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DE Summer School 2019

Digital Economy Summer School: July 2019
Theme: Research into Play and Play in Research

The EPSRC-supported Digital Economy Network Summer School 2019 will take place from 9-12 July 2019 at the University of Nottingham Jubilee Conference Centre, in collaboration with the Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence Centre for Doctoral Training (IGGI CDT).

The theme for 2019 will be Research into Play and continuing Play in Research.

  • Venue: Jubilee Conference Centre, Jubilee Campus, University of Nottingham, Triumph Road, Nottingham, NG7 2TU.
  • Dates: Tuesday 9 – Friday 12 July 2019.
  • Times: The Summer School will start with an evening networking event on Tuesday 9 July and will finish by 1.00pm on Friday 12 July.
  • Delegate accommodation:  3 nights en-suite overnight accommodation will be provided for delegates on Jubilee Campus in Southwell Hall, one of the most modern  halls of residence at Nottingham, which is only a couple of minutes walk from the event venue. All rooms in this Hall are en-suite.

Further details of this event will be posted here shortly,

 

 

 

 

DEN Annual Meeting 2019

The Digital Economy Network (DEN) Annual Meeting 2019 will be held on Monday 25 February 2019, from 10.30am-3.30pm

Venue: Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE

The Annual Meeting is for DEN CDT Directors, Managers/Co-ordinators and CDT students from the EPSRC-funded Digital Economy Centres who are members of the Network, as well as colleagues from the EPSRC Digital Economy Theme.

Refreshments and a buffet lunch will be provided.

Increasing research writing productivity at Beamish Hall

PhD students from across multiple EPSRC-supported Digital Economy Centres for Doctoral Training and relevant research groups recently benefited from a two-day residential facilitated writing retreat, which was held at Beamish Hall in County Durham on 27-28 November 2018.

The aim of the residential retreat, which was attended by 28 PhD students from across 10 Universities, was to create a positive, quiet and productive environment in order to maximise writing productivity via eight time-facilitated sessions over the two days.

When registering for the event, attendees were required to specify what they would be using the retreat for, and they also discussed their short, medium and longer term writing goals in pairs at the start of Day One.

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PhD students at various stages of their programmes, from across the following nine EPSRC-supported Digital Economy Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs)/relevant research groups benefited from this event:

  • Cloud Computing for Big Data (Newcastle University)
  • Digital Civics (Newcastle University)
  • Embedded Intelligence (Loughborough University)
  • Healthcare Innovation (University of Oxford)
  • HighWire (Lancaster University)
  • IGGI: Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence (Goldsmiths)
  • Media and Arts Technology (Queen Mary University of London)
  • Web Science (University of Southampton)
  • The Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Loughborough University London)
Above: The Beamish Hall venue, County Durham

The majority of PhD students present were concentrating on writing or editing their thesis, although other writing goals included drafting conference papers or journal articles, literature reviews, preparing for an annual review and coding.

Student feedback included the following:

“During this writing retreat I wrote an abstract for a conference. The DEN retreat helps create an ideal environment for producing quality writing material” (PhD Student – 2016 cohort, Embedded Intelligence CDT, Loughborough University)

“I set a challenge of writing the introduction to my thesis over the first day. The writing sessions helped me to focus on the goals and made the writing more manageable. I was able to achieve my goal of writing my introduction” (PhD Student – 2015 cohort), Digital Civics CDT, Newcastle University)

The feedback from the PhD student attendees indicated that they  also specifically valued the opportunity to talk and network with peers over the breaks and dinner, share common research interests and expertise, as well as providing and receiving advice. This retreat provided an opportunity to meet with other CDT students they may not have necessarily have met, would it not been for an event such as this.

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DEN CDT Managers & Administrators Meeting

Wednesday 16 May 2018, 10.30am to 2.30pm

ATC Boardroom, Aerospace Technology Centre, University of Nottingham, Innovation Park, Triumph Road, Nottingham,  NG7 2TU

The bi-annual Digital Economy Network (DEN) CDT Managers/Administrators Meeting will be hosted by the Horizon CDT in My Life in Data at the University of Nottingham.

