SMPTE Centennial Campaign: The Next Century Fund
An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE has advanced moving-imagery education and engineering across the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries since 1916.
In 2016, SMPTE will celebrate its centennial year and, undoubtedly, the next 100 years will be very different from the first. As the industry evolves, new entrants are challenging every aspect of the media workflow, from technology tools to business models. Every step along the media chain is changing.
With this evolution, SMPTE’s role is becoming even more vital to the industry as standards continue to be fundamental to ongoing interoperability into the future. As the leader in the art, sciences, and craft of the image, sound and metadata ecosystem, SMPTE must continue to expand and enhance its three pillars of activity: Standards, Membership, and Education.
SMPTE has established The Next Century Fund to support programs and services that directly support the growth of industry and its members. This important fund will provide resources for:
- STANDARDS DEVELOPMENT
Enhancements in system infrastructure will leverage existing services and raise the level of support for the development of new standards documents as well as the adoption of existing standards throughout the world.
- MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
By providing membership opportunities to new geographic areas and emerging media technology sectors, SMPTE will secure a future path for sustainable growth.
- EDUCATION PROGRAMS
SMPTE will expand access to educational and technical tools that advance the expertise of our members.
A portion of the funds would provide an immediate infusion in the expansion initiatives over a three to five year period and the balance would be invested to assist in sustaining these new programs over a long-term period. The successful conclusion of this campaign will ensure that SMPTE continues its legacy of service to the industry for the next 100 years.
"At SMPTE’s 2012 Annual Technical Conference I was awarded the prestigious Louis F. Wolf Memorial Scholarship. There I was honored to walk among brilliant engineers who have given many contributions to the industry. I have stayed in touch with several SMPTE members and have even interviewed two about their education, career and life choices over the years. Their insights provided me a key view on how to be successful in the future. In 2013 I was invited to become an Editorial Board Member for the SMPTE Journal. Since then I have provided three journal reviews giving a student’s perspective on technical topics. Reviewing papers has given me a unique opportunity to combine my computer engineering background with prior video and film experience as well as stay connected with the SMPTE community."
Natalie Morningstar - Lou F. Wolf Memorial Scholarship Recipient