DIGITAL SHOREDITCH SUMMER WRAP UP
As the warm, lazy, golden days of summer come to an end (we can dream, can’t we?) we here at Digital Shoreditch HQ are gearing up for another busy season ahead. Scroll down to see some of what’s going on in the next few months!
Digital Shoreditch Festival 2013 Dates Announced!
Although it may feel like we’ve just rolled up the carpets on this past May’s very successful DS Festival 2012, the early birds among you might want to mark your diaries, as the dates for next year have now been announced: Digital Shoreditch Festival 2013 will take place from May 20-26th, 2013. Put it in your diary!!!
Digital Shoreditch September Meetup
Wednesday, September 12th
Digital Shoreditch is excited to announce our next meetup, which will take place on Wednesday September 12th at Digital Shoreditch HQ on Kingsland Road. Expect good people, interesting conversation, and that age old boon, beer. Tickets are limited; check out the Eventbrite page to sign up and learn more: http://ds12-sept.eventbrite.com
Behavioural Economics for the Web Breakfast
Tuesday, September 25, 9AM-12PM
Behavioural Economics is the science of understanding why people make irrational decisions and the art of nudging their choices for a preferred outcome. But you already know this!
In fact you’ve probably read books like the Herd, Drive, Predictably Irrational, Influence, Human Motivation etc. And you’ve probably applied some of this thinking in your work.
We’ll be discussing experiments and successes in using behavioural economics in online and digital.
There will be some lovely breakfast available, as well as nibbles to sustain us into midday. To find out more and sign up, visit http://behave-es2.eventbrite.com/?rank=1.
WIRED’s first conference in October last year was a compelling event that was sold out and attended by more than 440 delegates.
This year’s event looks set to top last year already and will be jam-packed with stimulating content, networking and inspiring talks from people reshaping our world. Delegates will be immersed in a creative and innovative atmosphere of collaborative discovery and knowledge sharing, all brought to you directly by the team at WIRED, the world’s leading magazine for those at the cutting edge of ideas, technology, culture and business.
Tickets are limited so book now to avoid disappointment. Digital Shoreditch members get a 10% discount on tickets with this code: WDIG10
Nesta announces the launch of its Creative Business Mentor Network, which aims to match UK’s brightest creative businesses with 30 of the industry’s most successful senior executive mentors including Patrick McKenna, CEO at Ingenious Media; Tim Bevan, CEO, Working Title Films; Louise Pedersen, Managing Director, All3Media International and Andy Payne, CEO, Appynation.
Calling all cycling enthusiasts! Techbikers is a collaboration of the London tech startup community to help children in need by supporting Room to Read.
Tech Bikers was born from Googleʼs Campus London, a workspace at the heart of East Londonʼs tech city, and is a collaboration amongst Eze Vidra, head of Google Campus, Benjamin Southworth, Deputy CEO at Tech City UK, and Gerry Newton, Campus London resident and Founder of the Cyclr.
“Londonʼs Tech City community is amazing. I see it every day in Campus. Inspiring projects like Techbikers allow us to come together, away from our individual goals, to pool our energies into a joint one,” says Vidra. “We want to build a childrenʼs library in the developing world, so get on your bike and joins us.”
Vidraʼs vision was to unite the great minds at Campus London for a project that would leave a lasting impact on childrenʼs lives.
“Tech Bikers represents everything great about the tech community, by supporting Room to Read, we can make a positive difference in other communities, similar to ways our sponsors have made a difference to ours,” says Newton. “We rely on the support of sponsors to complete this challenge. If you want to be involved, please let us know and support us in our mission to make a real difference.”
The Centre for Defence Enterprise ‘Finding the Threat’ Call for Entries
The Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) is managing a call for entries entitled ‘Finding the Threat’. They are looking for technology innovation proposals having to do with surveillance techniques, threat identification, online identity assurance and open source analytics. Apply by 19 September for a launch event on October 3rd in Central London.
Whilst a simple security check will be run on everyone who applies to attend, please note that we are actively looking for those who have not worked with defence or security before and you do not require security clearance (SC or DV) to apply to attend or to make a proposal.
For the best, most innovative ideas, CDE funds short, sharp, proof-of-concept contracts that are typically 3-6 months in duration and of value £30k-100k; although proposals have been successful outside these ranges.
- Approximately 16% of proposals are funded – although the range for individual competitions can vary between <10 and 25%.
- To July 2012, CDE has, through its Open Call and over 50 themed calls (competitions), received more than 3,400 proposals, resulting in over 570 contracts valued at more than £32.9M.
- More than £10 million worth of contracts are expected to be awarded through CDE calls during FY12/13.
- To July 2012, 43% of contracts were awarded to SMEs, 24% to academia and 33% to other large organisations.
Other research challenges that are due to launch that may be of some interest include:
25 Sep – Cyber Situational Awareness – Reading Town Hall. http://www.science.mod.uk/events/event_detail.aspx?eventid=184
18 Oct – Simulation & Training – Harwell Science Campus (near Oxford). http://www.science.mod.uk/events/event_detail.aspx?eventid=186
24 Oct – Future Digital Systems – Harwell Science Campus (near Oxford). http://www.science.mod.uk/events/event_detail.aspx?eventid=189
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