The meeting will start at 10.30am, and finish by 2.30pm.  Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Thrumpton Hall Writing Retreat, 23-25 April 2018

The Digital Economy Network (DEN) hosted their second PhD writing retreat of 2018 at the idyllic setting of Thrumpton Hall; a spectacular 17th century English country house, set in the village of Thrumpton near Nottingham. PhD students from across seven EPSRC-funded Digital Economy Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) signed up for this event to have the opportunity to focus on research writing or associated work relating to their doctoral study.

18 CDT students from the Network’s Cloud Computing, Embedded Intelligence, Horizon, HighWire, Media & Arts Technology, and Web Science CDTs attended the two-day retreat.

The retreat, which facilitated by Andy Darby of Lancaster University, is a structured programme which aims to establish a highly productive and healthy relationship with writing over the two days. Each day is broken down into four writing sessions of either an hour or ninety minutes, with set break times, including an hour slot for lunch to allow people to move away from their work, talk with other CDT students from across the Network, have food and refreshments and to take walks in the surrounding gardens and parkland.

Above: The gardens of Thrumpton Hall

Attendees paired up at the start of day one and discussed with each other their specific writing objectives for the event, and then individuals evaluated their progress against their set goals at key points during the retreat.

CDT students used the retreat to work on various tasks including thesis chapters, literature reviews, interview transcription, data analysis, coding, journal submissions, conference papers, blogs and annual review reports.

The majority of the 18 students who attended, also enjoyed an evening meal in the Hall’s impressive and grandiose dining room and stayed overnight in the country house, and were extremely well looked after by the Thrumpton events staff. DEN had exclusive use of the Hall and various rooms for the duration of the event, which provided ideal conditions for people to focus on their work, and base themselves in different rooms across the two days.

Above: CDT students at evening meal in Thrumpton Hall dining room

Cat Morgan, PhD Student at the Web Science CDT at the University of Southampton wrote a blog article entitled ‘To writing retreat or not to writing retreat’ about her experience of the event.

The next two-day retreat will be held on 15-16 May 2018 at Elmore Court in Gloucester.

Thanks and acknowledgements:

DEN would like to thank Andy Darby of Lancaster University for facilitating the retreat, and providing writing coaching and advice to the individual delegates who required this. Thanks also to Paula, Lynn, Nancy and the other staff at Thrumpton Hall for doing such a great job of looking after us during our stay.  Thanks to all the CDT students who attended and I hope you made the progress you aimed for.

 

 

DEN holds two-day annual event at Digital Catapult

The Digital Economy Network (DEN) held a two day event at the Digital Catapult Centre in London on 1-2 February 2018 , which over 75 CDT staff, students, alumni and Network collaborators attended.

Over the two days, over 75 doctoral students and staff from the DEN member Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs), along with representatives from the EPSRC and Digital Catapult, participated in the following programme of activities:

  • The one -day DEN Annual Meeting for CDT staff, students, key collaborators and the EPSRC as funders of the Network.
  • DEN CDT Directors Meeting to discuss current and future collaborations, and relevant EPSRC calls.
  • A CDT table-top showcase where delegates could experience a flavour of the multidisciplinary research that is taking place within the DEN EPSRC-funded CDTs.
  • An evening networking reception, which commenced with three short talks by CDT students from three different Centres for Doctoral Training across the Network.
  • A one-day CDT Careers Symposium featuring talks from CDT alumni who had progressed to positions in academia, industry or had founded/co-founded their own start-ups.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEN Annual Meeting Presentations:

  • At the start of Day 1 Professor Sarah Sharples delivered a  DEN update presentation to delegates on recent events and activities that had been initiated and supported by the Network.
  • John Baird, Research Councils UK Digital Economy Theme Lead at the EPSRC delivered a  theme update to attendees.
  • Mike Board, Project Manager at the Centre for Digital Entertainment at Bournemouth University, outlined the initial plans for the DE Summer School 2018, which will take place on 1-3 July in Poole, Dorset.
  • Rosie Bellini, Janis Meissner, Cat Morgan, Sean Peacock and Angelika Strohmayer, CDT Students gave an update on the  Digital Economy Diversity Network meetings that had been held so far, hosted by the Digital Civics CDT at Newcastle University, and the Web Science CDT at the University of Southampton.

