From the 13th till the 17th of September, MARCONI and HRADIO had a joint stand in the Future Zone of IBC. For MARCONI, we showcased our customised software tools to increase and automatise listener interaction. HRADIO then enabled hybrid listening experiences, seamlessly combining linear broadcasts with on-demand content. Together, the projects let IBC visitors experience interactive and personalised radio, at home, on the road, or at the festival, in a stand that was uniquely designed for the experience. We were able to welcome many visitors and radio stations that are interested in joining our open pilots.
On the 5th of June, the first workshop on Interactive Radio Experiences (IRE) took place at ACM TVX, the International Conference on Interactive Experiences for Television and Online Video, at MediaCityUK in Salford, UK. Despite the increasingly interactive nature of radio experiences, the topic has been neglected so far at TVX and other conferences that address interactive media. The workshop, jointly organised by the H2020-projects MARCONI and HRadio, brought together researchers and practitioners working on tools, services and applications that enable interactive radio experiences.
The NEM Initiative, the New European Media Technology Platform, held its 11th edition of the main annual conference NEM Summit 2019 in Zagreb, from the 22nd to 23rd of May, 2019. The conference addressed many of today’s hot topics related to the Smart Content by Smart Creators. The rich conference programme was supplemented by an exhibition area, where research and innovation projects under programmes of the European Commission and other public authorities, including SMEs and creative industries, and research/academic organisations demonstrated their recent achievements in the areas of the future digital media experiences.
MARCONI participated at the event, with several partners of the consortium being also part of the Steering Board of NEM. Moreover, a MARCONI stand was set up in the exhibition area and we showcased the results of the first MARCONI pilots to different stakeholders, and announced the future plans for the open pilots, where external radio stations can use the MARCONI platform for their very own scenario.
From the 31st of March till the 2nd of April, MARCONI was present at Radiodays Europe in Lausanne to showcase the platform and its components for the open pilots. Radiodays Europe is born as a response to the needs of the European industry, public and private, to come together to discuss the new media challenges, across borders. It has since grown to become the most important annual conference for radio professionals. At the event, MARCONI and the project HRADIO had a joint booth at the exhibition and were also presented during the conference.
As of 2006, Flemish radio station Studio Brussels organises the yearly charity event Music for Life, as part of the “Warmest Week”. Studio Brussel calls on their listeners to set up a campaign for a cause that lies close to their hearts. Since 2015, these campaigners have their own app, which enables them to share their story and better connect with their radio station. Behind this app lies the technology of MARCONI. In this blog post, you can find an overview of what MARCONI contributed and piloted at Music for Life.
From the 24th till the 26th of January, the Salon de la Radio took place in Paris. The European radio show undoubtedly marks the middle of the radio season. During these three days, several presentations, lectures, meetings, workshops and demos celebrated radio in the historical building Grande Halle de la Villette. Together with HRADIO and FuturePulse, MARCONI organised a booth on the future of radio, showcasing different prototypes that support interaction with the listener.
Media Fast Forward is a yearly networking and inspiration event, organised by VRT, about the future of media. On the 14th of December, more than a 1000 media professionals, researchers, entrepreneurs and innovators gathered in Bozar, Brussels, to find inspiration, gain insights and network for future collaborations. Aside from a conference, there was an exhibition with over 40 startups and an innovation street, showcasing prototypes of various European projects. At the booth of MARCONI, you were able to see what happens at the controls as a radiomaker, part of the MARCONI prototype.
JOANNEUM RESEARCH co-organized the workshop titled "Compact Deep Neural Network Representation with Industrial Applications (CDNNRIA)" as part of the Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems. The workshop assembled more than 200 participants from academia and industry working on techniques and applications of efficient neural network-based learning. The workshop hosted invited talks with speakers from MIT, DeepMind, Intel, Qualcomm, NVIDIA and University of Amsterdam, oral and poster presentations and a panel discussion.
The WorldDAB General Assembly 2018 brought together more than 200 experts to discuss the future of DAB+ digital radio. The MARCONI project was represented there thanks to Pluxbox who had a booth at this event. It was an opportunity to show MARCONI demos and give hand outs to members of WorldDAB and DAB enthusiasts.