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International Virtual Conference & Expo
Special emphasis: COVID-19

Though recorded on November 17 and 18, 2020, IIFX subscribers can view our videos and sponsor and exhibiter content in the IIFX Video Library in February 2021.

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About the event

IIFX  is proud to host the Innovative Pathway to the Future of Sports & Entertainment International Virtual Conference and Expo (with special emphasis on best practices and solutions related to COVID-19. )

The agenda features an impressive array of diverse sports and entertainment industry professionals and organizations focusing on the common challenge of adapting and innovating health safety, security, operations, and management into a possible new fan experience and management paradigm. As we look forward to the future, the focus on the conference is to share best practices and lessons learned.

Re-imagining the new paradigm is extremely critical and timely than ever, which is why the Innovation Institute will present a lineup of thought leaders who are experiencing early stages of the anticipated “new normal” world. They are pioneering how sports and entertainment will function in the years to come.  Our cadre of outstanding speakers will analyze the advancements of carrying out a future business model and how these operational methods will shape the sports and entertainment risk and future landscape.

We’ll examine the most pertinent ramifications, challenges, the most important trends and events that are shaping both industries. We will focus on innovative strategies that might become more significant in driving the return of fans as well as keeping them safe and engaged.

The virtual conference and expo environment will be innovative and engaging, delivering an elite lineup of speakers, interactive networking opportunities, an Expo with the latest technology solutions, and an exceptional educational experience for those looking to stay ahead of the innovation curve.

Schedule

NOTE: The agenda below highlights the topics explored, guest speakers, and sponsors of the iifx Conference.

Agenda

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

  9:00 am – 10:30 am

Opening Day Keynote Address

Welcome, Opening Remarks

Sponsored by

Managing Our Way Through the Disruption “Innovation and Reinvention”

Casey Lane

Chief Revenue Officer, Penske Entertainment

Vincent Pereira

Head of Digital at ASO Le Tour de France

  10:40 am – 11:45 am

I’m Not Just a Number-I’m, a Fan!

Sponsored by

Michael O’Connell

Managing Director, Critical Insights Consultancy Ltd.

  11:50 – 1:05 pm

Mid-Day Keynote Address

What Have Sport and Entertainment Organizations Learned from COVID-19 As We Go Forward

Sponsored by

Eloise Brasi

Police Captain Head Deputy of the Safety and Security Police 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Paulo Valente Gomes

Senior Program Manager, Council of Europe

Matt Kastel

President, Stadium Managers Association, USA

  1:10 pm – 2:20 pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions Breakout Session One

What Changes Could Be in the Future for Collegiate Athletics Events?

Sponsored by

Jeff Steele

Associate Athletic Director, Auburn University

David Allison

Director Facilities and Event Operations Safety and Security for Athletics, University of Texas

Larry Naifeh

Executive Associate Athletic Director, University of Oklahoma

  1:10 pm – 2:20 pm

Breakout Session Two

Future Proofing Events in a Post Covid-19 Landscape

Sponsored by

Peter Ashwin

Innovative Institute for Fan Experience Canada Office

Chris Kemp

Innovative Institute for Fan Experience UK Office

Pascal Viot

Head of Security, Safety, and Services, Paleo Festival

  2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

Case Studies

Disruption is a Time for Innovation and Reinvention

Sponsored by

Joe Lewis

President, Joe Lewis Company

Jim Mercurio

Executive Vice President and General Manager, Levi Stadium

David Eads

Executive Director/CEO, Pasadena Tournament of Roses

  3:50 pm – 4:55 pm

COVID-19 Business Implication: It’s Effects on Policy or Action on the Operations or Financial Well Being of Sport and Entertainment Organizations

Sponsored by

David Broughton

Research Director at Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal Panelist

Mario Coutinho

V.P. Stadium Operations and Security at Toronto Blue Jays / Rogers Centre

Richard C Giller

Partner, Pillsbury Law

  5:00 pm – 5:45 pm

Ending Day Keynote Address

Building Confidence: Meeting Fan Expectations as They Return to Live Events

Sponsored by

Russ Simons

Chief Listening Officer and Managing Partner, Venue solutions, LLC

 

Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

  9:00 am – 10:30 am

Opening Day Keynote Address

Welcome, Opening Remarks It’s More Than a Game. It’s the Art of the Possible.

