Sessions at Digital Shoreditch Festival 2012 on Tuesday 22nd May Innovate

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  • Pre-event business breakfast meetup

    by Timothy Barnes

    An informal business briefing and networking session. A chance to explore the benefits of University collaboration both now and in the future.

    At 9:00am to 10:00am, Tuesday 22nd May

    In Digital Shoreditch Small Top

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    At 9:30am to 10:00am, Tuesday 22nd May

  • Exhibition Open

    At 9:59am to 5:15pm, Tuesday 22nd May

    In Digital Shoreditch Big Top

  • Keynote - Joining the dots

    by Maggie Philbin

    Steve Jobs' famous quote defines innovation. But how do you know where the dots are? Maggie looks back on her experiences as a Tomorrow's World reporter for clues in the technology she showed for the very first time, from digital cameras to electrically heated paint and asks whether we're doing enough to encourage the innovators of tomorrow.

    At 10:30am to 11:00am, Tuesday 22nd May

    In Digital Shoreditch Big Top

  • Unlikely Combinations

    by Illugi Eysteinsson, Adam Stark, Ali Campbell and Alan Stuart

    Unexpected partnerships can bring real benefits

    This session highlights a wide range of activities and opportunities that exist to support business within a modern university, from world leading research, business development and consultancy to collaborative working, student internships and community partnerships.

    Interdisciplinary collaborations - which occur both within and between business and education - bring together different perspectives and approaches to a problem, allowing more innovative and creative solutions to be found, for example by bringing together practitioners from different backgrounds or professions to work in partnership to enhance services to the public, product development or other forms of enterprise.

    To enhance your understanding of the opportunities and benefits that engaging with universities can offer you and your business; this is a session you cannot afford to miss.

    Ali Campbell & Adam Stark, Living map - Visions on Mile End Road
    Living Map is a collaborative project involving Drama students and Media and Arts Technology Postgraduates from Queen Mary, University of London and community groups of all ages, using live performance and digital technology to transform public awareness of Mile End Road as a site where many people meet, interact and dream. The results will be part-performed, part-displayed as interactive projections and part-audible as a sound installation, with speakers installed in grills along the side of Queen Mary college along the Mile End Road.

    Living Map uses techniques developed by a QM Drama Academic, Ali Campbell who has previously used these techniques with great success in settings as diverse as Rio de Janeiro, Lewes and Beckton.

    London Metropolitan University's WOW agency is engaging students and graduates with business, start-ups, SME's and Social Enterprise. See how these bright new minds can provide innovation, breakthrough thinking, expertise and low-cost or free solutions.

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Tuesday 22nd May

    In Digital Shoreditch Big Top

  • Break and Exhibition

    At 12:00pm to 12:30pm, Tuesday 22nd May

    In Digital Shoreditch Big Top

  • Better Conversations

    by Stephen Clulow and Sara Jones

    How can businesses and universities talk more effectively with each other to solve business problems?

    This interactive workshop aims to expand, develop and generate innovative and original concepts and seeks to identify ways to break down barriers to business and university collaborations.

    There are many pathways and processes already in place for businesses and universities to engage, however, this is where you get creative! Sara Jones and Stephen Clulow will employ techniques refined within City University London’s Cass Business School to lead you through the thought development.

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Tuesday 22nd May

    In Digital Shoreditch Big Top

  • Exhibition

    by c4dm, Hannah Collins, g.hack, Patrick Weber, qMedia, MAT PhD Doctoral Training Centre, John Spindler and UCL's CASA

    Lunch for those who attended the morning session followed by the Exhibition.

    A chance to see, hear and touch the results of University collaboration. Demonstrating digital work (games, apps and hacks) created as part of ongoing collaborations. Meet students, researchers and academics who will show you their work on a variety of mobile devices and big screens.

    Listen to the stories from businesses who have achieved amazing things through collaboration.

