Connect, Collaborate and Create with Fellow Content Professionals
The Birds of a Feather (BoF) program at the 2019 NAB Show is a series of themed, hosted, non-commercial gatherings that bring together subject matter experts and community members to discuss hot topics of mutual interest. Events are interactive and conversational but can also include talks and panels. They are free to host and free to attend.
The program will take place Monday, April 8 and Tuesday, April 9 in North Hall, Room N243. It’s an easy to find location near Central Hall and is located at the top of the escalator on the North Hall’s mezzanine level.
Rules of the Road/Caveats
- BoFs cannot be hosted by a commercial company and discussion must be broader than one company or product.
- BoF meetings last one hour.
- Topics must be related to content creation, i.e., about processes or technologies for planning, image making (shooting and VFX), editing, posting, and/or archiving professional content.
- Part or all of the meeting must include interactive discussion with audience members.
- Hosts are responsible for organizing and leading their session, for making it a success.
- Hosts are responsible for inviting the audience that they believe will create the most interesting and interactive meet-up. NAB Show will also help promote the overall program, but it’s really up to each organizer to get the word out.
- Seating will be provided for 75 people. An AV package is included (see equipment list below). Catering and specialty AV equipment can be ordered at the host’s expense (see FAQs.)
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Birds of a Feather program?
Birds of a Feather (BoF) programs vary from conference to conference. At NAB Show, they are themed, hosted, non-commercial gatherings that bring together subject matter experts and interested filmmakers, technologists and/or users to connect, collaborate and innovate about a hot topic of mutual interest. They are interactive and conversational but can also include talks and panels. They are free to host and free to attend.
Who can attend a BoF?
All NAB Show registrants may attend BoFs at no cost and are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Who can apply to host a BoF?
BoFs can be hosted by either an organization or individual(s), but commercial entities are not permitted to organize a BoF.
What is an appropriate BoF topic?
BoF topics must be of interest to the content creation community-creatives, crew, technologists, users, or all of the above. Exact topics are up to you. The NAB Show audience is both broad and deep, so if you want to focus on specific issues within your specialty (e.g., “What are DIT best practices for 4K workflows?”) or address a global issue (e.g., “How can emerging technologies help record metadata from previz thru post?”), you will be able to fill the room with your ideal discussion group.
What is not appropriate for a BoF?
BoF’s are not the right environment for companies promoting their latest product or service. Sales and marketing content is not permitted nor are product and service tutorials.
How should a BoF be organized?
While we do not prescribe the session structure, BoFs should have a format that ensures audience interaction, engagement and networking. You are welcome to include talks and panels, but one-way communication should not be the sole focus.
Who is the ideal BoF meeting leader?
The ideal BoF leader(s) are experienced organizers, knowledgeable about the topic, proficient at leading open discussions and know how to ask the right questions to promote the positive exchange of ideas and build consensus.
How are BoFs promoted?
Hosts are responsible for getting the word out about their BoF and for inviting attendees they believe will create the most interesting and interactive gathering. NAB will also help promote the overall program, but it’s up to the organizer to fill the room.
How is attendee information captured?
Hosts can, if desired, maintain an RSVP list using their own outreach service (check-in table will be provided), but admittance must be open to everyone on a first-come, first-served basis. NAB will provide a scanner for the host to capture attendee information (host needs to provide personnel to scan badges at the door.) NAB will provide scanned attendee list and contact information after the Show is over.
What furnishings and AV does NAB Show provide, gratis?
- Podium and tall podium chair
- (4) standard sized chairs for organizers/speakers
- Seating for 75
- Folding tables with table cloths (to be used as needed)
- Fixed podium mic
- Wired hand-held mics and (1) wireless handheld mic
- 4K flat screens of approx. 60”
- Small PA system for mics and audio fed thru PA from laptops
- Dongles or Mac and PC
Apply to Host a Session
Interested in hosting a Birds of a Feather Session at this year's Show?