BBC Online Industry Briefing: Ralph Rivera Keynote
It was fantastic yesterday to welcome people to Salford, now that it's all set up - not just the BBC but a whole ecosystem of technical and media companies. Here is a video of my keynote:
Ralph Rivera is the Director, BBC Future Media
There was substantial reaction to Ralph Rivera's keynote at the Thursday 17th November briefing. Paul Barwick of Fjord noted Ralph's congratulations to suppliers who made it through the supplier roster process:
@ralphrivera "salmon that successfully managed to swim upstream" & get onto BBC supplier roster - Glad to have made it #bbconline" @fjord
Ralph pointed to a gap between "product evolution" and long-term development. His announcement of an innovation fund drew comment. Paul summed it up as:
BBC to run hackathons next year to drive new product innovation from outside, investing £1m in this #BBCOnline"
Ralph said they had not come for a name for it yet. @TrendShed tweeted an idea:
#BBConline Name Suggestion gap between R&D + Product: "Tomorrow's World" I believe you might have some ownership of that term already ;-)
Alex Farber of Broadcast Now wrote about the innovation fund, giving an example:
A brief might feature a range of interactive API data about a show, before inviting both editorial and technical staff and third parties to develop ideas. Rivera hopes to see editorial and technical staff collaborating, along with those working in separate BBC products such as News and Knowledge & Learning.