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Creative Digifest #SxSC is now just one week away!

Lisa HarrisMay 10, 2012
by Lisa Harris

A few tickets are still available for this event on 18th May in the Student Union at Southampton University – you can register here

Our keynote speaker will be Alan Patrick who is the co-founder of Broadsight:

Broadsight focuses on market intelligence, strategy and systems development across the multi-media ecosystem. Broadsight has consulted to many of the major digital-media players in Europe and has helped start or turn around a number of startups. They have also developed innovative technology for a number of clients.

Alan founded Broadsight after a career both consulting to, and working at, senior level for leading global multimedia companies. Prior to setting up Broadsight, he was Managing Director and COO at Jacobs Rimell, who specialise in multi-media OSS systems. Before that he held positions as VP Corporate Development for Globix Corporation in New York, Head of Internet Business Development at British Telecom, and consulted widely on multimedia to a number of major TV and cable companies in his consulting career at McKinsey and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He has worked in the US, Europe, South Africa and the Far East. Alan also writes the well regarded Broadstuff blog on technology development (www.broadstuff.com).

The topic of Alan’s talk is “Technology Hype and Bubbles – Why do they Exist?”

He says: “Over the years Broadsight has done a number of technology trend prediction papers for clients. We use a fairly rigorous system dynamic approach, and one of the things we have found quite interesting is the cyclical (aka Bubble) nature of the industry. I was asked to give a talk on technology prediction at the Design of Understanding conference in January this year, and one of the topics we touched on was the role of bubbles, and hype, in the ‘creative destruction’ process of new business innovation. The part on hype and bubbles drew the most questions, so I have developed a more in depth ‘Part 2’ for the talk, as well as dealing with its interaction with predicting technology evolution. This talk will deal with Creative Destruction, the role of bubbles in these cycles, and the role of hype in creating bubbles – and what you need to look for to understand where you are in the cycle.”

A precis of Part 1 can be found on the Broadstuff blog

Alan will examine how this is applied to (complicates) technology prediction, going through various prediction models and laws. He has also developed the ‘Broadstuff Bubble-o-Meter’ tracking the current Social Media  bubble’s evolution, which has been picked up by other technology blogs and the Guardian. If you wish to read of its developments check out the postings on the Bubblewatch section.

Look out for another post shortly with more information about our other fabulous speakers…and there is still time to volunteer your own talk or demonstration :-)

 

 

 

Head South by South Coast this May

February 27, 2012
by Karen Woods

Dr Lorraine Warren from the Southampton Management School is passionate about innovation in the digital economy. In particular, she is an enthusiast for developing the ideas that bubble up from tech-savvy people in every walk of life.

“Good ideas are no longer merely the province of computer scientists. With the advent of sophisticated technology for all such as smart phones and superfast broadband, anyone with creativity can come up with amazing things.”

Lorraine is urging people who work in the creative industries to seize the opportunities now available to collaborate and achieve their full potential.

She is organising South by South Coast (#SxSC) an all-day informal event on 18 May 2012 at the University of Southampton Students Union building for anyone involved in the region’s creative industries. “Come and meet some great people with interests in the creative industries and digital media. Geek out, talk, hear some inspiring speakers, and enjoy our music and beer, all for free. If the weather is nice you can even sit outside in the patio area,” she says.

South by South Coast is sponsored by: the University of Southampton’s Digital Economy Strategic Research Group and supported by the Centre for Strategic Innovation.

To book your FREE ticket: http://creativedigifest.eventbrite.co.uk

A free event – #SxSC gathering 18.05.2012

Come and meet some great people with interests in the creative industries and digital media. Geek out, talk, hear some great speakers, music, beer – FREE. If the weather is nice you can even sit outside in the patio area.

What is SxSC?

SxSC is an ad hoc informal gathering aimed at people in the creative industries/digital media who want to share their knowledge and learn about new developments.  It is an intense event with a series of discussions, demos, participation and interaction from attendees.

You can be part of it – you can offer a talk, or a demo in one of the informal slots, or just come along and watch, talk to people, demonstrate kit informally in the bar area – it’s up to you – the key word here is INTERACTION.

The idea is to get people talking and build up an informal network in the region, where beginners and experts can learn from each other, and make new connections – no boundaries, as long as you’re broadly in line with the overall theme.

We will be involving participants in designing the event right from the outset, so if you have suggestions for topics for the informal sessions, or speakers, or ideas for a hacking task or contest, let us know – we’ll do our best to accommodate, subject to demand, and fit.

Anyone can attend, as long as you have an interest in developing new technology and new user  applications with a Creative Industries/Digital Media flavour, including (but not restricted to):

 

mobile/smartphone • social media • visual media • visualisation • gaming •

augmented and mixed reality metadata • webscience

linked data • motion capture • arduino • architecture • archaeology • design • advertising

 creative arts • performing arts • TV
film and video • music • publishing • video games • history • collaborative working


  • Wifi, data projector and audio will be available.
  • Perspectives that encourage value creation (biz/tech, uni/industry) are welcome.
  • A small ‘trade stand’ space will be available.
  • Food will be available throughout the day at the bar.
  • The event will be tagged for Twitter, Flickr etc and will be blogged before, live, after) #SxSC


A free event – #SxSC gathering 18.05.2012

Come and meet some great people with interests in the creative industries and digital media. Geek out, talk, hear some great speakers, music, beer – FREE. If the weather is nice you can even sit outside in the patio area.

What is SxSC?

SxSC is an ad hoc informal gathering aimed at people in the creative industries/digital media who want to share their knowledge and learn about new developments.  It is an intense event with a series of discussions, demos, participation and interaction from attendees.

You can be part of it – you can offer a talk, or a demo in one of the informal slots, or just come along and watch, talk to people, demonstrate kit informally in the bar area – it’s up to you – the key word here is INTERACTION.

The idea is to get people talking and build up an informal network in the region, where beginners and experts can learn from each other, and make new connections – no boundaries, as long as you’re broadly in line with the overall theme.

We will be involving participants in designing the event right from the outset, so if you have suggestions for topics for the informal sessions, or speakers, or ideas for a hacking task or contest, let us know – we’ll do our best to accommodate, subject to demand, and fit.

Anyone can attend, as long as you have an interest in developing new technology and new user  applications with a Creative Industries/Digital Media flavour, including (but not restricted to):

 

mobile/smartphone • social media • visual media • visualisation • gaming •

augmented and mixed reality metadata • webscience

linked data • motion capture • arduino • architecture • archaeology • design • advertising

 creative arts • performing arts • TV
film and video • music • publishing • video games • history • collaborative working


  • Wifi, data projector and audio will be available.
  • Perspectives that encourage value creation (biz/tech, uni/industry) are welcome.
  • A small ‘trade stand’ space will be available.
  • Food will be available throughout the day at the bar.
  • The event will be tagged for Twitter, Flickr etc and will be blogged before, live, after) #SxSC


A FREE event May 18th 2012 from 10am – 4pm in Southampton University Student Union Building

February 21, 2012
by Graeme Earl

Come and meet some great people with interests in the creative industries and digital media. Geek out, talk, hear some great speakers, music, beer – FREE. If the weather is nice you can even sit outside in the patio area.

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