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Radio TechCon 2016 with Broadcast Bionics

The UK radio industry's
engineering and technology conference
at Arts Theatre, London, WC2H 7JB
#radtechcon

Radio TechCon FAQ

Jump to 2016 event-specific questions

What is (Radio) TechCon?

Radio TechCon is the UK Radio industry's technical and engineering conference. It's held annually and welcomes radio broadcast engineers, technicially-savvy producers, managers, radio industry suppliers and those working in related audio-industries together to discuss the future of radio and audio and celebrate the achievements of the last year.

Why are you no longer part of the Radio Academy?

TechCon has been run in many different ways over the last few years. Most recently, it was part of the Radio Academy's Radio Festival. Unfortunately, as a charity, the Radio Academy has got limited resources and cannot run all the events it would like.

To save the event from being lost, some of the former TechCon committee team formed a company so that (Radio) TechCon could continue.

Although it's now an independent event, The Radio Academy is still very supportive - in fact, their Managing Director, Roger Cutsforth, said, "Engineering and technology are vital to radio's future and we are delighted to support TBC Media (the new organisers) in this exciting new chapter for Radio TechCon. Whilst an independent event, Academy members will benefit from discounted ticket prices and we wish TBC Media the very best of luck."

Radio Academy members will receive a discount to attend Radio TechCon - if you are a member, contact the Radio Academy for your special checkout code.

Who or what is TBC Media Ltd?

TBC Media Ltd. is the company which is now running Radio TechCon. It's made up of former TechCon volunteers, Ann Charles, Aradhna Tayal and Andy Buckingham, along with some helpers from across the industry who are giving their time to help make sure the event runs as well as it can! We had to form a company so that the event had the right legal structure to continue in its new form.

I don't think I am very 'technical' - should I still attend?

You are more than welcome!

Although TechCon is primarily aimed at engineers and technical staff, we are delighted when producers, managers, and other interested people attend.

Remember, even among the engineers, nobody is an expert in everything - the sessions will vary across the day from more in-depth stuff to case-studies from real radio situations. We hope that everyone will find out something they didn't know before.

We work very hard with our presenters to make sure they explain terminology and have even had a definition screen in previous years to flag up technical terms which might be used as a reminder to the audience (not all of the definitions are that serious).

Radio and audio only work well when people with different experiences come together to share - we really do want you there, too!

Producers who have visited in the past have commented about how much more 'in touch' they feel after attending TechCon - we often discuss things 2-3 years ahead of the more mainstream conferences, so if you want to know where the worlds of radio and audio are heading, get yourself to TechCon and you'll be among the first to know.

The greatest broadcasters are the ones who are curious, and really understand the technology they are using. Come to TechCon and you'll be up there with the best!

(Oh, and if it all gets too much - we usually go to the bar afterwards...)

I don't work in radio... am I still allowed to come?

Of course!

Anyone is welcome. If you work in audio, electronics, IT or other areas of broadcasting, you might find it especially useful.

I would like to sponsor the event - how can I get involved?

Contact team@radiotechcon.com.

We are grateful for all support, including sponsorship of the main event, certain sections of the event (e.g. meal breaks and breakout rooms) and also bursaries to subsidise tickets for groups who may otherwise not be able to attend.

I have a great idea for a topic or speaker - who do I tell?

We'd love to hear your idea - contact team@radiotechcon.com.

We are especially keen to hear proposals from women and speakers of diverse backgrounds. We have a team of producers who can help put talks together, so even if you don't have a fully-formed idea, get in touch and we'll see if it could be a good fit.

How else can I stay in touch?

Sign up for our e-mail newsletter by filling in the form on our homepage. People on our e-mail list will always be the first to hear TechCon news and ticket announcements (we won't give your details to anyone else or add you to evil spammy lists).

We also have a Facebook page, where we post links to useful radio technology news and you can ask for help if you have got stuck with something at your station.

On Twitter, we're @radtechcon and our hashtag is #radtechcon

Radio Techcon 2016 specific event FAQs

How do I buy tickets?

All the details you need are on the Tickets page.

Are there any discounts?

We have given special discount codes to a number of industry associations. The largest discount available is for Radio Academy members. If you are a member of an eligible organisation, you should have received the discount code over e-mail.

If you haven't received it, please get in touch with them (not us!), quoting your membership number.

Discounts are currently available for members of The Radio Academy, Sound Women, Community Media Association, Student Radio Association, Radio Independents' Group and the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

How do I get to the venue?

The Arts Theatre's Address is 6-7 Great Newport St, London WC2H 7JB (Google map).

