Join the Innovation Revolution with IBC’s 2024 Accelerator Programme

Calling for Media Industry Challenges Now!

IBC is delighted to announce the official call for challenges for the Accelerator Media Innovation Programme for 2024.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 15th December 2023.

The Accelerator Programme is IBC’s core innovation track that brings together buyers (Champions) and sellers (Participants) of Media & Entertainment technology to work collaboratively in fast-track, solution focused innovation projects.

The cycle begins with this call for Challenges, from which submissions are then assessed by IBC and twelve selected to go forward for pitching at our special Kickstart Day event in Q1 2024.

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At Kickstart, eight pitches will be chosen to go forward as Accelerator projects, and  teams begin work on their solution and PoC that will be demonstrated on the Accelerator Zone and showcased on the Innovation stage at IBC2024.

All segments within the media & entertainment industry eco-system are welcome to enter their business and technology challenges, which should be focused on critical areas of digital transformation, such as AI, Connectivity, Cloud, IP, Virtualisation, Sustainability, Immersive and Experiential technologies.

Full details of the submission and selection process can be found in the guideline document here.

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Accelerator Media Innovation Programme 2023

More than 160 organisations have participated in the Accelerator programme since 2019, as Champions and Participants in some 27 projects – household media brands together with large, medium and small technology organisations and academic institutions.

Champions of projects have included Aardman Entertainment, Al Jazeera, BBC, BT Sport, DAZN, Fox Sports, ITV, NBC Universal, the English Premier League, Pixar, Production Park, Thomson Reuters, RTÉ, Sky, Universal Pictures, Paramount, Warner Bros. Discovery, and many, many more. 

Projects have addressed challenges in areas such as 5G, AI, CG Animation, Live Cloud Production, Immersive audio & sound, Next Gen News Studio, Cloud Localization, Sustainability, Volumetric video and VFX workflows, IP transition and many others...

Find out more about the IBC2023 Programme

IBC2023 Accelerator Champions:

IBC2023 Accelerator Participants:

  • “The programme’s collaborative nature and defined timeframe help fast-track the R&D process and as a result, it’s possible to partner with dynamic companies and deliver a robust proof-of-concept in just a few months.”
    Sandy MacIntyre
    Former VP, Associated Press
  • “The Accelerator Programme brings together multitudes of companies – all coming together to solve common problems - and that only happens in one or two places in the world every year."
    Simon Crownshaw
    Worldwide Director, Media & Entertainment, Microsoft
  • “The IBC Accelerator Programme is unique, bringing together some really great minds, who are looking to solve common problems collaboratively without the competitive element getting in the way.”
    Morwen Williams
    Head of Operations, BBC News
  • “The IBC Accelerator programme is a really good opportunity to get involved with other broadcasters to share the development load, and move things forward together.”
    Jonathan Hale
    Contribution Project Engineer, Warner Bros. Discovery