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Techcon line-up announced for Festival

This year’s schedule for Techcon has been announced and includes the usual debates on social media, technology and software, with the whole day hosted once again by Orion Media’s David Lloyd.

Plus, if you ever wanted to run your own pirate DAB multiplex, they’ll show you how.

It kicks off with a look at the difference between Old Media with the Social Media Generation, asking the question: “What are the technical challenges and production opportunities of building interactivity and social media into traditional broadcast radio?”

That’s followed by details of some of the BBC’s latest developments in audio and the results of the technical trial of the DRM+ Digital Radio system carried out earlier this year around Edinburgh.

If you’ve ever wanted to own your own multiplex, the next session will helpfully demonstrate a fully featured DAB/DAB+ multiplexer and transmitter for less than five grand, followed by a few Techno-Bytes and a presentation from Ofcom about pirate radio before lunch.

After the triangle sandwiches, crunchy crisps and mini flapjacks, the topic is Automated Music Reporting where Soundmouse talk about the technology behind their new music fingerprinting service which PRS for Music will use to identify music performances broadcast on radio.

A comedy interlude follows as Jon Holmes provides a little light relief before afternoon sessions about broadcasting during the Olympics, the issues around the interpretation of numbers and extreme engineering with BFBS.

If you miss any of the conference, futurologist James Cridland looks back in his own unique way with the help of an 11 inch MacBook Air.

Radio Academy Chair John Myers then closes the day, no doubt with directions to the nearest bar.

The full schedule can be found here and tickets are still available to purchase.

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