Case Study: Youth Summit 2015
0207 735 2020

Tag: audiovisual

On September 12th 2015, the Department for International Development (DFID) hosted the first Youth Summit at their offices in Whitehall, central London. RTS provided event production and technical support for this summit.

The Youth Summit allowed young people from all over the UK to have their voices heard on global issues. The results of the day’s conference were then taken by Secretary of State, Justine Greening, to the UN conference held in New York.

Last year’s GIRL Summit focused on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Child and Forced Marriage. DFID’s commitment at the Girl Summit led to this year’s Youth Summit which continued the important work of keeping these issues in the spotlight.

Event management services for last year’s mammoth GIRL Summit which took place over 28 rooms at the Walworth Academy was in the capable hands of RTS and so again “we” were the natural choice for this year’s event.



60 inch comfort monitors and audience relay screens, a D&B Audiotechnik PA system were all suspended from trussing above the audience. The only two items on the floor were the stage itself and the set which was comprised of a 4.5m x 2.5m Absen A3 Pro 3.9mm pixel pitch LED video wall, supplied by PSCo – built on a scaffold platform and included various set panels and surrounds.

This allowed maximum seating capacity for summit delegates. To make the Q‘n’A sessions more informal, RTS supplied several Catch Boxes, containing a radio microphone allowing the audience to throw the microphone to one another.



The Youth Summit was launched by Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening. The main stage hosted inspirational speakers such as Fahma Mohamed an anti-FGM activist, a personal video message from Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations and Malala Yousafzai.

The Youth Summit included interactive workshops throughout the day that focused on global goals that need to be tackled, some of which included:

  • The fight to end poverty – helping young people to gain skills and confidence  and to have one-on-one conversations with those who make important decisions.
  • The meaning of global goals for young people – hosted by Rick Edwards, focused on climate change, education, employment and gender equality.
  • Local action for global change – hosted by the Wonder Foundation, those that attended this session were provided with the skill set to make an impact in their local area.



RTS created a “Marketplace” for delegates to interact with the 25 organisations and charities were represented at the Youth Summit. A live video feed of the main conference was streamed straight into the Marketplace which meant delegates didn’t miss a thing!

Organisations that took part in the Youth Summit were:

Youth Summit Event Management Services provided by RTS

RTS provided comprehensive event management services for the Youth Summit from concept to completion. From the initial project brief, RTS worked closely with the DFID Youth Summit team to deliver a summit that surpassed their expectations…again!

  • Venue facilities and security liaison
  • Production of delegate pack including badges, T-shirts and event information
  • Full audio and visual production including branded backdrop, staging, branded stage furniture, comfort monitors, speech timers, Catchbox radio microphones, presentation and video playback
  • Live onsite video production and editing facilities for the end of show video montage
  • Live web streaming
  • Video and audio distribution over the venue’s own IP network to projectors and screens around the venue in VIP and public areas
  • Event radio communications

A DFID spokesperson said after the event, “For those of us who were there for Youth for Change last year, it was great to see how that thread was integrated and combined with the ICS consortium, and how it all worked together…the marketplace was buzzing all day…what a fantastic event…thanks and well done!”

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Pictures: Mark Edwards for RTS and DFID Digital Comms

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RTS is pleased to announce that two further operational staff members have passed the Infocomm CTS qualification bringing the total number of certified staff to 5.

Mark Edwards, Operations Director and Rory Horan, Senior Audio Engineer both passed the Infocomm International, CTS (Certified Technology Specialist) exam in central London.

A Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) performs general technology solution tasks by creating, operating, and servicing AV solutions as well as conducting AV management activities that provide for the best audiovisual resolutions of the client’s needs, both on time and within budget.

Click here for more information on the Infocomm International CTS certification programme 

The CTS exam specifications were developed by combining the importance, criticality, and frequency data obtained from the Job Task Analysis study conducted in 2012.

The resulting data were converted to percentages and the percentages were used to determine the number of questions related to each domain and task that should appear on the multiple-choice CTS examination.

The test specifications in the table below list how many questions are included in each Domain and Task and the percentage of the test included in each domain.

