All posts by Felicia Black

Digital Economy CDT Network Manager

Reflections on Double Dabble

Saturday 4 January 2017 at The Shipley Art Gallery in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear

Double Dabble was a  one-day participatory creative workshop organised by Digital Civics CDT students Angelika Strohmayer and Janis Meissner, of and the Open Lab at Newcastle University.  

The aim of #doubledabble was to provide an event where feminist researchers, practitioners and makers could meet in order to work and play together to create a fun and interactive day ,full of tinkering and creativity.

This event was organised by Digital Civics CDT Students  Angelika Strohmayer and Janis Meissner of, who are a group of intersectional feminist researchers who aim to raise awareness of feminist issues in HCI, based at the Open Lab at Newcastle University. Double Dabble was made possible after they received funding from the Feminist and Women’s Studies Association and DEN to organise this national workshop, which attracted 30 attendees.

You can read organiser Angelika’s blog and enjoy photos from #Doubledabble at

DEN would like to thank for organising this one-day activity which members of the DEN community could benefit from. Attendees included CDT students and researchers from the Media & Ars Technology CDT at Queen Mary University of London, the Digital Civics CDT at Newcastle University and the HighWire CDT at Lancaster University.

Felicia Black – DEN Manager

DEN Annual Meeting held at Digital Catapult

The fourth DEN Annual Meeting was held at the Digital Catapult Centre in London on 1 February, and was attended by over 65 people from the DEN community. The attendees were made up of a great combination of Digital Economy CDT staff, students, EPSRC colleagues and Digital Catapult contacts, with almost all DEN EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training represented.

The IET President, Professor Jeremy Watson of UCL, was also able to join us and contribute to interactive group workshops, and we are now looking to work in collaboration wih the IET for future DEN activities and events.

Presentations were delivered from:

  • Professor Sarah Sharples, DEN Director, University of Nottingham – DEN Update
  • John Baird, Lead – Digital Economy Theme, EPSRC
  • Donna Palmer, CDT in Embedded Intelligence, Loughborough University – DE Summer School 2017 planning presentation
  • Louise Mullagh, CDT Student, HighWire CDT, Lancaster University – Ten go to Tiree
  • Daniela Di Angeli, EngD Student, Centre for Digital Entertainment, Bath – DiMEA Workshop presentation – taking place in October 2017
  • Anat Elhalal, Head of Technology, Digital Catapult Centre

Particular topics of interest and discussion included:

  • Equality, diversity and inclusion and the development of a DEN ED&I framework via a workshop.
  • Plans for the Digital Economy Summer School 2017.
  • DEN event planning for 2017 including a policy lab, future-scaping activities, film making workshops, privacy and trust event, public engagement activities and digital entreprenuerial event.

More details of the DEN Annual Meeting and it’s outcomes will be posted here very shortly.

Felicia Black -DEN Manager


Hacking happiness for Cloud Computing team

#HackingHappiness competition, Digital Catapult Centre, January 2017

Congratulations to the team of four PhD students from the EPSRC CDT in Cloud Computing and Big Data who were part of the winning team Route2Happiness at the 28-hour Hacking Happiness hackathon competition, which took place at the Digital Catapult Centre in London,  on 16-17 January 2017, in conjunction with the Royal Society.

At this event, teams collaborated to find novel ways in which artificial intelligence and machine learning could be used to predict, measure and also increase positive mood and wellbeing.

The Route2Happiness team worked on a solution to use data to work out a personal happiness index in order to map the most ‘happiest’ route to take on a journey.

You can check out the highlights of the competition via Storify here:

Ten go to Tiree to explore common values

Exploring Common Values: Diving Deeply into the Digital Frontier

Isle of Tiree, Scotland, 8-13 October 2016

The group of 10 digital economy PhD researchers from the HighWire, Horizon – My Life in Data, Digital Civics and Web Science CDTs, who visited the island of Tiree last month, have produced a collective Tiree reflections report, which fellow DEN CDT students and staff can download here.

This informative document includes details of the activities and data collection exercises that were carried out on the remote Scottish island, as well as personal reflections from each of the multi-disciplinary doctoral students. The report also features some great scenic and workshop images that help put the activities in to context.

Thank you to Louise Mullagh, PhD student at HighWire CDT, Lancaster University for producing this report for the benefit of the DEN community.