Ready for the SVG Summit? Here’s Your Five-Step Guide to Make the Most of It!

With 50 sessions featuring 170 speakers, 75 exhibits, and 1,600 sports-production pros registered to attend, the 2019 SVG Summit (Dec. 16-17 at the New York Hilton Midtown) will be the largest yet as the organization looks to deliver the goods for a wide variety of attendees. There is, literally, a little bit of something for everyone, no matter what your role is in the sports production business. Here are some tips on how to make the most out of your show experience!

Step One: Plan Out Your Day 1 Agenda in Advance 

The first step to having a great Summit is visiting the Summit website and taking a deeper look at the various sessions and workshops. The Day 1 agenda is packed with a dozen different workshop tracks, so make sure to take a look at the MONDAY OVERVIEW GRID to get an overview of the Morning (10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) and Afternoon (1:30 – 4:15 p.m.) tracks. Here are some quick links to the tracks that will be held on Monday beginning at 10:00 a.m. (the SVGW Networking Breakfast, however, begins at 8:30 a.m.).

SVGW Breakfast
8:30 – 10:00 a.m., Rhinelander Gallery, Second Floor
It’s become an annual tradition to kick off the SVG Summit activities with the SVGW Networking Breakfast. The SVG Women in Sports Production initiative is open to all and this year will feature a panel of leading women who have built their careers by adapting to industry changes, embracing new technologies, and creating new opportunities.

IP Production & Engineering Workshop
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Gramercy Suite A/West, 2nd Floor
The IP Production and Engineering Workshop is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the state of the developments related to IP routing and virtual workflows. This year’s program will feature panels covering War Stories From the IP Frontlines, IP Routing: What to Expect, and Virtualized Future: Dream or Nightmare, as well as case studies from Grass Valley and Zixi.

Live HDR Production Workshop
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Rhinelander Gallery, Second Floor
The Live HDR Production workshop is designed to give those who are seriously considering HDR a chance to better understand the concepts, the challenges, and the opportunities. HDR-production veterans from CBS Sports, Comcast, Dome Productions, NEP, and others will share share practical advice and tips to ensure your production meets your goals.

Technology Spotlight: Cloud Services
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Madison Suite, 2nd Floor
Figuring out which cloud service to choose as your core provider is a complicated decision that often involves understanding the providers entire ecosystem. This informative session is designed to give cloud service providers and their partners an opportunity to lay out their current offering as well as vision for the future. Don’t miss in-depth presentations from Microsoft, IBM Aspera, and Iron Mountain.

DTV Audio Group Workshop
10:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. in Concourse A, Lower Concourse Level
The annual DTV Audio Group gathering returns to the SVG Summit with topics including Production Audio for Tokyo 2020, Workflows for Atmos in Live Sports, Audio and Communications for Virtualized Remote Production, Meeting the Challenges of Esports Audio, and much more.

SVG Digital
11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Gramercy Suite B/East, Second Floor
SVG Digital will once again bring together leaders from the streaming and OTT sector for a full-day workshop to discuss the Next Generation of the OTT Stack, Sports Betting, and much more. The program also features keynote speakers from Sinclair Broadcast Group and fuboTV, as well as a State of the Business Report from Octagon.

General Sessions: The Future of Live Production
1:30 – 4:15 p.m., Trianon Ballroom, Third Floor
This year’s Day 1 general sessions feature the annual “State of the Remote Production Business and Technology Trends” panel featuring execs, an inside look at NASCAR’s at-home productions, a look at cybersecurity in the compound, and closing keynote from SVG Chairman Mike Davies (Fox Sports) and SVG Europe Chairman Alessandro Reitano (Sky Deutschland).

Sports Content Management Workshop
1:30 – 4:15 p.m., Rhinelander Gallery, Second Floor
Always one of the most popular tracks at the Summit, the Sports Content Management Workshop will once again offer a deep dive into the latest in media-asset-management (MAM), archive and storage technology, content migration, and cloud-based workflows. Don’t miss a Keynote Esports Spotlight session from Blizzard Entertainment, as well as speakers from ACC, MLB Network, NHL, Turner Sports, and more.

Sports Graphics & AR Workshop
1:30 – 4:15 p.m. ET, Gramercy Suite A/West, 2nd Floor
A new addition this year, the Sports Graphics & AR workshop will address the latest developments in graphics, augmented reality, and data visualization technologies for live sports broadcasts. This afternoon workshop will feature sports-graphics leaders from CBS Sports, ESPN, Fox Sports, NFL Media, and top technology vendors addressing hot-button topics, including sports-betting, player tracking and data integration, and much more.

Blockchain and Sports Advertising Round Table
1:30 – 4:00 p.m., Madison Suite, 2nd Floor
Increasing the efficiency and efficacy of advertising for sports content is an important focus for teams and sports rightsholders. Join SVG and Sinclair Broadcast Group as they host a conversation on the future advertising opportunities that new technologies can provide.

