Sandbox Pitching in Munich – networking and experience sharing “Bavarian style”

On 22 November 2018 around 60 innovation-enthusiasts from broadcasters and media companies were presented a showcase from the European Sandboxes and startups / intrapreneurs that collaborate in MediaRoad’s Sandbox Hub. In an interactive presentation, Peter De Paepe (Head of Startup collaborations and Intrapreneurship at VRT Sandbox) gave an overview of the Sandbox concept. To make things more tangible, he presented practical insights and learnings from the Sandbox activities so far, specifically the DO’s and DON’Ts to successfully kick-off such innovation accelerators. In this session, the experience from +/- 100 cases done by VRT Sandbox in 4 years’ time were shared with the audience.

Peter explained, that depending on the focus, innovation projects from the Sandbox can help to boost the broadcaster’s brand or to improve internal processes and workflows potentially at lower costs. The Sandbox concept can lower the threshold to actually embrace innovations and works with a “closed wallet” principle. Participating startups / intrapreneurs are provided a safe environment to test and develop their product and receive broadcaster’s expertise and coaching, as well as access to internal and external networks (leading to an increased visibility of the product / development).

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Setting up ERTMediaLab: First in-house presentation

On the 25th of October, an in-house presentation was held to introduce ERT’s Sandbox “ERTMediaLab” to the management team of the company. The presentation was carried out by Mike Nugent (member of the EBU Technical Committee) and Chrysanthi Chountala (EBU Technical Liaison Officer to ERT). The concept of the project, the roadmap and the action plan were presented and discussed in order to communicate and share the values and goals of this initiative.

There was positive feedback from all participants, particularly from the corporate social responsibility department which will actively participate in the project with marketing and promotional actions.

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Meet MediaRoad @IBC 2018

MediaRoad session: how do we enhance European media innovation

16 September 2018, 14h00 – 15h00
IBC, EBU Stand 10.F20. – RAI Amsterdam

Currently, the European media sector finds itself in a convergent, multiplatform and globalized landscape offering a set of opportunities and challenges for media players to innovate from creative content production to technological innovation and R&D, and across the value chain.

The MediaRoad project aspires to reawaken a ‘start-up mentality’ in the media sector, reshaping the way organizations collaborate and deploy new ideas in the market. The European Broadcasting Union is leading a consortium in which some of Europe’s most prominent broadcasters (BBC, RAI, VRT, Association of European Radios) work alongside leading media research institutes (IRT, EPFL, IMEC) and independent producers (CEPI TV). Project partners work within three project Hubs and support the transformation of the European media sector by building an ecosystem for innovation.

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THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF SANDBOX SWEDISH RADIO

The first six months of Sandbox Swedish Radio

It’s been an interesting spring for us at Swedish Radio, and we’ve been through a lot of different things since we kicked off Sandbox in January.

We’ve set the foundation for Sandbox Swedish Radio, kicked off two projects together with startups, travelled across the country to meet with people from the Swedish startup community and to Brussels to meet with our European Sandbox network. As an end to a couple of busy months we also hosted our first Sandbox event here in Stockholm.

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There it is! Swedish Radio kicks off their local Sandbox.

The first milestone for the Swedish Radio Sandbox

With some delay I land in beautiful Stockholm.

In the evening I present at the first Sandbox event of the Swedish Radio Sandbox. This takes place in the Culture House in the middle of the city. Linda and Malin, project managers from the local Sandbox, have furnished the room very cozily with seats, music, donuts and other delicacies. The atmosphere is right immediately.

Linda and Malin also give the word to Signal Signal, one of their first two startup collaborations. It is great to see these ladies drive and observe how fast their Sandbox is evolving. In addition to the two ongoing projects, several other startups are also present, so everything is there to make this fantastic start a big success story. Those very welcome extra people will certainly also grow with the upcoming events.

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Learnings about France Télévisions’s first Startup Accelerator

The Innovation division and the MediaLab (the innovation structure for the News department) designed and implemented an internal start-up accelerator, with the help of Cap Digital and in partnership with the start-up Newsbridge.

After a selection panel, Newsbridge was selected to follow this 4-month acceleration program including :

  • being hosted within the editorial team from 23rd October 2017 ;
  • a « sponsorship» by a manager from the News department ;
  • the co-construction of a solution for indexing the shootings thanks to artificial intelligence, and a semantic search engine ;
  • an experimentation phase ;
  • supporting the start-up in its growth;
  • co-financing the project to reward the startup’s commitment.

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Karel De Bondt on Intrapreneurship

In this interview we talk to Karel De Bondt, an expert on intrapreneurship at VRT Sandbox

Hi Karel, you are an expert on intrapreneurship at VRT Sandbox. When and how did you take on that role?

I’ve been working at VRT Sandbox pretty much since the beginning. I started with running the startup cases themselves. Afterwards, I began working on an intrapreneurshiptrack, and a track on innovative video workflows.

What does intrapreneurship mean exactly?

At VRT Sandbox, we offer the same support to startups as to internal inventors. These intrapreneursare people with creative ideas, that program software, but also hardware. We want to offer them the same platform as the external companies. This means we will set up a collaboration with production teams and help them grow. We will offer training for pitching, sales and business analysis, as well as business development and so much more

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Gregg Young on VR and AR

In this interview we talk to Gregg Young, VR and AR expert at VRT Sandbox. Gregg explains the difference between AR and VR, and reflects on the trends and achievements in both fields.

 

Introduction to AR and VR

Hello, Gregg! You are a VR/AR expert at VRT Sandbox. Since when and how did you get that role in VRT Sandbox?

I started working at VRT in the Immersia TV project, this is a European project under the Horizon 2020 fund. This 2-year project is all about 360-video, multicam 360-video and sending the 360 footage to different devices. Together with other colleagues at VRT we are representing this technology on the news floor and with other VRT brands. This is how I slowly became member of VRT Sandbox. Since then we started to do a lot of VR and AR projects at VRT Sandbox as well.

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From the ORF to Radiodays Europe: innovation in Vienna

Blogpost by Sarah Geeroms

I leave well in time to make it to Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF) at 9:00AM. The Austrian public broadcaster is located outside the city center, but luckily, public transport in Vienna is well-organized. My contact person Karl, who is a member of the Technical Direction department, welcomes me upon my arrival. We meet at the online & TV center, that has about 1900 employees (out of almost 4000 in total). The radio station, where Karl was working for 20 years, is located in the city center. Just like VRT, ORF is going through an architectural transformation. Within a few years, all of ORF services will be grouped on the same location. TV and Radio will then be subdivided per program.

ORF has two large TV channels and two interest channels (culture and sports). They do not have a children’s channel, as they find almost all of their content in Germany.

Within their own country, there’s almost no competition: ORF has a turnover of 1 billion €, that’s huge!

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