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The 'Technology & Innovation Award' and the 'Young Technology Talent of the Year Award' are presented annually at the EBU Technical Assembly in June.

Collectively, the two categories are referred to as the 'Technology & Innovation Awards' (plural).

The Awards ceremony will be presented at the EBU Technical Assembly on 09-10 June 2022.

Technology & Innovation Award

The EBU recognizes, encourages and supports outstanding technical solutions developed by Member organizations with the 'Technology & Innovation Award'.

Winning teams and organizations benefit from a significantly raised profile within the broadcasting community, with press and online coverage through the EBU, the option to have a presence on the EBU's stand at IBC in Amsterdam later in the year, and often speaking opportunities. Every member of the winning team also receives a certificate.

Young Technology Talent of the Year Award

The annual 'Young Technology Talent of the Year Award" honours an outstanding innovation in media technology or new genuine concepts contributing to public service media.

The Young Technology Talent award focuses on the technology talent pipeline either at student level if a university or institution or at the start of a graduate career and below management level. It is about bringing novelty that can be showcased through demonstrations, prototypes, proof of concepts, trials or similar and which is relevant to broadcasting organizations. It recognizes the achievements of the person either in their studies or at the start of their careers. The award is also to an opportunity to highlight the importance in graduate level work in broadcasting technology.

The winner will receive an invitation to attend the 2022 Technical Assembly plus 2 key EBU T&I events (travel and accommodation offered), as well as free online access to the major T&I events that are run throughout the year and which are open to non-Members (unless the winner is a graduate working for an EBU Member/Associate). Further information on our events can be found at https://tech.ebu.ch/events.

2022

Technology & Innovation Award

Radiotelevisión Española – 5G and beyond

RTVE's long-running ‘5G and beyond’ project creatively leverages several key concepts and features of future mobile technology for a production and news gathering solution that can deliver many of the potential advantages of 5G with existing infrastructure.

Young Technology Talent Award

Petri Karlsson (YLE) – ORTER

ORTER is a virtual design workflow built on game engines that allows TV and film production crews to visualize and try out ideas for set designs and camera angles in pre-production.

2021

Sveriges Radio – 'News Values' public service algorithm

Sveriges Radio constructed a new editorial algorithm with the aim of giving users a more personalized mix of news stories while at the same time promoting the values of outstanding public service journalism. The algorithm is used to automate SR’s news playlists.

2020

The 2020 T&I Award went to two winning entries from France Télévisions and Belgian broadcaster RTBF.

France Télévisions – AI tool for political reporting

France Télévision's winning project consists of an AI system helping news data journalists to distil key information from public election debates taking place in different parts of the country and to relate this information back to users.

RTBF – Control Room 42

The winning RTBF project consists of a new programme production control room, affectionately labeled ‘Control Room 42’, that replaces physical hardware with a fully programmable interface, allowing for greater flexibility and streamlined operations.

2019

 

tpc (SRG SSR) – "UHD1" all-IP UHD Outside Broadcast vehicle

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UHD1, as the new OB truck is known, has allowed tpc and its clients – including SRG SSR – to put IP-based production to the test. Importantly, the truck is designed to use equipment that complies to open standards like SMPTE ST 2110.

2018

 

BBC, France Télévisions, IRT and b<>com – EBU ADM Renderer (EAR)

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Renderers for Next Generation Audio encode programme material designed to deliver highly adaptable audio for immersive and personalised experiences and access services. The EAR implementation, which is based on open standards and designed to be a reference platform for further development, facilitates innovation by allowing the broadcast community to explore and make use of the potential of the technology.

2017

 

Sveriges Radio (SR) – NXG Project 

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SR received the T&I Award for their light-weight outside broadcasts solution, designed to be self-operated by radio journalists. It was developed together with Lawo.

2016

 

VRT Sandbox – LiveIP Studio

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Built as a proof-of-concept, LiveIP Studio became the world's first working IP-based production environment based on open standards. It went on to win both the IBC Award and the TVB Award 2016.

For the EBU Technolgy & Innovation Award, nominations can be submitted by individual EBU Members, Associates and Approved Participants, including those active in EBU T&I Working Groups. Nominees for the Young Technology Talent of the Year Award is also extended to heads of research at universities and institutes that have links to a Member, Associate or EBU Technology & Innovation. The deadline for submissions is Friday 29 April. The 2022 Awards will be presented at the 28th Technical Assembly, held on 9-10 June 2022.

Nomination Forms

Please return your form(s) by email to Françoise Davies.

Technology & Innovation Award

Please scroll down for the rules of the 'Young Technology Talent of the Year Award'.

What kind of work qualifies for the Award?

The Award is intended to acknowledge individuals or groups that have developed technologies, systems, or services with the potential to have a major impact on broadcast media in the coming years. In order to qualify, the work needs to have been completed or have reached a major milestone in the two years prior to the nomination. Essentially, the contribution or project needs to be ‘making a difference’ to media production systems and/or services provided via broadcast, cable, or broadband.

