• IABM reveals Change, Innovate and Adapt as key themes for 2019 conference
  • Event will take place in London on December 4-5
  • Business coach Jim Lawless named as keynote speaker

IABM annual conference

2018: IABM Dragon’s Den

IABM has unveiled the key themes of its 2019 Annual International Business Conference and Awards will be Change, Innovate and Adapt.

The conference, which will be held at the Royal Garden Hotel Kensington in London on Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th December, will look at the new reality of an industry at the tipping point of a transformation to on-demand, IP-delivered and cloud-enabled future.

IABM said the conference will explore how all media business and technology leaders can transform, compete and avoid being left behind under the banner “Change. Innovated. Adapt.”

The focus is on innovation across the BaM Content Chain: creating new content and business models; connecting broadcast and media businesses with start-ups; entrepreneurs; cutting edge innovation; and the cloud giants who are dominating the tech landscape.

“This year’s program is our most exciting and challenging yet,” said Peter White, IABM CEO. “In such tumultuous times, businesses need all the help they can get. The conference is designed to arm delegates with the ideas and inspiration they need to succeed and win – and also provides unparalleled opportunities to form new partnerships and explore new business opportunities.”

The conference sessions are organized under the three themes as follows:


Everyone knows it’s not an option just to carry on as you always have – but how do we drive change successfully - and what can we learn from digital technology success stories and start-ups to think and succeed like agile tech titans? This session includes a keynote on driving success, a case study illustrating how to think like a successful start-up, a reality check on what people are actually buying, and finishes with an entrepreneurs’ panel on business transformation.


Building on the lessons learnt in the CHANGE session, the INNOVATE session looks forward – what’s coming next in media and technology trends, and how do we transform our business culture to ride the wave? It opens with a keynote exploring transformative digital products, examines the new content supply chain as the industry moves toward becoming a media factory, illustrates successful design-led thinking and innovation culture with a real-world case study, and concludes with an innovators’ panel illuminating how to create new business models and revenues.


The final step in building a business fit for the future is in transitioning to agile operations and as-a-service business models. The ADAPT session gets to the heart of what’s needed – a keynote on understanding the relationship between consumers and media, a case study on collaborating to build great media user experiences and a leaders’ panel which looks at what’s needed to adapt to new business models and market realities.

The conference will kick off with a “Meet the Buyer” session, which offers speed-dating style networking between technology suppliers and buyers.

“It was a good opportunity to meet some of the smaller vendors and discuss potential opportunities,” said Gordon Castle, SVP technology & operations, Eurosport, of a recent Meet the Buyer event.

IABM will also run a Cloud Integration Challenge, which will see developers from broadcast and media companies and technology and service providers collaborate to solve a real-world problem with a working product created in just 24 hours.

The conference will also see the return of the IABM Dragons’ Den, giving inventors, innovators and start-ups the chance to pitch their ideas to judges in front of an audience.

Jim Lawless, who is a world-leading business coach, has been named as the conference keynote speaker. Lawless will open the Thursday programme, speaking about how to enable bold, fast change in organisations.

The event will also see the winners of IABM’s Annual Awards announced during a gala dinner on the evening of the 4 December, including the Peter Wayne Golden BaM Award, given to the overall winner judged across the 2019 BaM Awards at NAB Show and IBC.

Find out more about the IABM Annual International Business Conference and Awards 2019 HERE.