The Open Call 2 Pilot Phase Selection – Discover the participants

Following one last selection round in STADIEM’s Open Call 2 programme, 6 scale-ups from the Integrate phase have jumped to the final Pilot Stage. The scale-ups will work on creating public pilots in real-life environments, with the support of the corporate partner with whom they started the trajectory.

The pilot phase has officially kicked off as of today, running until September: in this time frame, the pilots will be evaluated for generating business value and gathering feedback from customers and other involved parties. One important activity will entice showcases of demos and public pilots of the technology developed with media corporate partners to a broader audience of stakeholders: STADIEM and the scale-ups involved will be present at several networking events over the phase – Keep an eye on our events calendar for updates.

Here’s who’s strapped in the pilot seat, with a little summary on their focus areas, fields of expertise, and objectives:

Druid Learning (Monetization focus area) – A white-label educational content e-commerce platform designed with inclusiveness in mind, allowing publishers to control, manage and distribute their digital content directly to their end users. They found invaluable partners in CJ Fallon Irish Educational Publisher, which is looking into improving and optimising content production through automation processes.

Scriptix (Data/AI/ML/Synthetic Media focus area) – A full-service speech recognition provider featuring an ecosystem of (custom) speech-to-text models and additional services, aimed at enabling everybody to turn spoken word into text. Roularta Media Group is their partner in the STADIEM adventure, working with them on empowering transcription services with a focus on smaller language areas such as Flemish and Belgian French.

Limecraft (Data/AI/ML/Synthetic Media focus area) – Limecraft’s cloud-based collaboration platform ‘Limecraft Flow’ is used by media producers worldwide to manage their workflow, allowing them to create more content faster. Built-in AI allows automation of several steps in the production process – including raw material processing, audio transcription and subtitling – finding a perfect partner in VRT, which needs to optimise their increased video production workload. (Data/AI/ML/Synthetic Media focus area) – Broadcasters and OTT companies are facing ever-growing streaming costs, mainly paid to Content Delivery Networks (CDN). With an all-embracing data analytics suite,, helps media companies delivering excellent and quality assured streaming services at lower cost. Working with them in this phase is RBB, on linear broadcasting and audience measurement, which will also explore streaming and energy consumption, with support from ARTE.

BotTalk (Content creation & distribution focus area) – BotTalk’s technology focuses on text-to-speech, allowing publishing houses with an average output of 200 news articles a day to create 8 to 30 hours of audio daily from it. Funke, NOZ, t-online, VRT, Mediafin and Roularta all partnered-up with BotTalk, leading to piloting their solution for content creating.

Television.AI (Content creation & distribution focus area) – AI to unlock insights from raw video footage (such as common objects, sentiments, emotions, faces, well-known people, topics, etc.) to be used for SEO, archive indexing, and even automatically create edits featuring synthetic voice over: a natural match for their corporate partner, RBB.

Congrats to them all, and all the best for their next step in the STADIEM journey!

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