Organised by Creative Digital Industries Yorkshire (CDi Yorkshire) this year’s VMC looks to explore the pioneering subjects of Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality and how these disciplines work within the creative, digital, print and packaging industries. Prominent speakers will include Vida Barr-Jones, Managing Director of Focus7 International; Stefan Casey, Innovation Lead at Nestlé Product Technology Centre; Louise Scanlan, Media Specialist at MarketReach and Rob Shaw, CEO at Jaywing.
Since first arriving at Leeds Beckett University in 2014, the Visual Media Conference has almost tripled in size, now attracting over 300 delegates including brand owners and agency heads. Based at the prestigious Rose Bowl this city landmark sits at the centre of the booming financial and business sector in Leeds – offering VCM invaluable links with professional bodies, employers, business students and teaching staff.
With an abundance of teaching rooms, Well Met encourages space for training workshops; Leeds Business School at Leeds Beckett holds a wide range of professional training courses within its area of expertise which are set up to broaden and enlighten business minded individuals to the new marketing communications. The Visual Media Conference works closely with the school to co-create bespoke professional courses to meet the particular developmental needs of the digital and media discipline.
Providing a dedicated Event Management team, Well Met have continued to seamlessly host this high-status conference from the initial enquiry right through to the post-event briefing. With several auditoriums, numerous teaching rooms and a large banqueting hall available, the Rose Bowl continues to be the ideal venue for the annual conference.
Clare Vidler, Conference Manager at Well Met commented on welcoming VMC back to Leeds:
“We are really pleased to see the Visual Media Conference return to Leeds Beckett University for the fourth consecutive year; that the CDi continue to use the Rose Bowl for their annual Visual Media Conference demonstrates the hard work and commitment of the whole team. An incredible level of event management is required when hosting large scale events, but we are confident in both our expertise and facilities, which allow us to excel year on year. Leeds is a leading city in the digital scene and the Rose Bowl has proved itself to be well suited to host an event which gains in popularity, and numbers, each year; it is really great to see such an esteemed conference recognise this.”
With state-of-the-art AV technology, on-site parking and accessible transport links, the Rose Bowl fulfils the growing requirements of the increasingly more popular Visual Media Conference; with Leeds being recognised nationally as the ‘biggest digital city’ secondary to London - home to Google’s first Digital Garage outside of the capital, it’s an obvious choice for digital professionals.