    Exhibitions include:

    RCUK Digital Economy
    Research Councils UK (RCUK) invest £3bn annually in research in Universities and the Public Sector. The Digital Economy is a key RCUK strategic research theme. So far £138m has been invested in building the capacity and expertise needed to realise the Digital Economy through our three Digital Economy Research Hubs, led by Nottingham, Newcastle and Aberdeen Universities and training a new generation of digital economy researchers through seven Centres for Doctoral Training.

    CS4FN (Computer Science for Fun) MAGIC
    Computer science is behind today’s technological magic – from audio compression to imaging the human brain. See clever conjuring tricks that will challenge you to work out how they are done. We then reveal how the same techniques that make the magic work are responsible for some of the most interesting computer science applications around. http://www.cs4fn.org/

    G.Hack Teapot
    Take a teapot and use technology to modify/hack/enhance it. Make an interactive tabletop installation that allows visitors to navigate London through its contemporary tea culture. The Sound Mapping London Tea Houses installation was born!

    Ben Bengler group music making Table
    How can technology be used to enable strangers to make sweet music? Come and play!

    David Meckin assistive musical instrument
    A Glockenspiel controllable by a touch screen or soft padded cushions to enable everyone to join in.

    Julie Freeman data visualisation owl
    An owl that can be controlled by a data stream.

    Christian Heinrich and Andrew McPherson's enhanced keyboard
    A keyboard that can bend and sustain notes using the keys....and then can become a guitar if you feel the need!

    Media Arts Documentaries
    What is new media art? How are new technologies changing our perception of art and....what does it look/sound/feel like? Media and Arts technology researchers have produced these short films to explore this new and dynamic art form.

    Di Mainstone and Dave Meckin the WHIMSICHORD
    The WHIMSICHORD is a wearable interactive musical instrument that will react to the movement and touch of users (or Movicians) responding with sound. We have coined the term ‘Movician’ to describe this hybrid act of composition and choreography. WHIMSICHORD comprises of striking spring-like modules that are connect to a series of fixed landing-pads via retractable chords. Each component can be plucked from its landing-pad and attached to the Movician in a myriad of ways. Our soft sculptures are specially designed around the body to seamlessly grip to the Movician as they traverse space and interact with the piece to produce music. As Movicians connect to the modules they will draw elegant lines from the surrounding architecture onto to the body. These strings can be twanged to produce sound, and each participant will become a human string instrument.

    Chatterbox are developing a conversation platform which enables brands and corporations to identify and engage with their community of consumers in online interactive media such as Twitter and Facebook. Powered by recent research emerging from Queen Mary University of London, we enable corporations to find and support brand advocates and manage their brand reputation. We do this by applying high grade conversation analytics to large quantities of social data in order to extract the core users who drive brand conversation and opinion.

    C4DM (Centre for Digital Music) B-Keeper
    B-Keeper - Drum tracker for live performance that allows you to take over the role of drums in a band. The software program analyses the beats played so that the song varies its tempo in response to the drummer.

    C4DM tools
    Automatic mixing & intelligent sound engineering tools

    C4DM Sonic Visualiser
    Sonic Visualiser - software for viewing and analyzing audio files- The aim of Sonic Visualiser is to be the first program you reach for when want to study a musical recording rather than simply listen to it. We hope Sonic Visualiser will be of particular interest to musicologists, archivists, signal-processing researchers and anyone else looking for a friendly way to take a look at what lies inside the audio file.

