BBC development studio focuses on audio innovation to connect with larger audiences

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Developers, designers, and those with UX skills are being sought-after by the BBC to utilise existing and cost-effective technologies like Internet Protocol (IP) Raspberry Pi, audio streaming, software defined radio, and podcasts to deliver content to communities across sub-Saharan Africa. 

The development studio will take part between the 23rd and 24th of April in Cape Town, Africa. It is being organised by BBC Connected Studio, BBC News Labs, and BBC World Service in partnership with RLabs

On the BBC's Connected Studio website, the broadcaster wrote: "Connected Studio is running a series of hacks and development studios that technologists and media agencies from across the world are being invited to participate in." 

It continues, "At the events, teams are tasked with developing ideas for innovative and relevant products and tools which aim to improve the audience’s experience, using existing technologies and available resources, including BBC content and APIs." 

The Cape Town initiative follows a successful initiation of the project in Nairobi, Kenya last month where two teams were picked to have their solutions for helping the BBC World Service connect with digital audiences piloted. Successful ideas from this event will be announced in May for subsequent funding by the BBC. 

Africa presents a potential growth area for the BBC to distribute its content, but faces significant challenges in doing so. In order to be selected to take part in the event, you’ll need to send two recent examples of your work to

More information about the Development Studio event can be found on the Connected Studio website here.


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