Brian Young, Chief Commercial Officer, Johnson Controls

Sponsored by

Global Approaches to Venue and Event COVID-19 Re-Opening

Liam Boylan

Stadium Director at Wembley Stadium

Gregory Gillin

Senior Vice President, Live Nations Venue Development

Michael Roberts

Director Security, Safety, and Precinct Operations, Melbourne Cricket Club

Paul Turner

Senior Director, Event Operations, AT&T Stadium Dallas Cowboys

John Sheehan (Moderator)

Pan Stadia and Arena Management Magazine

This session is jointly organized with PanStadia & Arena Management Magazine

  10:35 am – 11:55 am

Managing the “NEW Risk post COVID-19

Sponsored by

Brian Finch

Partner, Pillsbury Law

Peter Dalton

Innovation Institute for Fan Experience UK Office

Jeff Chapman

CEO at Babel Street

Damian Busch

Managing Director for Spectra Venue Management Singapore Sports Hub

  12:00 – 1:05 pm

Mid-Day Keynote Address

Boosting Major Sports and Entertainment Events Security Through International Cooperation and Capacity Building

Hosted by

Dan Donovan

Founder & Managing Partner, Stratoscope

Falah Al-Dosari

Senior Manager, INTERPOL Project Stadia

  1:10 pm – 2:20 pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions Breakout Session One

How Digital Technologies is Marrying the Fan Experience with Safety

Sponsored by

Bryan Bedford

Cisco, Head Sports & Entertainment Partner GTM

Zachary Klima

Founder & CEO, WaitTime

Donny White

Founder & CEO, Satisfi Labs

Charles Burns

VP Security, & Risk Management, Cavaliers Operating Company, LLC. Moderator

  1:10 pm – 2:20 pm

Breakout Session Two

Balancing Health Safety & Capacity on Event Day

Sponsored by

Paul Foster

Founder of OnePlan

Simon Ancliffe

Executive Director, Movement Strategies

Rick Fenton

Vice President Corporate Security, Ilitch Holdings, Inc.

Joe Coomer

Vice President of Security at ABM Sports and Entertainment

  2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

Enhancing Health and Safety Measures for a Successful Return to Work, Play and Spectate

Sponsored by

Dr. Til Jolly

Chief Medical Officer, Aveshka

Dr. Robert Nied

Chief Medical Officer, Golden State Warriors

Dr. Pranav Kothari

Chief Medical Officer, Rock Family of Companies

Andy Jagoda, MD

Professor and Chair Emeritus of Emergency Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

  3:50 pm – 4:55 pm

Fiserv Forum Case Study-Digital Transformation is Driving the Future of Sports and Entertainment Management

Phil Clement (Moderator)

Global Chief Marketing Officer & Head of Ecosystem Partnerships, Johnson Controls

Nicholas Treder

Director-Sports- Entertainment, Advanced Construction Solutions Johnson Controls

Sandra E. Lopez

Vice President of Intel Sports & Media, Intel Sports

Matt Pazaras

Senior Vice President Business Development and Strategy, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA

Kirsten Walker

Principal Program Manager, Azure, Microsoft

  5:00 pm – 5:45 pm

Ending Day Keynote Address

A New World Order: Connecting with the Post-2020 Sport Fan

Sponsored by

Ryan McConnell

Senior Vice President, Kantar Sports MONITOR

Steve Kulp

Director, Kantar Sports MONITOR

Hans Davies

National Task Force: COVID-19 Return to Work, Play and Spectate, Toffler Associates

