Today had been planned for a while – the purpose was to finish off the Bass for all 11 tracks. Dan had done the 6 most familiar ones already.
We just took a nice Easter Break in Paris, staying on La rue de La Michodière – une voie du 2 arrondissement de Paris – just opposite Theatre de la Michodiere.
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.
Kindly, Takanobu from NHK sent the NHK Monthly Report on Broadcast Research to us at News Labs, and it features Storyline and #newsHACK write ups, in Japanese.
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 underserved audiences on the African continent.
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.
At last we got around to visiting James Murphy, George, Laden et al down at the SKY complex in Osterly.
Great gathering this year – Amy, Evelio, Russel, Susan, Alexander are all over in London for Christmas,… plus Virginia & Glenny, Ed & Rumbie, Lori & Fred, and Wendy & I; lots of plans and lots of celebration.
A few of us met up at Spivs, including Jim & Ian.
#newsHACK III – Language Technology was a 2 day hack event in London focussed on “Multilingual Automated News Services of the Future”.
This year, we held our News Labs’ Christmas/Festive Asynchronous Workshop at The Queens Head on Acton Street in London. We also had a Jazz Band playing.
We’ve just come back from a brilliant party at my sister-in-law-to-be’s family home in Nottingham. I had the pleasure of being the Mukwasha to my brother the Mukwasha for a Zimbabwean “Lobola” ceremony.
Today we demonstrated the “OPTIMAL MEMORY RIG” at the “Digital Economy 2014” conference at Imperial College London. This “Rig” uses BBC Archive clips to trigger an emotional reaction in users, and to measure their “fixation” on topics.
Nice night out with the chaps from Loughton (Adam Drake), Buckhurst Hill (Steve Andrews), Theydon (Andy Matthews), and those who used to be in Woodford (Jim, Ian and I).
Today James Murphy from SKY NEWS Labs visited us in the Central Lab again, and this time he brought along George and Laden along. The previous time James visited was almost exactly 1 year ago – 20th November 2013 – straight after we met at #newsHACK 2013. We shared our projects updates, talked about shared issues, … Continue reading SKY NEWS Labs Visits BBC NEWS Labs – Part II
We are officially part-way into our 11 tracks of a new album for The Dees. So it seemed right to meet up and discuss strategy.
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.