See what's happening in the Media Cluster this autumn

Published 06.08.2020
We have some exciting months ahead in the Norwegian Media Cluster - check out the highlights here.

Members in the Norwegian Media Cluster have plenty to look forward to this autumn, as we're going full steam ahead in all our projects and initiatives. 

Among the highlights is a ten week online product discovery and management course with the Silicon Valley Product Group, a breakfast seminar on innovation in newsrooms on August 19, an AI for Leaders webinar by the Norwegian Cognitive Center on August 25, and several engaging activities in MCB JoLab.  

Workshops in MCB JoLab

We are looking forward to hosting MCB JoLab workshops (both digital and on-site) with a number of high profile experts, including renowned visualization/data journalist Alberto Cairo (Miami School of Communication),international thought leader in social media and online journalism, Henk Von Ess, and James Ball, the global editor of The Bureau of Investigative Journalism. You will also be able to enjoy several webinars and discussions online, and brush up on your digital skills and methods for the future newsroom. 

As the Covid19 situation still imposes restrictions for travels and meeting we will make an effort to stream as many as possible of our events, regardless of where they take place. This means that our hubs in Oslo, Bergen or Stavanger or anywhere else in Norway, as well as our international network, partners and members can enjoy the events and take part in the conversations. 

10 year anniversary 

The cluster is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2020, and we are looking forward to continue celebrating this feat together with our members. We are working on a special publication to mark the anniversary – and many of our members will be asked to contribute in this project. 

Reopening the Media Lab

We are currently planning for a safe and controlled reopening of the Media Lab, with every necessary infection prevention measure taken. More information about this will be announced shortly.  

In the meantime, have a look at the month-by-month overview of upcoming events below. Some of the events still have tentative dates – make sure to follow us on Facebook and subscribe to our newsletter to receive updates, as more events will be launched in the weeks and months to come!

A selection of upcoming activities


Aug 19, 09.00-10.30: Webinar about Editorial Innovations (MCB JoLab)
In this webinar we'll meet some of our most innovative publishers to discuss innovation in the newsroom. We will showcase some of the new services and products launched by key Norwegian publishers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note that this breakfast meeting will be given in Norwegian.

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Aug 20 -->: Silicon Valley Product Group; Product Discovery and Management

We are happy to launch an online course series with Silicon Valley Product Group (SVPG) in August and September, a total of ten sessions, Thursdays at 2pm. We know that several of you know SVPG well from before, including through our workshop with CEO and founder Marty Cagan during Future Week in 2019. We received very good feedback on this course, and are glad to once again partner with SVPG.

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Aug 25: AI for leaders
Webinar by Norwegian Cognitive Center. 
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Aug 26: Annual meeting for members in the Media Cluster (Media Innovation
Will be held in Media City Bergen Media Lab. Invites will be distributed to members shortly. 


Sep 17: IBC Show & Tell (In the Media Lab or Digital)
The latest innovations from companies in the Media Cluster. More info to come.

Sep 22 and 25: Journalism and TV production students meets companies in the Media Cluster.
The new bachelor students at the University of Bergen meets Media Cluster companies. Let us know if you're interested in taking part in this event.

Sep 23: Innovator's Circle with Henrik Syse

The exclusive forum for visionary leaders in all businesses. Join one of the world’s leading ecosystems for innovation and knowledge in media and media tech, and connect with inspiring leaders. More information to come - follow us on Facebook and sign up to our newsletter to stay in the loop.

Date tbc: 5G for broadcast with the Nordic 5G Consortium
More info to come.


Sep 29: Inspiration Journey, webinar with MediaMotorEurope
What are the challenges, tools and opportunities when dealing with fake news? We have invited journalists and compliance teams from TV, radio and the press to discuss how they are checking their stories – and just as importantly – what are the tools missing in their toolbox? The virtual breakfast seminar is targeted at startups and scaleups across Europe with potential solutions that can help in the fight against fake news. More information to come.

The EU project MediaMotorEurope (MME) is a brand new mentoring programme framed under the Startup Europe initiative (H2020), that aims to nurture high-potential European deeptech innovators to solve today's most prominent media industry challenges and support them in building the media solutions of tomorrow. In MME, Media City Bergen is part of a large ecosystem, powered by strong media and innovation hubs, as well as key players in the tech and investment scene: VIS Mediekuben, VRT, Thermi, Athens Technology Center, Cluster Sofia Knowledge City, FastTrack, and F6S.

Date tbc: Show & Tell in the Media Lab
All members and partners in the cluster are invited to join our Show & Tell, our informal, laidback arena, where you can meet other cluster members and learn about the latest innovations in the cluster. Will be Save the date – more info to be announced. 

Oct 16: Alberto Cairo, Visual Journalism (MCB JoLab)

Oct 20: James Ball, Investigative Journalist (MCB JoLab)

Oct 22: Show & Tell Election Special 


Date tbc: Techies meets Journalists (MCB JoLab)

Date tbc: Introduction to Everviz (MCB JoLab)

Date tbc: Show & Tell, Stavanger 


Date tbc: Workshops with Henk Von Ess - investigative journalist (MCB JoLab) 

Dec 11: NCE Media Christmas Special
Join us on December 11 for a pleasant and entertaining afternoon in the Media Lab. We have plenty of surprises in store, as well as awards, entertainment and of course a recap of 2020 - the Norwegian Media Cluster's tenth year in operation.

Other projects​​​/events

The Media Lab Sandbox has been upgraded with studio facilities in 2020, available to members of the media cluster. The Sandbox also has technical platforms and resources available to members; A wide range of different tech for all kind of purposes, as well as open data and APIs from cluster companies and international tech partners that students, startups, researchers, teams and project developers can use as their sandbox.

The Media Lab Sandbox is a technical platform for innovation, testing, prototyping and developing. Members of the Media Cluster have access to software from the Media Cluster companies, Enterprise Watson, APIs, Open data, NDI infrastructure and hardware resources at Media City Bergen. 

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Activities with the NCE Media Stavanger Node
The cluster organization NCE Media has expanded to Stavanger by establishing a formal satellite with around 15 media and media tech companies including NRK Rogaland, Stavanger Aftenblad, Mediafarm and the University of Stavanger. The region is also especially rich in media tech startups, and are also working on a project to co-locate several media companies and publishers under the same roof in Stavanger. 

– In addition to activities starting up in Stavanger, the main mission is to execute joint projects between the two ecosystems so that we together can create new markets and opportunities. The distance between the two cities is short, and it is easy to generate traffic on the bridge between them. It is also important that value creation is distributed – it shouldn’t only happen in Bergen, but also in Stavanger. By enrolling Stavanger as a collective hub into NCE Media, it is both necessary and desirable to work dedicatedly in the Stavanger region to contribute to growth and value creation there, says Anne Jacobsen, CEO of NCE Media.

A task force is established in Stavanger to coordinate activities and work closely with the administration in Bergen. Furthermore, there is a clear ambition to situate a designated project manager in Stavanger. Read more 

Signage at Media City Bergen
There are several signage screens around Media City Bergen that can be used for way finding and promotion of relevant events taking place in the building. Tenants in MCB can contact [email protected] to get started with signage.

As long as the situation allows for it, you can expect numerous hackathons, courses, seminars, breakfast meetings, workshops as well as other events in the Media Lab in the months to come. Follow us on Facebook and sign up to our newsletter to stay in the loop: