Some of the ticketing sector's most influential people joined the sixth annual Forum in Manchester, at the most important meeting of the year. Join these ticketing leaders and more as they gather in Manchester on 9-10 April 2019 to decide the future of live entertainment ticketing.
International Relations Sziget Cultural Management
Áron is a member of the Sziget Cultural Management’s international relations team since 2014. Working on selling as many tickets as possible for Sziget Festival, Balaton Sound and VOLT Festival all over the world. Sziget Festival is one of the, if not the most international festival there is, with visitors coming from over 100 different countries and a total attendance of 565.000 over it’s 7 day period in 2018.
Executive VP Europe Weezevent
Isabelle Chevallier as Executive VP Europe is leading the internationalization of Weezevent, with a focus in Europe. Previously, she started her career at Sony Music Entertainment where she quickly progressed from Business Affairs Manager to Executive VP Business Development. Then she followed a change of career abroad with projects in Brazil and Spain to return to music and events with an experience at Intellitix for 4 years.
Director FEI (Festival & Events International)
Nick is a leading UK expert on cultural venues, festivals and events and cultural development with 30 years’ experience as a consultant, chief executive, COO and leader in both the commercial and public sectors. His company, FEI, specialises in strategic planning, governance, cultural programming, and business planning for venues, festivals and events internationally.
Nick is currently advising the Georgian Government on developing festivals along the Black Sea coast; recently authored the major study Thundering Hooves 2.0: a ten year strategy to sustain the success of Edinburgh’s Festivals; and has advised governments and organisations worldwide. He was seconded to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games, as chief operating officer of the London 2012 Festival; was Chief Executive of Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival for eight years; and Administrative Director of the Edinburgh International Festival for ten years.
In 2015 he was given a life-time achievement award by the International Festivals and Events Association, USA, the industry’s highest honour.
Director/Consultant PTI Consulting
Mike formed PTI Consulting with the aim of enabling clubs and venues to access industry specific technology leaders. In the current climate PTI address the considerable digital transformation and strategic technology needs in the sports and entertainment industry.
Having worked across 23 venues in football, rugby, cricket, golf and venues in general over his 14-year career in the sector to date, Mike brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the ticketing, data and insight space from a provider and customer perspective having built, deployed and operated the platforms behind several club operations and procured industry recognised systems.
Director & Co-Founder Aventus
Alan Vey is a co-founder of Aventus, a fair, secure, and transparent blockchain-based solution for event ticketing that can eliminate fraud and unregulated touting. Prior to founding Aventus, Alan worked at the Deloitte Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre, before going on to complete a Masters Degree in Artificial Intelligence at Imperial College London. His thesis focused on film rights distribution, working with Bafta and the BBC.
Fast-forward to September 2017 and Alan together with co-founder Annika Monari had released the alpha version of Aventus to a test network, established the Aventus Protocol Foundation to develop and market the open-source Aventus protocol, and led the most successful public ticketing Token Generation Event (TGE) that attracted over 1,300 participants and generated over $15M at the time.
The Aventus Protocol was made available on the Ethereum network in April 2018.
Head of Ticketing & Data Protection Officer Rugby Football League
Starting in ‘97 at Way Ahead (now ‘SEE’) in Nottingham, Rick moved to lead Ticketmaster’s Client Services team in Manchester in ‘04. 2012 saw Rick move to Ticketmaster’s International Sports division providing technical support for Euro2012, London Olympics, Rugby League and Rugby Union World Cups before being presented with a rare opportunity to join Ticketmaster’s Business Development Team reconnecting once again with Music and Theatre.
CEO and Founder Go2Cinema
Hands-on technology leader known for a good understanding of the entertainment, advertisement and Wi-Fi industries. Over 10 years experience of delivering scalable end-to-end solutions for starts-ups and large corporations. Co-founded Applaudience, an entertainment intelligence company where we combine data mining, data brokerage, and data analysis with strategic communication during the theatrical movie release processes. We own real-time showtime, occupancy, ticket price and film marketing performance data for all major exhibitors in Europe and North America. Our goal is to increase attendance of the existing audiences by enabling data-rich collaboration between exhibitors and distributors.
CEO Motorsport Live
Paul Deason is a graduate in Business Computing & IT. After graduating, he worked for an insurance start-up as a web technologies computer programmer.
In his spare time, he set-up Bookf1.com; an independent ticketing reseller specialising in the motorsport ticketing market. In 2007, Paul left his employment to focus solely on Bookf1.com, which has now grown to be one of the largest motorsport ticketing resellers in the UK.
In 2018, Bookf1.com joined the Motorsport Network and Paul took on the role as CEO of Motorsport Live; a new division tasked with developing international ticketing, experience, and travel services.
