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IBC Announces will.i.am as Convention Keynote Speaker

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8 August 2012
IBC Announces will.i.am as Convention Keynote Speaker

Today IBC announces that international recording artist, technologist, entrepreneur, will.i.am, has chosen the IBC2012 Conference as a key platform to inspire the world’s electronic media professionals.

Co-hosted by Intel Corporation’s Johan Jervøe, will.i.a.m will lead the IBC2012 Convention keynote.

Titled ’Creativity and Technology Forces Combine - Transcend the Barriers of Convention and Rethink What Can Be Achieved’, this thought-provoking session will examine the role of technology in the creative process. Illustrated with personal stories and illustrations from their careers, it will show how the application of new technology can be a catalyst for new thinking and positive change and be key to surmounting barriers.

"We want people to rethink what they believe is possible," says seven-time Grammy Award winner, will.i.am. "I'm always thinking about tomorrow. What are the new beats? What is the new music? What will people like? What will we be capable of doing? Technology allows us to amplify our ideas, amplify our creativity, and find new ways of solving our problems and genuinely start living in those future tomorrows, and that's what I want to share at IBC."

Engaging his fans via social media while on tour, or starring in top-rated television programs, will.i.am is an adept user of social media tools.  In today’s multi-screen viewing environment, broadcasters need to embrace current and evolving communications and community building tools to build, connect with and retain audiences.

As a musician, producer, director and advocate for STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education, will.i.am is an enthusiastic user of technologies in both his professional and personal lives. In recognition of his ability to harness technology to enhance entertainment, creativity and communication, Intel Corporation appointed will as Director of Creative Innovation in January, 2011. In this unique role, he collaborates with Intel scientists, programmers and marketing team members on a company-wide basis to innovate and promote inspiring content, technology and hardware strategies.

Co-host Johan Jervøe is vice president of the Sales and Marketing Group and director of Partner Marketing for Intel Corporation. The Partner Marketing team at Intel is responsible for innovative co-marketing relationships and programs such as the links with will and other people and organisations (such as The Creators Project partnership with Vice Magazine). Partner Marketing also engages with a series of major brands and media partners like Facebook, Google, and DreamWorks Animation. Jervøe is also co-author of the Manual of International Marketing.

"We’re enormously pleased that will.i.am and Johan Jervøe will be speaking at the IBC Conference," says Michael Lumley, IBC’s Conference Chair. "It’s a true testament to the strength and breadth of the Conference that it can attract speakers of their international calibre, and we are fascinated to see how their thoughts on technology and creativity will contribute to the global debate about fostering innovation.”

This keynote promises to provoke and challenge while offering a unique and fascinating insight into the creative process that inspires one of today’s best known and most successful artists.

Book your pass for this session at:  www.ibc.org/registernow. Entry is free for registered press. The session takes place on Friday 7 September at 14:00 during IBC2012, RAI Convention Centre Amsterdam.

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