Although IBC is over for this year, it’s still on people’s minds. We have asked Dániel Földi, computer science student at Cambridge University and part-time consultant working as a software engineer at Agama, what the fair was like from a young tech talent’s point of view.
What was your impression of the IBC2022 show?
It was very nice to see everyone come back to Amsterdam after my last IBC in 2019. Due to the pandemic, many teams have really had time to work on cool innovations to showcase. Some people argue that there’s no need for trade shows today, but I disagree; it’s the perfect place to connect with the industry and see the latest market trends.
Why did you choose to go to IBC?
I went there to meet with existing colleagues at Agama and industry peers, as a networking opportunity.
What do you know about IBC?
It’s the biggest trade show for the entire video industry, media, entertainment, and technology industries, providing the one-stop place for video content and technologies. It’s also the event where most people go to meet up with the industry; you can be sure that everyone will be there.
Did you recognize any industry trends?
The market is currently on an optimization path, both in terms of investments and efficiency in operations; it wants easy solutions and systems to set-up, implement, and use, without the need for trained engineers, which ultimately also reduces the need of support and training. Another trend I noticed is that an increasing number of suppliers want to be the complete source for video delivery.
Working part-time for Agama for 1,5 years; is there a clear connection between what Agama showed at the stand and any market industry trends you saw?
Agama’s solutions are easy to implement and employ and are thus in line with the market demand of easy-to-use. In addition, by offering products and services for observability, insights, and analytics throughout the entire delivery stack, Agama has the complete video delivery chain covered.
Did you have any expectations on the fair? Were you looking to see or learn more about something particular?
After 3 years without in-person IBC shows, I had high hopes that there would be some cool new stuff that companies had been cooking up, and I didn’t get disappointed. It felt like companies had more polished products to showcase than at past IBC’s. Livestreaming is very interesting because there are so many different ways in which you can make the service good; there are so many innovative solutions to the same problem.
What was the most exciting technological innovation you saw?
Low latency streaming and streaming both ways. All streamers want low latency for an optimal experience, and especially for critical things like sports. I saw some really cool solutions to the problem on the show floor. Another thing that was very exciting was open-source software. Hopefully, this will gain industry support, so everyone can benefit from it. It’s much better for the industry if an innovation that everyone can build upon to become a natural standard and not a proprietary solution.
What are some final words to wrap-up this year’s IBC experience?
After visiting IBC, you’ll want to go back next year. Once you are in the industry, you never leave, because it’s the best!
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