Who can be nominated?

Some examples of candidates for the Award are: a) a team within a broadcaster that has undertaken an important and successful project; b) an EBU Project Group that has developed an important new technology, software, or methodology; c) individuals who have made a significant and or essential technology contribution.

Who can make nominations?

EBU Members, Associates, Approved Participants and members of EBU T&I working groups can make nominations. This includes members of the EBU Technical Assembly and EBU Technical Liaison Officers, to whom the requests for nominations are sent.

Who selects the winners?

The jury is comprised of the elected Members of the EBU Technical Committee (TC). TC Members are elected for a two-year term, on a personal basis, to speak for EBU Members who have similar circumstances to themselves. The individual jurors rate the nominations according to a pre-determined set of criteria and submit their respective results to EBU Technology & Innovation. The data is then collected to determine three finalists, and, among them, the winning entry.

What are the selection criteria?

Proposals will be examined for attributes that include the following:

  • The likely impact the work will have
  • The novelty of the approach
  • The value to media production and delivery
  • The breadth of usefulness
  • The achievement in the light of the resources available to complete the project

Finalists

The three finalists are expected to produce a 1-minute video to be shown at the Award ceremony held as part of the annual Technical Assembly, immeditiately prior to the public announcement of the winner.

How often is the Award presented?

The Award is presented annually if there are nominations with sufficient merit. Awards may not be given every year.

 

Young Technology Talent of the Year Award

What is the Young Technology Talent of the Year Award?

The Award aims to invigorate the media technology talent pipeline below management level by rewarding individuals that have demonstrated excellence, novelty and relevance in work done either during their studies or at the start of their careers.

What kind of work qualifies for the Award?

All achievements evidenced by demonstrations, prototypes, proof of concepts, trials or similar are eligible for consideration.

Who can be nominated?

The Award is for undergraduates and post-graduates currently studying at a research institute or university as well as recent graduates now working for EBU Members and Associates. The eligible talent pool encompasses all areas of media technology, from engineering to software.

Who can make nominations?

The nominator must either be a Member or Associate of the EBU Technical Assembly, a Technical Liaison Officer, a member of a Strategic Programme or Project Group, or a head of research of an institute or university that maintains collaborative links with an EBU Member, EBU Associate, or the EBU Technology & Innovation department.

Nominations must be complete. If this is not the case, we reserve the right to reject the nomination.

Who selects the winners?

The jury is comprised of the elected Members of the EBU Technical Committee (TC). TC Members are elected for a two-year term, on a personal basis, to speak for EBU Members who have similar circumstances to themselves. The individual jurors rate the nominations according to a pre-determined set of criteria and submit their respective results to EBU Technology & Innovation. The data is then collected to determine three finalists, and, among them, the winning entry.

Criteria for entries

  • Open to all genders
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate studying, or working for an EBU Member or Associate, in a relevant media technology field
  • Someone who strives for success and results
  • Someone who is recognized as having the potential to be a potential leader in industry.
  • The novelty of the approach.
  • The value to media production and delivery.
  • The breadth of usefulness

How often is the Award presented?

The Award is presented annually if there are nominations with sufficient merit. Awards may not be given every year and this is at the discretion of the Technical Committee.

The Young Technology Talent is open for nominations as of 29 April 2022.

TIMELINE

22 February 2022: Nominations open

29 April 2022: Nomination closed

9 May 2022: Jury selection

10 May 2022: Winners notified

9 June 2022: Award ceremony

When is the deadline for making nominations?

The deadline for submissions is 29 April 2022.

Who can make nominations?

Anyone in the employ of an EBU Member, Associate Member, Approved Participant, as well as chairs and members of EBU working groups can nominate any project or group of individuals that fulfil the criteria for the Technology & Innovation Award; for the Young Talent of the Year Award, this is also extended to heads of research of a university or institute that maintains collaborative links with an EBU Member, EBU Associate or the EBU Technology & Innovation department. See the "Rules" section.

How many projects may I submit?

There can be more than one nomination per submission. 

Can I submit a project that was nominated last year?

Yes, on the condition that the project has been continued since.

How do I know if you have received the nomination?

You will receive an e-mail confirmation within 3 working days. If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact Françoise Davies, Executive Support Manager, EBU Technology & Innovation.

Are there finalists for the EBU Technology & Innovation Award?

There are three finalists. Each finalist is expected to produce a 1-minute video to be shown at the annual Technical Assembly prior to the public announcement of the winning project.

When will I find out if the project has been selected as the winner?

We will contact the winners confidentially, and in good time, to ensure they can make arrangements to collect the Award at the EBU Technical Assembly. Please ensure that the email addresses and telephone numbers will still be valid after you have filled out the nomination form.