Register now for AFTRS third Digital Futures Summit


As podcasts and audio storytelling continue their phenomenal rise in popularity, the third in AFTRSDigital Futures Summit series – Audio: Community, Connectivity and Audience – focuses on the intersection of sound, radio, and podcasting.

It will examine the challenges and possibilities facing these sectors in the age of digital disruption.

This Digital Futures Summit series brings together visionaries and leaders from industry, education, and government sectors to discuss big questions facing Australia‘s screen and broadcast industries in a global context.

Following an introduction by AFTRS Council Chair Russel Howcroft, the inimitable Lillian ‘Flex Mami’ Ahenkan will offer her insights into creating content and how she engages, connects with, and grows her audience in a session with AFTRS Radio and Podcasting Program Convenor, Natalie Pozdeev.

In the second keynote, AFTRS Head of Sound Stephen Murphy will be In Conversation with Nicky Birch, Editor, New Formats and Innovation at BBC Sounds, in session about the intersection of technology and creativity for audience engagement.

In the session Hyperlocal: Go Big or Grow Small, speakers Naomi Moran (General Manager, Koori Mail), Travis De Vries (Producer/ Director at Awesome Black Media), Andrew Davies (Digital and Engagement Editor for ABC Audio Studios/Radio National) and Andrea Ho (Director of Education at Judith Neilson Insititute for Journalism and ideas) will discuss the growing movement in radio and podcasting to ‘grow small’, providing local content driven by demand from community audiences, rather than the decades-long trend for centralisation of commercial radio and other media throughout the 21st century.

This session zooms in on the hyperlocal trend and looks at the power audience plays in driving the future of radio and podcasting.

Breaking Sonic Barriers: The Future of Immersive Audio, with speakers Liam Egan (leading Australian Sound Designer), Jeff Van Dyck (Composer/Sounds Designer/Audio Director at Jeff van Dyck Music), Freya Berkhout (Composer, Writer, Creative Technologist) and MC Claire Evans (Director at Junior Major), will explore how what is often thought of as visual storytelling involves more than just that one mode of perception – with sound an essential part of an engaging narrative.

The summit is online on Thursday 15 September, 1.30 pm – 6.00 pm (AEST)

Register here to attend.

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