Domain / Tasks% of Exam# of items
Domain A: Creating AV Solutions61%61
Task 1: Conduct site survey6%6
Task 2: Gather customer information 6%6
Task 3: Evaluate site environment (acoustics, lighting, seating, finishing,
Task 4: Maintain awareness of changes to the site environment
(acoustics, lighting, seating, finishing, etc.)
Task 5: Develop a functional AV scope8%8
Task 6: Design AV solutions12%12
Task 7: Sell AV solutions5%5
Task 8: Conduct vendor selection process4%4
Task 9: Provide AV solutions 8%8
Domain B: Operating AV Solutions 16%16
Task 1: Operate AV solutions6%6
Task 2: Conduct maintenance activities5%5
Task 3: Manage AV solutions/operations 5%5
Domain C: Conducting AV Management Activities11%11
Task 1: Project Manage AV projects 5%5
Task 2: Perform AV Finance and Job Costing Activities6%6
Domain D: Servicing AV Solutions12%12
Task 1: Troubleshoot AV solutions7%7
Task 2: Repair AV solutions5%5

Certification is not a guarantee for performance by certified individuals. Certified Technology Specialist™ (CTS) holders at all levels of certification have demonstrated audiovisual knowledge and/or skills.

Certified individuals adhere to the CTS Code of Ethics and Conduct and maintain their status through continued education.

Certification demonstrates commitment to professional growth in the audiovisual industry and is strongly supported by InfoComm.

RTS have recently installed a videowall for a public sector client in central London using the EYEVIS product range of videowall controllers and processors over HDBaseT

RTS were engaged by an existing public sector client to assist with the design and installation of a new videowall as part of an existing building upgrade to modernise a control room within the customer building.


Video Wall Example


RTS distributed multiple HD CCTV images, IPTV and local video using a dedicated EYEVIS Netpix videowall Processor. The EYEVIS Netpix allows for exceptional customisation of video display arrangements when using the custom API in conjunction with an AMX Control processor. Video from the EYEVIS Netpix was distributed to a 3×2, ultra-narrow bezel display array, using Extron HDBaseT extenders.

The audio from IPTV and local sources was processed via an Extron audio DSP outputting program sound using K-ARRAY integration speakers, either side of the video wall.

RTS worked alongside other trades to complete the project within the allocated timescales and to budget. The finished result was ” a real show stopper” and the client training was minimised as the system was intuitive enough with the system integrating with a user friendly AMX touch-panel design.

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In December 2014, representatives from more than 50 countries gathered in London for the #WePROTECT Children Online summit, the purpose of this conference was to work towards stamping out online child sexual abuse.

The impact of child abuse, both in its physical and online forms continues to be one of the most reprehensible problems of society. With the rise of the internet age, physical forms of abuse and exploitation have migrated online, and countless images are embedded and available for viewing on the internet.

Delegates gathered with the aim of coordinating a “global response”, which could specifically tackle this proliferation of child sexual abuse material in circulation today.

RTS provided the following technical services for this high profile two day event:

  • Full audio and visual production including branded backdrop, staging, branded stage furniture, radio microphones, presentation and video playback.
  • Translation of multiple languages offered to over 250 delegates
  • AV distribution and live relay of main auditorium to translations booths
  • AV distribution and live relay of conference to over-spill rooms around the venue
  • Live broadcast feeds to international broadcasters



Centre for Cities
On 6th November 2014, Centre for Cities and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minster co-hosted the Northern Futures Summit in Leeds. RTS were approached to provide the audiovisual production elements for this event.

The nature of the summit was to bring together UK city leaders, academics, senior policy experts, captains of industry, local students and teachers, who shared their ideas on how governments, business and citizens could work together to create a thriving northern economy.

The main talking points at the Northern Futures Summit were on how to deliver the right infrastructure, how to build better environments to live, work and do business, and practical ways to boost northern prosperity in the years ahead.

The brief given to RTS at the start of this project was to keep within a strict tight budget and provide innovative ways in which to engage the audience members in the pitches and keynote speeches.

RTS provided the following audiovisual services for the conference:

  • Full audio and visual production in the main auditorium including stage furniture, comfort monitors, speech timers, radio microphones, presentation / video playback
  • Audio and Video distribution and live relay of main auditorium to screens around the venue and public areas
  • Live show direction incorporating 2 manned HD-SDI cameras, 1 locked-off static HD-SDI camera, video playback and speakers’ presentations
  • Event wide production staff and radio communications
  • Electronic voting system for 300 attendees with multiply choice Q&A displaying results in the main auditorium and on the web stream
  • Utilising existing in-house equipment to keep within budget

A Centre For Cities spokesperson said after the event, “We were running a full day event in Leeds, and it was the first time I had done anything of that scale. RTS were incredibly helpful in ensuring the day was as smooth as possible – from the exact location where people would be mic’ed up, to working very late the night before doing a dry run of the following day’s event. They were very accommodating given our tight budget, and ensured the essentials were there at a price we could afford, and the service and communication was consistent and professional.”

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AV Maintenance and Support
Tailored AV maintenance and support contracts offered by RTS ensure customer peace of mind through long-term protection of investment. RTS have the experience and knowledge to provide the right level of support, on budget and on time.

