An interesting 2 day jaunt to Berlin, and Babelsberg, to look at some innovation opportunities with the German public broadcaster ZDF.
We’ve just held #newsHACK in London, in partnership with Global Editors Network, and including an impressive spread of News organisations.
Today I visited the #newsHACK VI event in Cardiff. The Wales Connected Studio team have setup this event, following the #newsHACK approach, to engage with Welsh Universities.
This event, in Nairobi Garage, was a hack event held by BBC News Labs and Connected Studio to prototype & launch new pilot News services that will reach young African females.
Last Friday, and today, we have been working from the BBC East Africa Bureaux in Nairobi. Lovely office and charming staff.
In the run-up to the Nairobi #newsHACK, we spent the day today working on strategy and preparation in the wonderful surrounds of Lake Nakuru National Park.
Today we spent at Cafe Ubuntu in Maai Mahiu working on BBC News Labs strategy, and on preparation for the Nairobi Connected Studio #newsHACK event.
We just ran the Tech Briefing for the “Connected Studio: World Service – Africa” event, at the iHub in Nairobi. This covered Juicer, Content API, FrontLine SMS, and WeChat.
#newsHACK III – Language Technology was a 2 day hack event in London focussed on “Multilingual Automated News Services of the Future”.
BBC News is a large department, and so I am frequently meeting new teams. Today I met a great team from BBC World Service – the YouTube channel editors.
Another amazing tiring, flat-out exhausting demo marathon at MozFest’s 2014 event “Science Fair”. And this year, slightly more bearded men than last year.
Happy Ada Lovelace day 2014! Today we had Neil Hurley and Georgiana visiting from University College Dublin to demonstrate Insight4News.
Hosted by Steve Herrmann, we ran an Audience Session for the “Future of News” project today. George Wright, Miles Bernie and I showed some prototypes.
In a frantic year of News Labs’ activity & growth, I have neglected to cover off the great #newsHACK 2 event we held on May 1st & 2nd this year – about 8 weeks ago!
Great day in Dock House today in BBC MediaCity with the Connected Studio team. Review, looking ahead, and some great drilling-into processes around innovation.
Today I presented a BBC News Labs item at the BBC Online Briefing (Last one was in December 2013 – post here).
Today we made a flying visit to Belfast, to discuss with the BBC folks there how we hope to combine the News Labs and News Archive work.
Great event in Dublin & Glasgow – will add more soon. – see #newsHACK hashtag for updates, and #newsHACK website.
See this post announcing #newsHACK II – a co-production with Global Editors Network. The event will take place in 2 venues – Glasgow and Dublin. Universities and News Organisations can sign up for #newsHACK II here.
I had the pleasure of hosting Takanobu from NHK, Japan’s public service broadcaster, yesterday at the central lab. Takanobu joined us for our fortnightly team catch up, and ran a interview with me too. NHK are also thinking about building their innovation work, and so are looking at the possible models for this.