VRT SANDBOX supports collaborative innovation,

integrated in the media ecosystem of A PUBLIC BROADCASTER. 

The VRT Sandbox innovation is based on facilitating short term projects within the VRT ecosystem. Each sandbox-project has a specific DNA. Key to the process is matchmaking, of which the outcome is a win-win situation for both parties. With a do-learn attitude, we discover useful insights.  

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What's cooking in our sandbox? These are the projects we are currently working on.


Match: Canvas

Presenter Thomas Vanderveken takes on the challenge of learning an incredible difficult piece of piano music, which he will perform on the 7th December, accompanied by the Brussels Philharmonic. For this concert, he is still looking for an opening act. Those interested are able to send in videos of their personal musical challenges via a crowdsourcing platform that has been built by start-up Koalect. 281 people registered for the competition and countless videos have been sent in during this co-creation project.


Match: Imec, VDAB & Proximus

What’s in a word? Science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. To prepare the next generation for the technological and societal challenges of the future, the Steambox-project aims to introduce a more practical way of education with more room for experiments. The project entails collecting content on a certain topic during different workshops, demonstrations and presentations at an event in an educational box. By means of the technology inside, teachers are able to simulate the event in the classroom and challenge the students creatively and technically.

Thomas More

Match: VRT Sandbox

Will Virtual Reality survive its hype? How will lasting formats look of 360° video look like? The research department Memori at Thomas More aims to gather the various aspects of 360° video in a research project. VRT Sandbox is part of its user research group and will help in finding some answers during pilots and enquiries.


Match: Ketnet

Everything is moving into the cloud! Is this seemingly unstoppable trend also valid when it comes to the playout of VRT’s linear channels? Not only do we face the challenge of live broadcasts and adhoc interventions, we also have to deal with very complex playout schedules. We currently depend highly on an intensive layer of manual quality control. Will this still be feasible in the cloud? We took on this challenge with the guys from Veset and their Nimbus cloud playout software-as-a-service solution.

Appiness, Setkeeper & Limecraft

Match: één

During a first track at VRT Sandbox, Appiness created an app called Spott, by which viewers are able to buy what they see on television. The app is now implemented with several programs on VRT. In a second track, Appiness aims to integrate the app with Setkeeper and create an automated workflow. The information gathered with the preparations for the production, such as clothing, will also be available in the app.

Hack Belgium

Match: VRT Sandbox

From the 4th of May till the 6th of May, Tour & Taxis was the location of a large-scale hackathon with as goal to build a better Belgium. They were hacking 14 crucial challenges, from tackling fake news in media to building a technological and efficient city government. As VRT Sandbox, we have built our very own studio at the event, in which we captured the main insights and recaps of every day, while sharing innovating ideas with a larger audience.


Match: Microsoft & VRT Nieuws

Coordinating the news according to the different themes across the various brands. That was the need of VRT NWS to which start-up Wolftech provided the solution. By means of their Wolftech news tool, they increase efficiency and the ability to manage stories over multiple platforms.


Match: Ketnet

After a first successful collaboration with Muuselabs, during which a jukebox for children was created, Sandbox is now coordinating a second track. The goal is to create a jooki for children with a visual impairment. Content provided by Ketnet and Luisterpunt.be will be placed on twenty jooki’s with fitting tactile components. Afterwards, these will be tested in three different environments.


Match: Kanaal Z

What is this video about? That is something IBM wanted to grasp - in collaboration with Kanaal Z - in an automated way. Speech recognition helps in determining the topic, while the concept detector in turn determines what can be seen: persons, objects…  By means of optical character recognition, they can detect which text is visible. During the project, a mini prototype was provided in which video and automatically generated metadata became easily searchable.


Match: Sporza

Together with Lawo, we want to create a remote production. Therefore, the current VRT production will be linked to the OC with a sports kit. The connection occurs via IP by means of LAWO equipment over an existing IP network, with a limited band width. Only an audio technician and a few cameramen will be present on the set. All other operations will occur at the OC. In the second part of the test, we also want to employ our VRT radio transmissions in order to maintain flexible in setting up a production anywhere in Flanders.


Match: VRT NWS

With the renewal of the website of VRT NWS,  there are a lot of questions that need to be validated with end-users. Usability and likeability are two of these dimensions that need to be addressed. Here lies the difficulty of scaling up. How is it possible to collect enough qualitative user feedback that can be analyzed and communicated easily with stakeholders? Here comes UXpro.be in the picture. It provided VRT NWS with an easy to use tool to manage use cases and survey questions, but it also captures video's of the users in the browser. Using UXpro.be VRT NWS gained a lot of time and is able to use the video material to stir up the conversation. In the end it is all about about validated learning and tools like UXpro.be can be a worthy addition in their UX toolkit.