Wednesday, NOVEMBER 18, 2020

Note:  All times are [USA] Central Standard Time (UTC – 6 hours)

9:00 am – 10:30 am

 

WELCOME, OPENING REMARKS, AND OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS 

 

Sponsored by:

 

 

Global Approaches to Venue and Event Re-Opening Post-COVID-19

 

Featuring:

Liam Boylan
Stadium Director
Wembley Stadium
Gregory Gillin
Senior Vice President
Live Nations Venue Development
Michael Roberts
Director of Security, Safety, and Precinct Operations
Melbourne Cricket Club
Paul Turner
Senior Director, Event Operations AT&T Stadium
Dallas Cowboys
John Sheehan (Moderator)
Pan Stadia and Arena Management Magazine
This session is jointly organized with PanStadia & Arena Management Magazine

10:35 am – 11:55 am 

 
 

Managing The “NEW” Risk Post-COVID-19

Sponsored by:

Panel Discussion Featuring:

Brian Finch
Partner
Pillsbury Law

Peter Dalton
Innovation Institute For Fan Experience
UK Office

Jeff Chapman
CEO
Babel Street

Damian Busch
Managing Director For Spectra Venue Management
Singapore Sports Hub

12:00 pm – 1:05 pm


Mid-Day Keynote Address


Boosting Major Sports & Entertainment Events Security Through International Cooperation and Capacity Building

Fallah Al-Dosari
Senior Manager, Interpol

Project Stadia

1:10 pm – 2:20 pm 

Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Sponsored By:


Breakout Session One  –
How Digital Technologies Marry The Fan Experience with Safety
Featuring:

Bryan Bedford
Head Sports & Entertainment Partner GTM
Cisco
Zachary Kilma
Founder & CEO
Wait Time
Donny White
Founder & CEO
Satisfi Labs
 
Charles Burns (Moderator)
Head of Global Security

Uber


Sponsored By:


 

Breakout Session Two –

Balancing Health, Safety & Capacity on Event Day

Featuring:

Paul Foster
Innovative Institute for Fan Experience
UK Office

Simon Ancliffe
Executive Director
Movement Strategies
 
Rick Fenton
Vice President of Corporate Security
Illitch Holdings, INC.
 
Joe Coomer
Vice President of  Security

ABM Sports & Entertainment

 

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm         

 

Sponsored by:

Enhancing Health and Safety Measures For A Successful Return To Work, Play, And Spectate

 

Panel Discussion Featuring:

 
Dr. Til Jolly
Chief Medical Officer
Aveshka

 Dr. Stu Weiss

Chief Medical Officer
New York Marathon
Dr. Robert Neid
Chief Medical Officer
Golden State Warriors

Dr. Pranav Kothari
Chief Medical Officer
Rock Family of Companies

3:50 pm – 4:55 pm 


Fiserv Forum Case Study-Digital Transformation is Driving The Future of Sports and Entertainment Management

Panel Discussion Featuring:


Phil Clement (Moderator)
Global Chief Marketing Officer & Head of Ecosystem Partnerships
Johnson Controls

Nicholas Treder
Director-Sports-Entertainment, Advanced Constructions Solutions
Johnson Controls

Chris Stahl
Director of Product Marketing
Intel Sports

Matt Pazaras
Senior Vice President BusinessDevelopment and Strategy
Milwaukee Bucks, NBA

5:00 pm –  5:45 pm              

End of Day Two Keynote Address   

SPONSORED BY:

 

A NEW WORLD ORDER: CONNECTING WITH THE POST-2020 SPORTS FAN
SPONSORED BY:

Ryan McConnell
Senior Vice President
Kantar Sports MONITOR

Steve Kulp
Director
Kantar Sports MONITOR

Top (10) Reasons to Attend

1. 25 speakers and presenters comprised of industry thought leaders and subject matter experts.

