40th Annual IDEA Conference

2022 IDEA Conference will be held LIVE and In-Person July 10 - 13



CLICK HERE to REGISTER INDIVIDUAL ATTENDEES (those representing teams/leagues/venues or Allied members who have a secured a partnership)




  • Venue Visits including
    • Nashville SC Stadium, Home of the Nashville Soccer Club
    • Bridgestone Arena, Home of the Nashville Predators
    • First Tennessee Park, Home of the Nashville Sounds
    • Nissan Stadium, Home of the Tennessee Titans


  • Sunday night Welcoming Reception
  • Monday Welcoming Breakfast at Nashville SC Stadium
  • Lunch in Partner Expo Monday - Wednesday
  • Monday evening dinner and Battle of the Breakouts at 6th and Peabody
  • Tuesday Women's Caucus Breakfast
  • Tuesday evening dinner and Nashville Sounds game at First Tennessee Park
  • Wednesday evening dinner and IDEA Awards Gala at Wildhorse Saloon

Please note: Breakouts are open only to full time professionals affiliated with that particular breakout.

Additionally, several breakout sessions are offered over the course of the conference. They are all unique offerings and NOT repeats of previously offered breakouts.

  • Baseball led by Jami Itiakase, Cincinnati Reds
  • Basketball led by Keith Haeberle, Miami Heat
  • Football led by Liz Coates, Denver Broncos & Allan Wertheimer, Minnesota Vikings
  • Hockey led by Taylor Dean, Toronto Maple Leafs & Tina DiVilio, Philadelphia Flyers
  • Minor League led by Heather Wojciechowski-DeCaire, Milwaukee Admirals & Rachel Gauthier, Rocket Laval
  • Soccer led by Brooke Eveler, New York Red Bulls & Jeremy Benjamin, Vancouver Whitecaps
  • University led by Chris Ostien, West Virginia University

Our wildly popular breakout sessions have been expanded to bring together peers who share many of the same daily challenges, based upon their job responsibilities.

  • Engineer
  • Manager
  • Motion
  • Shooter/Editor
  • Show Caller

SPECIAL INTEREST CAUCUSES (Open to all industry professionals fitting the group demographic.)
IDEA is a supportive community of creatives that is dedicated to providing an avenue for sharing mutual experiences in a supportive, empathetic environment. We ask you to respect the sanctity of these safe spaces and only participate in areas where you have shared experience with the group members. Those interested in becoming a more supportive ally are welcomed to attend the Allyship seminar offered Wednesday afternoon. Other caucuses are coming soon. If you have any suggestions or particular areas of interest, please contact Derryl Myles, Inclusion and Outreach Committee Chair.

  • APAI Caucus:
  • Black Caucus: Shaun Curtis, President, S.O. Casual
  • Multiracial Caucus: Christina Mixon, Managing Director, Mixon Digital
  • Women's Caucus: Susan Brooks, Manager of Scoreboard Operations, United Center
  • Young Professionals Caucus: Laura Johnson, Director, Game Presentation and Live Events, San Francisco 49ers


  • IDEA 101: TBA (open to all registered college students and recent grads) 
    Panelists will discuss various opportunities available within the Event Presentation industry and offer helpful tips on how to prepare yourself for employment in the field. Session will include a Q & A segment.
    Click here to register (coming April 1)

IDEA offers a number of ways to get involved in the organization. You'll have the opportunity to meet and work with your peers while bettering the organization. Everyone is invited to attend whichever committee meeting sounds fun to them! Committees will meet Wednesday during the AM3 session.

  • Conference Content Committee (CCC): Chair Eric Long, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Golden Matrix Awards (GMA) Committee: Chair Chadwick Folkestad, Phoenix Coyotes
  • Hall of Fame (HoF) Committee: Chairs John Franzone, Tampa Bay Lightning and Aaron Buckles, Jamination
  • Inspire the Passion (ITP) Award Committee: Brandon Meier, University of Nebraska
  • Inclusion and Outreach (IO) Committee: Derryl Myles, University of Illinois
  • Social and Marketing (SAM) Committee: Heather Pearson, Miami Dolphins


