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Event IT Workshop

December 5, 2016 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

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Matt Manza, Operations Director, MusicfestNW presents Project Pabst

About the Event IT Workshop

The XLIVE Event IT Workshop presented by Backstage Networks is an intimate senior-level forum taking place on December 5th that will bring together entertainment industry IT professionals, event technology providers, production specialists, and live event organizers for a comprehensive program of case studies, interactive roundtable discussions and informative panels with the goal of using new innovations in IT to improve the live event experience for fans and artists alike.

Who Attends:

Types of Organizations: festivals, event organizers, venue operators, event technology companies

Titles: CEO, CMO, Owner, Founder, Executive Director, IT Director/Manager, Production Director/Manager, Engineering Director/Manager

Workshop Schedule:

8:00 AM: Registration Opens

8:45-9:00 AM: Opening Remarks

9:00-9:50 AM: IT Infrastructure 101 – The secrets to successful IT networks at festivals & live events

Whether it takes place at an intimate theater, a sold out stadium, or over multiple acres, your live event venue can’t succeed without a comprehensive IT infrastructure in place to handle the technology demands of all the moving parts. From attendees to talent, stage to security, and vendors to presenters, everyone is expecting a more robust and reliable network in place to support their needs.  Join Greg Green of Backstage Networks as he breaks down the benefits of having consistent enterprise-grade IT and professional onsite support at live events of all sizes.


Greg Green, Director of Event IT, Backstage Networks

9:50-10:20 AM: Networking & Coffee Break

10:25-11:20 AM: Behind the Scenes – IT Strategies for Production Support

Getting IT right in the dynamic environments of a live event is much more challenging than in a 9-5 company. Issues need to be resolved in minutes, not hours. There are constant moves, additions and changes, often at a moments notice. Expectations and stress levels are high, and everyone knows the show must go on. We’ll take an inside look at the common difficulties faced by producers when it comes to IT needs, how best to determine and justify the appropriate level of IT on the production budget, the increased importance of technology and communications with regard to security and crowd management, and explore the converged future of Stage/AV/Data Technology.


Greg Green, Director of Event IT, Backstage Networks

Jamie Tobin, Operations Director, Rifflandia Music Festival

Harry Witz, Director, Clair Global

Seth Sheck, CEO & Founder, Access Event Solutions

11:30 AM-12:30 PM: Delivering an Experience – IT for Attendee Engagement

Our workshop will conclude with an inside look at how your IT infrastructure serves as the essential catalyst of every element of the live event experience. We’ll chat with our expert panelists to get their insights on utilizing IT to enhance the entire the fan engagement experience from event apps to in-venue wireless access.


Greg Green, Director of Event IT, Backstage Networks

Krista Geiger, Enterprise Sales & Partners Manager, Purple

Allison Shaw, CEO, Manic Monkey Management

Matt Manza, Operations Director, MusicfestNW presents Project Pabst