Audioboo in education – join our free webinar!

Are you interested in learning more about the possibilities of using Audioboo in education? If so, why not join Lucy Carter, Head of Audioboo’s Education Division, and Matt Bergman, teacher at the Milton Hershey School for a free webinar tomorrow (August 8th). The webinar will take place at 9pm UK time, that’s 4pm EST for our US friends. 

Here’s a bit more information on some of the issues that will be covered tomorrow:

  • What is AudioBoo and how is it being used?
  • How are educators across the world using this unique platform to stimulate learning, connect with others, and “flip” their classroom?
  • How are educators using the new AudioBoo Edmodo App in their classrooms?

Interested? You can register for free here.

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Audioboo at Latitude!

Latitude

This weekend our in-house journalist Delores William is heading over to the Latitude Festival in Norfolk. She’s planning on speaking to many of the people over the weekend who will be performing – so stay tuned to Delores’ Audioboo profile for updates.

Perhaps most excitingly though, Audioboo is proud to be sponsoring the In The Dark tent. In The Dark will be offering what they call “Group Listening Therapy” sessions – if you tell them your problems, they’ll find a piece of audio to cure (or at least temporarily distract) you!

You can find out more about what In The Dark are doing at Latitude on their website – where you can also submit your problems for some listening therapy!

We’ll update on Monday with all of the best stuff from over the weekend.

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In the beautiful Market town of Settle snuggled in the Yorkshire Dales an explosion of talent emerges once a year…

A guest-post from our in-house journalist Delores

In the beautiful Market town of Settle snuggled in the Yorkshire Dales an explosion of talent emerges once a year

The Settle Storytelling Competition is here again. Are you a budding author? Are you aged between 10-110? Then you are eligible to enter. Now there are a few rules see below. If you are an educator or youth worker please spread the word. I know it’s a computer, internet world but honestly there are still people who like to write or tell stories, I know I’m one of them.

Settle Storytelling competition

Here’s the rules:

  • The Settle Storytelling Competition is open to anyone aged 10 to 110 who does not work as a professional storyteller. (A professional storyteller is someone who earns all or part of their living through telling stories.)
  • The story must be told and not read.
  • Stories should be no more than 10 minutes long
  • All stories should be uploaded to the Audioboo channel by 15th September 2013 by 12 noon.
  • Stories can be traditional tales, folk tales, fairy stories, autobiographical or life stories or original stories
  • Stories may not be offensive or contain any references to drink, or drugs.
  • The competition is open to people from all over the world (though Settle can’t pay any travel expenses).
  • The competition will be judged by Dave Tong, the Yarnsmith of Norwich. The judge’s decision is final.

If you win, you will be invited to attend the festival and read your story. I believe there is already huge interest in India, welcome India!

If you head over to the Settle Stories website or the Audioboo Channel you can find the big green button to submit an entry. The first entries arrived this morning and I must say they are really good – if you think you can beat it then the challenge is there, GO FOR IT!



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The Future of Digital Entertainment Conference

Last Wednesday was Intellect’s Future of Digital Entertainment conference – featuring keynote speeches and panels from many of the top people in the digital and entertainment industries.

We were there as the conference’s official media partner – recording all of the official chat, and our in-house reporter Delores also had a chance to catch-up with some of the speakers and attendees. Here’s what happened:

Keynote: Tech keynote

Sir Hossein Yassaie, CEO of Imagination Technologies, started the day by talking about forthcoming new technologies that will impact the industry.

Debate: The marriage of creativity and tech

The first debate of the day brought recognised industry leaders together to discuss the importance of content providers and tech firms working together to deliver new compelling services to consumers more quickly. As the emerging digital nation and consumer test bed for the world, new entertainment trends which start in the UK increasingly go on to spread across the globe. Speakers examined how the whole ecosystem, from content and tech providers through to retailers and broadcasters, can unite to ensure the UK not only shapes but leverages the trends it sets in a new internationally connected environment.

Chaired by Rory Cellan- Jones, and featuring Sir Hossein Yassaie, CEO, Imagination Technologies Ltd, Ben Cooper, Controller, BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra, Mike Smith, President of Music, EMI Records and Jo Dipple, CEO, UK Music.

Interview: Mixcloud – ‘Give the people what they want’

From humble beginnings in a warehouse in Acton to a global community numbering 10 million visitors, on-demand radio platform Mixcloud has opened up exciting new forms of distribution and discovery for radio and curated music content. Co-founder Nikhil Shah discussed the importance of both user and customer centred design to build an audience and develop a sustainable business model.

