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.
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.
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.
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/
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.
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.
The membership organisation for providers of business advice, training and resources to new entrepreneurs and small businesses in London.
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.
21st May to 1st June 2012