With maximum 13 hours available over the two days to address a multitude of topics – from the general to the specific – the entire summit was scripted through to the final session that would be used to produce the summit outcome.
The topics of the six Sessions on the first day of Indoor Skydiving 2020 | First Global Summit (ISGS) were announced in early October. The day starts with keynote addresses at 09:00 and ends with a summary by the ISGS Moderator Jay Stuart at 17:45.
Jay Stuart was the first moderator contracted for ISGS because of his credentials in working major conferences in sports. His assignment is to lead the summiteers in the process of producing the outcome, a manifesto or a vision statement on the future development of indoor skydiving. Anne Maxwell and I are to moderate the individual sessions.
Indoor, Man-Made And Artificial
A number of outdoor sports have moved indoors and/or substituted the challenges imposed by nature with the man-made and the artificial. Representatives of the governing bodies for climbing and surfing are on the panel looking back at evolutionary processes extending over decades and concluding only very recently – with both making it onto the program of the Tokyo 2020 and, most likely, the Paris 2024 Olympics.
10:30 – 11:30 Session II
Sport matters! Session II looks at different options to make a challenging sport out of a first-flight experience. Is it just a once-in-your-life experience or can it develop into a sporting passion and lifestyle?
11:45 – 12:45 Session III
Sport Matters More
Sport matters more! Session III looks at the training and rating of the instructors as well as the people who are taught by them. A prerequisite for any sport. And something that needs to be taken seriously, all the more so if there is a considerable risk factor involved. Panel discussion involving panelists with unique experience and qualifications in wind tunnel training.
12:45 – 13:00 AM Summary by ISGS Moderator Jay Stuart
13:00 – 14:00 Stand-Up Lunch at the ISGS Venue
14:15 – 15:15 Session IV
Views On Competition
While competitive indoor skydiving appears to be flourishing almost everywhere, there is plenty of room for further improvement in key areas. This session of ISGS looks at all of them.
15:15 – 16:15 Session V
Much Beyond Olympia
The panel of Session V is made up of indoor skydiving champions, competition organizers and experts from the world of sports and media. Between them, they will try to define the requirements for a more coherent competition concept capable of maximizing the resources currently available between the different stakeholders in the sport.
16:30 – 17:30 Session VI
Bringing It Together
Session VI has experts in sports communications, event owners and imaginative storytellers look at the messages that need to be conveyed to the world in order to bring indoor skydiving to the next level. People who have shifted paradigms in comparable sports look at the mechanisms that can be brought into play to make it happen.
17:30 - 17:45 PM Summary by ISGS Moderator: Jay Stuart
Under the Session links I – VI you find additional information to each topic. It is kept in the style of a keynote speech leading into the session. Maybe too much prose for easy digestion. I am in the process of producing a bullet-point document on each session too.
Roland Hilfiker, ISGS Organizer and Moderator