Sam Hughes - Editor, MONDO | STADIA
As an architect continuously involved in the world of sport architecture for the last 30 years, Andy will give a designers perspective on the exponential growth in technology over this time and how it now shapes venues and fan experience. Technology is such a key part of our life that our expectations for seamless integration and relentless improvement are insatiable. Stadia and arenas are at the forefront of many of these latest innovations. Andy looks ahead to what might be happening next and questions if further layers of technology is enhancing or diminishing the true sporting experience.
Andy Simons - Director, KSS
Benjamin Steen has been working for more than 15 years at FC Bayern Munich and is Head of Customer Care, Digital Licencing & Stadium at the record Bundesliga champions. Since 2010 he is responsible for operations, marketing and development of digital projects and has been responsible for Customer Care & CRM as well as the digitization of the Allianz Arena since 2014.
He led the Allianz Arena into the digital age, making it ready for the next generation of fans and visitors – a fascinating journey which he will share during AGORA.
Benjamin Steen - Head of Customer Care, Digital Licencing & Stadium, FC Bayern Munich
Home of European giants, AFC Ajax, Johan Cruijff ArenA continues to set high standards for modern stadia. With Euro 2020 just around the corner, the panel will take a closer look at how embracing state-of-the-art technology and bold, forward-thinking ideas has made the Amsterdam venue one of the most innovative in the world.
Chair: Sam Hughes - Editor, MONDO | STADIA magazine
Speakers: Jeroen van Iersel - Marketing Manager, Johan Cruijff ArenA
Stephen Hogg - Head of Sports Projects, d&b audiotechnik
Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association (AVIXA) will take a closer look at events within sporting venues. Dan Goldstein, AVIXA’s Sr. VP, Content & Communications, will share some of the research the association has done to shed further light on the use of stadiums and sporting venues as spaces for large concerts and events.
Dan Goldstein – Senior VP, Content & Communications, AVIXA
Opened in April 2019, Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium has set a new standard in terms of sporting venues. Representatives from HARMAN and Daktronics join the panel to discuss how their technology delivers a multi-layered experience like no other.
Chair: Sam Hughes - Editor, MONDO | STADIA magazine
Speakers: Ewan Prentice - Business Development Manager , Daktronics
Ryan Penny - Business Development Manager Large Venues, Harman
eSports is a lucrative, growing industry that has taken many within the industry by surprise. An expert panel will discuss the value of this new revenue stream and how clubs, federations and stadiums plan to expand within it. Will the growth continue and just how far will it go in terms of professional sports? Representatives from technology manufacturers, clubs and federations will analyse why eSports has taken off so successfully and what the future holds.
Chair: Trevor Keane – Consultant
Speakers: Scott Millar - Technical Director, Longer Days Ltd
Mats Theie Bretvik - Head of eFootball & Gaming, Football Association of Norway
Russell Jones - Snr Commercial Advisor & Head of Marketing, Wolverhampton Wanderers
Didac Lee, Board Member and Head of Digital Area at FC Barcelona, will deliver a keynote speech at AGORA detailing the club’s new content strategy and strategic projects linked to entertainment within the stadium and beyond, which aims to generate engagement and connect with new audiences globally.
Didac Lee – Board Member & Head of Digital Area, FC Barcelona
Over the last two years, George Vaughan has overseen a venue-wide technology upgrade at Ascot Racecourse, one of the world’s most prestigious racing venues and the home of Royal Ascot. George will discuss the new audio upgrade from Bose, a 4K TV upgrade with Samsung, a full overhaul of the POS system with Kappture, as well as NFC ticketing through a unique partnership with Apple, Google, Vivaticket, Skidata and Pronto. In addition, he has been working with mobile payments across retail and betting, helped introduce augmented reality pilots with Looking Glass and smart people movement through Utterberry. Following the keynote, guest speakers from key technology partners will take part in a Q&A.
Chair: George Vaughan - Head of Technology, Ascot Racecourse
Speakers: Andrew Motley - Commercial Director, Kappture
Andrew Rigler - Manager UK & IRL, Bose Professional
Iain Case - Director, Looking Glass
Heba Bevan, OBE – Founder & CEO, UtterBerry Ltd
Although stadiums are so often the homes of sporting excellence, multiple times a year these venues open their doors to international touring artists for larger than life productions to the biggest possible audience. In this panel, TPi’s Stew Hume will be exploring the challenges of using these venues for live music and large scale events. From attaining the best sound to the communication infrastructure needed for incoming touring productions.
Chair: Stew Hume - Editor, TPi Magazine
Speakers: Bob Boster - President, Clear-Com
Julien Laval - Application Manager, L-Acoustics
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