Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Streaming Media West Advanced Program Now Available! Call for Speakers Open

Now in its 11th year, Streaming Media West is the only show that covers both the business of online video and the technology of streaming, downloading, Webcasting, Internet TV, IPTV and mobile video. Covering both corporate and consumer business, technology and content issues in the enterprise, advertising, media and entertainment, broadcast and education markets, Streaming Media West 2009 combines cutting-edge exhibitors and intensive conference sessions with more than 100 speakers, giving attendees the chance to hear and see the best and the brightest minds in the online video industry—at the podium, in the Exhibit Hall, and among the fellow attendees.

The advance program for Streaming Media West scheduled November 17-19, 2009 is now completed and currently available for download as a PDF file or view it below. According to Conference Chairman Dan Rayburn, "In the next few days we'll have the entire program online and will open registration. Now that the session topics, presentations, keynote speakers and workshops have been decided upon, I have to start the task of going through the hundreds of speaking submissions and placing speakers. I have about two months to place all the 100+ speakers but typically, 75% of the speaking spots are filled in the next two weeks. If you didn't get a speaking submission in when the call for speakers was open, you need to e-mail me right away with a proposal, like today."

I'm pleased to say that I'll be planning and coordinating a session for Streaming Media West titled, "Web Television Comes of Age." It will be a panel discussion featuring producers in this growing space who will discuss what it takes to create, market and sell a web television series and debate the future success of web television. I'm working on filling the speaker slots and once that's done I'll highlight it here, so stay tuned!

Following the huge success of his year's Streaming Media East conference that had a record attendance of 3,733, Streaming Media West will be featuring the new Online Video Platform Summit, of which I'm the Co-Chair with Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen, OVPS Chair, who wrote a great article on how the success of this year's Streaming Media East conference led to the launch of the Online Video Platform Summit. I've been busy working with Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen on the agenda for the two-day featured event at Streaming Media West designed to help organizations of all types, not just those for whom video is their core business but for video publishers of all types and sizes, whether small businesses looking to publish content for the first time, independent entertainment content creators, large media organizations, or anywhere in between.

All the session descriptions have been completed and like Dan, we're sorting through all the submissions to fill the speaking spots. I'll share more as the details are finalized in the coming weeks. In the meantime, look for our Twitter updates @ovpsummit with hashtag #ovps09