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Let’s talk about the future of media delivery

Join us at the Maison de la Poste in Brussels on Wednesday 18 May for DVB World 2022. It’s not a conference – it’s an unconference.

DVB World 2022 will be entirely focused on the topics and questions that are of most importance to our community. We’re planning a one-day unconference, a highly interactive event where the emphasis is on peer-to-peer learning and collaboration.

You propose the topics; you ask the questions; you share your experiences; you listen to what others have to say. From inspiring conversations in small groups to open dialogue about the future of our industry; from hands-on demos to quickfire talks; this is not business as usual. We’re trying something new and we hope you’ll come along for the adventure!

After more than two years of online meetings, it’s time to meet again in real life. DVB World 2022 is not a hybrid event – to participate, you must travel to Brussels.


Registration fees

We’ve kept the registration fees very low for this year’s event to encourage participation. However, please consider choosing the “supporter” option when registering: it means additional income for our event and additional visibility for your company. More information below.

DVB MEMBERS

€50

NON-MEMBERS

€100

The venue

The Maison de la Poste in Brussels is quite unlike any venue previously used for DVB World. Within its historic walls you will find inviting spaces full of character, each refurbished with the help of world-renowned interior designers. And it sits right alongside the Gare Maritime, under whose breathtaking wooden atrium you can discover a newly emerging indoor city quarter. It’s all part of Tour & Taxis, a major urban regeneration project that is transforming this part of the city.

How it works

Register to attend, whether as an individual participant or as a supporting organization (with three tickets included).

Think about the sessions and topics you would like to see on the agenda – we’ve prepared a guide to inspire you (PDF).

Get to Brussels, ideally the night before, to join our icebreaker, but certainly in the morning on 18 May, at the Maison de la Poste.

After some time to mix and chat, we will together develop an agenda for the day, guided by a professional facilitator.

Join the sessions of most interest to you, contributing in all the ways you can. Food and drinks will be plentiful to keep energy levels up.

At the end of the afternoon we’ll review the day together, before continuing the discussions at our social sessions.

Hot TOPICS

Registered participants have been telling us about the topics they are most interested in learning about at DVB World and the sessions they are considering proposing at the event. Here’s a sample of the topics that have come up.

DVB-I and 5G • Broadcasting post-COVID • Transport Stream vs ISOBMFF/DASH
IP technology for AV distribution • Convergence of TV with mobile networks
Future codec considerations for DVB • VVC & HEVC from codec-implementer point-of-view
Playout ecosystems in the age of the cloud • Native IP • DVB-I plugfest and client showcase
Broadcast and multicast support by mobile phone chips and LEO satellites • spectrum for TV broadcasting
LCEVC in action • The promise of ABR Multicast • CDN 3.0
Standards, open source, test & reference materials – what future role for DVB?

Schedule

The agenda for the DVB World 2022 unconference will be created when participants gather at the Maison de la Poste on 18 May. Below you can find the main timings for the event as a whole.


Tuesday 17 May

DVB working group meetings (see the meeting calendar on our Member portal for details – will be updated as meetings are confirmed)

(Note that the HbbTV Association will hold its General Assembly in Ghent, Belgium, on this day.)

20:00 to 22:00Icebreaker at the Gare Maritime; all participants welcome. We’ll meet on this historic station concourse that has been transformed into an indoor city, with a food market that brings together offerings from many of Belgium’s leading chefs. In a reserved area under the breath-taking wooden atrium, we will provide the drinks and you can order whatever takes your fancy from the surrounding food counters.


Wednesday 18 May

The event takes place at Maison de la Poste. Tea, coffee, soft drinks and snacks will be provided throughout the day, as well as lunch and dinner.

09:00 to 10:00 – Welcome to DVB World: catch up with colleagues over a light breakfast and explore our inspiring venue.
10:00 to 11:00 – Guided by a professional facilitator, we will create the day’s agenda together.
11:00 to 17:00 – Sessions will run in parallel throughout the day; a lunch buffet will be provided, along with an opportunity to take the conversation outside the building and through the “indoor city” of the Gare Maritime for our Inside-out Lunch.
17:00 to 18:30 – Plenary session to review the day and capture what we’ve discovered and learned.
18:30 to 22:00 – We continue with the Social Sessions: drinks, food, conversation, demos, music and more!


Thursday 19 May

These meetings are taking place in the DoubleTree by Hilton Brussels City hotel. Please see the meeting calendar on our Member portal for details. It is very important to complete the RSVP for these meetings and to indicate that you will attend in person. (DVB Members only!)

SUPPORTERS

Thanks to these companies for helping to make DVB World 2022 a success.

[To have your logo added here, sign up as a “supporter” via the registration page (deadline 11 May). More information in the FAQ below!]


