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Monday 21st May 2012

  • Brain in a Bag Show

    by Jonathan Black

    Your brain is in charge of your entire inner life. It is unbelievably complicated. Luckily, you can make a working model of your brain out of household items! In this short presentation you'll find out how you can teach a bunch of clothesline and loo roll to behave like your neurons.

    At 9:00am to 3:30pm, Monday 21st May

    In Digital Shoreditch Big Top

  • Exhibition; Tesselations and Repetitive structures in Jewellery

    by Marianne Forrest

    An exhibition of Jewellery made with 3D printing techniques and digital technologies. Wild, wonderful and sometimes vibrant responses to the brief of Tesselations and Repetitive structures. The work shown is by students from London Metropolitan University using rapid prototyping for the first time. All are involved in their own style of creative process and are keen to show off their newest creations.

    Questions answered :
    How can new technologies be used to craete new jewellery previously impossible to make by hand? How does it answer the context of exhibition and wearability?

    At 9:00am to 3:30pm, Monday 21st May

    In Digital Shoreditch Big Top

  • I Know Me - a musical

    by Martin Wright

    A special pre-transmission screening of a musical developed for BBC Learning. This musical has been developed for and with young people with learning difficulties.

    Questions answered :
    TV and media content for Special Educational Needs. Talking to audiences with a difference.

    At 9:00am to 3:30pm, Monday 21st May

    In Digital Shoreditch Big Top

  • The future is 3D: hands on design & make

    by Martin Stevens

    We plan to have a range of our equipment for students and teachers to try, allowing them to design in 3D, scan in 3D and print in 3D. If we have the space we will also have some manual and motorised kit tools (lathes, mills, sanders, jigsaws) for the pupils/students to try for themselves. We know from experience that when people have the chance to try our equipment they are enthused and motivated, and the only problem we have is getting them off the equipment so that others can have a go!

    At 9:00am to 3:30pm, Monday 21st May

    In Digital Shoreditch Big Top

  • Whimsichord

    by Di Mainstone and Dave Meckin

    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.

    Artists: Di Mainstone and Dave Meckin, Queen Mary University of London.
    Sponsored by Queen Mary University of London.

    At 9:00am to 3:30pm, Monday 21st May

    In Digital Shoreditch Big Top

Tuesday 22nd May 2012

  • Exhibition Open

    At 9:59am to 5:15pm, 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

  • 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
    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

Thursday 24th May 2012

  • PixelPin "Pictures replace Passwords"

    by Brian Taylor

    If you have ever had problems in remembering your password you will know how annoying it can be. PixelPin is an innovative new approach to mobile and web security using pictures instead of alphanumeric passwords. Questions answered : Rather than type in a password you select points (passpoints) on a personal picture. The PixelPin approach makes remembering a lot easier, it's more secure than using a PIN or an alphanumeric password, and eliminates phishing. There are real advantages when you are on a mobile or tablet device that does not have a keyboard. It's a lot quicker and does not suffer from the auto-correct problems you can find on these devices.

    At 10:33am to 10:36am, Thursday 24th May

    In Digital Shoreditch Big Top

  • Hackney Hear: using audio on location

    by Francesca Panetta

    What can new smartphone technologies do for listening on the move? Hear about a world's first in audio on the move right here in Hackney from some of the makers of Hackney Hear. Triggering audio via GPS-location, Hackney Hear provides an innovative way to explore and rediscover London Fields through the stories of residents, local celebrities and archive, along with new commissions from award-winning artists in the area.

    Questions answered :
    What is Hackney Hear? What does it mean for the future of audio on the move? And how can smartphones help content providers and technologists come up with new creative ways of telling stories through sound?

    At 11:10am to 11:13am, Thursday 24th May

    In Digital Shoreditch Big Top

  • Table top: Present.me – bringing online presentations to life

    by Charlie Simpson

    We believe online presentations are broken. Psychological studies show that the combination of content and a human face is key to keeping an audience engaged. We launched Present.me to solve exactly this problem. Present.me allows anyone to create online presentations that feature synchronised slides and video side-by-side, playable on-demand. Whether it’s pitching for new business, updating your team, setting assignments for students or applying for a job, Present.me allows you to record and share your ideas in a whole new way. This session will reveal why Present.me’s combination of video and content is the perfect way to create online, on-demand presentations that engage and resonate.

    Questions answered :
    What is the story behind Present.me? What issues does Present.me solve? How does Present.me work? What is the Present.me business model?

