Digital Shoreditch 2012 Festival Guide

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300+ Speakers, 40 Partner Events Creates Digital Shoreditch 2012 Festival. Celebrating outstanding creativity


  • FESTIVAL OVERVIEWMeet the DS TeamTech ToolsDay Format







    Open Houses Guide32

    DS Big Top186 Shoreditch High StShoreditchE1 6HU LondonEmail: hello@digitalshoreditch.comWeb:

  • Welcome to Digital Shoreditch 2012!

    Wow! Almost 300 speakers across 40+ events, what can I say? The good will and energy weve encountered from all quarters gives us the condence were on to something incredible.

    We wanted an event that brought everyone together. To help propel our little corner of the world to the forefront of the global stage. And our amazing community delivered. The content was crowd-sourced from the community, voted on by the community and its the community that stepped up to put on the other 80% of the events at DS this year.

    So, a big, super massive, over sized thank you to everyone who pulled in to make this second year so much more than last. You are just wonderful!

    Together were building a future where we are the world's number one destination for digital creativity. A future where our collective is the rst and best place to commission amazing projects. A future where were the top destination for the best creative and technical talent. And a future where our community delivers an innite pool of the smartest programmers, the most visionary strategists, most daring creatives and the most astute entrepreneurs and investors.

    You are this future - and together were making it a reality. Its exciting times!

    So heres to our collective eorts to transform the future of our digital economy.

    Have a wonderful festival this year. Make sure you join us on

  • Thank you to those who helped make it possible











  • DigitalShoreditch.comThe best source for the latest ocial DS2012 news is the site. Check out whats happening on each of the days and discover who is attending.



    Youll see that each day has a very full agenda of speakers. That wont mean death by powerpoint. It does mean that our speakers will give you a short taster of ideas earlier in the day so that you can choose who you want to sit down with for a more indepth roundtable discussion.


    You might lock eyes with your ideal (business) partner within seconds of entering the room. But just in case that doesnt happen well be giving you a helping hand. Once you register for a ticket we can suggest people to hook up with on the day based on your business objectives and the stu you tweet about. When you arrive at any of our events well take your photo and stick it up, you can add more info on the kind of person youre looking to meet. This dating wall approach was a huge success at Digital Shoreditch 2011.


    We make sure that there is plenty of time each day for structured and unstructured networking, in 1-1s and small groups. Digital Shoreditch is all about building fruitful relationships. You will walk away with new friends, not just a bunch of handouts.

    DS2012 Schedule AppGet the ocial schedule in your pocket. Use Lanyrds iPhone app from the App store or visit to give you festival information on the go.

    Twitter #ds12Use our ocial hashtag while at the event. Get the word out about whats happening at DS2012 about sessions, workshops and parties.

    Get INTRO AppThe ocial and best way to connect with people at Digital Shoreditch. You can get the app by typing INTRO into itunes App Store.

    DS2012 Schedule


    You can view current 2012 programming by signing into with your twitter account. Discover more sessions, panels, workshops and keynotes than ever before.


  • Brain in a Bag ShowIn this short presentation you'll nd out how you can teach a bunch of clothesline and loo roll to behave like your neurons.Jonathan Black - Project Co-ordinator, Queen Mary, University of London

    INSPIRE21st MayA day for young people looking for a future career in digital, with stories and workshops from the most outstanding people in this area.



    Featured Speakers

    Peter McOwan Dwain Reid

    How to get kids interested in coding. How to deliver a solution which benets kids *&* schools *&* businesses that need coders.

    Paul Brannigan - Proactive

    Coding for Kids - Where Are the Grass Roots?

    David Wortley Chris Arnold

    Graham Hodge Marianne Forrest

    Jennifer Sheridan Torsten Stauch

    Paul Brannigan

    Starts at 9:00am - Ends at 3:30pm

    Shortcut to SuccessEverybody has the key skills needed to be successful, but not everybody knows how. In this session Dwain will discuss the Shortcuts to Success.Dwain Reid - Founder, Stuconnect

    Robots & Avatars Learning ExperiencesCutting-edge training for emerging creatives from diverse sectors & backgrounds mixing a set of skills linked to Avatars & Virtual Worlds, Robotics & Tele-presence.Leanne Hammacott - body>data>space

    Maths & Computing Magic ShowWitness some amazing magic tricks and explore the maths and computing secrets behind them. Peter McOwan - Vice Principal, Queen Mary, University of London

