AI and digital twin technology change the building network landscape.

Speakers include Erik Ubels, consultant; Dan Drogman, Smart Spaces; Claire Penny, Invicara; and Matthew Marson, JLL. Conference chair Bob Snyder said: “I can’t imagine a better way to get an overview of the built environment, which is changing rapidly and getting even smarter. Additionally, SBC gives an opportunity to see which parts of smart building might be interesting to add to your business, and gives you access to other integrators who have figured out their roles.”

See the full agenda here

Smart Home Technology Conference
Also underway today is another new addition to the programme, the Smart Home Technology Conference, which runs from Tuesday to Thursday and will see CEDIA deliver more than 65 hours of professional development content. Sessions cover topics such as technical installation and design, business excellence and future trends. Attendees can book sessions ‘a la carte’ or purchase a CEDIA Pass which provides access to the entire programme.

Audio will be one of the key themes of the conference. The intensive RP22 Audio and Room Design Recommended Practice Workshop will return, focusing on the four objective levels of performance that will define the immersive experience. A series of seminars focusing on the management, design and implementation of bass in private entertainment spaces will also offer key takeaways for integrators to apply to projects.

See the full agenda here

Digital Signage Summit
Co-produced by invidis and Integrated Systems Events, Digital Signage Summit ISE begins tomorrow at 10:30 in room CC5.1. The C-level summit will explore the ‘Power of Pixels’, featuring digital signage experts, thought leaders and leading technology and service suppliers as they take a deep dive into hot topics such as the role of digital signage in omnichannel retail, green signage and what’s next for the sector. 

Conference chair and managing director, invidis consulting, Florian Rotberg, said: “DSS ISE offers a great overview of the latest trends and inspires how to unleash the power of pixels for integrators as well as for end users. It’s a half-day well spent, with exclusive insights into how to bring the technology showcased at ISE to maximum use.”

See the full agenda here

Control Rooms Summit
Also taking place tomorrow from 10:30 is the Control Rooms Summit (room CC5.3) which will delve into the huge topic of data. Case studies and presentations from expert speakers from across the academia, supplier and user communities will focus on how to make optimum use of growing data streams in order to make critical decisions in a timely manner.

Conference chair Chris Dreyfus-Gibson said: “We’re coming to a point where the incremental increase around data that comes into control rooms means that we’re dealing with a mass of data in a way that we’ve not had to do before. The conversation I want to have at the summit is to say, ‘look, we know we have all this data, what are we doing about it? How are we transforming that data really quickly?’”

Attendees of both the Control Rooms Summit and the Digital Signage Summit can also enjoy a combined networking lunch after sessions have finished.

See the full agenda here

Education Technology Summit
Tomorrow afternoon sees the Education Technology Summit take place in room CC5.3 from 15:00. This year’s theme is ‘Connected, Compassionate and Creative: Edtech for a Changing World’. The summit will encourage attendees to look both forward and inward, bringing state-of-the-art technologies and reflective discussions on the relationship between humans and digital technology.

One highlight looks set to be Jo-An Kamp from Fontys University, who will deliver a keynote presentation provoking the audience to think about the assumptions and influences that feed into the design of the digital tools we use for learning and the uses we make of data to personalise experiences. 

“This year’s speakers will provoke you to think and to question assumptions. I hope they will also inspire you to see how a humane approach to technology helps us design more effective learning experiences that are better for our students and our planet,” said conference chair Gill Ferrell.

See the full agenda here

Smart Workplace Summit
On Thursday from 10:30 in room CC5.1, Smart Workplace Summit, sponsored by Shure, will explore New Priorities for the Workplace, sharing the newest technology and the latest thinking on strategies to move forward in smart workplaces. The summit will also bring together thought leaders and product innovators to move past the pandemic-related uncertainty to now chart specific courses of direction for companies, their integrators and their vendors.

Speakers include Sonal Bisht, head of global markets strategy – corporate affairs, HP; Ken Dooley, head of smart office, Haltian; John Marshall, president and CEO, Userful; and Lee Styles, partner, Kromers. Attendees will also be able to hear in person from high-level executives from Google, Zoom, Microsoft and others.