2. Cutting edge panel discussions from leading subject matter experts — with special emphasis on getting through COVID-19 challenges.

3. Keynote speakers whose knowledge and experience on the challenges and solutions furnish the attendee’s insights on how to navigate for the future “New Normal”.

4. Topics to assist in planning and implementing the “New Normal”.

5. Actionable innovative strategies and solutions provided by subject matter experts.

6. The programming format will include significant audience participation and input, discussion and Q&A among executive level professionals, stakeholders and subject matter expert.

7. Outstanding breakouts with experts in their field and prepared to share their insights.

8. Visionaries and innovators who will provide insights for attendee’s considerations into the new normal.

9. The latest “New Normal” solutions and attendees can engage Expo Exhibitors information via demo videos, chat 1-on-1 via written message, audio, or video chat.

10. Numerous networking opportunities throughout the day.

Speakers

David AllIson

University of Texas

Fallah Al-Dosari

Interpol, Project Stadia

Simon Ancliffe

Movement Strategies

Peter Ashwin

Innovation Institute, Canada Office

Bryan Bedford

Cisco

Liam Boylan

Wembly Stadium

ELOISE BRASI

Paris Olympics

David Broughton

Sports Business Journal

Charles Burns

Uber

Damian Bush

SportsHub

Jeff Chapman

Babel Street

Joe Coomer

AMB Sports & Entertainment

Mario Coutinho

Toronto Blue Jays

Peter Dalton

Innovation Institute, UK Office

David Eads

Pasadena Tournament of Roses

Rick Fenton

Ilitichholdings Corperation

Brian Finch

Pillsbury Law

Paul Foster

Innovation Intitute, UK Office

Richard Giller

Pillsbury Law

Gregory Gillin

Live Nation

Paulo Gomes

Council of Europe

Tilman Jolly

Aveshka Group

Casey Lane

Penske Entertainment

Matt Kastel

Stadium Managers Association

Chris Kemp

Innovation Institute, UK Office

Zachary Klima

The Wait Times

Pranav Kothari

Rock Family of Companies

Steve Kulp

Sports Monitor

Joe Lewis

Joe Lewis Company

Ryan McConnell

Sports Monitor

Jim Mercurio

San Francisco 49'ers

Larry Naifeh

University of Oklahoma

Robert Nied

Golden State Warriors

Michael O'Connell

Critical Insights Consultancy

Vincent Pereira

ASO, Le Tour de France

Michael Roberts

Melbourne Cricket Club

John Sheehan

Pan Stadia Magazine

Russ Simons

Venue Solutions

Jeff Steele

Auburn University

Paul Turner

AT&T Stadium

Pascal Viot

Paleo Festival

Stu Weiss

New York Marathon

Donny White

Statisfi Lab

DON'T MISS OUT

INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION​

$ 110
  • Includes 1 Conference Ticket
  • Complimentary One-Year Membership to the Innovation Institute for Fan Experience
Limited Time Only

GROUP REGISTRATION​

$ 400 4 people required
  • Includes 4 Conference Tickets
  • 4 Complimentary One-Year Memberships to the Innovation Institute for Fan Experience

Who Should Attend

Professionals

Engaged in the health safety, security, operations and management of sports and entertainment venues and events)