Keynote: Engaging the consumer and delivering innovation

As one of the world’s most innovative broadcasters, Channel 4 continue to break new ground in delivering cutting edge services to the consumer across genres, screens, and platforms, bringing with it unparalleled consumer engagement opportunities to the whole sector. CEO David Abraham discussed some of the major challenges and opportunities faced by broadcasters in this brave new connected world whilst outlining his vision for the future of entertainment.

Debate: The future of TV

As the number of delivery methods, devices, channels, platforms, and content providers escalate, this session examined how the TV landscape is changing to incorporate a new multi-media hybrid experience. Speakers discussed the impact of fragmented consumer attention, the opportunites presented by new technology and deeper interaction, and where value is shifting as a new intertwinned and mature broadcast and internet value chain emerges.

Chaired Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC, and featuring Ashley MacKenzie, CEO, Base79, Ilse Howling, MD, Freeview, Stella Medlicott, CMO, Red Bee Media, Patrick Walker, Director EMEA, YouTube, and James Micklethwait, Online Product Director, ITV.

Interview: Zeebox – Has social TV come of age?

Social TV has been one of the key industry buzz words for the past few years. Launched 2 years ago as the concept really started to take off, few firms can be said to have led the pack like Zeebox. With exciting developments and significant international deals already under their belt, Zeebox are riding the wave of a new social age for television. As social TV begins to adapt to a new position in the limelight of the masses, Zeebox co-founder Anthony Rose talked on whether the trend can really stand the test of time, how it will impact the entertainment value chain, and just how it can live up to all the hype.

Keynote: David Dyson

The CEO of Three UK examined future trends in the mobile and entertainment industries.

Debate: Navigating a new era of complete connectivity

As 4G LTE, fibre optic broadband and wi-fi become pervasive, experts representing the broad range of communication channels examined how a new era of complete connectivity will impact content delivery, the user experience, spectrum allocation and of course, revenue models throughout the entertainment value chain.

Chaired by Richard Hooper, Chairman of BSG and featuring David Dyson, CEO, Three UK, Jon James, Broadband Director, Virgin Media, Nicolas Ott, Managing Director, Mobile & Enterprise, Arqiva, and Anne Heal, Managing Director Strategy, Openreach.

Debate: Radios smart digital future

With a radio switchover being planned, listening via tablets and smartphones is increasing and new connected cars with more entertainment services are no longer ‘radios on wheels’. Against this backdrop there are still millions of people who still love their simple radio experience – turn it on and listen. This session examined how the radio industry can ensure that digital technology means a richer radio experience and deliver what a younger generation will expect on their multiple screens while enhancing radio for those who just want to sit back and listen?

Chaired by Rory Cellan-Jones and featuring Ford Ennals, CEO, DRUK, Mike Hill, MD, Radioplayer, Mark Friend, Controller Multiplatforms & Interactive Radio, BBC, Pete Downton, Director of Cloud Services, Imagination Technologies and Patrick Hannon, VP Corporate Development, Frontier Silicon.

Keynote: Policy

John Whittingdale OBE MP, Chairman, House of Commons, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee gave his views to the conference.

Debate: Meeting the challenges of child internet safety

With more and more children spending an increasing amount of time online, the whole entertainment industry has a role to play in ensuring they stay safe whilst accessing the internet.
This is a significant challenge which must be answered with a mix of technological and educational solutions right from the network through to the home, and from the device to the content itself. Experts in this session discussed how industry can meet those challenges, and how this important issue will impact the entertainment sector moving forward.

Chaired by Julian David, Director General, Intellect and featuring Will Gardner, CEO, Childnet, Simon Milner, Director Policy, Facebook, Godfrey Nunes, General Manager, Group Industry Policy, BT Group PLC and Peter Johnson, CEO, ATVOD.

Debate: The future of digital entertainment: follow the money?

The digital entertainment landscape is changing fast. Consumers increasingly access programmes and content not just through linear broadcasting channels but via ‘catch up TV’, the internet and by downloading. In addition to professional content producers, user-generated content is increasing in popularity. Technology as always is a key source of disruptive change. Faster and more ubiquitous broadband connections provided by mobile and fixed telecoms providers offer multiple channels, alongside traditional broadcasting channels, to access content. With internet-enabled TVs, smart devices and phones, device manufacturers offer the scope for a more immersive and shared experience of digital content. Over-the-top providers are not only cashing-in on the increasing availability of these technological changes but are increasingly investing in commissioning their own content. Telecoms providers and retailers in turn are seeking out ways to access the bourgeoning content market. The UK is fortunate in having one of the most technophile consumers. However in such a fast changing environment, there will be winners and losers. With the help of industry leaders deeply involved in these changes, this session debated the critical issues for the various parts of the value chain and the challenges for a sustainable value model across this chain.

