Opening week - and WHAT a week

Published 12.10.2017
November 6-10: Artificial Monday, a student Tuesday, an entrepreneurial Wednesday, and a virtual Thursday. And yes - Thank God, it will be Friday.

The new media lab in Media City Bergen will be a busy venue during the official opening week, November 6 to 10. With a wide range of activities, talks, seminars, hackathons and social happenings, the lab will be the place to be. All events will be free and available for our members.

Breakfast seminar on AI
We will kick off our opening week with a whole day focusing on artificial intelligence, starting with a breakfast seminar Monday morning. Amongst speakers and coaches will be none other than Thomas F. Anglero, Director of Innovation, IBM Norway, - one of the most exciting and sought after public speakers in the Nordic countries. He is responsible for IBM Watson and also the creator of the IBM Watson Innovation Lab at the Oslo Cancer Cluster. He is an expert in innovation, cultural diversity, and artificial intelligence’s effect on people, society and businesses.

Codruta Gamulea, Commercial Lead in Bakken & Beck, will also be there, talking about the business side of AI in the newsroom, and presenting examples of how AI can help solve the industry resource constraints and improve the quality of journalism. Codruta Gamulea leads Product Development at Orbit, an AI technology venture by Norwegian digital studio & venture builder Bakken & Bæck. In 2016, Bakken & Bæck used Orbit to develop Norway's first robot journalist - a digital football reporter for NTB. For the past year, Orbit teamed up with Norwegian tabloid Dagbladet to explore how AI can be used to elevate debate journalism, in a large project funded by Google Digital News Initiative.

And last but not least, Eirik Solheim, Strategic advisor in NRK and the Media Cluster's very own Chief Nerd, will give the audience his take on AI. Knowing Mr. Solheim, we can guarantee an interesting, enlightening and entertaining happening.

Busy week
Other highlights of the week will be a two day hackathon with cool prizes for the winners, an impressive lineup of speakers for different seminars, and a whole day of VR, AR and 360 expo and demos - in the lab. All of our members are welcome to test and experience first hand how these technologies can totally change how we perceive the world.

Such a week must also include the latest research on TV and Social. We are pleased and honored to welcome Dr Niki Strange (Post Doctoral Researcher, ADAPT Social Media Project at Royal Holloway, University of London and also an innovation and business strategist for creative media companies) and James Bennett (Professor of Television and Digital Culture at Royal Holloway, University of London, and co-director of the Centre for the History of Television Culture & Production and leader of the ERC-funded ADAPT social media project). Their papers, “Making Television Social: It's got 99% of the DNA of producing for TV but it's that 1% that can make all the difference”, and “Making Social Media Television: Twitter is the world's biggest sofa" gives us the latest insight into these areas.

And last but not least - you will have an exclusive opportunity to get to know our Media Lab partners; Sparebanken Vest, IBM and Deloitte Digital. Stay tuned for more details on program, presentation of speakers and more from our partners.