We’re proud to announce that the CONTENT4ALL project won the NAB Technology Innovation Award 2020. The NAB Technology Innovation Award was first presented at the 2009 NAB Show award to organizations that bring advanced technology exhibits and demonstrations of significant merit to the NAB Show. Moreover, the nominated exhibit should present advanced research and development projects in communications technologies that have not yet been commercialized .
CONTENT4ALL was also supposed to exhibit the latest project advancements, including a live demo, at NAB 2020 Futures Park before the event turned into a fully online and digital one.
The award ceremony took place during the BEITC Opening Presentation segment scheduled on May 13th between noon and 1:00 pm Eastern at the NAB Show Express event on the BEIT Channel.
Within the framework of the VERTIGO STARTS initiative of the European Commission, CONTENT4ALL hosted an artistic residency between 2019 and 2020.
Christophe Monchalin, the artist funded by Vertigo, found inspiration from the project technologies, in particular those of our partner Fraunhofer HHI, to realize its artwork exploring the topics of abandonment through different angles – infinite ones in his virtual reality artistic installation.
MUTED is the name of the artistic installation and was finally presented at the CENTQUATRE – PARIS on Saturday, Feb. 29th and Sunday, Mar. 1st during the Vertigo Starts Residencies Day.
Responsible research and innovation (RRI) is an approach that anticipates and assesses potential implications and societal expectations with regard to research and innovation, with the aim to foster the design of inclusive and sustainable research and innovation. As it grows in importance in H2020 calls addressing societal challenges, RRI approaches are likely to become a decisive aspect in Horizon Europe where industrial competitiveness is tightly interweaved to global challenges.
While media technologies contribute to shaping the world and have an extraordinary impact in the quality of democracy and in social cohesion, the notion of responsible media, and its implications throughout the R&D workflow from production to delivery, are often overlooked. This causes tensions with regulatory frameworks and lift barriers for market uptake and user acceptance.
Directives such as the refit of Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) and accessible web should find EU media industry ready and should be seen as an opportunity to turn what up to now was considered expensive and problematic into normalized and profitable services. Similarly, in order to grow competitive in a responsible way, media technologies ought to ensure social inclusiveness, representativeness and acceptability.
The keynotes and panel gave an overview of the RRI applied to media and content technologies. They looked into methods for levering collective creativity and intelligence through participatory design and social innovation approaches. Moreover, they analyzed the latest EU funded research on accessibility technologies for interaction to content, as required by the AVMSD directive, in all formats and looking at alternative working scenarios such as crowdsourcing, or remote for social, sustainable and inclusive society.
This was the agenda of the event
PROVENANCE: an Intermediary-free solution enabling citizens to evaluate online content, Angel Sola (Fundación Cibervoluntarios)
Participatory design for responsible media and interactive technologies, Patricia Castillo (Eurecat)
Accessibility and Media: Towards an European platform for inclusive media (Accessibility Cluster: ImAc, EasyTV, Content4All, SIGN-HUB), Giacomo Inches (Fincons Group)
A curriculum for practitioner and professional creators of audiovisual accessible content, Rocio Bernabe (SDI München)
Roundtable discussion with the session speakers, Mario Montagud (i2Cat), and Federico Álvarez (UPM)
Session Chairs: Patricia Castillo (Eurecat) and Giacomo Inches (Fincons Group);
Moderator: Andrea Nicolai (T6 Ecosystems)
In these days Vienna is hosting the ITU-EC Forum for Europe on “Accessible Europe: ICT for ALL” . It is a regional event jointly organized by the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and European Commission (EC), and hosted by United Nations Vienna.
Accessible Europe is held within the framework of the implementation of the Regional Initiative for Europe on Accessibility, affordability and skills development for all to ensure digital inclusion and sustainable development adopted by the World Telecommunication Development Conference 2017 and aiming at bridging the digital divide and equip all groups of society, including persons with disabilities and specific needs, to take advantage of ICT, by enabling capacity building in digital skills
CONTENT4ALL was mentioned as one of the H2020 ICT-19 EC funded projects in the “Accessibility Cluster”.
On October 3-5 CONTENT4ALL attended the “Languages and the Media” conference in Berlin, in particualr SwissTXT, Fincons Group and HFC were there.
SwissTXT had the possibility of presenting CONTENT4ALL within the session “About workflows and tools”, in a speech titled “Remote Live Puppeteering to Provide Live Signing”, which received a good welcome.
In addition to that, SwissTXT also took part in the Panel “Quality in media accessibility: current issues and future challenges” where a particular emphasis was given the role of end-users in defining quality.
Together with CONTENT4ALL, representative of other EU funded projects on Accessibility were on stage or interacting among the public, among others:
Back in December 2017 CONTENT4ALL applied as ICT founded project to host an Artistic Residency within the framework of the Vertigo project: https://vertigo.starts.eu/call/for/call-for-ict-projects.
CONTENT4ALL proposal was successfully evaluated by the team of the Vertigo project and now CONTENT4ALL is listed among the possible projects artists can apply to. Artists have time until March 2nd to propose their concept, then the Vertigo project jury will select the winning artists and match them with the different winning projects. We expect artists to start their collaboration at the beginning of 2019.
To apply for the CONTENT4ALL projects, artists should visit the following page and submit their application on the Vertigo project website: https://vertigo.starts.eu/calls/2017-2/projects/detail/content4all-personalised-content-creation-for-the-deaf-community-in-a-connected-digital-single-market.
CONTENT4ALL was mentioned in a Gartner Research report among one of the projects where AI techniques can dramatically change the ways Video Creative Industry operates.
Fernando Elizalde (2018, January 31). Market Insight: Three Key Areas in Which AI Will Disrupt the Video Entertainment Ecosystem (ID: G00340595). Retrieved from Gartner database.
On October 17th, 2017 the coordinator of CONTENT4ALL participated in the workshop “Collaboration Towards the Future of Media” in Bruxelles. The workshop gathered together all coordinators of projects founded under the call ICT-19-2017: Media and content convergence.
CONTENT4ALL presented a poster summing up the main project goals and technologies and could identify possible collaboration with other projects. In particular, during the parallel session, CONTENT4ALL was included into the “Accessibility” cluster, together with the ImAC project (http://www.imac-project.eu/) and the EasyTV project (http://easytvproject.eu)
The cluster discussed around the following topics and decided for common dissemination activities in the future.
- Privacy and trust specific challenges
- Exploitation of social networks and platforms
- Opportunities for joint innovation, impact and exploitation in your cluster
- Recommendations for future media policy (regulations, FP9) from the
- Cluster internal collaboration objectives
On September 7-8, 2017 all consortium partners gathered in Lugano, headquarter of coordinator Fincons, for the first meeting to kick off the project. During those two days we discussed the technical work and general approach.