Opinion

On judging innovation at IBC 2018

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of travelling to the IBC offices in London, where the jury for the IBC Innovation Awards gathered to deliberate over the shortlist. This process is always extremely tough, but I shall not dwell on that.

One of the most rewarding aspects of the judging process is the opportunity to witness innovations in broadcast from various parts of the world within content production, distribution and management. It keeps your finger on the pulse of the industry, subtly pointing out what’s trending, which broadcasters are working on what aspects of broadcast within their country and what they are looking to improve. For example, one of the biggest drivers in television today is sport, which is continuously pushing broadcasters and OTT providers alike to innovate.

It’s also always interesting to see that not all entries have a commercial driver. In some cases, the end user has collaborated with manufacturers and service providers to create a technology purely to improve the quality of life for an entire community. This human touch gives as much joy to the judging process as does discovering the outstanding work from different countries.

I feel privileged to be part of the IBC jury and find the Innovation Awards very rewarding not just for the winners, but for us, the judges, as well.

Innovation, however, is not restricted to the awards. Some of it is happening in our own backyard and we are delighted to bring you exclusive stories from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Turkey and Bahrain, among others, in this issue of BroadcastPro. Even as we put this month’s magazine to bed, we are looking forward to five days of innovation on the show floor at IBC. See you in Amsterdam.

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