IBC Launches 2023 Innovation and Social Impact Awards Programmes

IBC is preparing to honour the highest achievements in innovation and social impact with the launch of its prestigious IBC2023 Awards. Nominations are now open for the free-to-enter IBC Innovation Awards and Social Impact Awards, with all parts of the industry invited to put forward entries for projects and programmes.

The IBC Innovation Awards recognise the top collaborative efforts at developing new solutions for real-world challenges, while the Social Impact Awards recognise efforts to address social responsibility equality, and environmental concerns within the industry. The winning entries will be announced during the show, which runs 15-19 September in the RAI Amsterdam.

“The IBC Innovation and Social Impact Awards celebrate the very best of our industry and are a cornerstone of the show,” says IBC Chief Executive Officer Michael Crimp. “The awards spotlight efforts to drive innovation, empower people and spark conversations while delivering positive business outcomes – all values that underscore what IBC is all about.”

The IBC Innovation Awards celebrate completed projects of any size that overcome real-world creative, operational or commercial challenges faced in the media and entertainment industry through solutions that demonstrate cooperation between users and technology partners. There are three categories: Content Creation, Content Distribution, and Content Everywhere. The 2022 Innovation Awards winners were, respectively: Fox Alternative Entertainment for ‘Alter Ego’ where singing contestants appear as avatars; the UK’s Imperial War Museums for ‘Passing on Real Stories of War’; and BT Sport for ‘5G Edge-XR’, which added data-driven graphics to live action.

The IBC Social Impact Awards recognise initiatives and campaigns that are making a difference in social advancement, equality, and environmental responsibility within the industry. The 2022 award winners in the three categories – Social Impact, Diversity and Inclusion, and Environment and Sustainability – were (in order): Ethekwini Filmmakers Association for its support of stories from younger South Africans; Iota Productions/Director Safia Kessas for the documentary ‘Break the Codes’ on gender imbalance in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and the Rise Up Academy for its hands-on broadcast technology workshops for young people (joint winners); and WaterBear for its interactive streaming platform driving environmental awareness and green initiatives.

If you are involved in an innovative project – as instigator or technology provider – or making a difference in social and environmental responsibility, then IBC needs to hear from you. Nominations close at midnight on June 2.

All information and nomination forms can be found at IBC2023 Awards – IBC2023

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