FutureEverything Workshop

FutureEverything Digital Research Outreach and Impact Lab

  • Event date: 19 January 2016
  • Venue: Jubilee Conference Centre, University of Nottingham
  • Number of attendees: 25 PhD students from across DEN

This event, delivered by Manchester-based FutureEverything offered a bespoke training experience to Digital Economy research students. The lab session presented imaginative methods and tools to PhD students to adopt in order to engage users and audiences, thereby helping to achieve dissemination and impact for their research and innovation projects.

The half-day workshop was attended by 25 PhD students from various Digital Economy Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs), and addressed common challenges in digital innovation research, and pathways to academic impact, including community engagement, collaborative research methods, and innovative dissemination methods.

The sessions covered included: Expressing your Project, User and Audiences and Open Prototyping.

Delegates were asked to create a persona for the targeted audience of their research, and describe what they felt the interest, needs, stake and technical/research literacy of their audience would be.

The event was of particular value to doctoral students working on digital and creative innovation, social and civic innovation, urban applications of new technologies, including physical computing, IoT and big/open data.

Attendees: The PhD students who attended (pictured left) were from the Digital Civics, Horizon, Centre for Digital Entertainment, HighWire, Web Science and Embedded Intellience CDTs.

About FutureEverything: FutureEverything is an award-winning innovation lab for digital culture and annual festival, established in Manchester in 1995. For 20 years FutureEverything has been exploring the meeting point of technology, society and culture which lies at the heart of the digital debate. Through a community network and regular events it makes connections between thinkers, developers, coders, artists, designers, urbanists and policy makers – inspiring them to experiment and to collaborate in new ways.