After months of planning, TechCon 2017 is here! Time to grab your business cards, pack your bags, and head to Las Vegas. Once you arrive at Caesar's Palace don’t let the chock full agenda overwhelm you! Here are some markers to help you navigate the conference.
FIRST STEP: DOWNLOAD APP
The TechCon APP is now live. Download it on your phone so you can easily be connected to all TechCon info.
Check the sessions agenda and schedule, find maps of the hotel, info on the speakers, registration booth hours and much more.
SECOND STEP: TAKE IN THE SHOW
Welcome to TechCon: Public Media in Times of Change: Join Paula Kerger for an update on public media, the industry at large, and our service to the American public. Then, Mario Vecchi and Ira Rubenstein will talk about how the TechCon program can help you engage with experts and peers on some of the key topics in our industry today and Kevin Ruppenthal will briefly discuss how to get the most out of TechCon.
Next- Squared Gen Connections: "Next Generation TV" has been on our minds for years, and we now have some solid ideas about what ATSC 3.0 will look like and the opportunities it will deliver. But what will follow it? How should we look beyond NextGen TV and prepare for the possibilities of the next next (N-squared) era of TV? PBS Chief Technology Officer Mario Vecchi and PBS Chief Digital & Marketing Officer Ira Rubenstein will both join Gary Arlen for this combination of presentation, conversation, and prognostication.
Programming Pipeline Luncheon: Beth Hoppe, PBS’ Chief Programming Executive and General Manager of General Audience Programming, will review the current state of PBS Programming, share the latest content strategies, and preview a number of upcoming shows.
Three Big Questions: The final day of TechCon begins with a session that intends to jumpstart your brain and get it revved into gear.
TechCon Town Hall: Our closing session will comprise a Town Hall style meeting to address your questions and concerns. Submit your questions in advance via the conference app, or bring them to the session. PBS staff will be on hand for what is sure to be a free-wheeling discussion about the topics you're looking to know more about.
Breakouts: This year digital sessions have been broken into six tracks: Content and Engagement, Digital Infrastructure, Education, Marketing, Products and Technology, and Strategy. There are 30 digital sessions and 4 digital fundraising sessions to choose from.
Collaborative Note-Taking: This year we are trying something new! The Digital Media Advisory Council has set up links for each session where you are invited to take notes, and share in other’s insights. The doc is open for all to use and look at after the session.
THIRD STEP: MEET AND GREET
Kiosk Networking Event: Make sure you stop by from 6:30-7:30pm on Wednesday and see us at the PBS Digital and Marketing Kiosk! You can check out the multiplatform offerings of PBS, as well as see the evolution of VR. Have a specific product question? The PBS Digital team will be there to answer your queries throughout the conference.
Connect: Make sure you take advantage of the networking opportunities. Most folks have mentioned that after attending the sessions, the best part of TechCon is meeting up with their colleagues during the breaks.
PBS T-Shirt Day: Friday is PBS T-Shirt Day! Make sure to don your station shirt/PBS shirt with pride! Don’t have a shirt? There will be ample opportunity to acquire one at the T-Shirt Booth.
The PBS TechCon Peloton: On Sunday, April 23rd, there will be a group ride up the Red Rocks loop, West of Las Vegas. All interested TechCon attendees are welcome to join. For more information about this event, head here.
NOTE: Streaming Sessions: PBS will be streaming these sessions at http://mypbs.org/watch/techcon/
Wed 4/19 5:00pm* Public Media in Times of Change
Thurs 4/20 11:30am* Next Gen Connections: Preparing for Next Generation TV and DIgital Opportunities
Fri 4/21 7:00pm* TechCon Town Hall
*all times Eastern
See you in Vegas!