Register for the 2021 HPA Tech Retreat Now!


The HPA Tech Retreat is the pre-eminent gathering of industry-leading thinkers and innovation-focused companies engaged in the creation, management, and dissemination of content. Every year, the HPA Tech Retreat brings together a world-class roster of well-known and emerging leaders in engineering, technology, creativity and business. At the HPA Tech Retreat, the most compelling topics facing the media and entertainment landscape today are presented, explored and debated.

During the HPA Tech Retreat, attendees and speakers engage with the brightest minds in the industry. From breakfast roundtables to breakout sessions, the discussion between experts is candid, unbiased, unvarnished, and authentic in a way that is unique to the Tech Retreat.

Main program proposals closed on November 20. HPA is currently accepting proposals for Roundtables and Innovation Zone applications.

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Innovation Zone

HPA invites individuals and companies to share new and innovative technology with the participants of the HPA Tech Retreat®. The Innovation Zone is where attendees can discover your company’s NEW technology in a space designed for learning and discovery. Bring your latest and greatest innovations that improve how the chain from acquisition to delivery is done.

  • The 2021 HPA Tech Retreat will be a virtual event from March 15-26.
  • All applications will be reviewed and vetted based on meeting the intent and focus of the Innovation Zone.
  • HPA Corporate Members – $1,500
  • Non Members – $2,000
  • Applications will be accepted until space is filled.
  • To apply, submit a description of what you would like to demonstrate for vetting purposes. Click here for the Application Form.

One (1) virtual booth within the Innovation Zone includes:

  • Full profile, description, logo and ability to upload a video
  • Ability to schedule appointments
  • Public chat with all attendees
  • Opportunity to meet privately with other attendees one-on-one
  • Ability to upload sales collateral for attendees to download
  • In depth analytics and lead tracking reports
  • One (1) Tech Retreat access ticket.

Space Information

Innovation Zone requirements:

Your demonstration must reflect technology that is innovative, game changing and important to entertainment markets including production, post production, broadcast, distribution, OTTs or related areas. It must provide the attendees with solution(s) that are unique and, if possible, demonstrate integrated workflows for distinctive services. Experimental products and new concepts or products are of particular interest. Start ups or creative solutions are most welcome.

You may bring secondary partners to be part of your space and demonstration if it fits within a complete solution that can differentiate the workflow or delivery process from what is available today.

Service companies and solutions providers who have unique, forward thinking offerings in production, post production, broadcast, distribution, OTT’s or a related area are invited to participate.

To apply, submit a description of what you would like to demonstrate for vetting purposes. Click here for the Application Form.

General Information:

The Innovation Zone is a meeting and networking area which will be open during conference hours as well as dedicated times. Refer to the program online (when available) for actual times.

No one is required to be with your demo during the entire time the Innovation Zone is open, except during the specific dedicated times listed in the Tech Retreat program. You are also free to make appointments during any open hours.

You may upload resources such as white papers and company information describing the technology you will be showing. Specs to be provided.

We encourage Tech Retreat Innovation Zone participants to invite clients, other individuals within your company and interested industry professionals to register and visit you at the HPA Tech Retreat. However, please note that there are no guest passes to attend just the Innovation Zone. All attendees must be registered through the Tech Retreat registration site.

Innovation Zone Space Fees:

$1,500 – for HPA Corporate Members
$2,000 – for Non Members

Innovation Zone Space Fees includes Tech Retreat access ticket for one person.

Innovation Zone Space Fees are Non-Refundable.

Space Information:

Links to all forms will be provided upon acceptance of your demo.

If your application is accepted you will be sent further information and be asked to register for the Tech Retreat and confirm your Innovation Zone space by submitting payment.

Confirmation of your space in the Innovation Zone is a commitment to have your demonstration available during the entire event.

While your Innovation Zone demo does not need to be staffed at all times, there are specific times within the program during which Innovation Zone is suggested to have live availability, TBD. All persons staffing your demo MUST have a valid ticket for the event. Approved Innovation Zone Space includes one ticket with space fee. Any additional staff or attendees must purchase a Tech Retreat ticket.

Please contact with any registration-related questions.

The HPA Tech Retreat has a number of Press attending. Press are requested to respect your wishes to be off-the-record or enter into an NDA, but you will need to arrange this directly with them. It is not required as part of HPA issuing a Press Pass.

Innovation Zone Schedule

Subject to change

Innovation Zone will be accessible to attendees at all times during the Tech Retreat. Suggested times to be available for live demos and meetings TBD.


If you have a question about registration or need assistance, please email

HPA Tech Retreat Virtual Event
March 15 – 26, 2021

(All listed dates and pricing subject to change)

HPA Members – $199
Non Members – $299 (includes 1 year HPA Individual Membership)
Tech Retreat Speakers, Panel Moderators and Panelists – $199 (includes 1 year HPA Individual Membership)
Credentialed Press Ticket – Free pending approval

Innovation Zone

$1,500 – for HPA Corporate Members
$2,000 – for Non Members

In addition to the Innovation Zone Space fee, conference tickets are also required to participate in the Innovation Zone. Innovation Zone Space Fees includes a ticket for one person. There are no additional complimentary passes.

Innovation Zone Space Fees are Non-Refundable.

Please be advised that space is limited and always sells out.

For questions or additional information contact: HPA at or 818-273-1482.

2021 HPA Tech Retreat Roundtables

Traditionally, the HPA Tech Retreat Breakfast Roundtables have been literal round tables at which participants eat breakfast and discuss issues. They have been one of the most popular parts of the retreat, even covered on local TV twice.

In 2021, the roundtables will be virtual and BYOB (bring your own breakfast — or lunch or supper or snack, depending on your time zone). Each will be limited to 12 participants at a time, including host/moderator. There will be five time slots:

  • Tuesday, March 16, 9-10 AM PST
  • Tuesday, March 16, noon-1 PM PST
  • Tuesday, March 23, 9-10 AM PST
  • Tuesday, March 23, 1-2 PM PST
  • Wednesday, March 24, 9-10 AM PST

As usual, anyone registered for the HPA Tech Retreat may host/moderate a roundtable in each time slot (until we reach capacity). Topics may be anything related to our industry. Topic titles should be on the brief side (e.g., “AI subtitling” instead of “Using artificial intelligence and machine learning to create subtitles for motion picture and television programming and direct streaming”). Roundtables will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis. There is no deadline, but the capacity limit will not be exceeded. There is no vetting (there is also no speaker discount conveyed by moderating/hosting a roundtable). There is no cost beyond registration for the HPA Tech Retreat.

Hosts/moderators may preach, teach, sell, kvell, ask, take to task, referee fights, or do anything else that keeps the conversation flowing for an hour. As the word “sell” suggests, breakfast roundtables are the only part of the retreat where marketing is acceptable. If more than one slot is selected, the topics may be the same or different. Topics may be changed up to the last minute at the host/moderator’s sole discretion. Even host/moderator may be changed, but the person requesting the slot is responsible for it being covered for the full hour, even if no one else shows up and even if the host/moderator would rather sit in on someone else’s roundtable.

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