IBC2019 Awards Winners

The IBC Awards cover a wide variety of areas, celebrating everything from exceptional stand design on the IBC Exhibition showfloor to innovative thinking and research in our conference papers; and from creative collaborations between technical partners and end users to outstanding achievement awards given at the Judges' discretion.

Innovation Awards: Content Creation 

The Innovation Award for Content Creation went to SailGP remote production.

SailGP has delivered an innovative and environmentally considerate solution to provide high-quality and consistent TV coverage of the new, annual global sailing championship. The project enables live world feeds to be fully produced in London. The television director, more than 10,000 miles away, has access to over 40 video and data sources including; the award-winning, LiveLine FX technology for impactful on-screen graphics and data derived from a total of 1,200 sensors placed on the boats and athletes.

Key innovations in this landmark remote production include the integration of super-low latency technologies and the in-house design
of bespoke equipment such as IP controlled waterproof cameras.

Innovation Awards: Content Distribution

The Innovation Award for Content Distribution went to Seychelles Ocean Mission.

Associated Press transmitted live, broadcast quality video from submersibles operating 200 metres below the surface of the Indian Ocean - creating broadcasting history. Using cutting edge optical technology, footage was sent through the waves using LED light within the “blue” region of the electromagnetic spectrum - removing the need for submersibles carrying scientists from the UK-led Nekton Mission to be tethered to fiber optic cables.

Viewers were taken on a journey through a never-before seen ocean kingdom using technology engineered by sub sea communications specialist Sonardyne with satellite transport courtesy of Inmarsat.

Innovation Awards: Content Everywhere

The Innovation Award for Content Everywhere was won by News app at massive scale. 

ETV Bharat and Aveco combined to automate news production and playout to 24 studios and 24 full time news channels for mobile phoneand-tablet live and on-demand viewership.
Launched in 21 March 2019, ETV Bharat has 5,000 mobile journalists across India equipped and empowered with the latest news production technology. Aveco automates the live production, recording, and playout of these 24 mobile TV channels and provides the workflow automation to optimize on-demand version production.
Together with other TV technology partners serving ETV Bharat, a new world-standard in mobile news production and distribution has been achieved.

International Honour For Excellence

The International Honour for Excellence, IBC’s highest award, went to Andy Serkis.

The director, producer and actor, who is today best known for his performance capture roles. These include Gollum in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, Supreme Leader Snoke
in Star Wars, King Kong, and Caesar in the Planet of the Apes series.
“IBC is where the technology, the craft and the business of the media industry come together,” said Michael Crimp, CEO of IBC. “The International Honour for Excellence has a long history of rewarding those who have transformed our creative vision. Andy Serkis has achieved this by bringing extraordinary humanity to computer-generated characters.”

Andy Serkis said “I feel incredibly honoured to have been chosen as the recipient of this year’s prestigious IBC award, and must in turn share this appreciation with the phenomenal legions of creative artists, visionaries and pioneers, with whom I’ve been lucky enough to dance with on this journey of next generation storytelling”. 

Young Pioneer Award

IBC2019 presented a Young Pioneer Award to Vera Bichler.  

Vera Bichler, alumni of Broadcast Academy live sports direction training course, exudes confidence by breaking the glass ceiling and becoming the first women football director at Austrian national broadcaster ORF. Being one of the youngest women directors, she heads a team of five young assistants (three men and two women) who all aspire to become directors in future.

Bichler has directed five matches from the Women’s Football Bundesliga, matches from the Austrian Women’s football league and the qualifier game for the U21 Austrian national team against Russia where Austria qualified for the European Championships.

Special Award

IBC2019 presented a Special Award to 4K 4Charity, the fun run established at IBC five years ago. 

It has gone on to raise more than a million dollars for non-profit organisations that support increasing equality and inclusivity in the technology industry and has attracted 10,000 supporters to date. 

Since its inception in Amsterdam at IBC in 2014, the 4K 4Charity Series has expanded with events each year at NAB, the SMPTE Tech Retreat, and in AWS Elemental’s hometown of Portland, Oregon.

The run was inspired by the late Sam Blackman, co-founder and CEO of AWS Elemental. He was passionately committed to community engagement and to supporting those underrepresented in the tech industry, as well as the education systems which feed it. Sam was also an ardent supporter of a healthy life/work balance, and a dedicated athlete. Together, he and AWS Elemental global market relations and PR lead Laura Barber innovated an event that would provide a healthy and unique networking environment, while giving supporters an opportunity to support the communities in which they live and do business. 4k video resolution was IBC2014’s hot topic, and producing a 4k run seemed a natural choice, despite the unusual distance. The first ever 4K 4Charity at IBC in 2014 attracted 250 participants and raised
$28,000, all of which went to good causes.

Best Technical Paper

The award for Best Technical Paper went to to Sebastian Schwarz and Mika Pesonen of Nokia Technologies and, Jani Nurminen, co-founder of Innogiant.

Their paper, Real-time decoding and AR playback of the emerging MPEG video-based point cloud compression standard, is a comprehensive and concise look at the prospects for delivering immersive experiences to mobile devices, using the currently available hardware.

Reflecting the rapidly growing interest in augmented and virtual reality experiences, the authors are part of a research team working on new standards and their implementation. MPEG (ISO/IEC SC29 WG11) has developed an ambitious programme for the compression and transmission of time-varying, three dimensional objects using a technique known as point-cloud coding. Once decoded, these objects can be easily incorporated into VR or AR productions. The proposed technique is known as V-PCC, for video point cloud coding.

Social Impact Award for Diversity and Inclusivity went to Journalism for Juniors

An initiative from Turkish broadcaster TRT which teaches disadvantaged young people and refugee children – in Turkey and overseas – how to tell their stories through the medium of journalism, not just to encourage them to make it their career but to understand the importance of trusted information. 

Social Impact Award for Environmental Impact went to Omnichannel Citizen Engagement 

VoxA Omnichannel Engagement Platform, an advanced and extensive emergency alert and advisory platform for half a billion Indians living in India’s coastal communities, developed by Gaian Solutions for the Government of India, Ministry of Earth Sciences. 

Social Impact Award for Ethical Leadership went to Chouette Films

Combining green filmmaking and creative flair Chouette Films, an associate member of SOAS, University of London, crafts films with the ingredients to inspire social impact with the smallest  possible environmental footprint.