“If the workplace and smart office is your bailiwick, then spending a few hours with us at ISE 2023 will help you with the focus you’ll need to succeed. We work really hard in this AV industry and sometimes we forget to take step back and look at the wider picture – to open ourselves up to new ideas and new thought leaders,” said conference chair Bob Snyder.

See the full agenda here

Live Events Summit
The Inner Workings of the Live Events Market is the theme of this year’s Live Events Summit, which takes place on Thursday afternoon from 14:00 in room CC5.3. The summit will explore the challenges and opportunities facing the sector, with sessions including a look behind the scenes at a major world tour, speaking to those involved discussing the challenge any production faces in 2023, and an exploration into how music venues will change in the coming years as well as the latest developments already impacting the live touring landscape.

“The summit will be a forum to explore some of the changes we are likely to see in the live market in the coming few years and what the tours of tomorrow may look like,” said conference chair Stew Hume. “It will look at some of the latest technological trends and hear from a number of thought leaders who are working at the coal face of the live events sector to make live events even more spectacular year after year.”  

See the full agenda here

Tech Talks and Tech Talks Español
A series of Tech Talks are also running across all four days of the shows in room CC4.1. These free-to-attend sessions start today at 15:00 and are designed to give visitors the opportunity to learn about technology innovations and business developments, with both English and Spanish language sessions on offer. 

Tech Talks will be given by experts on the cutting edge, bringing new ideas, sharing best-practice case studies and offering a glimpse of the state of the art at ISE 2023.

English-language sessions will cover topics including the metaverse and how companies are factoring it into their business strategies; using video games to treat and rehabilitate patients; and the latest in innovative physical presence displays and immersive experiences. A series of sessions will also dissect the challenges arising from the ever-changing business climate – sharing solutions that look at new revenue streams from the RFP to a masterclass on SLAs.

Spanish-language Tech Talks Español sessions will feature speakers from a variety of Catalonia-based and other Spanish organisations and partners. On Tuesday 31 January, The Clúster AV of Catalunya will host a session entitled ‘Stragecraft: The new revolution on virtual sets’, featuring David Jorba, Alex Thomas and Toni Mena from the network. There will also be a session on IT + AV – Optimizing Solutions and Results. The next day will see blockchain and NFT being discussed in Blockchain and NFTs in the AV Industry as You Have Never Heard Before, while on Thursday 2 February, digital signage specialist Rafael Negro will deliver a keynote on revolutionising the thematic restaurant.

See the full English-language agenda here, and the Spanish-language version here

Show floor features, Hall 6
The new Content Production & Distribution Zone in Hall 6 will be a hive of activity this week. Exhibitors include Absen which, with support from PSCo and Big Purple Productions, is hosting an Esports & Gaming Showcase featuring the latest LED displays designed for gaming and esports, together with the technologies required to create, capture and distribute gaming content. Visitors are encouraged to take part in the 1-2-1 gaming league, where they can win daily prizes as well as a grand prize at the end of the week.

The Catalan Audiovisual Media Corporation (CCMA) is sharing its experience in immersive production and new audio and image transmission systems on its stand. On Friday, visitors will be able to see how 360° cameras are used to create content for a live broadcast of ‘human towers’, a Catalan tradition in which men, women and children stand on each others’ shoulders to make a structure up to 10 people high.

The Content Studio by GRUP MEDIAPRO is using the Unreal Engine platform to showcase live content production and post production throughout each day of the show. This will include interviews conducted with senior executives programmed and hosted by Florian Rotberg of invidis, chair of the Digital Signage Summit, alongside senior executives from MEDIAPRO and ISE.

Also in Hall 6, the Virtual Reality Integration by Sonos and Brainstorm is demonstrating how technology from the two companies can be used to create virtual reality backgrounds for speaker presentations.

Other eye-catchers are INFiLED’s giant LED screen mounted in a housing measuring approximately 18sqm; and The Show Window from NewtonLab Space, an impressive LED display that high-end retailers can use in place of real-life stock items in their storefronts.