Got an Idea? Tell It to the BEC

I think it's remarkable what the organizers of the NAB Broadcast Engineering Conference are able to put together each year.

It's on my mind today because the association has issued its call for session and presentation ideas for the spring NAB Show. Having attended many, many conventions and conferences since starting in radio about 30 years ago (yikes), I've come to appreciate how much work it is to get top-notch content together (which of course is also the challenge I face daily in my own job here).

I think the NAB engineering and convention organizers, and the engineers who consult to them, do a superb job at keeping the BEC material relevant, at bringing newsmakers to their podium microphones and at keeping product sales pitches to a minimum while embracing the very real R&D innovations that are happening in our industry's factories and manufacturing centers. I wish the business and programming sessions of NAB conventions were as well prepared.

These sessions are important too because they are part of the cycle of industry knowledge in which trade publications participate. NAB gets some of its ideas from us; we get some of our ideas from them. It's a fruitful relationship and benefits our readers and their attendees.

Tech paper proposals for the 64th annual BEC will be accepted until Oct. 23. "Proposals should address recent developments in broadcast technology and focus on the opportunities and challenges encountered in the broadcast engineering field," NAB says. "In order to be considered, entries must explain what attendees can expect to learn from the paper, must not be a sales pitch, and should be no more than 200 words in length."

Got a good idea? Go for it.

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