AV Maintenance and Support

RTS understand that maintaining audio visual equipment is vitally important to achieving long term effective reliability and performance to minimise disruption and inconvenience of faults and technical issues of mission critical AV installations.

Our engineers can respond rapidly across the UK to assist with the support and maintenance of audiovisual systems and equipment. We offer a range of services and support to protect client investment of audiovisual systems and hardware including;

  • Online Technical Support
  • Telephone Technical Helpdesk
  • Onsite callouts
  • Preventative AV maintenance visits
  • Ad-hoc AV health checks
  • Loan AV equipment
  • Bespoke AV maintenance agreements
  • Out of hours and weekend support
  • Client Training

RTS hold a comprehensive inventory of equipment to back up AV maintenance and support agreements, and to ensure minimal disruption to clients should there be any hardware issues.

All our service level agreements (SLAs) represent flexible, tailored preventative maintenance and technical support that’s designed to keep your audio visual equipment running for longer and within budget.

As a certified member of Infocomm International, the association representing the commercial audiovisual industry worldwide. RTS audiovisual engineers benefit from the latest E-learning, classroom and manufacturer led education and training programmes promoting best practice in the delivery of technical support.

Our continued competency is enhanced through ongoing renewal requirements and adherence to the Infocomm Standards of Excellence in the delivery of audiovisual installation and AV maintenance and support.

In good hands for AV maintenance and support

When choosing an AV systems integrator to support your audiovisual equipment, you want to know that you can rely on the whole team. All the staff at RTS, including our non-technical staff, have Government approved security clearances. While you may not require this level of security commitment, it is helpful to know that when you call on RTS, we will safeguard your details with the utmost precaution.

Contact RTS for tailored AV maintenance and support options.

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On 22 July 2014, the UK hosted the first Girl Summit, aimed at mobilising domestic and international efforts to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) within a generation. UNICEF co-hosted the event.

Walworth Academy hosted the UK Government and UNICEF’s first ever Girl Summit intended to highlight the commitment to ending FGM and CEFM within a generation.

UNICEF Girl Summit

UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake speaking at Girl Summit 2014

UNICEF has estimated that at least 125 million women and girls around the world have been subjected to FGM, the “partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons”

The Girl Summit – the first of its kind and attended by representatives of governments, grass-roots organizations, campaigners and survivors from around the world — aiming to change people’s ways of thinking. Speakers at the summit included Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Home Secretary Theresa May and International Development Secretary Justine Greening.

Prime Minister David Cameron announced new UK government measures to tackle the problem, a day after a major study revealed that an estimated 137,000 women are affected or at risk of FGM in England and Wales.

A pre-summit reception, hosted in a prestigious central London venue for over 400 key delegates attending the Girl Summit from around the world kicked off the event. This evening reception was also produced and delivered by RTS.

Event Management Services provided by RTS

RTS provided comprehensive event management services for this international summit from concept to completion. From the initial project brief, RTS worked closely with the DFID Girl Summit team to deliver a summit that surpassed their expectations.

  • Secure online delegate registration, badging and delegate pack provision
  • Translation of multiple languages offered to over 800 delegates in the main auditorium
  • Catering for all delegates, staff and press
  • Full audio and visual production in the main auditorium including branded backdrop, staging, branded stage furniture, comfort monitors, speech timers, radio microphones and presentation / video playback.
  • Audio and Video distribution and live relay of main auditorium to rooms around the venue and public areas.
  • Live show direction incorporating 4 manned HD-SDI cameras, video playback and speakers’ presentations
  • Live broadcast feeds to international broadcasters including their native languages via our fully equipped media room
  • Live satellite up-links to BT Tower and out to international broadcasters on demand
  • Live web stream with VOD (Video on demand) services
  • Digital signage over the venue’s own IP network to projectors and screens around the venue in VIP, media and public areas
  • Multi-point video conferencing to DFID offices worldwide
  • Multiple breakout rooms with branded set and staging, broadcast audio, video, lighting and recording equipment, translation services, all operated by RTS technicians
  • Venue liaison
  • Security services
  • Event wide staff, security and client radio communications

A DFID spokesperson said after the event,  ” The team at RTS are always great to work with. They not only know their stuff but they are the most helpful and enthusiastic people you will find in the business. Always up to meet a challenge and very responsive and able to adapt to ever-changing last minute requirements.”

Contact RTS or call us on 0844 800 6440.

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Pictures: Russell Watkins/Department for International Development. 

