SDW 2017 sees attendee numbers soar to new record
20 July 2017 11:28 GMT

The organiser of leading next-generation government and citizen ID event SDW 2017 has revealed that year-on-year growth in visitorship hit 6% at the show's 11th edition.

The event, held in June at the QEII in London, welcomed a record 1,943 visitors. This year the even hosted a 140-stand exhibition, a series of free seminars and a world-leading conference programme.

The organiser, Science Media Partners, noted that the venue was packed with government delegations from 38 nations as well as suppliers, end users, integrators, consultants and academics from 78 countries.

"The exhibition halls were buzzing with people discovering the latest technologies, forging new connections and making deals", wrote the company in a statement, adding that  100% of exhibition visitors surveyed rated the event as excellent, very good or good.

The exhibition also encompassed the very popular Knowledge Theatre where visitors could partake in a series of free seminars.

The three-day SDW 2017 Conference welcomed record numbers of delegates (468) to hear from 86 expert speakers, who shared their experiences, knowledge and insights into the secure document sector. The conference featured analysis and debate of key issues, practical sessions focused on technological trends and understanding how they could impact on future business, and valuable lessons from recent high profile case studies.

Mark Lockie, SDW 2017 Event Director, commented: “SDW provides a vital role for the secure document and identity sector as a key information source and global meeting place. We are delighted to see so many familiar faces return and to welcome newcomers to the SDW community where government, industry and academia can come together to discuss, source and forge solutions.

Preparations for SDW 2018 are already underway with many exhibitors already re-booked for next year and plans to further expand the exhibition. Demand to exhibit is extremely high and new exhibitors will be accepted from 31st July. Contact Janine Bill, Exhibition Manager (j.bill@sciencemediapartners.com) for more information.

Next year’s event will again be held in the heart of Westminster at the QEII Centre in London – the dates are 25-27 June, 2018. A call for speakers will go out later this year and the conference programme will be available in Spring 2018.