Expectations of venue tech

ICC Belfast is Northern Ireland’s only purpose-built international convention centre. The venue’s technical infrastructure has expanded to become hybrid by-design and, guided by the board and senior management, the team is empowered to take bold decisions, championing innovation at every stage. Every action taken or decision made is underpinned by their organisational vision of creating a world-class stage where people make great things happen.

ICC Belfast became a hybrid-by-design convention centre following the successful launch of its dedicated Hybrid Studio in June 2020. Followed by permanent installation of 4K PTZ cameras (BirdDog P400) in every meeting space and in all conference halls.

With the ever-changing look of conferences, the fast-paced development of conference technology, what are your expectations of a venue in a post pandemic world? Do you know expect a venue to be able to deliver the same level production as an external supplier, or is in-house technology still behind the trend?

Head of Technical Production at the ICC Belfast, Dave Young discusses some of their highs and lows over the past year of delivering technical production. The changing expectation of clients and the pressures on an in-house production company.

Dave’s work experience started in venues then moved to agency. Seeing that the impression of ‘in-house tech’ was a basic standard of delivery, he moved back to venue to change the clients view of in-house technology and establishing the ICC Belfast as an in-house technical production company.