IBC Technical Papers – Six Steps to Submitting Your Synopsis

​The prestigious IBC Technical Paper series showcases the most influential ideas impacting the media and broadcast industry.​

Being selected to present a technical paper at the International Broadcasting Convention (13-18 September 2018) in Amsterdam can definitely propel your career and help your business gain traction.

Want to gain recognition for your up-and-coming technology breakthrough? Here's how to get your Technical Paper noticed and selected for IBC 2018.

Integration with the IBC Conference

​For the first time, the selected 2018 Technical Papers will not form part of a single conference stream, as in previous years. Instead, they will be integrated with business and strategic presentations within specific themes throughout the IBC ​Conference.

This will bring ground-breaking technologies closer to the attention of more delegates, and will ensure these delegates have the opportunity to hear first-hand presentations from the world's brightest innovators and researchers.

This ​important part of the annual IBC conference programme is now accepting synopses. The deadline is Monday 5 February 2018.

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​Here we walk you through the process of submitting a synopsis. 

1) What are they looking for in a paper?

​The IBC Technical Papers review panel is looking for fresh perspectives on challenging subjects in the diverse ​landscape of media technology today. ​The judges are looking for those with the great​est potential to impact and influence on the future of the industry.


2) What are the potential topics?

​Our industry has diversified well beyond the traditional production and distribution of audio-visual content. Today the industry embraces developments such as​ machine learning (AI), VR, AR, mobility, ​immersive experiences, user psychology, gesture recognising interfaces, blockchain, autonomous production, business data analytics, and the tracking and generation of sports data, to ​name just a few. 

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IBC is especially interested in up-and-coming areas such as these and the potential that they have for influencing the future of the media and broadcast industry.

​3) What is the submission process?
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  • Contact details: Be ready to fill in the complete details of the author who ​will verbally present the paper at IBC2018. They request ​the usual contact details, including date of birth.
  • ​Details about your technical paper: You'll be requested to  state whether you are offering a text presentation or a multi-media presentation, and whether or not you have previously submitted a synopsis (and whether ​it was accepted in the past, or not).
  • Classify your entry: You must classify your paper using the following list. You will need to select both your priority and secondary application areas.
    • ​accessibility services - eg audio description, signing, subtitling
    • advertising technologies - adaptive advertising, ad insertion, ad blocking
    • artificial intelligence and its ​application in media
    • audio and speech - 3d capture, processing, editing, reproduction
    • cloud technologies and applications
    • environmental issues
    • hybrid broadcasting
    • imaging and display technologies including data sensors and head-mounted
    • immersive media - technologies, psychology and applications
    • gaming
    • gesture recognition, body monitoring, head-tracking, eye-tracking
    • mobile services and devices
    • next generation networks - 5G
    • object-based media
    • production technologies - IP studios, workflow, metadata and content management
    • security - hacking, illegal streaming, watermarking, encryption
    • service planning - spectrum management, transmission efficiency, delivery strategy
    • -social media platforms
    • streaming technologies and services
    • the internet of things
    • transmission systems - fibre, satellite, terrestrial, cable
    • ultra-HD developments including HDR, enhanced color and displays
    • video processing - eg compression, object recognition, rendinging
    • viewer interfaces, multi-screen viewing, personalisation, viewer behaviour
    • virtual reality, augmented reality, 360-degree video, lightfield technologies....


...and the last option is "other". Clearly, this list of developments already going on in our industry is overwhelming, so the winner papers will no doubt be spellbinding!

Finally, you must submit your title, synopsis (300 words) and author biography (100 words). To make preparation easier bear in mind IBC's guidelines for the submission process.

Synopsis Guidelines
4) Are there any specific rules for entry? 

Entries are welcome from every discipline. It does not matter if you are an academic or professional in R&D or whether it is a single person or a global brand.

​5) What is the judging process? 

​The submissions are all peer-reviewed by a panel of professional experts.​

​6) Is there a prize? 

​The prize is recognition. The jury decides which papers will be presented during the IBC Conference and the selected papers will be published on the IBC365 website. ​There's also a complimentary all-access pass to the IBC Conference. Those selected ​will also have a chance winning the Best Conference Paper Award​ and ​will be recognised at the IBC Awards Ceremony. There is also a Best Young Professional Award for those authors 35 years of age or younger.

There is still time to submit, go to the IBC365 website to learn more.