CDT Student Networking Evening Presentations:

DEN CDT Careers Symposium (2 Feb 2018) Presentations:

  • Dr Catarina Fernandes, Academic Engagement Manager, Digital Catapult Centre –Academic Engagement Digital Catapult
  • Justin Larner, Lancaster University, Revealing the Mill Race (HighWire DTC alumni)
  • Dr Chris Carter, University of Nottingham (Horizon DTC alumnus)
  • Dr John Harvey, University of Nottingham (Horizon DTC alumnus)
  • Dr Emily Webber, Head of Insights, Bionical , From PhD to the Insight Lab  (Horizon DTC alumna)
  • Joe Lyscke, Co-Founder & CEO, MMX Music (QMUL alumnus)
  • Dr Paula Parpart ,Founder, Brainpool.ai (UCL alumna)
  • Christian Butterworth, Highwire DTC, Lancaster University
  • Daniel Kershaw, Elsevier (Highwire DTC alumnus).

Digital Economy Network: Annual Event

DEN Annual All-Hands Meeting, CDT Postdoc Careers Symposium and CDT Tabletop Exhibits Showcase, with Evening Drinks & Networking Reception
  • Dates: Thursday 1 – Friday 2 February 2018
  • Venue:  Digital Catapult Centre, London, NW1 2RA
  • Audience: DEN CDT Directors, CDT students, CDT staff, DEN collaborators, stakeholders and EPSRC
  • Free to attend (can attend the different parts of the event separately if preferred)

On Thursday 1 February, the Digital Economy Network (DEN) will host it’s Annual All-Hands Event for the Network’s CDT Directors/Managers/Researchers/Administrators, CDTstudents and other key collaborators, which will be followed by an Evening Networking Reception, from 5.30pm – 7.30pm at the Digital Catapult Centre. The evening event will commence with short talks from three current CDT students,  and will include a DEN CDT table-top exhibition showcase. A selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and nibbles will be served.

On Friday 2 February, DEN will hold a CDT Post-doc Careers Symposium, alongside the CDT showcase table-top exhibition, from 10.00am-3.30pm, featuring talks from academia and industry, CDT alumni presentations and a career tracking discussion panel.  Delegates will also be able to continue to view the CDT exhibits within the breaks and over lunch.

PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES:
1 February: DEN Annual Meeting 2018
TimeActivitySpeaker/Lead
10.00-11.00amDEN CDT Directors Meeting -
FOR CDT DIRECTORS/EPSRC
ONLY
CDT Directors/EPSRC only.
11.00am**DEN Annual Meeting event starts for all delegates**
11.00am-11.30amWelcome and DEN ReviewProfessor Sarah Sharples, DEN Director & Felicia Black, DEN Manager
11.30am - 11.45amCDT Table-top Showcase: Exhibits OverviewCDT Representatives
11.45am - 12.15pmEPSRC Digital Economy Theme updateJohn Baird, Head of Research Councils UK Digital Economy Theme, EPSRC
12.15pm - 12.45pmDE Summer School 2018: Initial PlansMike Board
Project Manager, Centre for Digital Entertainment, Bournemouth University
(followed by open discussion/suggestions for event content)
12.45pm - 1.30pmLunch and Networking
1.30pm - 1.50pmDigital Economy Diversity Network updateAngelika Strohmayer, Digital Civics CDT Student, and Gefion Thuermer, Web Science CDT Student
1.50pmDEN Activity Ideas: BriefingProfessor Sarah Sharples/Professor Les Carr - DEN
2.00pm - 3.00pmDEN Activity, Events and Ideas WorkshopAll delegates
3.00pm - 3.30pmSharing of ideas/Funding decisions/DEN ActionsAll delegates
3.30pmAnnual Meeting closes
1 February: DEN Evening Networking Drinks Reception
TimeActivity
From 5.20pmDrinks and nibbles served (Wine, Beer, Soft Drinks)
5.30pmWelcome
5.40pmCDT STUDENT TALKS:
Vanessa Pope, CDT Student, Media & Arts Technology CDT, Queen Mary University of London
5.50pmRobert J. Homewood, CDT Student, Intelligent Games & Game Intelligence (IGGI) CDT, Goldsmiths, University of London
6.00pmIan Johnson, Digital Civics CDT Student, Newcastle University
6.10pm - 7.30pmDrinks, networking and table-top exhibit viewing
2 February: DEN CDT Postdoc Careers Symposium

