In 2021, with support from AWS, PILOT created the NextGen TV Fellowship as an immersive program designed to educate and introduce a diverse pool of students with practical experience to the television broadcast industry. The experiential learning program provides hands-on application development to college students who work with industry experts to leverage the capabilities of the ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard. It is based on providing demonstrable and proven ideas for actual on-air implementation and developing the next-gen talent behind the work.
2023-24 School Year
PILOT kicked off the third annual PILOT Next Gen TV Fellowship program on November 3 at NAB headquarters in Washington, D.C. The 2023-24 program expanded and included students from Howard University and the University of Missouri.
The 2023-24 fellows from Howard University are YaSin Abdul-Musawwir, Film and Television, Junior; Rachel Ibihwiori, Computer Science, Senior; Emmarah Kouadio, Interactive Media and Computer Science, Senior; and Teshi Waruingi, Computer Science, Senior. From the University of Missouri, the fellows are Charles Dake, Finance, Senior; Amanuel Hailemariam, Information Technology, Senior; and Shannon Worley, Journalism, Senior
2022-23 School Year
During the 2022-23 School year, PILOT worked with representatives from the Howard University College of Engineering and School of Communications to expand the Fellowship program to 4 students: Naisha Flechier, Brent Piper, Bipul Gyawali, and Kritish Pokharel. These fellows participated in the NAB Leadership Foundation’s Technology Apprenticeship Program and focused on NextGen TV in concert with the NAB lab at 1M. Scripps-owned KTVN broadcasted the fellows’ application in Las Vegas during the NAB Show in April 2023.
2021-22 School Year: The Inaugural Year
The Fellowship began with the 2021-22 school year at Howard University. NAB was part of the Howard University NextGen Broadcast Collaborative. A major goal of the collaborative was to create a leading showcase and NextGen TV service incubator for the broadcast industry. PILOT managed the fellowship for two Howard University Students, Mikaela Mosley and Sulaiman Bastien, to develop a NextGen TV application that was demonstrated at NAB Show in April 2022.