What Not to Miss at #TechCon16

Last Updated by Amy Lust | Assistant Director | PBS Digital on

Headed to TechCon? Us too! Here are a few things that we want to make you know about so you can have the fullest experience. If you're not headed to the sunny city of Las Vegas, there’s something here for you too! Jump down to reading out the TechContest sponsored by KLRU and PBS T&O! 

Digital Highlights

techconsquare16.jpg PBS Digital’s exceptional track this year makes it hard to pull out one or two sessions to highlight. If you're immersed in digital or simply work in it tangentially, there’s something for you. Below are a few categories Digital sessions fall into: 

Outside of the sessions there is the PBS Digital booth. The booth is where attendees can meet speakers, have one-on-one meetings with PBS Digital staff and have the latest PBS products. On Thursday at 3:30, just after The Reality of Virtual Reality session with Brian Seth Hurst, co-found of StoryTech, there will be a hands on VR demo at the booth. Stop and speak to Brian and test out different VR headsets. 

Don’t Miss on the Main Stage

Beginning on Wednesday, this half day is titled Making Sense of the Modern Media Maelstrom. Keynote speaker Robert Tercek speaks on disruption in the media, PBS NewsHour shares how they innovate on digital platforms, wrapping it up PBS CEO Paula Kerger gives a leadership update.

Main stage features during the rest of the conference include a PBS Technology update from Mario Vecchi, CTO and Ira Rubenstein, SVP and GM of Digital and Marketing will share key trends from the Consumer Electronics Show, the Code/Media conference and the overall digital landscape. Ira will also provide updates on the introduction of the new PBS.org site and the station roll-out of Passport.

Wake Up and Network

Public Media Women in Leadership Are you a lady working in a tech field at your station? Well, start your first full day at TechCon at a Public Media Women in Leadership (PMWIL) breakfast reception, Thursday, April 14 at 7:00-8:15 am. The breakfast reception is open to all women attending TechCon.Getting to know your peers over coffee and pastries. During the reception you'll hear remarks from PBS CEO Paula Kerger and PMWIL group founder and PTMMG CEO Deanna Mackey

TechContest: Show Us Your Old Gear!

Even if you're not able to attend, you can still participate in TechCon, and maybe even win some Amazon gift cards! The Show Us Your Old Gear contest is open to all station staff and you just need to send in a picture of your gear with a description. The gear should fall into one of these five categories. 

  • sony.jpgSony BVU-800 ¾” Videocassette Recorder submitted by KSPSOldest active equipment still in use - must let us know how long it's been in service!
  • Frankenstein - most overhauled/refurbished/modified device
  • Storied - device with the most interesting story behind it
  • DIY - most interesting device built from scratch (must include credit to who built it!)
  • Off-Label - device being used for something farthest from what it was designed for

Fabulous prizes await - so send in a pic of your gear today! Learn more on the PBS TechCon website.

Keep in the know- get that app! 

PBS_Digital_booth.jpeg The TechCon app is back this year and better than ever. Thursday's T&O Technology Update main stage session and Friday's Town Hall Meeting will use the app’s question feature for Q&A. 

The app is key for leaving feedback on the sessions you attend: form link is at the bottom of each session description. Help the TechCon team plan next year’s conference with this feedback!

Looking for the PBS Digital booth in the exhibit hall? There’s a map on the app! PBS Digital will be in booth #208 and #209, however if you can't spot us or our PBS Digital blue accented space just open up the app to find your way to us. 

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