(with CDT table-top exhibition showcase)

TimeActivity
9.30am - 10.00amRegistration, refreshments and CDT table top exhibit viewing
10.00am - 10.10amWelcome and overview of day
Professor Les Carr, Director - Web Science Institute, University of Southampton (Digital Economy Network Co-Director)
10.10am -10.30amAcademic Engagement and CDT Research Collaborations with the Digital Catapult,
Dr Catarina Fernandes, Academic Engagement Manager, Digital Catapult Centre
10.30am-10.45amSecuring Innovation & Doctoral Prize Funding to further develop your research: A case study - Revealing the Mill Race: An exploration of collaborative flood risk ontologies
Justin Larner, Highwire CDT, Lancaster University
10.45am-11:05amAcademic route: Postdoc progression into Academia at the University of Nottingham
Dr Chris Carter & Dr John Harvey, Assistant Professors, Nottingham University Business School (Horizon CDT alumni)
11:05-11:20Short break/refreshments available
11.20am-12.10pmCDT Student Alumni Presentations:
Graduates/alumni from Digital Economy Network CDTs will share their career destination and progression experiences after completing their PhD, and internship placements will also be covered
Alumni speakers will be postdoc graduates/final stage CDT students from a variety of Digital Economy CDTs who have progressed into a variety of career fields; within academia, industry, entrepreneurial start-ups, consultancies, or have completed doctoral placements within national government.
- Dr Paula Parpart, Financial Computing CDT Alumna (UCL)
- Dr Emily Webber, Horizon CDT Alumna (Nottingham)
- Dr Joe Lyske - Media & Arts Technology CDT Alumnus (QMUL)
- Christian Butterworth - HighWire CDT Student (Lancaster) and Daniel Kershaw, HighWire CDT Alumnus (Lancaster)
12.10pm - 12.40pmCDT Alumni Career Destination Panel Discussion:
Chaired by Dr Nick Bryan-Kinns, Director, EPSRC/AHRC Media & Arts Technology CDT, Queen Mary University of London
12.40pm -1.30pmBuffet lunch, networking and CDT table top exhibit viewing
1.30pm - 3.00pmPostdoctoral Career Paths: Positives and potential employment challenges - Which career path is best for me?
In this session we will share experiences of a variety of issues including:
- Challenges of combining writing up a PhD thesis with searching for/securing post-doc employment, opportunities and funding.
- How the skills and experiences we gain within CDT programmes better prepare us for postdoc employment.
- What additional advice and support would help us/would have helped us in the final stages of our PhD?
3.00pm - 3.30pmSharing outcomes of discussions/Future
actions

Group discussions will be shared for the benefit of all delegates.
3.30pmEvent close

REGISTRATION:  CDT staff and students/alumni and DEN collaborators/stakeholders can register to attend the event as a delegate heredenannualmeeting-showcase-general-registration.eventbrite.co.uk

DEN CDT Managers meeting held in London


The Digital Economy Network (DEN) Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) Managers and Administrators Group meet on a twice-yearly basis, and this week the Autumn 2017 meeting took place in London on 8 November.

Chaired by the DEN Manager, Felicia Black, this forum was initiated under DEN Theme 1 – Sharing Good Practice, and provides a mechanism for the CDT Managers and Administrators to get together to discuss common topics, subjects and issues around the leadership, management and administration of an EPSRC-funded Digital Economy CDT.

