Digital Economy USRG

Creative DigiFest #SXSC 2

Date: 11.10.2012

Location: Garden Court, Highfield, University of Southampton

How are digital networks transforming our lives? What can the latest technologies do for you?

If you’re not online, are you out of the game?

  • World leading speakers
  • Demonstrations of the latest technologies
  • Panel debate and discussion with digital experts
  • Free workshops and ‘unconference’ networking sessions

Come along to our one day interactive conference to find out more about the pioneering interdisciplinary projects already underway at the University of Southampton and join the discussion about whether digital technologies will change our lives.

Technology sceptic and author Andrew Keen will provoke debate in his keynote address by predicting future developments and challenging assumptions that the Internet is always a force for good.

Southampton’s Professor Dame Wendy Hall will explain how businesses and researchers can make effective use of open and big data sets through the Web Observatory.

After lunch explore your own areas of interest through workshops, demonstrations and one-to-one networking with experts in a wide range of digital technologies.

Full Schedule

9.30am coffee and posters

10am Welcome and intros by Wendy Hall, supported by the Student Digital Champions

10.15am Keynote speaker Andrew Keen draws upon key themes from his new book Digital Vertigo to examine the astounding growth of social media. He counters the utopian vision of excited gurus with sober, reality-based queries and judgments.  

11.15am -11.30am    Coffee and Tea Break

11.30am The Web Observatory and its benefits for partner businesses and researchers. Wendy Hall, Kieron O’Hara and colleagues will demonstrate the opportunities and challenges of ‘big data’ and ‘open data’

12.30pm  Panel Debate with Andrew Keen, Mike Lister, Abigail Harrison, Julius Duncan, Alan Patrick, Toby Beresford


2pm – 5pm  ‘Unconference’ (dynamic & expected to evolve on the day)

Workshops (45mins)

  • Introduction to Social Media for Small Business by Dr Alan Rae (One Man Brand)
  • Introduction to Interactive Technologies and customer experience –  by Tom Chapman (Headstream)
  • Social Media for Research Cycle by Nicole Beale (UoS)
  • How businesses can benefit from building a profile on Sina Weibo, by Ring Xu, (UoS)
  • The times they are a changing: the Live Web and the Like Economy” by Paul Caplan, (UoS)

Talks (10/20mins)

  • Paul Walland (IT Innovation): where social networks meet media networks
  • Jeremy Frey:  Introducing the ‘IT as a utility’ network
  • AbuBakr Bahaj: Transforming energy demand through digital innovation
  • Mandy Rose – Documentary: Data: Montage – a new creative frontier
  • Hugh, glueing the Web of Data together
  • Alex Rogers– Mobilising the crowd in the hunt for the New Forest Cicada
  • Gareth Beale– presenting 3D archaeological data archives
  • Danny Weston– Automating the detection of churnalism online
  • Lorraine Warren– 10 tips for writing funding proposals for new tech (or how to avoid some common pitfalls)

 Demos/ Open Space

Unconference SXSC

SXSC is an ad hoc informal gathering aimed at people in the creative industries/digital media to share their knowledge and learn about new developments.  It combines discussion, demos, participation and interaction:  

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

augmented and mixed reality • metadata • webscience

linked data • motion capture • arduino • architecture • digital humanities • design • advertising

creative arts • performing arts • TV • raspberry pi

film and video • publishing • video games • collaborative working


University of Southampton staff and students please book your place here. These places are sponsored by Multidisciplinary Research and the Digital Economy Research Group. External guests please book your place here. Please note that there is a fee of £45 for all guests, to include lunch and all other refreshments.

The event is sponsored by the University of Southampton’s Multidisciplinary Research, the Digital Economy Research Group and the Centre for Strategic Innovation in collaboration with Business Solent, Digital Surrey and Headstream.