    At 2:15pm to 2:45pm, Thursday 24th May

    In Digital Shoreditch Big Top

Friday 25th May 2012

  • TESTIMONIES

    by Lorenzo Belenguer and Lorenzo Belenguer

    TESTIMONIES is an art project led by the artist Lorenzo Belenguer that records Londoners’ personal stories and expectations about the 1948 Olympic Games and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It aims to empower conversation about this historic event, to compare with the 1948 Olympic Games and provide a legacy. The project will be broadcast around London in the format of video installations during the summer of 2012.Lorenzo and Emilie Giles, the Social Media Coordinator, are inviting everyone at Digital Shoreditch to see a preview of this and experience the project through an installation.

    Social media is a huge part of the project as TESTIMONIES also collects stories over Twitter, Facebook and Vimeo. As part of the Identity day we are inviting people to give us their testimony through a video interview which will be uploaded to a bank of stories told by those who have participated in the project. Testimonies can be tweeted using the hashtag #ThisIsMyTestimony London and we also invite you to leave your stories on the TESTIMONIES London Facebook wall. More information can be found on www.LondonersTestimonies.com

    At 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Friday 25th May

    In Digital Shoreditch Big Top

Monday 28th May 2012

  • From Xero to infinity and beyond...

    by Richard Heap

    Whether you are a start up or fast growing SME in the Tech and Media sector, making timely decisions is closely linked to future success. Kingston Smith’s Media & Tech partners will be running their ever popular 1-2-1 30 minute business clinics where you will have an opportunity to ask any tax or accounting related question - including funding, R&D claims, tax credits, and the IP patent box. They’ll also be showcasing Xero, the online accounting software increasingly popular with the technology community, where you get more control for am affordable price.

    Questions answered :
    Business Advice, Online accounting systems, funding availability, taxation advice, looking after the books

    At 2:00pm to 2:30pm, Monday 28th May

    In Digital Shoreditch Big Top

Tuesday 29th May 2012

  • Cirque de Mobile – a showcase of tomorrow's weird and wonderful mobile technology

    by Ben Scott Robinson

    Ladies and gentlemen, introducing Ben Scott Robinson, one of inventors of the world’s first colour mobile site and Creative Director of We Love Mobile, Shoreditch’s full service creative mobile company, presents a preview of tomorrow’s world. Emerging mobile tech and how the future human will use it, including the ways in which augmented reality and near-field communication will bridge physical and digital worlds will be the focus of this session. Ben will present these concepts in context of some new, hot off the press projects currently in development at We Love Mobile.

    Questions answered:

    • How consumer and brand engagement is changing and its future direction
    • How brands encourage loyalty through rich engagement
    • How mobile is going to save the TV advert
    • How mobile is going to change the way we shop forever
    • How the double screen is going to shape the future

    At 11:25am to 11:35am, Tuesday 29th May

    In Digital Shoreditch Big Top

  • Bridging the physical and virtual worlds, thanks to the mobile contactless technologies

    by Damaris Homo

    Who has never given up on looking for specific information on the internet because it took too long to find out? Even if we know that the information is available somewhere, it's often tough to find it at the very moment we need it, and most of all in a mobility context. With contactless technologies, a new area of services is possible, using NFC tags and mobile phones: by simply tapping a tag that can be displayed everywhere (street furniture, bus stops, store's window...), users get access to the specific content they want in the right time and at the right place they need it. Connecthings NFC software platform is licensed to any customers who want to bridge their physical world - POS, cities, museum, home - to digital contextual services using mobile phones' screen and connectivity. The session presents how transport companies, museums, brands, who seek to deliver contextual and profile-based information to their audience, can make it happen by creating easy access to their services through the implementation of NFC tags. Questions answered : How to deliver the right information, at the right place in the right time to the right audience? How to turn traditional and day-to-day life objects into something interactive and innovative to engage the audience? How to make cities smarter thanks to digital tools such as NFC tags?

    At 11:45am to 11:55am, Tuesday 29th May

    In Digital Shoreditch Big Top

  • Inflight Mobile: Pushing your knowledge base and boundaries to achieve results

    by Lawrence Kitson

    It's easy to stay in your comfort zone and follow tried and tested paths to success. Breaking out of your comfort zone can take you in new directions, but this requires internal reflection, investment and ultimately risk. This talk will demonstrate how through collaboration, utilising your strengths, passion and aspirations, you can create opportunities through the development of future facing concepts and disruptive thinking.

    Questions answered :
    What is the future of In-flight Entertainment and Airline service offerings? What has Mobile and designing for multi-platform got to do with it? How can applying your strengths & passion to your aspirations result in new opportunities?

