39th Annual IDEA Conference

The 39th Annual IDEA Conference will be held, virtually, throughout the month of July.

Join us as we head Back to the Future and consider life in a post pandemic era.

Be sure to check back often as we add more information!



  • Venue Tours
    • Allegiant Stadium, Home of the Las Vegas Raiders and the UNLV Rebels football
    • Globe Life Field, Home of the Texas Rangers
    • SoFi Stadium, Home of the Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Minor League
  • Soccer
  • University


  • IDEA 101
  • Inclusion and Outreach mentorship program


Starting with a Blank Slate Ever wonder what it's like to start from a completely blank slate? Come join this panel discussion to learn what it takes to launch an expansion team, build a fan base in a new city, or approach an event that only happens once a year. We'll hear from industry leaders who have been faced with the challenge of entertaining fans that are new to their event.
Storytelling 101 with the WWE This course takes a deep dive into the entertainment experience of WWE. Panelists include current and former employees of WWE and will cover their creative process when it comes to storytelling,  character building of villains and heroes, and the qualitative vs quantitative approach regarding entertainment value.
Titans & Train Wrecks Everyone has a story to tell! Join this interactive discussion about the year’s best practices and biggest blunders! Attendees should submit or nominate a video or photo to share their game day shining moments and cringe worthy train wrecks. We’ll then discuss these moments in an open forum breakout.  Attendees will submit photos and videos to prior to attending. (Submission information available soon.)
Bringing Concert Production into Sports Entertainment Ever wonder how your favorite concerts have come together? Do you want to know how to implement those techniques into your show?  Let’s follow Charlie Alves as he describes how a concert comes together from pre-production to day of the show. Charlie has been professionally designing video for performances whether it be theater, live music, or sports around the globe for 13 years.  During that time, he wore many hats, from being the Tour Manager/ Production Manager, to being Show/Video Director & Media Designer/Director. In those years of traveling, he has worked for acts like Macklemore, Bastille, Alesso, Avicii, Blue Man Group, Michael Buble, Cheap Trick, Metallica, and Big Time Rush. Charlie has brought his expertise to the Chicago Bulls as a consultant and producer tasked with bringing in new ideas for high level productions.
Sports Betting

Sports betting continues to increase in popularity with fans in and around our venues. Why should we look to integrate sports betting into our game experience?

We'll take a deep dive into how sports betting is evolving on the team level, and the various opportunities for us to monetize our brands and incentivize our fans. We will also look at how the rules and regulations vary from state to state and league to league.

Tips and Tricks for Expanding Diversity Initiatives A dive into things that worked, and ideas that didn't, from diversity officers from around the country. Come away with ideas you can take back to your organization on helping create an inclusive environment.
What We Know Now
This session will explore new processes, procedures and production elements we developed during and coming out of pandemic that we can translate to our current and future shows.
Women in the Industry: Workplace Feedback and Development This open-to-all conversation will focus on two topics of discussion. Research has shown that men receive more actionable feedback in the workplace than women. This leads to a gender gap in career development and advancement. How can managers ensure that they are providing equal feedback to all their employees, and what steps should women take to demand this important feedback? We will then turn our focus to strategies for management and employees to provide an inclusive work environment for everyone. This session will be structured as a moderated group discussion, with participation encouraged.
Advanced Cinema 4D Advanced Cinema 4D will walk you through intricate details of the program. Focusing on texturing, lighting and other techniques to take your renders to the next level.
Storytelling Panel Hear from a panel of award winning storytellers on their unique perspectives on how they tell their teams stories. Learn their process from pre-production, to production and post-production.  There will also be time to ask questions.
Versioning with Essential Graphics How to use essential graphics in Adobe After Effects to eliminate redundancies and streamline projects with multiple versions.
Cloud Workflows for MAM Strategies for successful use of media access managers in mixed nearline storage, cloud storage and archive environments.
4K And Above Lessons learned and methods for successful deployment of 4k and 8k systems in live sports environments. This focuses on both region of interest replay and glass to glass production.
Remote Transmission Deep Dive A conversation with industry experts about the different ways to currently deliver a video stream and the advantages of different techniques.
Today's Technology Join the engineering staff of Allegiant Stadium, Globe Life Field, and SoFi Stadium to discuss their recently opened facilities. We will discuss the latest technology going into these facilities, the challenges of building new stadiums and any lessons learned during this process.  Please consider watching the Venue Video Tours in advance of this panel or join us 45 minutes early.