Presented annually since 2016, the EBU Technology & Innovation Award recognizes the people and organizations behind groundbreaking technology solutions for and from public service media (PSM). The addition of a new category for 2021, highlighting young talent, sees the T&I Award becoming the T&I Awards. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday 14 April.
The main EBU Technology & Innovation Award acknowledges individuals or groups who have developed technologies, systems, or services with the potential to have a major impact on broadcast media in the coming years. To qualify, the work needs to have been completed or have reached a major milestone in the two years prior to the nomination. In 2020, the adjudication panel chose to declare joint winners for the T&I Award: a France Télévisions project using AI-based tools to help data journalists distil key information from election debates; and the development by Belgium's RTBF of Control Room 42, a software-based programme production control room that allows each user to configure their multi-task workstation according to their own needs, whether they are producing television, radio or digital content.
New for 2021 is the Young Engineers and Researchers Award. The idea is to highlight and encourage young engineering talent across the EBU memberhsip who have shown unusual ingenuity and creativity. Nominees should be recent graduates or newcomers to PSM. The judges will be looking for technological novelty or original concepts that can be showcased through demonstrations, prototypes, proofs of concept, trials or similar.
Nominations can be submitted by EBU Members, Associates and Approved Participants, including those active in the EBU T&I working groups and staff in the T&I Department. The nomination forms are available from the T&I website, where you can also find more detailed information on the rules and criteria nominations. Forms must be submitted by the end of the day on Wednesday 14 April.