Case Study: Youth Summit 2015
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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

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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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.”

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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)

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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


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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)


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RTS were approached by staff at Southwark Coroner’s office to provide, install and operate all audio visual and video conferencing solutions for the Jean Charles de Menezes inquest. Including all special measures (witness anonymity) for statements via video conferencing link.

RTS were responsible for the design, installation and maintenance of the audiovisual and  information technology video and data infrastructure within the purpose built temporary court room and the integration onto the local networking infrastructure at the Surrey Oval in central London.

Installation and operation of a simultaneous interpretation infra-red system allowing the de Menezes family to hear the proceedings in their native language.

PTZ ceiling mounted cameras were installed into the courtroom allowing live video and audio to be streamed to the media overspill annexe located separately on the far side of the Surrey Oval over an IPTV video link.

Facial pixelation and blocking techniques were integrated into the video system, masking the identity of the witnesses from the public and press areas.

The inquest lasted approximately 14 weeks.

On completion of the Inquest, the Coroner’s staff said: “RTS Communications provided a professional service from start to finish, offering pro-active solutions to issues which were outside their original remit. Staff were always on hand and without their support, sometimes providing items at really short notice, the inquest would not have progressed as smoothly as it did.”

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At RTS, we are working on conferences and events on a daily basis, so we’re well placed to see the ways that demand for certain solutions start to change. Just recently, things have changed quite significantly… As an example, it’s no longer enough to have a wonky, poorly projected image at your conference or leave everybody at the back of the room struggling to hear what you are saying – and the reason for this is primarily because of the audio and visual systems we now buy for our homes.

As the technology people use in their homes becomes increasingly sophisticated, with HDTV, BluRay and surround sound systems leading the way, business users expectations of the AV equipment supplied to their conference or event are far greater than ever before.

Rather than projectors and portable screens, high quality plasma TV’s are the popular choice for displaying information and graphics – particularly at exhibitions where large display screens not only attracts visitors, but keep them on your stand, even when you can’t talk to them immediately. If you look at busy stands at exhibitions, they tend to have an AV presence that helps to grab a potential customer’s attention.

And it’s the same with audio solutions for conferences. It’s no longer acceptable to just ‘speak a bit louder’ and hope that people hear you. A simple, high quality, PA system and a suitable microphone allows your delegates to focus on the key points – rather than struggling to hear the words. Whether presenters use a table mic, a lectern or discreet lapel mics, the message they are delivering needs to be clear and understood.

So where’s all this going next, I hear you cry! Well let’s take a look at the home market again. 3DTV has started to become available, which will mean the expectations of your graphic presentations will start to soar, and social networking tools like videochat are permeating into the business market, with HD Video Conferencing attracting a lot of attention as it’s now a socially acceptable way of communicating.

So if you are planning an event or exhibition, it would be worth taking a look at how a simple, cost-effective AV solution can help you engage more effectively with your customers – because if you don’t, it is highly likely that your competitors will!

Conferences and Events by RTS

RTS provides highly experienced event professionals and AV equipment for conferences and events to create the perfect setting for presenters and delegates. RTS technical event staff can provide live mixing of cameras and audio, remote video links and live web streaming to ensure your message has the maximum impact.

Total confidence

Every event and conference presents its own unique challenges for organisers. You need a technical partner that is experienced in delivering a precision service with no fuss.

Whether you need an engineer to handle the live mixing of your presenters’ audio, multi-camera operation and production, or full management of the technical systems for your event, we have the right people ready to help. We regularly provide events and conferences with:

  • Audio equipment and engineers: microphones, mixers, sound systems, press and broadcast feeds, live mixing support
  • Visual and projection services and support: projectors, plasma and LCD displays, video conferencing, cameras, operators, live camera mixing, pre and post production
  • Lighting and staging: risers, backdrops, lecterns, and lighting operators
  • Web streaming services for live or on-demand feeds
  • Interpretation and simultaneous translation for multi-language conferences and events.

Our conferences and events experience

We have worked on hundreds of conferences and events, including many high profile press conferences and international events, to provide a superior level of professional support. These have included multi-lingual events featuring European Ministers, visiting foreign dignitaries and speakers, and regular annual conferences for large organisations and government departments.

Take a look at some of our high profile conferences and events case studies

Our friendly, calm production and engineering team will be there to help keep everything running smoothly, without any technical glitches, so that your event or conference is remembered for its speakers and content.

Contact us online or call us on 0207 735 2020 for friendly AV support and advice on your next conference or event.

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