The name International Broadcasting Convention, which is IBC written in full, is no longer used by the organisation and is no longer up-to-date. Over the years the focus of the fair has shifted from traditional radio and television to media and entertainment in its broadest sense. This is why in official communication the abbreviation IBC is the only one being used.
Congress and exhibition
IBC 2014 is a trade fair where media and entertainment professionals from all over the world – ranging from newsreaders to technicians – meet each other, share their knowledge and do business with each other. The trade fair consists of a congress (September 11-15) and an exhibition (September 12-16).
The IBC Conference, which runs from Thursday 11 September until Monday 15 September, is world’s biggest non-commercial congress in the area of media and entertainment; it provides insight into how technology is changing the media market. There are readings from over 300 international speakers, group discussions and various master classes spread over five days.
During the IBC Exhibition, which runs from Friday 12 September until Tuesday 16 September, more than 1500 manufacturers and distributors of audiovisual means, production assets and broadcasting equipment will present their products and services spread over 14 halls. This exhibition and marketplace gives congress participants deeper insight into the technologies and trends that moves the media and entertainment industry forward.
The trade fair awards prizes in different categories, for example the IBC Innovation Award for the best lecture and the best-looking stand during the exhibition. However, the most prestigious prize is the International Honour for Excellence, a prize awarded to a person or an organisation that has made an extraordinary contribution to the media and entertainment industry. Last year this prize was awarded to Sir Peter Jackson who is well-known for the Lord of the Rings trilogy. In the past this prize was awarded to giants like director James Cameron and wildlife filmmaker Sir David Attenborough.
Staying the night in Amsterdam During IBC2014
The trendy hotel Qbic Amsterdam WTC, which is situated close to Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam RAI, is rolling out the red carpet for participants of IBC2014. We offer you an impeccably clean hotel room, a comfortable king size bed, a refreshing rain shower and free Wi-Fi. Besides that, our hotel also offers unique travel advantages: you can take a cab that will bring you from Schiphol Airport to our hotel within 15 minutes, and the metro will take you to the congress location within 12 minutes. Of course you can also go by foot; this will take about 17 minutes.
We still have rooms available for the period between 11 and 16 September, which is when IBC2014 is taking place. We can promise you that staying the night at our hotel is definitely less expensive than staying the night at one of the hotels recommended by the organisation, which are often situated far from the congress location. Book your business hotel room for IBC2014 now and be sure of a comfortable place to stay near Amsterdam RAI!