Chaired by Rory Cellan Jones, and featuring Paul Hide, CE Council, Intellect, Andrew Uden, Technology Manager, Tesco, Dr. Mike Short CBE, Vice President – Telefonica Europe and Clive Carter, Director of Strategy, Ofcom.

So that’s all of the sessions – but what about our intrepid reporter, Delores? Here’s who she spoke to:

Alexander Cole, CEO of Peekabu Studios:

Last Wednesday was Intellect’s Future of Digital Entertainment conference – featuring keynote speeches and panels from many of the top people in the digital and entertainment industries.

We were there as the conference’s official media partner – recording all of the official chat, and our in-house reporter Delores also had a chance to catch-up with some of the speakers and attendees. Here’s what happened:

Keynote: Tech keynote

Sir Hossein Yassaie, CEO of Imagination Technologies, started the day by talking about forthcoming new technologies that will impact the industry.

Debate: The marriage of creativity and tech

The first debate of the day brought recognised industry leaders together to discuss the importance of content providers and tech firms working together to deliver new compelling services to consumers more quickly. As the emerging digital nation and consumer test bed for the world, new entertainment trends which start in the UK increasingly go on to spread across the globe. Speakers examined how the whole ecosystem, from content and tech providers through to retailers and broadcasters, can unite to ensure the UK not only shapes but leverages the trends it sets in a new internationally connected environment.

Chaired by Rory Cellan- Jones, and featuring Sir Hossein Yassaie, CEO, Imagination Technologies Ltd, Ben Cooper, Controller, BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra, Mike Smith, President of Music, EMI Records and Jo Dipple, CEO, UK Music.

Interview: Mixcloud – ‘Give the people what they want’

From humble beginnings in a warehouse in Acton to a global community numbering 10 million visitors, on-demand radio platform Mixcloud has opened up exciting new forms of distribution and discovery for radio and curated music content. Co-founder Nikhil Shah discussed the importance of both user and customer centred design to build an audience and develop a sustainable business model.

Keynote: Engaging the consumer and delivering innovation

As one of the world’s most innovative broadcasters, Channel 4 continue to break new ground in delivering cutting edge services to the consumer across genres, screens, and platforms, bringing with it unparalleled consumer engagement opportunities to the whole sector. CEO David Abraham discussed some of the major challenges and opportunities faced by broadcasters in this brave new connected world whilst outlining his vision for the future of entertainment.

Debate: The future of TV

As the number of delivery methods, devices, channels, platforms, and content providers escalate, this session examined how the TV landscape is changing to incorporate a new multi-media hybrid experience. Speakers discussed the impact of fragmented consumer attention, the opportunites presented by new technology and deeper interaction, and where value is shifting as a new intertwinned and mature broadcast and internet value chain emerges.

Chaired Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC, and featuring Ashley MacKenzie, CEO, Base79, Ilse Howling, MD, Freeview, Stella Medlicott, CMO, Red Bee Media, Patrick Walker, Director EMEA, YouTube, and James Micklethwait, Online Product Director, ITV.

Interview: Zeebox – Has social TV come of age?

Social TV has been one of the key industry buzz words for the past few years. Launched 2 years ago as the concept really started to take off, few firms can be said to have led the pack like Zeebox. With exciting developments and significant international deals already under their belt, Zeebox are riding the wave of a new social age for television. As social TV begins to adapt to a new position in the limelight of the masses, Zeebox co-founder Anthony Rose talked on whether the trend can really stand the test of time, how it will impact the entertainment value chain, and just how it can live up to all the hype.

Keynote: David Dyson

The CEO of Three UK examined future trends in the mobile and entertainment industries.

Debate: Navigating a new era of complete connectivity

As 4G LTE, fibre optic broadband and wi-fi become pervasive, experts representing the broad range of communication channels examined how a new era of complete connectivity will impact content delivery, the user experience, spectrum allocation and of course, revenue models throughout the entertainment value chain.