Organizations

  • Agencies
  • Amateur Sports Professionals
  • Events
  • Vendors
  • Venues
  • Architect Firms
  • Amusement Parks
  • Concerts 
  • Corporate Events
  • Cycling Events
  • Endurance Events and Vendors
  • Entertainment Agencies
  • Entertainment Events and Venues
  • Esports Tournaments
  • Event Local Organizing  Committees
  • Event Vendors
  • Fans
  • Festivals
  • Government Agencies
  • High School Athletics
  • Horse Racing
  • Hospitality Industry
  • Insurance Firms
  • Intercollegiate Athletics
    •  Division I
    • Division II
    • Division III
  • International Federation of Sports
  • Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Law Firms
  • Live and Tour Professionals
  • Private Security Firms
  • Professional Stadiums, Arenas, Outdoor Events
  • Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA)
  • Major League Baseball (MLB)
  • Major League Soccer (MLS)
  • National Basketball Association (NBA)
  • National Football League (NFL)
  • National Hockey League (NHL)
  • National Lacrosse League (NLL) 
  • National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)
  •  Olympic National Governing Bodies
  • Professional Bull Riders (PBR)
  • Professional Golf Association (PGA)
  • United Soccer League (USL)
  • Women’s Tennis Association (WTA)
  • Professional Players Associations
  • Professional Stadiums, Arenas, Outdoor Events
  • Public Safety Officials i.e. emergency managers, fire/HAZMAT)
  • Recreational Sports and Higher Education
  • Risk Management Firms
  • Technology Corporations
  • Universities and Institutes of Higher Learning
  • Youth Sports Tournaments and Complexes

SPONSORSHIPS

Diamond Level

Sponsorship
$ 10,000
Corporate Investment
  • DELIVERABLES INCLUDE:
  • Welcome presentation at the opening Keynote session
  • Present a 10 minute stand-alone presentation or video at the session
  • Provide a conference introduction video that appears every time an attendees enters the lobby
  • Top level sponsorship in the lobby and auditorium
  • 6 passes to virtual conference and 4 additional guest passes for clients and partners
  • 1 virtual exhibit booth with all of the corporate benefits
  • Digital advertisement in event guide
  • Access to attendee list (companies, names, titles, profiles)
  •  

Platinum Level

Sponsorship
$ 8,000
Corporate Investment
  • DELIVERABLES INCLUDE:
  • Welcome presentation at the opening Keynote session
  • Present a 8 minute stand-alone presentation or video at the session
  • Sponsorship branding in the lobby and auditorium
  • 4 passes to virtual conference and 2 additional guest passes for clients and partners
  • 1 virtual exhibit booth with all of the corporate benefits
  • Digital advertisement in event guide
  • Access to attendee list (companies, names, titles, profiles)
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GOLD Level

Sponsorship
$ 6,000
Corporate Investment
  • DELIVERABLES INCLUDE:
  • Title sponsor of a conference program track or breakout sessions
  • Sponsorship branding associated with the program track or breakout sessions
  • Moderator will recognize corporation message at the session
  • Sponsorship branding in the lobby and auditorium
  • 2 passes to virtual conference and 2 additional guest passes for clients and partners
  • 1 virtual exhibit booth with all of the corporate benefits
  • Digital advertisement in event guide
  • Access to attendee list (companies, names, titles, profiles)
  •  

EXHIBITORS

VIRTUAL EXHIBIT BOOTH

$ 2,100
  • DELIVERABLES INCLUDE:
  • Virtual booth looks just like a trade show both
  • Ability to link your company content (whitepapers, thought leadership, case studies)
    within your booth, which attendees can download and save to their virtual briefcase
  • A direct link to your company website, case studies, social media accounts and more
  • View who is currently is at your booth and chat 1 on 1 via written message, audio or video chat
  • Create a group discussion so attendees can view questions from others and engage
  • Exhibitors will have access to post event data regarding attendee engagement with your booth
  • Each booth comes with two complimentary registrations to the conference & Expo
    (a $220 value)
Re-imagining the new sports and entertainment paradigm is extremely critical and timely than ever, which is why the Innovation Institute will present a lineup of international thought leaders who are experiencing early stages of the anticipated “new normal” world. They are pioneering how sports and entertainment will function in the years to come. Our cadre of outstanding speakers will analyze the advancements of carrying out a future business model and how these operational methods will shape the sports and entertainment risk and future landscape.
Dr. Lou Marciani
Director and Co-Founder
Innovation Institute for Fan Experience

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