    City University London - Fly an airship
    Fly an airship using your body movements, see if you can successfully navigate the course

    City University London - Dynamic Boris bike visualisation
    Do you use a ‘Boris Bike’? See how other people use their bike in our dynamic representation of ‘Boris Bike’ usage that visualises data supplied by TfL

    City University London - Real-time eye tacking
    Experience City’s Human Computer Interaction Lab. Try the real-time eye tracking that shows you where you look, and for how long, as you browse the web

    City University London - Thought control
    Control a computer with your thoughts using our brain interaction software

    City University London - From print to digital
    Learn how SAGE Publications is handling the transition

    City University London - Elements
    See science reported in videos and animations in our student-generated digital science newspaper, ‘Elements’

    City University London - Dementia
    See the City app that is helping dementia carers find new, creative ways to engage with patients

    City University London - Games
    Play 5 new computer games developed by Games Technology Students at City

    UCL's CASA (The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) digital research from presented in a physical form: Pigeon Sim
    Have you ever looked at a pigeon and wished you could experience life through its beady eyes? Well now you can, thanks to the Pigeon Simulator – created as a new way to visualise the cities and its data feeds.

    UCL's CASA London Data Table
    The London Data Table cycles through a series of visualisations to show to present a view of London from above. Combining a projector with a short throw lens, a table cut to the outline of London and various processing scripts and movies allowed an instant view of complex data feeds. The visualisations depict the hidden city in which we live giving people a greater understanding of transport and pedestrian flows that happen everyday in the city. The Visualisation to be shown on the day is sponsored by UCL Advances and analyses and visualises east London's Tech City.

    Capital enterprise
    The membership organisation for providers of business advice, training and resources to new entrepreneurs and small businesses in London.

    At 1:30pm to 4:00pm, Tuesday 22nd May

    In Digital Shoreditch Big Top

  • Women in Tech

    by Jennifer Sheridan, Nela Brown, Sophie McDonald, Al James and Jo Twist

    A forum for solutions

    As we all know, women are dramatically under represented in the digital and technology sectors. Recognising diversity means understanding how people’s differences and similarities can be mobilised for the benefit of the individual, the organisation and society as a whole. Different groups of people offer different skills that can improve an organisation’s ability to deliver goods and services, adding value and sustainable competitive advantage. This holds true for all organisations whether they are large or small, public or private or not for profit.

    INNOVATE’s Women in Tech panel will consider solutions to these problems. The panel will include short presentations from academics, business women, feminist organisations and educators. We expect the outcomes of these debates will be further developed through Creative Works London, a new AHRC funded London based centre which aims to bring together academics and the cultural and creative industries through joint research, people swaps and a creative vouchers scheme, which will provide resources. Evelyn Wilson from The Culture Capital Exchange will make a short presentation about these opportunities.

    This event will produce a lively and pertinent debate and will include real opportunities to develop ongoing activity with the universities.

    Delegates are very welcome to bring babies and children to this event. Child friendly refreshments will be provided.

    At 4:00pm to 5:00pm, Tuesday 22nd May

    In Digital Shoreditch Big Top

  • What Works?

    by Dave Grayson, Kam Star, Stuart Battersby, Jo Kotas, Mark Levy, Audrey Bowerman, Matthew Clark and Dave Cox

    Successful collaboration between business and universities

    Technology hubs gain enormous benefits from effective engagement between Universities and Companies; Stanford University in Silicon Valley, Cambridge University in Silicon Fen. Shoreditch has world-class research institutions on its doorstep – how can we enable the exchange of expertise, resources and ideas that will help drive Tech City, London and the UK to the next level in digital innovation?

    Part of the success of the Tech City ecosystem is the ability to build relationships with other SMEs and entrepreneurs because of proximity. Stronger relations with investors, government and big business have taken shape as the talent and innovation in the cluster has been recognised. But, what about established institutions on your doorstop and beyond?

    Collaboration between universities and SMEs has often flown under the radar. So, what works? How do successful collaborations between local businesses and universities happen? What new forms of partnership can we develop?

    The final INNOVATE session, chaired by Kam Star of Playgen and Digital Shoreditch, will answer these questions.

    At 5:15pm to 6:15pm, Tuesday 22nd May

    In Digital Shoreditch Big Top

  • Networking drinks reception

    At 6:15pm to 7:30pm, Tuesday 22nd May

    In Digital Shoreditch Big Top