    The Future is 3D: Hands on Design & MakeA range of A1 technologies equipment for students and teachers to try, allowing you to design in 3D, scan in 3D and print in 3D.Martin Stevens - CEO, A1 Technologies Ltd

    ArtDoodle Live - Fancy Painting a Moustache on the Mona LisaEncouraging children of all ages to create their very own paintings alongside works by classic and contemporary artists using a mobile canvas.Jennifer Sheridan - Founder/CEO, Togeva

    Pensioner and iPad - When Man and Machine CollideThis is a stand-up comedy session using iPad technology to entertain and educate audiences about digital technology past, present and future.David Wortley - Immersive Technology Strategies

    WhimsichordThe WHIMSICHORD is a wearable interactive musical instrument that will react to the movement and touch of users (or Movicians) responding with sound.Di Mainstone - Artist, Inventor, Dave Meckin - Queen Mary University London

    Exhibition; Tesselations and Repetitive Structures in JewelleryAn exhibition of Jewellery made with 3D printing techniques and digital technologies. Marianne Forrest - Senior Lecturer, London Metropolitan University

    I Know Me - A MusicalA special pre-transmission screening of a musical developed for BBC Learning. This has been developed for & with young people with learning diculties.Martin Wright - Director, Gamelab London


    For more info & speaker bios visit:

  • HIGHLIGHTEDSESSIONSArt Doodle Live: fancy painting a moustache on the Mona Lisa with your mates?

    Jennifer Sheridan, Founder/CEOTogeva

    BT Apprentices will demon-strate how data is being transmitted using optical bres the thickness of human hair!

    Michael McKeaveneyHackney UTC in partnership with BT

    Exhibition; Tesselations and Repetitive structures in Jewellery

    Marianne Forrest London Metropolitan University

    Is the web killing o original creative ideas?

    Chris ArnoldCreative Partner, Creative Orchestra

    Pensioner and iPad - When Man and Machine Collide

    David Wortley, CEOImmersive Technology Strategies

    Robots and Avatars Learning Experiences- Developing your digital skills through creativity!

    Leanne Hammacottbody>data>space


    BT Apprentices Will Demonstrate How Data is Being Transmitted Using Optical Fibres - The Thickness of Human Hair!

    Michael McKeaveney - Hackney UTC in partnership with BT

    I Am CreativeAre you 13-19 years old? Are you looking to work in the creative communications industries? Do you want to work on live creative briefs from some of the top brands in the UK? And fancy winning a prize while you are at it?

    By taking part, I Am Creative can help you to understand how the creative communications industries really work, while at the same time developing your skills and the portfolio you need to gain employment.

    David Holloway - Chief Executive, I Am Creative

    Creative Apps Generation with AppShedStudents make an app that is pertinent to their love of fashion or sport or a favourite band or actor the possibilities are endless. Students become creators of technology, not just consumers. Every student leaves with a huge sense of achievement, having been able to produce something tangible they can share with others.

    Torsten Stauch CTO, Rob Sturgess CEO - AppShed

    Photo MosaicsChoose photos of Gerye Museum objects from around the world and use hundreds of your own image tiles to create a fabulous mosaic using digital software. Suitable for young people aged 13+

    * This workshop is part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad programme Stories of the World, and was programmed by the Gerye Museums Youth Advisory Panel.

    Anna Darron - Lead Facilitator, Gerye Museum

    INITION Demonstrates 3D PrintingShoreditch-based 3D technology and production specialists Inition have teamed up with Bits from Bytes to showcase their aordable 3DTouch 3D Printer.Robert Jeries - 3D technical Specialist, Inition

    Is the Web Killing o Original Creative Ideas?Brief the average young creative and the rst place they run to is the Mac to seek inspiration. Far from using their own imagination they seek ideas in others.Chris Arnold - CEO, Creative Orchestra

    Requires RSVP

    Inspire Networking Dinner - 6:30pm - 8:30pm @ Google CampusJoin fellow Digital Shoreditch entrepreneurs for a networking dinner, because we believe that your success requires the aid of others.


    How Content Powers Social Conversations

    Graham Hodge - Head of Branded Content, LBI

  • Unlikely CombinationsThis session highlights a wide range of activities and opportunities that exist to support business within a modern university, from world leading research, business development and consultancy to collaborative working, student internships and community partnerships.