TheTicketingBusiness Awards were launched in order to recognise leadership, innovation & achievement in the application of ticketing across sports, performing arts, music, cinema, live entertainment and visitor attractions. In 2018 we received more than 300 nominations, and more than 3,000 votes. Nominations for TheTicketingBusiness Awards 2019 will open in November 2018.CATEGORIES NOMINATE
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SecuTix is a technology provider of a Ticketing Engagement Platform that helps organisations boost ticket sales and enhance audiences’ experience before, during and after live events. Our product, SecuTix 360°, is a cloud-based platform that combines ticketing and marketing functionality, and is offered as a white label SaaS service. Used by the largest sport clubs and stadiums, live entertainment businesses, and leading museums and cities across Europe, SecuTix manages the yearly sales of more than 30 million tickets. Among our clients are Opéra National de Paris, UEFA, Centre Pompidou, Aspro Parks, Saracens FRC, Paléo Festival, Musée Picasso Paris and many more. A daughter company of the ELCA Group, SecuTix has a local presence in Switzerland, France, Spain, Germany, UK / Irl., Italy and USA.- View Website
3D Digital Venue, powered by MMC, provides Interactive Digital Venue Management Solutions to Sports and Entertainment Venues across the globe. With our 3D Digital Venue technology platform we design need based solutions for our clients providing them a robust, precise and interactive recreation of their Venue to deliver greater fan satisfaction, increase season ticket holder renewal rates, activate new channels of digital sponsorship and provide special viewing experiences for prospective VIP buyers. The primary capabilities of our 3D Digital Venue Platform include: Ticketing3D to Enhance Ticket Sales and Fan Purchase Experience using our interactive 3D Seat Views from all Blocks and Seats; 3D Season Tickets achieve higher renewal rates from season ticket holders by offering 360 degree 3D Views of the seats even before existing venue is refurbished or a new stadium is built; Activation3D, an Interactive Environment to activate Measurable Digital Sponsorship by Product Placement inside our 3D Views & VIP3D, to provide world-class Interactive Experience to prospective VIPs and Corporate Clients with fully 3D Customised views of Luxury Suites and Premium Club Hospitality Areas. Our 3D Digital Venue Platform provide you the most complete, interactive and cutting edge Venue Management Solutions- View Website
keyper provides white labeled technology for easy and secure sharing and selling of tickets by connecting the existing ticketing solutions with mobile platforms. keyper enables sports clubs to solve their “No-Show” problem, connect their full audience, gain more relevant data and increase overall revenue.
www.keyper.io- View Website
Token is a global provider of advanced RFID solutions, pioneering a new age of cashless payments, access control and experiential activations for venues and events. Token was founded by event technology veterans, Simon Guerrero and Matthew James, who are also co-founders of Ticketbooth – one of the leading ticketing software providers in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Pairing their comprehensive understanding of the event industry, engineering experience and extensive investigation of similar platforms, Guerrero and James have developed and launched an industry-leading RFID technology platform. Partnered worldwide with event organisers, ticketing companies, agencies and venues, Token provides an end-to-end RFID solution – from the distribution of wristbands, intelligent software and hardware, cashless payment solutions and onsite social media and brand activations. This technology has proven to increase attendee spend per head, introduce additional revenue streams and sponsorship opportunities, whilst simultaneously enhancing attendee satisfaction and the on-site experience for patrons. In response to growing global demand, Token has also recently opened two new offices in the UK and USA, in addition to its headquarters in Australia. Token is also accepting proposals for global venue and agency partnerships.- View Website
We know ticketing! Softjourn is a technology services provider, which has established its credibility in building highly functional ticketing applications for 15 years with Ticketmaster, Live Nation, Vendini, Etix, Event Espresso, EzTix, Ticketprinting.com, and many others. Our clients come to us because they do not have to explain to us how the users work, what’s a Box office app, why is offline mode important etc., it means we can more quickly get up to speed on any new ticketing service.
Due to our expertise, we collaborate with our clients, by suggesting new functionality, how to apply new technology to the industry, how to let people in faster and much more. This helps our clients remain competitive or enable them to go after additional market share and bring in more revenue.
HID Global is the trusted leader in products, services and solutions related to the creation, management and use of secure identities for millions of customers worldwide.
Recognised for robust quality, innovative designs and industry leadership, HID Global is focused on creating customer value and is the supplier of choice for OEMs, integrators and developers serving a variety of markets that include physical access control; IT security, including strong authentication/credential management; card personalisation; visitor management; government ID; and identification technologies for a range of applications. HID Global is an ASSA ABLOY Group brand.- View Website
Activity Stream is a next-generation intelligence and productivity tool improving daily operations and customer experience by combining Business Activity Monitoring and Operational Intelligence with Enterprise Activity Streams and Data Visualisation, in a unique 4-in-1 solution, helping businesses become truly data-driven.- View Website
PACIFA decision is a 6-year old European company which creates and develops innovative solutions to help venue Managers in their daily work.
We work in staff optimisation and crowd control and are linked to ticketing, access control and cctv. Our groundbreaking 3D technologies allow reduced operational costs while improving ticketing and hospitality revenues.
