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Audio Collaborative reveals impressive agenda for the event’s 10th anniversary

The jam-packed agenda for Audio Collaborative, Futuresource Consulting’s flagship event, has been officially revealed. Taking place on the 9th November 2023, Audio Collaborative will be celebrating its 10th anniversary at the striking Ham Yard Hotel in Central London. To commemorate this exciting milestone, the agenda boasts an impressive array of speakers, poised to discuss a variety of relevant topics on consumer audio. 

“The agenda is a zeitgeist of the contemporary audio industry,” says Carl Hibbert, Director of Research, Futuresource Consulting. “The event will take the biggest industry topics and rotate them three-hundred-and-sixty degrees. Alongside Futuresource’s own industry-leading data, our attendees will benefit from the insight of our iconic sponsors, HARMAN, Qualcomm, Analog Devices, and Sonarworks.” 

HARMAN, known for its impressive catalogue of brands and cutting-edge audio technologies, will be the platinum sponsor of the event. Carsten Olesen, President of Consumer Audio at HARMAN, will be sharing the company’s expertise in an inspiring keynote session. 

Taking the diamond sponsorship slot is connectivity innovator Qualcomm, a company well-regarded for its history of developing critical wireless technologies. 

Official agenda for Audio Collaborative 2023 

Guests will be well catered for with lunchtime refreshments and an evening drinks reception. Alongside the thought-provoking panels and presentations, there will be plenty of opportunities to network throughout the day. The event will be chaired by Carl Hibbert, Director of Research at Futuresource Consulting, and the agenda is as follows: 


HARMAN opening keynote & fireside chat
9.30 - 10.05
Carsten Olesen, President Consumer Audio - HARMAN International
Carl Hibbert, Research Director - Futuresource

Audio industry in numbers
Presentation | 10.05 - 10.25
Kavish Patel, Research Analyst - Futuresource
Research Analyst Kavish gives a rundown of the current shape of the audio industry, featuring key metrics from Futuresource’s industry and consumer tracking services.

Overcoming the innovation roadblock
Panel session | 10.25 - 11.05
Jonny McClintock, Audio Codecs (Chair)
Elfed Howells, Co-Founder - Elevear
Tim Degraye, Founder / CEO - Hed Unity
Mehul Kochar, Senior Director Business Development, Audio Solutions - Knowles
The term 'innovation roadblock' has been permeating the industry. Consumers are happy with current technologies, so what will be the next ‘must-have’ for consumers? Should brands focus on leveraging their strengths in the personal and home eco-system? Or is it about educating consumers on what better-quality audio sounds like?

Coffee break 11.05 - 11.40

Embracing sustainable sound
Presentation | 11.40 - 12.00
Alex Jornod, MBA - Futuresource Associate
Without fully implementing net-zero pledges, society will not hit our climate goals. The industry must step up to reduce the environmental impact of audio hardware and software alike. In this session, we will explore how we can collectively clean up audio and overcome the hurdles along the way.

Audio beyond the music
Panel session | 12.00 - 12.40
Guy Hammett, Senior Market Analyst - Futuresource (Chair)
Marcos Simon, CTO - Audioscenic
Maurice Moroney, Marketing Director - Qualcomm
Steven Hoyle - Masimo
Andy Dowell, Director of Business Development - Lenbrook
Exploring the innovations, challenges and opportunities across the wider audio eco-system, including home cinema, gaming, radio, and enterprise.

Lunch break 12.40 - 13.40

The role of audio in the virtual space
Presentation | 13.40 - 14:00
Sonarworks session
Presentation | 14:10
Helmuts Bems, Founder / CEO - Sonarworks

Servicing the consumer through personalisation
Panel session | 14:10 - 14:50
Rasika D’Souza, Principal Analyst, Head of Personal Electronics - Futuresource (Chair)
Helmut Bems, Founder / CEO - Sonarworks
Jacob Hooker, Director, Strategic Marketing - Analog Devices
Rupert Brun - Fraunhofer
Music is already personal, but curating the individual listening experience can propel audio to new heights. We explore how personalisation, from development through to the consumer, can elevate audio.

Audio in the car: opening the door to the third room
Presentation & fireside chat | 14:50 - 15:10
Sarah Yule, General Manager - KEF
Guy Hammett, Senior Market Analyst - Futuresource
The car is fast becoming the next frontier of entertainment, being almost custom-built for high-quality audio experiences. Brands are being presented with an exciting opportunity, so how can they best approach this lucrative avenue? Can we maximise audio while keeping comfort and safety at the forefront? What’s in store for automotive audio technologies?

Coffee break 15:10 - 15:45

The vinyl revival... continues!
Panel session | 15:45 - 16:25
James Duvall, Principal Analyst, Head of Entertainment - Futuresource (Chair)
Nick Bonard - Montreux Media Ventures
Tony Cousins, Mastering Engineer - Metropolis Studio London
Fraser Kennedy - Music Producer
Lisa McErlain - Marketing & Repertoire Manager - BMG
This legacy format is resurging, with 2022 vinyl sales rising yet again. What's the cause of this nostalgia trip and is it set to last?

Tech Showcase: XR in Audio
Presentation | 16:25 - 16:35
Nikolaos Tzoumerkas, Market Analyst - Futuresource

Tech Showcase: AI in Audio
Presentation | 16:35 - 16:45
Adam Levenson, Head of Marketing - PlusMusic
The proliferation of artificial intelligence has been one of 2023’s biggest news stories. AI will undoubtedly impact audio, so brands must ride the wave or risk being sucked under. We’ll discuss how to use AI to your advantage and approach it as an opportunity, rather than a threat.

Closing keynote & fireside chat
16:45 - 17.10
Maurice Moroney, Marketing Director - Qualcomm
Carl Hibbert, Research Director - Futuresource

Grab your ticket for Audio Collaborative 2023 

The event is fast approaching, with only a few tickets remaining. Don’t miss out on the chance to attend the ten-year anniversary of Audio Collaborative – secure your seat now. 

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Olivia Lowden

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Olivia Lowden

Olivia Lowden is responsible for the long-form content, press, and partnerships at Futuresource. Prior to her career at Futuresource, she completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, demonstrative of her lifelong love of words.

Carl Hibbert

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Carl Hibbert

Heading the Consumer Media & Technology Research team, with over 20 years industry analyst experience. Carl maintains & develops Futuresource's services across all forms of entertainment & consumer electronics, ensuring unrivaled insight & knowledge in sector dynamics and future industry direction. A regular presenter at industry conferences across USA, Europe and Asia and frequent contributor to press and trade journals.

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