Innovation and Networking: Combined and Up Close at NAB Show


A new networking series focused on innovation is in the works for the 2022 NAB Show, the National Association of Broadcasters’ first since 2019.

According to the NAB, each “NABiQ challenge” will relate to NAB Show’s new content pillars.

NABiQ is a series of 90-minute daily facilitated workshops that are intended to harness the power of teamwork “to ideate, innovate and create prototypes for nine real-world challenges.” Each workshop will accommodate up to five teams of six participants each who will compete for the winning solution.


Innovation consultant, coach and design sprint master Maria Duloquin will facilitate nine 90-minute competition-style events encouraging attendees to collaborate in devising solutions to common challenges facing the industry.

Registrants will be placed in five teams of six members per challenge to develop innovative solutions and prototypes that address central themes.

“Our community craves engaged and invigorating networking opportunities, beyond traditional happy hours and conversations,” said Chris Brown, the NAB’s EVP and Managing Director of Global Connections and Events. “This dynamic ‘hackathon’ format allows attendees to collaborate and draw on their collective experiences to create the next great out-of-the-box solution for our industry.”

Duloquin added, “Building on diverse knowledge under a tight deadline is a sure-fire way to foster innovation. Teams listen to each other, prioritize ideas, and define the most powerful solutions in an intense but incredibly rewarding experience.”

NABiQ is supported by Cynopsis for Capitalize and ProVideoCoalition for Create. The complete list of challenges is available here. Each competition will be followed by informal networking, with winning solutions shared with the entire NAB Show community and via NAB Amplify.

To RSVP, attendees should create a show planner and add the challenge(s) of interest to their calendar.