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Industry welcomes Integrated Systems Events RISE Spotlight

Debut Workspace Evolution event "extremely positive feedback" from participants

RISE Spotlight, curated by Integrated Systems Events and The Next Web, has recorded “extremely positive feedback” from participants, according to the organisers. The first of a monthly series of digital programmes, the November 24 event boasted a panel of industry specialists tackling the hot topic of ‘Workspace Evolution’ in lively digital discussions with plenty of audience participation.

Post-event attendee research carried out by Integrated Systems Events revealed that just under four-fifths of attendees (79.4%) rated the online experience as “good” or “excellent”. Willingness to recommend the event to a business friend or colleague was “high”, with an average score of 8 on a scale of 0 (would not recommend) to 10 (would definitely recommend).

“The first RISE Spotlight has been a great success and we’re pleased to have received some really positive feedback from attendees,” commented Mike Blackman, managing director of Integrated Systems Events. “I’d like to thank all of our speakers for sharing their expertise, our sponsor Nureva and TNW for their continued support. We know the ISE community cannot wait to get back to face-to-face events and we look forward to getting together with you all in Barcelona next year. In the meantime, join us for more digital events in the months ahead, as we take a closer look at some of the key topics in the AV industry today.”

The RISE digital programme offers a monthly dose of ISE which, given the current global situation, could not have launched at a better time. The programme includes virtual events plus online editorial content including a collection of interviews called RISE Culture, which link to the monthly theme but also touch on cultural issues such as inclusion. The Big Read is an in-depth feature article, authored by an industry expert, which takes a deep dive into the theme. This content is live at and featured within the RISE Connect newsletter.

RISE Spotlight events, produced in partnership with TNW and supported by ISE co-owners AVIXA and CEDIA, are hosted on virtual event platform Hopin and have been designed to encourage industry engagement through compelling speaker sessions, a live audience Q&A chat function and networking opportunities.

The first two-hour Spotlight event attracted an international audience from 60 countries. It included an opening keynote with John Egan, CEO of L’Atelier, a Reporter Roundtable panel discussion, an ‘On the Sofa with ISE’ interview with Marit Janssen of ABN AMRO, Startup Nation business showcase and Watercooler Virtual Meets networking. It was hosted by Callum Booth, a TNW Editor.

AVIXA and CEDIA both contributed expertise to the programme. Sean Wargo, Senior Director of Market Intelligence, presented AVIXA Insights into the unified communications and collaboration market. CEDIA’s Ed Wenck (Content Director) and Walt Zerbe (Senior Director of Technology and Standards) hosted a networking session about optimising technology in the work-from-home environment, while Wargo’s networking session discussed preparing for next-level collaborative working.

The ‘Workspace Evolution’ Reporter Roundtable panel included John Egan – CEO, L’Atelier; Marit Johnson – transformation consultant, ABN AMRO; Jon Sidwick – president, Collabtech Group; Nancy Knowlton –president and CEO of Nureva Inc; and was moderated by Már Másson Maack – editor of Growth Quarters, TNW.

All the sessions, including the opening keynote, Reporter Roundtable, On the Sofa and Startup Nation are available to watch on demand at

The next RISE Spotlight takes place on 15 December at 15:00 CET (14:00 GMT) with the theme ‘XR in Today’s Reality’. You can register now to take part:      

Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2021 will take place at the Fira de Barcelona, Gran Vía, on 1-4 June 2021.