Screach and the Space Invasion

We were out at a gig this weekend, and because we’re so dedicated, we took our work with us.

Screach’s second screen platform was put through its paces at Space Invasion, a creative show at The Sage Gateshead that was run by Generator and Northern Film + Media as part of Arts Council England and BBC’s initiative, The Space. Over 400 people bounced into The Sage’s Hall Two to listen to acts including Ghostpoet, DVJ Raj Pannu and Lulu James.

With all those lovely folk on stage, it’s worth bringing up a question that all second screen experience makers should ask themselves before they start shoving things onto people’s smartphones…

Why do people need to be looking at their phones with all this cool stuff going on?

What’s in store for Screach?

Screach co-founders Paul Rawlings and Sam Morton

If you’ve already downloaded Screach, you’ll notice we’ve got an update out. It’s all leading up to a major revamp of the app in the next couple of months, but it’s an interesting indication of where we’re headed…

Over the last 18 months, Screach has evolved. We’ve had a name change (for those of you who remember us as Screenreach Interactive), we’ve added a New York office, and we’re a bigger team than when we first emerged from the Difference Engine startup accelerator in 2010.

Screach at IBC 2012

Our CEO Paul Rawlings spent the early part of this week in Amsterdam, soaking up the atmosphere at IBC 2012. IBC is a great spot to pick up the latest chatter about electronic media and entertainment, and Paul was invited to be part of a panel on the evolution and the future of second screen.

During the conference, he bumped into The Next Web’s Martin Bryant, who’s been following Screach from its early days.

Once Paul got back to Newcastle, we grilled him a little about what he’d seen and heard at the conference, and had a bit of a chat of our own about second screen and where it might be headed.

How can interactive screens help make gameday great?

Photo by Paul Lowry

If you can’t be at the stadium to cheer on your favourite team, the next best thing is to soak up the atmosphere in a bar.

Sports fans are going to be doing a lot of that over the next few months. The Premier League is in full flow once again in England, Major League Baseball is steaming toward the playoffs, and the NFL kicked back into action with some great matchups last week.

As fans of screens, you can imagine how excited that makes us feel. So we’ve been thinking a lot about how you might be able to make that sports bar experience really spectacular.

Introducing Richard Dodd…our new COO

There are so many ways to use the Screach platform, and we’re only just scratching the surface.

That’s why it’s always great when we add a new member of the team who’s got a lot of wisdom and experience behind them. On that note, we’re pleased to announce that we’re welcoming retail expert Richard Dodd to our ranks as Chief Operating Officer.