There is an open agenda for all to submit discussion topics for each meeting, as well as attendees receiving an update on DEN activities and events, and opportunities to shape future initiatives for the benefit of doctoral students across the Network.

Outside of the meetings, there is also a dedicated mailing list so that documents, advice, news, successes and events can be shared within the group throughout the year.

November meeting

This most recent meeting on 8 November at the St Pancras Meeting Rooms, brought together 12 CDT Managers/Administrators across 11 CDTs, along with the Academic Engagement Manager from the Digital Catapult Centre, Dr Catarina Fernandes and the DEN Social Media Advocate, Chira Tochia.

At each meeting, all attending Managers and Administrators get to provide an overview to the group of what has been happening in their CDT, such as recent recruitment rounds, details of new cohorts of students, CDT events, staff/governance changes and success stories, which was the case again for Wednesday’s meeting. After individual updates, attendees again had the chance to pose questions to their peers to get advice, guidance and information on how they do things within their particular Centre.

Catarina Fernandes attended to give an update on how the London-based Digital Catapult is working in partnership with students from  five EPSRC-funded CDTs, as well as informing the group on strategic priorities for future digital innovation projects and relevant forthcoming opportunities for students to engage with the Catapult.

Chira Tochia was attending her final meeting before stepping down from the DEN Social Media Advocate role, and led a session on how the CDTs use social media tools to promote the research activities and outcomes of their Centre, as well as engaging with new, current and past students and stakeholders via different platforms including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and MailChimp.

Felicia Black gave an update on the DEN events that had been delivered since the last meeting in May 2017, and which activities were in development for New Year,  such as the DEN Annual Meeting and CDT Showcase 2018 that will be held on 1-2 February 2018 at the Digital Catapult Centre and the second Digital Economy Diversity Network CDT student meeting that will be hosted by the Web Science CDT at the University of Southampton on 12 January 2018.

Donna Palmer, Centre Manager for the CDT in Embedded Intelligence spoke about the delegate feedback survey results from the 2017 Digital Economy Summer School; Innovation Insights for the Digital Workforce of Tomorrow, which was a successful event for 75 CDT students held in July at Loughborough University London. This feedback report will help plan for the 2018 Summer School, to strive to meet the needs and values of the CDT students within the DEN community.

Thank you also to CDT Managers and Administrators Tish Brown (HighWire CDT – Lancaster), Yonita Carter (Financial Computing CDT – UCL), Emma Juggins (Horizon My Life in Data CDT – Nottingham), Brent Kiernan (CDE – Bath), Oonagh McGee (Cloud Computing CDT – Newcastle), Alison Tebbutt (Web Science CDT – Southampton), Jonathan Winfield (Media & Arts Tech CDT – QMUL), and Kate Wright (HighWire CDT) for sharing news and expertise from their respective Centres for the benefit of this forum.

Next Meeting

The Horizon CDT in My Life in Data look forward to hosting the next CDT Managers/Administrators meeting at the University of Nottingham’s Jubilee Campus on Wednesday 16 May 2018.

Prizewinning PhD students celebrate success at entrepreneurship event

The Digital Economy Network delivered a two day entrepreneurship workshop and pitching competition specifically for Digital Economy doctoral students at the Digital Catapult Centre in London on 19-20 September. 

Over 40 attendees from across 11 EPSRC Digital Economy Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) and Universities within the Network attended the event, which was led by Professor Philip Treleaven, Director of the EPSRC Financial Computing  & Analytics CDT at University College London, who had put together an exciting and informative two-day programme of activities, including CDT alumni speakers, from which the students could gain valuable insights and expertise.

Day one

Above: Dr Daniel Hulme, Former UCL Data Science PhD Student and now CEO of Satalia

After being welcomed to the event, delegates benefited from masterclass seminars delivered by Professor Treleaven on idea visioning, branding,  and funding pitches, as well as introducing three entrepreneurial case study presentations from former CDT students of the Financial Computing CDT at UCL, who had gone on to launch their own spin-out companies and products during and after completing their PhD.  Chris Skilton, who is an entrepreneurship consultant, led a session on the components of the Business Model Canvas.