    Ali Campbell- Senior Lecturer, Queen Mary University of London,Adam Stark- Co-Founder, CodasignIllugi Eysteinsson - Owner, Kreative Katalyst

    INNOVATE22nd MayInnovate is for businesses who want to leverage the amazing talent and knowledge that is locked in local universities.



    Featured Speakers

    Maggie Philbin Ali Campbell

    Maggie looks back on her experiences as a Tomorrow's World reporter for clues in the technology she showed for the very rst time.

    Maggie Philbin - BBC Journalist


    Illugi Eysteinsson Jennifer Sheridan

    Jo Twist Stuart Battersby

    Mark Levy Jo Kotas

    David Grayson Matthew Clark

    Starts at 9:00am - Ends at 6:15pm

    Pre-conference breakfast meetup hosted by UCLAn informal business brieng and networking session. A chance to explore the benets of University collaboration both now and in the future.Hosted by Timothy Barnes - Executive Director of UCL

    Better ConversationsHow can businesses and universities talk more eectively with each other to solve business problems?

    This interactive workshop aims to expand, develop and generate innovative and original concepts and seeks to identify ways to break down barriers to business and university collaborations.

    Sara Jones - Senior Lecturer, City University LondonStephen Clulow - Founder, Action for Innovation

    ExhibitionResearch Councils UK (RCUK) invest 3bn annually in research in Universities and the Public Sector. The Digital Economy is a key RCUK strategic research theme.RCUK Digital Economy

    ExhibitionThe Centre for Digital Music is a world-leading multidisciplinary research group in the eld of Music & Audio Technology.Centre for Digital Music

    ExhibitionCreated & is written and edited by Paul Curzon, Peter McOwan and Jonathan Black of the School of Electronic Engineering & Computer Science of QMULComputer Science for Fun (cs4fn)

    ExhibitionqMedia is a new Queen Mary research initiative, bringing under a single umbrella*the Centre for Digital MusicqMedia

    ExhibitionThe unique 4 year Ph.D. programme and 1 year Masters by Research are built around core courses in advanced research methods, interaction design & digital media .Media and Arts Technology PhD Doctoral Training Centre


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    ExhibitionDi creates interactive costume and theatre. Musical prosthetics, kinetic couture, wearable grati, and sensory-skins are just some of the devices that Di has fashioned.Di Mainstone

    ExhibitionA platform which enables brands & corporations to identify and engage with their community of consumers in online interactive media such as Twitter & Facebook.Chatterbox

    ExhibitionThe membership organisation for providers of business advice, training and resources to new entrepreneurs and small businesses in London.Capital Enterprise

    Women in TechThe panel will include short presentations from academics, business women, feminist organisations and educators. We expect the outcomes of these debates will be further developed through Creative Works London, a new AHRC funded London based centre which aims to bring together academics and the cultural and creative industries through joint research, people swaps and a creative vouchers scheme, which will provide resources.

    Sophie McDonald - MzTEK, Jennifer Sheridan - Togeva, Jo Twist - UKIE, Nela Brown & Al James - Queen Mary University of London

    What Works?Successful collaboration between business and universitiesTechnology hubs gain enormous benets from eective engagement between Universities and Companies; Stanford University in Silicon Valley, Cambridge University in Silicon Fen. Shoreditch has world-class research institutions on its doorstep how can we enable the exchange of expertise, resources and ideas that will help drive Tech City, London and the UK to the next level in digital innovation?

    Collaboration between universities and SMEs has often own under the radar. So, what works?

    Kam Star - PlayGen, Stuart Battersby - Chatterbox Analytics, Mark Levy - , Jo Kotas - The Meme Partnership, Dave Grayson - Fluent Interaction, Dave Cox - Lean Mean Fighting Machine, Matthew Clark - United Visual Artists, Audrey Bowerman - Transport for London

    Networking DrinksA chance to meet with your peers in business, University and the local community. An opportunity for you to explore your collaboration ideas.Provided by Digital Shoreditch

    Requires RSVP

    Innovate Networking Dinner - 6:30pm - 8:30pm @ Google CampusJoin fellow Digital Shoreditch entrepreneurs for a networking dinner, because we believe that your success requires the aid of others.

    ExhibitionArt & technology lab for women focusing on sharing knowledge and developing interactive media projects through collaboration with other universities and industry.G.Hack

    INNOVATE PROGRAMME 8Featured Speakers

    Kam Star Adam Stark

    Sara Jones Stephen Clulow

    Hannah Collins Dave Cox

    Timothy Barnes Sophie McDonald

    Nela Brown Al James