• 1:37 pm, 6th April 2008
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BBC Innovation Labs

Every time I start to contemplate leaving the BBC (its 5 and a half years and counting) I get the opportunity to participate in something which I I probably wouldn’t get the chance to elsewhere. In the past it has been an inspiring conference and last week it was representing BBC Audio & Music Interactive as commissioner at the Innovation Labs in the North West of England.

Lake Windermere sunset

Having shortlisted 10 proposals pitched across Future Media & Technology and Vision disciplines, the teams of ‘professional creative technologists’ (as the Labs’ about page describe them) spent a week developing their idea and their presentation techniques. Half-way through the week we, the commissioners, joined them and helped them to focus their pitch before presenting them on Friday morning.

While only a few of the proposals were commissioned on Friday, both the independent companies and the BBC gain a great deal from the process. It was a great opportunity to meet people from across BBC Future Media & Technology and Vision (it is a big place after all) and discuss problems and ideas with creative people from the commercial sector. The teams themselves gained as much from each other as they did from the organisers and leave (at the very least) with a small pile of business cards in their back pockets.

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