Why we’re sponsoring the DPP’s 2018 Technology Leader’s Briefing

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Signiant is excited to sponsor the Digital Production Partnership’s (DPP) Technology Leaders’ Briefing on November 6 in London. Signiant isn’t a huge company, so we always carefully consider the sponsorships we take on. Here’s why we chose to sponsor the Tech Leader’s Briefing.

The DPP’s mission is to enable the move to fully digital, global, internet-enabled content creation and distribution, and to make that move as efficient and secure as possible. Since Signiant’s core technology enables the transfer of digital media files quickly, securely and reliably over standard IP networks and powers much of the global content supply chain in the Media & Entertainment industry, our missions are closely aligned. Over the years, Signiant has been involved in several DPP initiatives, most recently including IMF and the ‘Committed to Security’ program.

What’s the Tech Leaders’ Briefing all about?

The Tech Leaders Briefing is basically a time for leaders from the content production side of the industry and leaders from the technology side of the industry to come together, learn from each other, improve their businesses and the industry as a whole. The speaker lineup is truly impressive, so the discussions they kickoff are bound to be as well.

Dr. Sue Black, keynote speaker

The keynote speaker is Dr. Sue Black, OBE. For those non-Brits out there, OBE refers to the Order of the British Empire, which is a British honor rewarded for prominent national or regional achievements. Dr. Black received it for “services to technology.”

A leading tech evangelists and digital skills expert, Dr. Black is also a strong advocate for women in computing. Well aware of the obstacles many women face, she was a single mother of three by the age of 25. After taking night school math courses to meet prerequisites for an undergraduate degree in computing, she went on to earn a PhD in software engineering in 2001 for her research on the ripple effect (an important measure for the complexity of software programs). She later set up the first online network for women in tech, BCSWomen. Dr. Black is also an inspiring and insightful speaker who has a talent for raising awareness about the benefits of building a more diverse and socially inclusive technology sector.

Other speakers include:

Matthew Postgate, Chief Technology & Product Officer, BBC

Andy Beale, Chief Engineer, BT Sport

Bruce MacCormack, Head of Strategy – Media Technology and Infrastructure Services, CBC/ Radio-Canada

Orpheus Warr, Chief Technology Officer, Channel 4

Ralph Rivera, Executive Vice President/Managing Director, Eurosport Digital

Alan Coad, Managing Director, UK and Ireland, Google Cloud, Google

Tom Griffiths, Director of Broadcast and Distribution Technology, ITV

Rainer Kellerhals, Business Leader Media & Entertainment, EMEA, Microsoft

Florian Diederichsen, CTO, Perform Group

Renard T Jenkins, Vice President Operations, Engineering & Distribution, PBS

Colin Sladen, Head of Platform Technologies, TV Engineering, Sky UK

Steve Fish, VP Media & Technology Architecture, Turner International

Sinead Greenaway, Chief Technology and Operations Officer, UKTV

Stuart Baillie, SVP Media Engineering & Global Distribution, Viacom

Tim Bertioli, VP International Operations, Vice Media

Anais Hayes, Head of Executive Briefing Program, EMEA, Google Cloud

Thomas Edwards, VP Engineering & Development, FOX Networks

Tickets to the Tech Leaders Briefing are free for DPP members, so we hope to see many of you there.

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