PLuGHiTz Live is an online publication that covers the worlds of gadgets, gaming, internet and media through news, reviews and previews. Founded in 2007, PLuGHiTz Live has spent the past decade helping people to understand technology and make the news of the day more relatable. The flagship show, F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, features Scott Ertz, Editor-in-Chief of PLuGHiTz Live, and Avram Piltch, Editor-in-Chief of Tom’s Hardware, discussing some of the news of the week. Unlike other platforms, F5 Live has the goal of explaining how the topics apply to the average technology consumer.
Several times per year, the PLuGHiTz Live team attends industry events, such as CES, Collision Conference and Synapse Innovation Summit, bringing the products and services featured to those who cannot attend. Through interviews with vendors, exhibitors and sponsors, those companies can bring their products and services to a new audience. In the past, products such as GoSun Stove (which was later featured on Top Chef), BenjiLock (which was later featured on SharkTank) and Tennibot (which was later featured by Time) have been featured before they became widely known.
In addition to industry events, PLuGHiTz Live also travels to FIRST Robotics competitions, such as ROBOTICON Tampa Bay, and produces a series called FIRST Looks. FIRST produces competitions globally for students ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade, with a new game and new objectives annually. The show’s goal is to bring awareness both to the FIRST programming as well as to the teams involved in the competitions. With a greater awareness comes a greater ability for teams to find funding to help them compete, as well as help recruit new members.
Over the past 11 years, PLuGHiTz Live has changed a lot. Starting with 2 team members and a single weekly show, the publication currently has 10 regular contributors and produces 7 shows with about 400 episodes, 600 written articles and dozens of product reviews and previews per year. Editor-in-Chief Scott Ertz has had the opportunity to speak at several events and is becoming an industry voice on how to avoid common podcasting mistakes.