Chaired by Richard Hooper, Chairman of BSG and featuring David Dyson, CEO, Three UK, Jon James, Broadband Director, Virgin Media, Nicolas Ott, Managing Director, Mobile & Enterprise, Arqiva, and Anne Heal, Managing Director Strategy, Openreach.

Debate: Radios smart digital future

With a radio switchover being planned, listening via tablets and smartphones is increasing and new connected cars with more entertainment services are no longer ‘radios on wheels’. Against this backdrop there are still millions of people who still love their simple radio experience – turn it on and listen. This session examined how the radio industry can ensure that digital technology means a richer radio experience and deliver what a younger generation will expect on their multiple screens while enhancing radio for those who just want to sit back and listen?

Chaired by Rory Cellan-Jones and featuring Ford Ennals, CEO, DRUK, Mike Hill, MD, Radioplayer, Mark Friend, Controller Multiplatforms & Interactive Radio, BBC, Pete Downton, Director of Cloud Services, Imagination Technologies and Patrick Hannon, VP Corporate Development, Frontier Silicon.

Keynote: Policy

John Whittingdale OBE MP, Chairman, House of Commons, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee gave his views to the conference.

Debate: Meeting the challenges of child internet safety

With more and more children spending an increasing amount of time online, the whole entertainment industry has a role to play in ensuring they stay safe whilst accessing the internet.
This is a significant challenge which must be answered with a mix of technological and educational solutions right from the network through to the home, and from the device to the content itself. Experts in this session discussed how industry can meet those challenges, and how this important issue will impact the entertainment sector moving forward.

Chaired by Julian David, Director General, Intellect and featuring Will Gardner, CEO, Childnet, Simon Milner, Director Policy, Facebook, Godfrey Nunes, General Manager, Group Industry Policy, BT Group PLC and Peter Johnson, CEO, ATVOD.

Debate: The future of digital entertainment: follow the money?

The digital entertainment landscape is changing fast. Consumers increasingly access programmes and content not just through linear broadcasting channels but via ‘catch up TV’, the internet and by downloading. In addition to professional content producers, user-generated content is increasing in popularity. Technology as always is a key source of disruptive change. Faster and more ubiquitous broadband connections provided by mobile and fixed telecoms providers offer multiple channels, alongside traditional broadcasting channels, to access content. With internet-enabled TVs, smart devices and phones, device manufacturers offer the scope for a more immersive and shared experience of digital content. Over-the-top providers are not only cashing-in on the increasing availability of these technological changes but are increasingly investing in commissioning their own content. Telecoms providers and retailers in turn are seeking out ways to access the bourgeoning content market. The UK is fortunate in having one of the most technophile consumers. However in such a fast changing environment, there will be winners and losers. With the help of industry leaders deeply involved in these changes, this session will debate the critical issues for the various parts of the value chain and the challenges for a sustainable value model across this chain.

Chair: Rory Cellan Jones

Paul Hide, CE Council, Intellect

Andrew Uden, Technology Manager, Tesco

Dr. Mike Short CBE, Vice President – Telefonica Europe

Clive Carter, Director of Strategy, Ofcom

David Lewis, CEO of AudienceNet:

Ford Ennals, CEO of Digital Radio UK:

Nikhil Shah, co-founder of Mixcloud:

John Whittingdale MP:

Don Boyd, CEO of HiBROW:

James Micklethwait, ITV Online:

Sir Hossain Yassaie, CEO of Imagination Technologies:

Mike Smith, President of Music at EMI:

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Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards Nominees Announced… on Audioboo!

The nominations for the 2013 Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards were unveiled today by Denise Van Outen and Neil Fox from Magic – in a recording posted on Audioboo!

The awards, now in their 18th year, are organised by RadioCentre, the industry body for commercial radio, and this year will also celebrate commercial radio’s 40th anniversary.

This year’s nominations are led by Bauer, who received at total of 16 nominations in 12 different categories. Global is close behind with 14 nominations while Absolute Radio receives eight and Real & Smooth have seven nominations. Alongside the major groups Orion and Town and Country Broadcasting, as well as smaller local operators like Isle of Wight Radio, 106 JACKfm Oxfordshire, Fun Kids and 103.1 Central FM are also in the running for awards.

Ben Hart, Head of Commercial Radio at Arqiva commented: “This year’s awards look set to be the best yet – we are proud to once again be associated with the awards and I’d like to wish all the nominees the best of luck this year.”

Christian O’Connell from Absolute Radio will host the awards ceremony on July 3rd. There’s 24 categories covering everything from on-air talent to the people behind the scenes responsible for bringing in the money. So head over to the Arqiva channel and listen to the nominees announcement in full!