We are 20 team-mates fully dedicated to permanently upgrading our existing tools and inventing new ones to always be on the cutting-edge of innovations. Our various origins and partnerships allow us to manage up to 9 languages (French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Slovakian, Polish and Russian) because our willingness is to be in direct contact with your own managing teams; in order to work closely together in a friendly and collaborative way, instead of being a basic supplier.
Our existing references are our best ambassadors to testify our product works and it is worth the investment!
You can find more information on our website www.pacifa-decision.com or follow us on Twitter @PACIFAdecision.- View Website
Based in the UK and servicing events across Europe, Event Genius’ unrivalled Cashless and POS solution (Event Genius Pay), reserved seating and other online ticketing services provide an end-to-end platform for arenas, theatres, stadiums, sports clubs, exhibitions or conferences looking to improve their fan experience. To find out more, visit our pod where our team will be on hand to demonstrate how these services and white-label solutions can provide your organisation with meaningful data of your fans purchasing journey, from tickets, to tills and beyond.- View Website
TixTrack provides web-based software for planning, tracking, and optimising revenue from events. The company’s proprietary purchasing and data analysis tools increase its clients’ revenues by tracking inventory status and accurately determine the correct ticket price. Customers include event promoters such as Cirque du Soleil, FELD Entertainment, Nederlander and venues such as Air Canada Centre and The Verizon Center; and sports teams such as The Los Angeles Clippers, New York Islanders and Chicago Cubs.- View Website
Alan Vey and Annika Monari launched the Aventus Foundation, which is a Jersey based, non-profit entity whose mission is to develop and market the open-source Aventus blockchain protocol, and grow the associated ecosystem. Neither the foundation nor its partners derive revenue from the protocol itself. Alan and Annika have focused on building and launching the first version of the protocol during the first part of 2018, with CTO Andy Grant joining them in August 2017. In 2018 Alan and Annika followed-up with the launch of Artos Systems Limited to provide a commercial SaaS proposition, in order to deliver tools, blockchain API connectivity and analytics to businesses involved in the ticketing supply chain – Promoters, Venues, Primary and Secondary Ticketing Agents. To successfully launch and grow Artos Systems Limited, and engage with customers and partners, COO, Rob Edwards and CMO, Andrew Ford, joined the business in February 2018.- View Website
TrafficDefender – Seamlessly manage peaks in traffic with guaranteed website uptime. The enterprise-class online queueing system that protects your website during high rates of traffic by controlling the flow of visitors to your site, keeping them informed in an interactive customer engagement portal.
A highly scalable, simple implementation with 100% uptime since release; TrafficDefender’s inline implementation protects your entire web infrastructure. It also automatically blocks malicious bot traffic from stealing sales from valued customers and consuming infrastructure resources.
Customers include The Voice, EventCube, BookingShow, and others such as AO.com, Ted Baker, JD Williams, Scribbler, Hobbs, The White Company and hundreds more. Intechnica are web performance and scalability experts, protecting some of the largest ticketing platforms in the world. Founded in 2006, the company is head quartered in Manchester, UK, and supports customers around the globe.- View Website
Tixserve is a secure ticket fulfilment platform for existing ticket sellers in sport, music and theatre. Tixserve delights consumers, fixes ticket abuse problems, reduces costs and generates new revenue streams for our B2B clients via a patent-pending interactive digital ticket delivered to smartphones.- View Website
TheTicketingBusiness Awards are set to be the highlight of the Forum, with the winners announced in front of an audience of senior industry figures during a private, gala dinner.
The Awards were launched in order to:
Hundreds of nominations will be whittled down to create the shortlists. The winner of each category will be decided either by online voting by the global ticketing industry or by the independent TheTicketingBusiness Awards judging panel.- View Website
All the latest ticketing business news, blogs, videos, and up-to-the-minute media coverage from all the leading voices in the ticketing business industry, all in one place. Curated and brought to you by the TheTicketingBusiness Forum.- View Website
We’re the world’s leading arts & live entertainment marketing specialists. Based in London and with our sister agencies in New York and Germany, we produce some of the most creative, iconic and longest running campaigns in live entertainment.
From theatre and concerts to tours, exhibitions and arena events, our 90-strong dynamic team knows instinctively how to engage, inspire and excite your audience across all platforms, and understands exactly how to turn your event into the hottest ticket in town.
And with all our services under one roof, our strategies are beautifully designed and seamlessly integrated, allowing us to react in the blink of an eye.
We’re bursting with ideas and passion and we think there’s always more to discover, new ways to think, greater things to achieve.- View Website
The Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers (STAR), is the representative body for the UK ticketing industry, promoting consumer confidence and excellent service through a strict Code of Practice.
STAR’s membership includes ticket agencies, West End and regional theatres, arenas, music venues, travel companies and many others in the ticketing industry. Sales through STAR members represent over 90% of UK theatre and music ticket sales (over a million tickets per week).
With widespread support and recognition from entertainment venues, promoters and producers as well as law enforcement and government, STAR has been at the forefront of cross-industry initiatives to improve consumer confidence, combat fraud and make ticket buying safer for the past twenty years.- View Website