    At 11:55am to 12:05pm, Tuesday 29th May

    In Digital Shoreditch Big Top

  • Table Top: Open design - science engagement

    by Robert Phillips

    The public are engaging with the process of manufacturing their own products through digital fabrication. When people have this much freedom to create their own objects, who has the responsibility for their disposal? Open design is embracing this democratisation of innovation and enabling people to make their own products with greater ease: this maker movement will soon change the way we think about products. This approach is not a replacement for mass manufacture but an extension of what is achievable with a new toolbox, solving different problems and addressing new needs. These digital tools are enabling participants with limited skill to create objects… but are they products yet?

    Questions answered :
    Engaging with a wider audience, widening participation, the ability to bounce concepts off a wider audience and predictions of how this could work in the future.

    At 1:00pm to 1:30pm, Tuesday 29th May

    In Digital Shoreditch Big Top

  • Table Top: Smile Machine Showcase

    by Nigel Flack

    Smile Machine are a digital production agency based in the heart of Shoreditch. We build websites and apps and have steadily grown in size since our inception in 2010 and are proud to work with a number of agencies and direct clients in London. We know the importance of robust technical implementation to backup good design and user experience. We like to say we’re two thirds tech and one third creative - a good balance we think. We’d like to tell you a bit about us and what we do.

    Questions answered :
    How to get your website or app made?

    At 1:00pm to 1:30pm, Tuesday 29th May

    In Digital Shoreditch Big Top

  • Table Tops - session 1

    by Tim Caynes, Simon Moss and Ben Scott Robinson

    Cirque de Mobile – a showcase of tomorrow's weird and wonderful mobile technology

    Designing the Mobile Wallet

    Crowdsourcing Creativity - New models for making, distributing and monetizing your work

    At 1:00pm to 1:30pm, Tuesday 29th May

    In Digital Shoreditch Big Top

  • Architecture 3.0 - how technology is taking the world of design into a whole new dimension

    by Krigh Bachmann

    Technology has long history in the world of design and architecture. Before there was social networking, search engines and email, the architectural industry made a big step from pencil drawings on velum to the digitized world of CAD drawings. Now 30 years later the next big step in the industry is changing the what, how, and why of what we do. This session will show you a behind the scenes look into the architecture industry and show how technology is playing a key role in the next evolution of it. Focusing on the conversion to Building Information Modelling (BIM), parametric modelling, and data generation/analysis, this talk will give you a snap shot of this change.

    Questions answered :
    We will show you how this technology is changing HOW we design the buildings you occupy. We will look into WHY it's changing the design of the built environment. And we will pose the question to the tech industry of WHAT role you will play in this next evolution.

    At 5:00pm to 5:10pm, Tuesday 29th May

    In Digital Shoreditch Big Top

Wednesday 30th May 2012

  • Socially conscious media for the socially savvy

    by Matt Morgan

    Moonshine Media’s campaign for the Prince’s Rainforest Project used frogs from Framestore to entice page viewers to sign up and save the rainforest.  Once the call to action was answered, viewers could self-edit their own video in between comments from luminaries from Pele to the Dalia Lama, creating personal entertaining content to forward on to friends. We’ll demonstrate how to mobilise the socially savvy to do what they want to do whilst hitting your campaign targets.  Putting your viewer at the heart of the campaign can make for popular content, but it takes skill and dexterity to simultaneously sell-in the brand. Questions answered : How did a digital frog help saved the rain forest.

    How did a digital frog help saved the rain forest? How do you coax Polar Bears cross Platform?

    At 12:25pm to 12:40pm, Wednesday 30th May

    In Digital Shoreditch Big Top

Thursday 31st May 2012

Friday 1st June 2012

  • How to be pixel perfect.

    by Matt Gypps

    Pixels are the building blocks of all the visual design we do here at ustwo™, but are so often relegated to mere afterthought in the excitement of working with colours and styles. We believe in inducting all our designers into the school of pixels with our Pixel Perfect Precision™ (PPP™) guide. The aim of this showcase is to bring to everyone’s attention the PPP™ document and to give pixels the care and attention they deserve, to make sure we get the simple things right.

    Questions answered :
    How to be pixel perfect when designing?

    At 12:25pm to 12:30pm, Friday 1st June

    In Digital Shoreditch Big Top

Unscheduled

  • FireFly - Night Game

    by Pollie Barden

    Come play Firefly on June 18th as part of Hide & Seek's sandpit. Find info here: http://www.fireflygame.com/

    A tagging game that explores temporal memory, and exploits the balance of collaboration and competition. The action takes place at night. Your first strategic move is the clothing you wear. Players, wearing Flashing LED badges will compete to see who can steal the most badges from other players. However, the prize you seek may be your down fall. You will have to be clever to succeed.

    Questions answered :
    Through the game, we will be engaging the audience in dialogue about collaboration and competition and how that can translate into the creative process. How do we handle making quick decisions with limited and ever changing information. It is the strategy or the outcome that determines success?