There are some wonderful things about being a member of Sound Women…
I’ve met some of the most amazing people I know in the last year. I’ve been able to share skills and enthuse the next generation of talent. And I’m really excited, because Sound Women members are about to get an exclusive opportunity to join in all the fun as well (keep reading for details).
Last year, I was asked to join the TechCon committee as a Sound Women rep. The TechCon team had realised that there were no female speakers in the 2012 lineup, spotted that not many women were attending the conference – and asked Sound Women to help.
Luckily for me (and unluckily for them; I don’t think they know what’s hit them), I got asked to help to organise this year’s TechCon.
TechCon is the UK Radio technical/engineering conference. It’s part of the Radio Festival (we think it’s the best bit, but we are a bit biased).
I love radio. I also love using technology to make radio better. I spend a lot of time trying to persuade producers that if they are able to understand the finer points of international politics in order to make a programme, that a computer is really not that scary.
So I would love you to join me at TechCon this year.
It’s not just for über geeks. The really interesting trends in radio are revealed at the technology conferences. And if you are there, you’ll be the first to know about them.
This year, we’ll be talking about how to use 4G mobile to be able to report from anywhere, what you would do if you ripped the rulebook up and started again when designing studios and the many ways you could use a Raspberry Pi in a radio station.
Sessions are short, so if there’s something that’s not quite up your street (top tip: nobody there is an expert on every topic), it’s soon time to learn something new.
To whet your appetite, the full programme is here.
I would really, really love to see more Sound Women in attendance. Engineering and technology are vital parts of our industry and we need your talent and input to make them even better. It doesn’t matter if you are an engineer, tech op, producer or sales manager – you are very, very welcome and we would love to see you there!
As an extra bonus, the wonderful people at the Radio Academy have agreed to let Sound Women members have a discount on tickets. The discount is worth at least half of the cost of SW membership alone, so it’s definitely worth signing up if you haven’t already (men can join, too!). Details of how to apply for the Techon ticket discount will be in a members-only email coming soon, so join now if you want to take advantage of the offer!
If you are too late for a discount, you can buy a TechCon ticket here.
As well as wanting to spread the word about how brilliant TechCon is, I may have another motive…
I’m speaking at one of the sessions and producing another one. It would be lovely to know there are some people in the audience who won’t laugh in the wrong places. I’d really appreciate your support.
Oh, and you do know engineers love buying each other drinks, don’t you?
See you in Salford on the 14th October!
Ann Charles is a Technology Project Manager for BBC Major Projects Infrastructure