IABM announced the winners of its yearly awards during a gala dinner at its Annual International Business Conference. The awards seek to recognise both individuals and organisations within the broadcast and media manufacturing supply industry that demonstrate innovation and leadership.
The inaugural Woman of the Year winner, Naomi Climer (pictured, left), is currently president of Sony Media Cloud Service, and began her career as a broadcast engineer for the BBC in 1987. She has been very active in both the broadcasting side of the industry as well as manufacturing side. Climer was recently appointed president-elect of the Institute of Engineering Technology and will become the first woman president when she begins her role in October 2015.
John Ross OC, founder of Ross Video and broadcast manufacturing industry key authority was given honorary IABM membership, in acknowledgement of his achievements and the role he has played in shaping the broadcast manufacturing supply industry, as well as his passion for invention and innovation.
AXON won the Peter Wayne Award for innovation for its neuron networked live production system. Axon is one of the first companies to implement the IEEE Audio Video Bridging and has demonstrated this multiple IP switches and interfaces to several third party products.
The Young Person of the Year Award winner, picked from IABM’s 2012 and 2013 student winners, was announced as Adam Plowden. Plowden won the IABM Student Engineering Award which afforded him a visit to IBC. He took advantage of the opportunity, networking and developing a range of contacts at the show that would help him as he began his career.
Elemental Technologies won the Sustainability Award, meeting the standards of recognising its corporate obligations to minimise its environmental footprint by demonstrating ethical behaviour and integrity in all commercial activities.
John Ive, director of business development and technology and head of the award judging panel commented on Elemental’s win: “The judges were particularly impressed with the employee engagement encouraged as an integral part of their green initiatives and the emphasis on support for their community.”