DSS 2020 - The Show
Michael Blackman is the Managing Director of Integrated Systems Events, the organiser of Integrated Systems Europe. An avid tech fan, he has been involved in technology publishing and events for more than 38 years and is now celebrating 17 years focused on the AV sector with ISE.
Working with a team of three, he launched ISE in a single exhibition hall in Geneva in 2004. Since then, Mike has consistently grown the event: floor space has increased thirty-fold, attendee numbers twenty-fold and exhibitor numbers eleven-fold. Today, Integrated Systems Europe is the world’s largest exhibition and conference for professional commercial and residential audiovisual and electronic systems integration.
He has created many initiatives within ISE that have driven this growth. This includes a growing line-up of sector conferences – including Smart Building Conference, Control Rooms Summit and Digital Signage Summit – as well as Hosted Buyer programmes and business matchmaking tools. These have all helped to focus the market and facilitated access to potential new customers, accelerating industry growth.
In recent years he has increasingly focused on attracting AV end-users from key market verticals to ISE. This has been a major contributor to raising the profile of the professional AV industry among the wider world of business and industry.
As ISE prepares for a new chapter in Barcelona from next year, Mike has forged new relationships with the Catalonian government, with the Mayor of Barcelona and with many national and regional authorities that will bolster the continuing development of ISE and drive the development of the AV systems integration industry in southern Europe.
Under his stewardship, ISE has become an unmissable show. It’s a marketplace for new solutions, a forum for new ideas, a meeting-place where deals are done. This industry is all about integration; Mike Blackman has made ISE integral to it.