Above: Post-doc Dr Paula Parpart talks about the launch of Brainpool for Data Scientists.

After lunch, the hackathon competition was launched by Dr Chris Carter, Assistant Professor of the Nottingham University Business School, and mentors Chris Skilton (Entrepreneurship Consultant) and Oonagh McGee of Newcastle University. The attendees formed small cross-CDT groups to work together on a chosen digital economy themed innovation idea, that would be pitched to a judging panel during the afternoon of the following day.  The Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ingenuity Process was showcased as a suggested three-stage model to help the students identify and develop an enterprising idea.

The students continued working on their ideas during the afternoon and into the evening over dinner in the capital city.

Day two

After starting the day with coffee and croissants, Philip Treleaven delivered an informative presentation on company structures, intellectual property and potential sources of entrepreneurial funding.

The groups then continued working hard on their ideas ready for the competition in the afternoon. Each group had been given the brief of a five-minute presentation, with 10 minutes per group for questions from the floor.

The pitch-off

After a well-earned buffet spread (which was a working lunch for some), the final afternoon session was dedicated to the ‘pitch-off, where the seven groups of PhD students presented their idea to the independent ‘Dragon’s Den’ panel, and there was a £1000 cash prize for the PhD student group who were judged to deliver the best five-minute pitch.  Each group was kept strictly to time by the Dragons!

There were some truly fantastic novel ideas put forward by each of the groups, that aimed to address a broad range of technological, societal and economic problems such as middleware to help solve home-buying/renting challenges in London, supply of bicycle storage racks/spaces, and stress-level measuring software and apps.

Prize winners

Overall Winners: Huge congratulations were in order for CDT students Cristina Guerrero Romero (IGGI CDT – Essex), Youssef Hamid (Embedded Intelligence CDT – Loughborough), Yitong Huang (Horizon CDT – Nottingham), and Alex Owen (Web Science CDT – Southampton) who collectively won the £1000 cash prize for the best business pitch for their proposed innovative CycleRack app idea (see logo left), which aimed to match cyclists and local businesses for mutual benefit to provide affordable, secure and convenient bicycle storage space.

Above: The winning cross-CDT ‘Cyclerack’ team developing their idea at the Digital Catapult Centre

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was also a People’s Choice Award up for grabs, which was voted for by the other PhD students anonymously, using a interactive voting app.  The Dragons were exempt from voting for this category. The winners were Carlos Gonzalez Diaz (IGGI CDT – York), Dr Ege Sezen (HighWire CDT – Lancaster), Tatiana Styliari (Horizon CDT – Nottingham) and Fabio Turchet (Centre for Digital Entertainment – Bournemouth) for their employment skills matching data anaylsis AI platform  ‘EmployAIble‘, who were rewarded with £250 of Amazon vouchers.

 

 

 

 

Relevant News items:

Next steps

DEN hopes to deliver the same event in 2018, as the feedback from the students who attended was extremely positive, and they relished the chance to learn from entrepreneurial experts, as well as having the opportunity to meet and work collaboratively with their peers.

Acknowledgments and thanks

DEN would like to thank Professor Philip Treleaven of UCL for putting together the extremely well received two day programme together, and also Dr Chris Carter (University of Nottingham), Chris Skilton (Entrepreneurial Consultant) and Oonagh McGee (Newcastle University) for co-organising, delivering and mentoring the students at the event. Thanks also to be extended to Dr Catarina Fernandes, Academic Engagement Manager at the Digital Catapult Centre, for being part of the Dragons Den judging panel for the group presentations, and to DEN Social Media Advocate Chira Tochia for social media coverage. Finally we would also like to thank the Financial Computing CDT alumni speakers who gave up their time to come and share their experiences with the next generation of CDT students.

We would also like to thank all the CDT/PhD students that attended and participated, which made it such an inspiring and vibrant event!

Felicia Black – Digital Economy Network Manager