Each edition of Integrated Systems Europe has been bigger than its predecessor, and ISE 2015 looks to continue the trend. This sneak peak previews some of the conference events taking place away from the show floor.
ISE has attracted an ever-growing number of visitors every year. The 2014 event drew 51,003 visitors to the Amsterdam RAI. It has done this not simply by becoming the single most important event in the installed AV systems calendar, but by marketing itself to the whole systems integration value chain, including a growing number of end-users from a wide range of sectors. Part of this has been achieved through the various events that take place both before the start of the show and during its run.
New for ISE 2015 is the Capital Summit, which will bring together AV/IT industry entrepreneurs seeking investment capital with financial and business professionals from the world of investments, mergers, and acquisitions.
Taking place on the afternoon of Wednesday 11 February, it will provide advice for entrepreneurs on securing investment. Expert panellists will discuss topics that include:
•What investors look for in a company
•How to find qualified investors
•Do’s and don’ts of presenting your opportunity to investors
•The problem with investing in our industry and how to solve it
•Examples of successful mergers and acquisitions in our industry
•How to get started if you do not have an exit strategy
The moderated panel session will be followed by an audience Q&A and a networking reception. The Capital Summit is being jointly hosted by MediaBridge Capital Advisors and Stiernberg Consulting.
Smart Building Conference
Following successful outings in London in October and Berlin in November, the Smart Building Conference returns in Amsterdam for ISE 2015 on Monday 9 February, the day before the exhibition opens.
Content chairman Bob Snyder comments: “The Smart Building Conference, organised by ISE, is unique. It introduces our industry to the other players; and it introduces their industries to us. The conference features two tracks (smart buildings and smart homes) but comes together for a number of keynotes relevant to all where some of the best minds share their thoughts.”
The keynote presentation at the Amsterdam conference will be given by Paul Fletcher, principal of ‘through…’, a built environment consultancy that combines behavioural economics with building physics and architecture. He will be reprising his thought-provoking keynote from the London conference, entitled ‘Smart building myths: the architect’s view’. Among the topics covered will be the importance of considering people within the context of the building, and how smart buildings bring new challenges, purpose and opportunityto architects.
Audioforum and Sports Facility Integration Summit
Two events that had successful ISE debuts in 2014 will return to ISE 2015. Organised by Italian publication Connessioni, AudioForum is dedicated to protocols and systems of integrated digital audio transport. In addition, Sports Video Group Europe will be hosting another Sports Facility Integration Summit, where delegates find out about the latest trends and techniques and tools that can give sports fans the best possible match experience.
Once again, Installation will be publishing the show’s official daily newspaper, the ISE Daily. Three daily editions of the newspaper are put together in an office just off the showfloor, printed overnight and distributed the following morning at hotels, on shuttle buses and at the entrances to the show