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Announcing the British Public Radio Awards

British Public Radio AwardsOur friends British Public Radio yesterday announced the BPR Awards – to celebrate great radio content produced outside of the BBC and commercial radio – so if you’re a student radio broadcaster – or maybe a community station, or maybe even a podcaster, submit your show now to be in with a chance of winning a prestigious award!

There’s five categories – with awards for short and long programmes in each: Entertainment, Documentary, Drama, Factual/News and Experimental, and the judges are a prestigious bunch:

  • Alex Feldman, Creative Director of Pixiu
  • Michael Hill, MD of Radioplayer
  • Dirk Maggs, writer & director (he adapted Hitchhikers Guide for Radio 4!)
  • Steve Kyte, former Deputy Controller, BBC Five Live
  • James Cridland, MD of Media UK and Radio Futurologist

There’s also going to be a Gold Award for the best overall entry. You can enter now and the closing date is July 15th. Find out more on the British Public Radio website.

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Welcoming Hear Hear to Audioboo!

Today marks the launch of a brand new political programme right here on Audioboo. Hear Hear is hosted by lobby correspondent Sean Dilley – and each week he’ll be looking at the week’s political news and gossip with a special guest. In the first edition, Sean is joined by Sky News’ Niall Paterson to talk about Scottish Independence.

Here’s an action shot from the recording:

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You can expect a new programme every Friday, and excitingly, you too can get involved in a feature called Have I Got Boos For You – so if you’ve got something to say then you can record your thoughts in the HIGBFY channel.

 

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Sony Award Nominations

Sony Awards

The 2013 nominees for the Sony Radio Academy Awards have now been announced, and we’re delighted that so many users of our platform have been recognised by the judges. Some of the categories are particularly fruitful for Audioboo users:

For Breakfast Show Of The Year, in the 10 million plus listeners category Christian O’Connell from Absolute Radio, Chris Evans on Radio 2, KISS Radio Breakfast, and of course Radio 4′s Today Programme have all got the nod – and remarkably in the under 10 million listeners category, all five stations (BBC Berkshire, BBC Tees, Gem 106, Metro Radio and XFM Manchester) are currently regular users of Audioboo.

In Best Speech Programme, both the BBC Listening Project (which is also up for Best Use of Multiplatform – that’s us!) and the JVS Show on BBC Three Counties are both nominated. And Keys & Grey are up for Best Sports Programme.

Best News & Current Affairs Programme is also a big category for Audioboo users – BBC World Service Newshour, Nick Ferrari on LBC97.3 and The Nolan Show on BBC Ulster are all nominated.

And in Best Speech Broadcaster it sees Danny Baker, Eddie Mair and Victoria Derbyshire all pitted against each other – we’re just glad we don’t have to choose!

Across the other categories we also see tonnes of Audioboo users nominated: Geoff Lloyd, Newsbeat, Free Radio, Folded Wing, Radcliffe & Marconie, 6Music (in a number of categories!), Unique Productions, Real Radio Northwest and Jack FM.

Good luck to all competitors – we can’t wait to hear the results!

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The BBC Listening Project Starts Today!

BBC Listening Project

Today marks the start of the ambitious BBC Listening Project, which is being run in partnership with the British Library.

The BBC are asking people up and down the country to share an intimate conversation with a close friend or relative, to help to build a unique picture of our lives today. Some of these conversations will be broadcast across BBC radio and archived by the British Library, preserving them for future generations.

BBC radio producers have been gathering conversations from across the UK, covering everything from living with Alzheimer’s to falling in love in the front seat of a Reliant Robin. Now they’d like you to have, record and share your own conversations using Audioboo.

Here’s how the BBC describe it:

“Perhaps you know someone with a fantastic story that you’d love them to share with the world. There may be something that you’ve always wanted to discuss with someone close to you. Or maybe you’d just like to celebrate happy moments in your life, or reflect on memories of a dearly departed friend. What you talk about is completely up to you. This project is about creating space for you and a loved one to have the conversation you always meant to have.”

If you’d like to take part you can find out more information and submit your conversation on the BBC Listening Project Channel.

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Translators Wanted!

Do you speak a language other than English? We’re looking some translators to help make Audioboo accessible in even more languages.

If you speak Chinese, Dutch, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, or Turkish, we’d love to hear from you.

Drop Lance a line on lance@audioboo.com and he’ll tell you more.

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