The Changemaker Programme returns for IBC2023, with an extensive line-up of speakers who will challenge ideas, start conversations and inspire change.
The free to attend programme, which takes place on Sunday 17 and Monday 18 September, puts a spotlight on People and Purpose. Trailblazing organisations, initiatives and individuals who are changing the culture of our industry and pushing the boundaries of creativity and technology will take to the stage to address topics such as gender equality in broadcasting, advancing sustainability and inclusive tech.
Sessions include Inclusive Tech: Vision 2030, a strategic conversation with the people making the changes. This Sunday morning panel discussion will look at where we are now, what needs to change, and the big tech and culture opportunities ahead. Speakers include Sasha Scott, Head of Transformation Services, EBU; and Soumya Sriraman, President, Streaming, QVC.
This will be followed by a Keynote entitled The Creative Centipede with an Inclusive Soul featuring Akwasi Ansah, Founder and Creative Director, Omroep ZWART. He will share his personal story and vision for a digital-first landscape which is equitable, inclusive and accessible, and discuss Omroep ZWART, the first intrinsically inclusive TV broadcasting station in The Netherlands.
Next up, Sarah Burbedge, Executive Producer at Soho Media Club, will be in conversation with Jabbar Sardar, Global HR Director at BBC Studios. He will explain how the company puts its people first and empowers employees as well as sharing future plans.
Other highlights of the programme on Sunday include the revealing of the RISE Top 30; an afternoon tea that celebrates authenticity and shares real life experiences of being LGBTQ+ in our workspace; and the Social Impact Awards at 17:00. The day will end with the Changemaker Party from 18:00-19:00.
Highlights of Monday’s programme include a panel featuring Katy Bolan, Sustainability Lead, Google TV, who will discuss the wider concerns around climate anxiety. Organisations and individuals will explain how they’re trying to unite productions in a more joined-up way, before a purposeful breakout session that will help attendees do exactly that.
Other sessions will look at the future of work/life and the technology driving change for a more inclusive future.
Jaisica Lapsiwala, Head of Content at IBC, said: “The Changemaker Programme was a huge success when it debuted at IBC2022 and we want to continue to play our role in driving positive change across the media, entertainment and technology community. This year, we not only want to give attendees the opportunity to see the change, but also to be and free the change. We’ll take people behind the scenes to see some of the best examples of change in our industry and showcase how to design it right, sparking new ideas and collaborations along the way. We look forward to seeing you there.”