Branded as the Jisc Digital Festival, the event included a large exhibition dedicated to showcasing the latest technology for education, and featuring a Hangout seminar theatre with the plenaries being held in the Main Theatre in Hall 1.
The event was designed to be inherently interactive utilising as many technology channels as possible making the occasion a truly hybrid event. These included live streaming of the plenary and Hangout presentations, both with remote viewer interaction, social media feeds and even a remote presentation delivered over videoconference from India which was also webcast live!
For the Saville technical team onsite this presented considerable challenges, with the video and audio sources ostensibly being spread across three venues. Comprehensive technical liaison was paramount to ensure that all the systems would work in unison with the technical infrastructure provided by the in-house teams from the ICC.
Over the two days everything went to plan with the main plenary and hangout webcasts being linked via live interviews and social updates from a “pop-up” TV studio located on the balcony overlooking the exhibition hall.