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Updated March 6, 2020

In light of the growing concerns around coronavirus / COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all upcoming PBS conferences, including TechCon and Annual Meeting. Your health and safety are our highest priority, and we believe this decision is in the best interest of our attendees and partners.

Beyond TechCon 2020

Some of the events happening around TechCon in 2020 are:





Third Annual GM Day @ TechCon 2020

Wednesday, April 15, 9:30 AM - 7:00 PM; free to GMs attending TechCon, or $310 for one-day registration.

Station GMs - join your peers for a stimulating, full day of discussion and learning at the intersection of station management and the changing media business. Building on our track of success and GM leadership, this day will be designed to help you deal with both practical and strategic issues arising from the rapid technological change that is driving the industry. The first half of the day will include sessions and lunch with your peers. Then we’ll join the opening of TechCon and your choice of sessions from an afternoon designed for you. We’ll end the day with an exclusive early peek at the Exhibit Hall and conclude with dinner with Mario and Ira.

Who should attend: PBS Member Station General Managers, and those serving in such capacity

What to expect: This event is designed to be useful either as a single-day meeting on Wednesday or as lead-in for a GM staying for the full TechCon experience.

How to register: Registration for GM Day is an option on the TechCon registration site: If attending the full PBS Technology Conference, GM Day will be included with your registration, be sure to check the box for it. Single-day registration for just the Wednesday GM Day program is available to GMs for $310, and includes the TechCon sessions starting at 2pm onward.

Schedule draft:
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM Planning & Preparing for the 2020s: What’s Ahead
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM Lunch
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM TechCon 2020 Sessions
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Private GM Tour of TechCon Exhibit Hall
7:30 PM GM Dinner with Ira Rubenstein and Mario Vecchi

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Building a Metadata Democracy at your Station

Produced by The Public Media Metadata Co-Operative at PBS
Wednesday, April 15, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM. $25 fee (includes lunch)

Limited to 45 attendees. Cost includes lunch.


Who should attend: This is a strategic, high-level, train-your-trainer session, so while anyone is welcome to attend, we particularly encourage those working with content at the greenlighting stage to join us!

What to expect: You’re proud of the highly regarded public media programming your station produces or distributes – but is your audience finding it? Content discovery is having “a moment.” Audiences are drowning in a sea of content options, and there simply too many platforms and search tools out there. The only way to reach them all is with the one language they share: metadata.

We all work with program metadata every day, but the rules of the game have changed—and the way we are collectively “doing metadata” now, isn’t cutting it.

Content-producing stations and stations-as-distributors will want to attend this hands-on but high-level (non-technical) session produced by the Metadata Co-Operative at PBS on to find out:

  • Who the most important players are in the metadata distribution chain (EIDR, Gracenote, SVOD partners, etc.) and how to leverage the Co-Op’s Metadata Model for Public Media to pull together one workflow to rule them all;
  • What the most important industry standards and best practices are for metadata curation and maintenance;
  • How to map out a metadata strategy and plan of action specific to your station’s needs using templates, tools, & training materials from the Metadata Co-op at PBS.

How to register: Registration for this workshop can be added as an option when you register for TechCon. Seating is limited, so register early!

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Myers ProTrack User Workshop

Wednesday, April 15, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, No fee for member station staff

Join Myers for two full hours of interactive learning with hands on mini-sessions broken down by ProTrack discipline. This session is based solely on our most important asset - you!

Who should attend: Traffic and scheduling personnel, or any station staffer that uses ProTrack.

What to expect: A hands-on experience led by the Myers team with input from TAC, the Traffic Advisory Committee.

How to register: Registration for this workshop can be added as an option when you register for TechCon. There is no cost to attend, but seating is limited, so register early!

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Demystified: A Data Literacy Workshop

Wednesday, April 15, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, no fee for member station staff

Data is its own language like French or Cantonese; how can we as a system truly communicate and make decisions without speaking the same language? Over the course of this workshop, members of the PBS Business Intelligence Group (along with a special guest or two) will establish a baseline in terms of data definitions, along with helping you determine what data is available, where it can be found... and what it can tell both you and your organization.

Who should attend: This workshop is open to all attendees and is part of the Digital Immersion track presented by PBS and CPB.

What to expect: Attendees can expect to develop the beginning of a shared understanding of the digital data that is available from PBS, including data resources and currently available tools. This is going to be an interactive workshop, so attendees should come prepared with their own data questions and challenges.

How to register: Attendees can register for this along with your TechCon Registration - or add it after the fact by reopening your TechCon Registration using the info in your confirmation email.

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Night Owl Sessions @ TechCon 2020

Thursday, April 16, 7:00pm, included with your TechCon Registration

TechCon... after dark! Sessions on Thursday evening after the Exhibit Hall Reception will cover a variety of topics across multiple disciplines. Full schedule of sessions is now posted. No special registration is required, the Night Owl sessions are included with your TechCon registration.

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