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IBC Show 2023 to focus on transformative tech, shifting business models

The show's organisers have been "actively listening" to IBC's global community about what they think a modern trade show should be, said CEO Michael Crimp

IBC 2023’s conference programme will be built around three pillars, transformative tech, shifting business models and people and purpose, organisers have revealed.

The conference will take place alongside the exhibition at the RAI in Amsterdam, from 15th-18th September.

The first two days of the conference will include talks, panel discussions and the IBC Technical Papers,¬†followed by two days of free events, as part of IBC’s Changemakers Programme, with sessions bringing together organisations, individuals and initiatives that are changing the industry culture and pushing the boundaries of creativity and technology.

“IBC is, in my view anyway, the best of the old-school trade shows with a conference in one place and the show floor next to it,” IBC chief executive Michael Crimp told a media briefing. “But this year, we wanted to look at the structure of the event slightly differently.”

That is likely to mean more keynote speeches, breakfasts, roundtables and events in a more intimate environment.

Crimp added that the show’s organisers have been “actively listening” to IBC’s global community about what they think a modern trade show should be to help shape the event’s future.

“Three-quarters of the people we spoke to via surveys and focus groups said they see trade shows as the most important platform for sourcing new technologies and products,” he added. “People seem to enjoy meeting each other and they really enjoy IBC and they look forward to it. And clearly, they missed it while it wasn’t there [due to the pandemic].”

Asked by TVBEurope about the travel issues that hit many of the attendees coming home from IBC 2022, Crimp said the show has been in talks with Schiphol Airport about reassurances that there will be enough staff to deal with the huge influx of travellers for the show.

“I know that there’s been a lot of investment and there was an independent inquiry to look at the whole situation,” he added. “It seems that they are coming back on their feet. It seems like it’s going to be OK. I’m waiting for them to tell us that. From IBC”s point of view, we’re pushing them hard.”

“Schiphol has a long track record of being a great airport, and is very accessible to the venue. It wasn’t a small thing that happened last year, and they have a lot of confidence that the investments that they’ve made and the changes they’ve made, including the new CEO, have put them back on their feet.”

More information about the conference programme at IBC 2023, and registration details, are available here.