Call for presentations: COMMTREND 2019 conference

SACIA executive director Kevan Jones with the SACIA team.

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, SACIA is hosting a multi-stream conference – COMMTREND 2019 – that will examine the trends and technologies shaping the future of the communications industry across Southern Africa.

Theme: Trends & Technologies shaping the future of the communications industry
Date: 22-24 October 2019
Venue: Gallagher Estate, Midrand, Johannesburg

The COMMTREND 2019 conference programme will include a mix of keynote presentations, panel discussions, discussion forums and practical workshops. Streams (break-away sessions) and sub-themes within the conference include:

Technical Production & Live Events – sound, light, display, rigging

Content Creation – film, video, multimedia and social media

Event Safety – standards and practice; global trends and insights

ProAV – digital signage, AV/IT integration, video conferencing, case studies & the user experience

Broadcast – content creation, management & distribution, digital preservation

Telecoms – integration between broadcast and AV/IT technologies; networked AV solutions

Pro Audio – recording; post-production; live sound

Education – exploring challenges faced by educators working across all inter-related fields above

Leadership, Business & Governance

COMMTREND 2019 is now inviting submissions from organisations, companies or individuals who are interested in submitting a paper, contributing a presentation or participating in a panel discussion. COMMTREND 2019 encourages presenters to focus on future trends and technologies. While imaging an inspired future, speakers may also want to raise concerns over any adverse impact technologies may have on the communications industry in Southern Africa.

While manufacturers and vendors are welcome to submit presentations, the presentations should not be structured to sell or promote a particular brand or product.

Presentations should be no more than 20 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes allowed for Q&A. Preference will be given to case studies and research articles that are more practical (practice-based/practice-led).

The deadline for proposals is 15 May 2019 and submissions should be made using the template available here.

The programme committee will send authors feedback by 30 June 2019 to indicate whether their proposals have been accepted.

* Accommodation, travelling and subsistence costs are the responsibility of the presenters.

**Presenters grant SACIA the right to record and distribute their conference presentations, unless specified in writing.

If you have any questions, please contact the programme committee at


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