Step Two: Join Us for a Drink and Check Out the Latest Technology

Join us in the Technology Showcase area on the third floor on Monday, Dec. 16, from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., for the annual SVG Summit Opening Night Reception (sponsored by LiveU, NEP, and Quantum). Grab a drink, catch up with old friends and meet new ones, and check out the latest technology the industry’s top vendors have to offer. The SVG Summit is made possible by SVG sponsors, so make sure to take the time to walk through the exhibits area — you may find just the cool new tech toy your organization has been searching for!

Step Three: Don’t Miss Tuesday’s General Sessions for a Peek Into the Future

Tuesday’s general sessions kick off at 8:30 a.m. in the Trianon Ballroom (third floor), so be sure to get there early, grab some coffee and a bagel or muffin, and join us for a full day of sessions addressing the “Future of Live Production”, including the impact of sports betting, the future of esports, keynotes from Facebook and DAZN, and an inside look at the some of the most groundbreaking productions of 2019 and coming up in 2020. Here’s an overview of the Day 2 agenda:

8:30 – 8:35 a.m.: Welcoming Remarks
8:35 – 9:15 a.m.: Gambling and What It Means to the Sports Media Business
9:15 – 9:45 a.m.: Keynote Conversation: Peter Hutton, Facebook, Director, Global Sports Partnerships
9:45 – 10:45 a.m.: Networking Break in Exhibits Area
10:45 – 11:15 a.m.: Esports 2020: Where Is the Industry Headed?
11:15 – 11:30 a.m.: EVS Case Study: Data-Driven Workflows
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Keynote Conversation: Joe Markowski, DAZN, EVP, North America
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.: Networking Lunch
1:00 – 1:20 p.m.: Sneak Peek: Fox Sports, Miami, and Super Bowl LIV
1:20 – 1:45 p.m.: Inside the Launch of the ACC Network: What Happens When Linear Meets Digital
1:45 – 2:30 p.m.: Networking Break in Exhibits Area
2:30 – 2:50 p.m.: How CBS Sports Delivered Every Shot, Every Hole at The Masters
2:50 – 3:05 p.m.: The Switch Case Study
3:05 – 3:25 p.m.: The NBA Summer League and 5G Smartphone Production
3:25 – 3:50 p.m.: Sky Sports on How Volumetric Capture Changes Everything
3:50 – 4:15 p.m.: Closing Keynote: The Business Impact of Technology Virtualization

PLUS: Check out the SVG Content Security Workshop (10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Madison Suite, 2nd Floor)

Step Four: Pick Up Your Badge Early!

A couple of quick tips when picking up your badge:
All pre-registered attendees (SVG Members & SVG Sponsors) can pick up their badges on the second floor. Badge pickup lines are sorted by attendees’ last name.

Speakers, Advisory Board, and Committee Members Check-In: 
If you are a speaker, SVG Advisory Board, or SVG Committee Member attending the SVG Summit, please proceed directly to the Information Desk on the Second Floor to pick up your badge.

SVGW Attendees: 
SVGW attendees can pick up their badges outside the Rhinelander Gallery on the Second Floor prior to the SVGW Networking Breakfast.

Onsite Registration: 
All onsite registrations will be charged a $200 late registration fee. Please contact Andrew Lippe with any questions.

Information Desk: 
Located on the second floor next to the registration desk, SVG staff will be there to answer any SVG Summit-related questions you may have!

Step Five: Plot Out Your Exhibitor Must-See List

The 2019 SVG Summit features more time than ever for you to check out the latest in sports production, distribution, and archiving technologies. Exhibits open on Dec. 16 at 4 p.m. and will open throughout the Opening Night Reception until 6 p.m. On Day 2, Tuesday’s exhibit hours begin at 8:30 a.m. and close at 2:30 p.m. so be sure to check out the exhibitor list below and CLICK HERE for a full rundown of who is showing what at the SVG Summit and CLICK HERE to schedule appointments with exhibitors now.

EXHIBITORS
· Adder Technology · AJA Video Systems · AJT Systems, A Division of Daktronics
· Amazon Web Services · AT&T · Avid · Bexel · Brainstorm · Calrec Audio/DiGiCo
· Camplex · Canon · Cartoni · CenturyLink  · Clark Wire & Cable · Cloudian
· Cobalt Digital · Comcast Technology Solutions · Comrex · CONNECT · Creative Dimensions · EcoDigital · EditShare · ENCO Systems
 · Eutelsat · Evertz · EVS · FOR-A · Fujifilm · GLOOKAST· Google Cloud · Grass Valley · Gravity Media · IBM Systems  · IHSE USA · Imagine Communications · IO Industries · Iron Mountain · Joseph Electronics · Lawo · LiveU · Marshall Electronics · Masstech Innovations · Matrox · Mediapro · Microsoft · NEP Group · NewTek · Nexsan · Nutanix · Panasonic · Quantum · Riedel Communications · Ross Video · Seagate Technology · Sennheiser · Shure · Signiant · Simplylive · Solid State Logic · Sony  · SOS Global · Spectra Logic · Stevens Global Logistic · Tedial · Telestream · Teradek · The Studio – B&H · The Telos Alliance · The Video Call Center · TSL Products  · Vislink Technologies · VITEC · VIZRT · Wave Central