With remote collaboration and open R&D at its core, the Accelerator Programme is an IBC-led framework for agile innovation, fuelled by challenges set out by project ‘Champions’ who are content providers such as broadcasters, studios, news agencies, content platforms - typically the buyers of technology and solutions within IBC’s global media & entertainment community. IBC then helps to create project teams by recruiting vendors, suppliers and solutions provider ‘Participants’, who join the teams to address and explore solutions to the challenges through a rapid-fire, fast track approach.
While the Accelerator projects were originally due to culminate with physical sessions and showcases at IBC this September, the PoCs will now be presented as virtual showcases during a series of live online sessions, with demonstrations and discussions streamed during IBC’s Virtual ‘Showcase’ week.
The IBC Accelerator Programme was launched in February 2020, with challenge ideas pitched at the first IBC Kickstart Day event in London. Since then, some 62 Champion & Participant organisations have joined these unique and diversified projects.
Among the eight projects to be featured during the week, the 5G Remote Production Accelerator has become a key hub for learning and insights to how 5G could be deployed in a range of broadcast use cases, with ten world leading broadcast Champions collaborating to develop architectures and workflows based on 5G network and device capabilities today.
In addition, three Accelerator projects feature innovation to exploit the potential of AI in news, editorial & production workflows as well as in a virtual talent platform. Several other projects are focused on Computer Graphics, exploring Real-Time Animation workflows, as well as futureproofing formats for a Useable VFX Archive. Other projects have been exploring the future of TV distribution over IP, and an additional 5G project is exploring the potential use cases for location-based Virtual Reality applications.