A year of firsts: WebsEdge Wrap for 2015

DECEMBER 18, 2015 12:12 AM| no comments

2015 has been a year of first of many levels for WebsEdge.  With 10 new conferences and five new locations in almost every corner of the world, this year has provided new opportunities and challenges for WebsEdge.  From Darwin, Australia to Rio de Janerio in Brazil we produced Conference TV at 26 conferences, covering a variety of issues ranging from brain research, material science to local government. One constant across all Conference TV is quality – and reaching a wider audience.

The influence of technology and social media has had a big influence on content dissemination in 2015 for us.  We launched our YouKu account – a video sharing platform like YouTube, as part of ICIAM TV in Beijing, China.  The return of ICIAM – The International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics, also led to our return to China. We haven’t produced Conference TV in China since the 2009 China Education Expo, which filmed in five different locations across the country. Whilst logistically it was still a challenge in 2015, the exchange of ideas and sharing of knowledge was higher than ever before.

Particularly successful at exchanging of ideas on a global scale, ICMA TV celebrated its 10th Anniversary in September in Seattle this year.  The reach of the diverse stories and ideas has had an increasing impact on local government practices and communities around the world.

Our government channel also featured a very special guest – Barrack Obama. The President of the United States made a special address at the International Association of Chiefs of Police annual conference in relation to public safety and gun violence.  This is the first time a president has been filmed for Conference TV.

Despite the influence of social media, there is still a demand for the physical presence and contact at conferences with attendees on average continuing to grow. Interaction with people is still a key reason why delegates attend. It facilitates the knowledge exchange and can be a catalyst for fostering new collaborations and partnerships.

This is also true for WebsEdge.  New opportunities have developed through continued relationships with key associations who have been keen to extend their reach and continue disseminating information on other important issues.  We partnered with the International Union for Tuberculosis and Lung diseases for the first time this year in March for the World Tobacco OR Health Conference in Abu Dhabi. The success of Tobacco OR Health TV at that meeting led to another exciting new conference – 46th Union World Conference on Lung Health.  Hosted at the beginning of December in Cape Town, South Africa we covered the latest developments in addressing tuberculosis and lung health issues which have serious implications for Global Health and relevance for Global Health TV.

Initially created through a partnership with the Global Health Council, Global Health TV communicates developments at the frontier of research and community based initiatives through film and video. It is also a platform for sharing stories that are advancing our knowledge and response to global health issues. Since its inception, Global Health TV to date has had close to seven and half million viewers via our online platforms which includes our content on the Lancet Global Health webpage.

From being snowed in in Dallas airport to being in the hustle and bustle of Beijing, China WebsEdge has continued to deliver quality content in diverse settings whilst making the content more accessible.

As we start to look towards 2016, there are more new conferences on the horizon all around the world as well as returning familiar faces, including SAE International – our first partnering association in the USA from 2005.

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