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On the 19th July 2014, the UK government hosted #YouthforChange, an event developed by young people for young people to ignite action around girls’ rights and strengthen young people as leaders of the future.

Views from the #YouthforChange event were fed into the Girl Summit 2014 to ensure the voices of young people were represented on these issues. “Over 200 young people from around the UK and abroad attended the event, Key Speakers at the Youth For Change Event included Home Secretary Theresa May, International Development Secretary Justine Greening, Unicef Goodwill Ambassador Hannah Godefa and Precious Simba Founder of the Girls Development Initiative, a girls’ empowerment organisation based in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.”

Event Management Services provided by RTS

From initial project brief to completion we worked closely with the DFID Youth For Change event team to deliver an event that surpassed client expectations.

  • Complete event management
  • Main conference room AV set-up with branded backdrop, staging, main audio mix sent to in-house sound system operated by RTS technicians, presentation and video playback.
  • Live show direction incorporating 2 manned HD-SDI cameras, video playback and speakers’ presentations
  • Multi-point video conferencing to DFID offices worldwide
  • Live web stream with VOD (Video on demand)

Contact RTS or call us on 0844 800 6440.

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Picture: Russell Watkins/Department for International Development

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2014 UK and Ireland Events Diary

March 3rd – 5th

AMX Sponsored London Networked AV Systems course

March 20th

London Networking Social Event

April 7th – 11th

AV Design Boot Camp London (Part 1: Design 1 and Design 2)

April 10th

CTS Study Session, London (Same location as Boot Camp)

April 29th

Leeds Networking Social Event (Evening, free to members)

May 13th

Dublin Round Table (free to members)

May 15th

London Round Table (free to members)

June 3rd

London University Day (free to members)

June 14th – 20th

Infocomm 2014 Show (Las Vegas)

July 8th – 10th

AV Design Boot Camp London (Final session, Part 3: Design 3)

July 21st – 23rd

AMX sponsored York Networked AV Systems course

Sept 21st

London Round Table (free to members)

Oct 13th – 15th

AMX sponsored London Networked AV Systems course

Oct 15th

Manchester Networking Social Event (evening)*

Nov 18th

Cardiff University Day (free to members)

Nov 20th

London University Day (free to members)

Dec 2nd – 4th

Staging and Event Management London *

Dec 4th

London Networking Social Event (evening, free to members)


* TBC, Details of these events may change


About InfoComm International

InfoComm International is the trade association representing the professional audiovisual and information communications industries worldwide.

From offices around the world, InfoComm serves its members and the industry through:

  • Education, including technical and business courses, in the classroom and online
  • Resources, such as AV standards, thought pieces and market research
  • Events, including local roundtables and international trade shows

Established in 1939, InfoComm has more than 5,000 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end-users and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries.

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ISE 2014

Integrated Systems Europe: the world’s best-attended trade show for the professional AV and electronic systems industry


RTS will be sending a team of audio visual engineers to visit ISE 2014, the world’s best attended trade show for the professional AV and electronic systems industry, to assess the latest audio visual products available and to attend educational seminars and conferences during the event.

What is ISE?

ISE has been a joint venture between InfoComm International and the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) since 2007. As well as ensuring that all proceeds from ISE are re-invested into the industry, these associations act as the cornerstone of the event’s extensive education programme, which continues to grow year-on-year.

As in the past seven years, ISE 2014 will be held at the superb Amsterdam RAI, occupying every hall of this world-leading meeting and convention venue. The show will attract professionals from every link in the systems integration value-chain, including manufacturers, distributors, dealers, contractors and consultants. ISE also draws ever-growing numbers of end customers, from fields as diverse as education, sports, corporate facilities, hospitality and live events.

The following technology sectors have their own dedicated areas on the ISE show floor:

  • Residential Solutions
  • Digital Signage
  • Unified Communications
  • Smart Building

In addition, the following technologies are widely represented by ISE exhibitors:

  • Audio and video conferencing
  • Building automation
  • Content management and distribution
  • Flat-screen displays
  • Furniture, mounts and racks
  • Home cinema and entertainment
  • Interactive displays
  • LED video-walls
  • Lighting control
  • Multimedia control systems
  • Professional audio
  • Security and life safety equipment
  • Signal management
  • Streaming media
  • Video projectors and screens

View the official 2014 PDF Floorplan 


Amsterdam RAI, Europaplein 2-22,
1078 GZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Show dates:

Tuesday, 4 February 2014 (09:00 – 18:00 hrs)

Wednesday, 5 February 2014 (09:00 – 18:00 hrs)

Thursday, 6 February 2014 (09:00 – 17:00 hrs)


View the official magazine of ISE 2014


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