The Bridge Between Cinema 4D and AfterEffects Do you want to learn the keys to making your motion design too hot to Handel? Perhaps even too sharp? Wanting to make it where everyone will harp on and on about them? Really wanting to learn how to Bach up your talents? Then sign up for The Bridge between AE/C4D where we learn how to combine both programs to make your next project rock!   Monday         July 11  PM1
Finishing Notes Learn tips and tricks in Adobe Premiere Pro to add final touches to a video to take it to another level as well as best practices to organize and export your project.   Tuesday         July 12  PM1 
Composing a Story Learn from an award winning storyteller about their process of ideation, writing, storyboarding, and telling a great story   Wednesday July 13  AM2 
Conducting Your Players Having a hard time getting your athletes to perform in front of the camera? Learn how to get the most out of your athletes for your next video shoot.   Wednesday
July 13  PM1 
Amplifying Game Day Likes, views, shares, digital-first strategy - it’s what all Marketing teams are talking about. In this course we’ll talk about ways to amplify in-stadium and in-arena programming on social media platforms, working with your social teams, and how to integrate celebrities and influencers to broaden reach and target a younger demographic.   Monday          July 11  PM1 
So You Want to Use Mainstream Music? So you want to use mainstream music….but don’t know where to begin? The Game Presentation world has recently been hit hard legally due to improper music licensing. This course will feature case studies from a variety of teams and scenarios, from licensing a popular song for an in-game video, to collaborating with an artist, to finding a song in a production music library. Hear all about the process and what goes on behind the scenes to properly obtain licenses and permission to use a mainstream song. Course will be moderated by John Adams of The Score.   Tuesday         July 12  PM1 
Timing is Everything Timing is everything in the world of live entertainment. Discuss best practices for pregame timing, how to work with broadcast partners and when to give the fans a break from featured content. We’ll take a deep dive into the timing details that help a show come alive.   Wednesday July 13  AM2 
Titans and Train Wrecks Everyone has a story to tell! Sometimes it goes well, and sometimes it doesn't. Join this interactive discussion about the year’s best practices and biggest blunders! Attendees should submit a video or photo to share their game day triumphs and cringe worthy train wrecks. We’ll then discuss these moments in an open forum breakout.  Attendees will be asked to submit photos and videos prior to attending.   Wednesday
July 13  PM1 
Building an Outreach Initiative Learn about the Nashville Predators highly successful outreach program.   Monday          July 11  PM1
Team Building How can you retain and grow your teams in the midst of "The Great Resignation?" How do you keep them motivated? How do your rates compare with others in your market?  In this session, we'll discuss how to keep our teams engaged and present different team building techniques for our full time and game day staffs.   Tuesday         July 12  PM1 
Project Management and Content Approval Systems We all have 1,000's of projects we produce every year. In this session, we'll explore various systems that can help us organize our projects and streamline our processes.   Wednesday July 13  AM2  
Allyship in Our Industry: What is an ally, and how can you become one? The IDEA Women's Caucus is hosting this panel discussion and welcome all conference attendees to join the conversation. In this session, we will define allyship and explore how men and women can become an ally to women in our industry. Learn how becoming an ally can create a healthier work environment and help your team stay positive and engaged.   Wednesday
July 13  PM1 
The Big Games What should you expect when you host the big games and events? What is expected from your group and how can you get ahead? In this session we'll delve in to the planning and logistics of All-Star Games, NHL Stadium Series and Winter Classics, Postseason/Playoff Games and Championship Parades.   Wednesday
July 13  PM1 
Bang for Your Buck This discussion focuses on little changes making a big impact to teams technology.  Here we will discuss how your peers are utilizing small upgrades to make a big impact.   Monday          July 11  PM1 
Transitioning to Hybrid Workflows In this panel we will discuss how teams utilize both Cloud based workflows and traditional on-prem systems, including Cloud Technologies, Streaming tools, Proxy workflows, remote post production and more.  Hear directly from your peers who have started the journey in the cloud.   Tuesday         July 12  PM1 
Case Study: New York Mets, Sporting KC and UBS Arena Join representatives from NY Mets, NY Islanders, and Sporting KC as well as their project teams to discuss lessons learned and experiences gained during their recent projects in control room renovations and new builds.   Wednesday July 13  AM2 
How it Works: Cameras Join industry experts as they discuss how a camera takes light and turns it into a signal we can use.  This panel focuses directly on how cameras work from image acquisition at the sensor to outputting a signal in the control room.    Wednesday
July 13  PM1 
Daktronics     TBA
EditShare     TBA
Grass Valley     TBA
Ross Video      

*All programming is subject to change.