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

To make it as easy as possible for those in our community to attend this event, we have lowered the registration fees considerably compared to previous DVB World conferences. The registration fee is €100 for non-members and €50 for those working for a DVB Member company.
If your company would like to provide additional support to the event and help us to offset the costs, you can select the “Supporter” option when registering (and bring two colleagues along to the event with you, among other benefits). See the next question for details.

As the event is an unconference, the programme will be developed on-site when the event begins. We’re reaching out to participants to learn more about the topics and sessions they’re keen to have included and will provide guidance on how they can ensure those things are discussed at the event. The actual agenda will be agreed by all participants on the day.

There will be time and space for everybody to contribute to the event. If you’d like to prepare a short presentation, let us know and we’ll advise you on what is possible.

Sure! Get in touch with us, tell us what you’d like to show, and we’ll discuss the options.

On the day itself, Wednesday 18 May, you should plan to be at the Maison de la Poste from 09:00 to 22:00. (If you’re arriving in Brussels that morning, it will be fine if you can’t make it until 10:00.) We will have a full programme of activities throughout the day, with plenty of food and drinks to keep energy levels topped up.

All participants are also invited to “break the ice” with us the night before, on Tuesday 17 May from 20:00 to 22:00, at the Gare Maritime Food Market.

No. This is a physical event that will be neither streamed nor recorded.

All those who wish to be involved with the event must register as either a participant or a supporter. This applies also to trade journalists, who are welcome to attend and participate. Anyone reporting publicly on the event should ensure that participants are not quoted without their permission – conversations will be “off the record” unless the contrary has been confirmed.

While DVB World is a one-day event this year, we know that many of our participants will arrive in Brussels the evening before or will have been attending meetings in the area. Our icebreaker is a chance to “break the ice” after a couple of years away from physical events. We’re gathering at the Gare Maritime to catch up with old friends and make new contacts.

If you arrive in Brussels in time to join us on Tuesday 17 May between 20:00 and 22:00, please do come along!

Keep it casual! (Or whatever works best for you.)

Travel & Accommodation

Hotels

While we not have a special conference rate, the hotels around Place Rogier are a 15-20 minute walk from the Maison de la Poste.

The DVB group meetings on 19 May (TM-AVC and Steering Board) will take place in the DoubleTree by Hilton Brussels City hotel, so this may be a convenient choice for some attendees.

We have block booked a small number of rooms at the DoubleTree by Hilton at the price of €189, including breakfast, with free cancellation up to three days before arrival. Click here to take advantage of this offer (until 27 April).

There are several other hotels in the Place Rogier area that are conveniently located to get to the Maison de la Poste, including Thon Hotel, Hotel Indigo, Yadoya Hotel and Max Hotel (budget accommodation).

Getting there

Those travelling by train should get to Brussels North station, from which the venue is a 20-25 minute walk.

Those landing at Brussels Airport can either take one of the regular trains to Brussels North station (~€10) or take a taxi (~€45) or Uber (~€35) directly to the venue. The taxi rank is clearly indicated at the arrivals area; Uber pick-up usually takes place in parking P1 on level 4 or 5.

If driving, keep in mind that Brussels has a Low Emission Zone that may apply for your vehicle. The Maison de la Poste website has information about on-site parking.

Safety

While Brussels is a safe and welcoming city, the area around Brussels North station has been the focus of some antisocial behaviour. We do not recommend walking around this area alone after dark.

Taxis

  • Taxi Verts – the biggest operator in Brussels. You can order via an app (Android or iOS) or by calling +32 2 349 49 49
  • Uber – operating in Brussels

COVID

We will align with the guidance of the Belgian authorities with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. The most up-to-date information can be found on this website: info-coronavirus.be

CONTACT

If you can’t find the information you need on this website, please send an email to dvb@dvb.org and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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Why an Unconference?

“Professionals attend conferences to learn things. Yet conference participants often say they learn more in the hallway than in formal sessions. Unconferences bring the hallway conversations back into the main tent by handing control to participants instead of experts on stage.”

Jay Cross, author of Informal Learning: Rediscovering the Natural Pathways That Inspire Innovation and Performance

A new approach

We believe now is the ideal time to try something new. We’re planning an event that puts the emphasis on meaningful conversations and real connections, after two years in which we have all been starved of human contact. By participating in this unconference, you can achieve several goals:

  1. Explore new ground-breaking ideas with fellow media-delivery experts
  2. Expand your network
  3. Discover new partnership opportunities
  4. Learn from and with others in your professional field

The day is designed with the support of a professional facilitator who brings many years of experience working in corporate and tech-related contexts.

At an unconference, the programme is created at the event itself, by the people who are there. It is your chance to ask for input, discuss challenges you face, explore new ideas and develop solutions together.

Join us in building the prototype for a new DVB World!