The nearest tube is Leicester Square (Piccadilly and Northern Lines). Take Exit 3 and turn right and right again so you follow the curve of the Porcupine Pub. It's a one minute walk.

Covent Garden tube station is also very close.

Charing Cross is the nearest mainline rail station - it will take no more than 10 minutes to walk to the venue from this station.

Allow 15-20 minutes if you are walking from Waterloo.

There are Santander Cycles docking points on Little Newport Street, St. Martin's Lane and Moor Street.

We do not recommend bringing a car! If you need to then the theatre suggests consulting Parkopedia for nearby car parks.

For further travel planning advice, try TfL Journey Planner.

If you are flying into Heathrow then the Piccadilly line gives you a direct connection between the airport and the event.

Have you got any recommended accommodation?

We don't have an official event hotel, as so many people will be visiting the event as a day-trip from their homes.

If you are coming from further afield, then Premier Inn has hotels in both Leicester Square and Covent Garden (cheaper the further in advance you book), Citizen M could be a good option at Bankside (further away but you get more of a discount if you sign up as a member - it's free) and there's always Airbnb (book via this affiliate link and you may get some travel credit).

You may find it cheaper to stay out in a suburb and commute in.

If budget is no problem, then central London is full of hotels, many of which will be in walking distance - TripAdvisor will have suggestions and reviews.

What time is Radio TechCon 2016?

Radio TechCon 2016 takes place on Monday, 28th November 2016.

The event runs between 10:00 - 17:00.

You will need to collect your ticket and name badge before we begin - you can come to sign in from 09:20.

Although not officially part of TechCon, there will be an opportunity for a post-conference beer or three at a nearby venue afterwards - this is where much of the true learning and networking tends to happen, so you may wish to allocate some time in your schedule for this element.

I bought a ticket but now I can't come - what do I do?

Oh no! Sad times.

We're sorry you can't make it - we can't refund your ticket but you are able to change the name of the person attending - e-mail team@radiotechcon.com and we'll get you sorted.

Help! I haven't received my tickets!

Don't panic - that's normal!

All the tickets will be available for collection on the morning of the event.

Bring your confirmation e-mail with you to collect them - you'll be able to pick up your delegate's lanyard at the same time.

What if I have an Accessibility requirement?

Contact team@radiotechcon.com as soon as possible so we can make sure the day is as easy as possible for you.

The theatre is an old venue which means it has stairs in some places rather than lifts.

If you can't use stairs, you will still be able to come - there is wheelchair-accessible seating in the balcony area and the cafe area where tea/coffee/lunch are distributed is also at ground level.

The upstairs breakout room does not have a lift and is a few floors up - if you want to meet a particular person or stallholder, do let us know in advance and we can make sure they can get to you.

The stage area is accessed by some steep steps - if you are speaking and this is an issue, please let us know asap so we can come up with a better way of sharing your presentation.

If you need to bring a carer that's also no problem - get in touch so we can make sure the right ticket is issued.

Assistance dogs are of course welcome.

The Arts Theatre is a small venue and therefore doesn't have an induction loop as they find the size means it is not usually needed - you may want to sit nearer the front in this case.

There is more information about Accessibillity on the Arts Theatre website.

Do you need any helpers on the day?

We've got a trusty team of volunteers. There may be limited spaces for more - drop us an e-mail team@radiotechcon.com if you are interested in a working ticket.

Will there be lunch?

Yes! A light packed lunch is included in your ticket - choose your sandwich filling choice when you register as a delegate.

Will there be a trade fair?

There isn't room for a big trade fair this year but we are hoping to have a few stands in a meeting room for people to visit over lunch. Contact us team@radiotechcon.com if you would like a space (we can't promise - it depends on the overall logistics).

Where can I get a beer/wine/gin/soft drink afterwards?

Although not officially part of the event, there will be ahem, drinking afterwards. We'll let delegates know the rendezvous at the end of the conference.

I am a speaker and I have a question about my session - who do I ask?

Contact your session producer in the first instance or e-mail team@radiotechcon.com.

Random / Misc. FAQs

Why can't you spell 'MailChimp'?

You need to listen to this.

Are you sure you work in radio?

What does 'TBC Media' stand for?

TBC Media Ltd. stands for creating amazing events that combine the technological and production parts of the radio engineering community so practitioners can come together to share experiences, learn new ideas and solve the industry's challenges as part of a wider technical community.

No, I don't want any of that corporate nonsense. What do the initials stand for?

That'd be telling. We might give you the answer if you buy us enough gin.

In the meantime, this is our favourite guess so far...

I want to know something else or I have a brilliant suggestion for you - what do I do?

Drop us an e-mail team@radiotechcon.com.