Graeme Earl, Alison Simmance, Fiona Harvey, Peter Wheeler and myself went down to Avenue Campus the other day to run the first in a series of interactive blogging workshops. We were demonstrating the new University blogging system and we included a number of examples of how and why academics and students should be blogging effectively.
Ivan is a Japanese speaking Mexican who recently graduated from the MSc in Knowledge and Information Systems Management at the University of Southampton. He has been involved in different projects regarding the use of social media in live events and his passions are reading, music and photography
Amir is a graduate in MSc Web Technology from the University of Southampton. He has done his BSc in Information Technology Engineering. His general research interest is on Web Sciences especially Semantic Web and Social Networks. He loves finding new friends, taking photos in nature, and as a technology geek, he enjoys trying out new Web services.
Amir, among other things, refers to himself as a strategic manager precisely, an e-business planner. He has over nine years of work experience and enjoys being Digital Champion.
Katie is a Web Science PhD student, looking into the use of mobile technology to help students with dyslexia access higher education. She has a master’s degree in Web Science and a degree in Education.
Katie is currently helping a University in London with their deployment of iPads. She is particularly interested in teaching and helping both students and academics with digital literacy skills and the use of technology in the Classroom specifically higher education.
Nader is currently doing an MSc in Digital Marketing. He has a BSc in Marketing with six years of work experience in Healthcare Marketing. Nader likes to keep up with the latest in marketing, technology, and electronic entertainment industries. He is also a fan and a practitioner of sports, music, and photography.
Evi studies MSc Digital Marketing, and is interested in marketing and social media. For Evi joining the Digital Champions is an opportunity to broaden her horizons, gain new experience, and therefore gain more self-confidence concerning the field of her studies and the digital world in general.
Nikoletta studied BSc in Marketing and Advertising. She is currently studying MSc in Digital Marketing at the University of Southampton. Nikoletta is passionate about new technologies, social media and their potentials.
She is interested in sharing data by using interactive forms of communication, and fascinated by online marketing and this ‘brand new’ approach of businesses to interact and communicate with their customers.
Nikoletta is very excited about travelling around the world and to broaden her horizons by getting along with people, understanding their cultures, attitudes, and habits.
Florence studies French, Spanish and European Studies. The European Studies part has allowed her to take modules in a wide range of disciplines including management and politics. During her year abroad period in Madrid, she was fortunate enough to work with two different start-ups (Ditit and Timpik) in an accelerator programme called Start-up Boot camp. In this time she became particularly interested in social media and email marketing. She is a keen cricketer and an absolute foodie.
Nipawan is currently studying MSc Digital Marketing with the background in Marketing and interest in social media. She is fascinated by how peoples’ behaviour changes over time and the impact that it poses to business sector. Nipawan believes that the future of marketing is digital marketing and there will be no boundaries between online and offline aspects, and everything is blending together more and more.
MSc in Human Resource Management, and the dissertation was about the ways in which the popularity of social networking websites has influenced the recruitment strategy of employers.
She is interested in how technology has improved the ways in which people communicate with each other. She believes that Social Media can enable companies build a two-way relationship with their stakeholders and therefore gain a competitive advantage.
Maraim is a fourth year MEng computer Science student. Her major interests are social media, specially its impact on people’s behaviour, open education and politics. She has been involved in many societies and projects in web and social developments. Her passions are reading, learning languages, photography, sustainability and exploring other cultures.
Do you have something really useful to share that you and your colleagues can benefit from? Perhaps a new tool or application that helps you to organise your work, or simplify your life? Then this event is for you.
How about Mail Chimp, Scoop.it, Evernote, Mendeley, Creating Infographics…??? These are a few of the topics that have been volunteered by students so far. I’m sure there are lots more!
4pm to 6pm on 5th December. (Hopefully) in the Student Union bar (exact venue TBC) on the Highfield Campus, University of Southampton.
The idea is that we race through a series of short talks (5 mins max) and then move on to demo/poster mode for the second part of the event. Here you can find out more in a small group or one to one setting about the specific tips and tricks that you found interesting in the first part.
We are running a number of informal workshops as preparation for our new Living and Working on the Web Curriculum Innovation module which starts in February. Each workshop represents a key chunk of module material and the content and exercises are being developed and tested in these workshops with the direct support of the Student Digital Champions (#Digichamps)
The Web Science Doctoral Training Centre has put together a programme of activities in collaboration with the business community that will provide students with some incredible opportunities for their current research training and future career:
(1) Industry Week 3-7 December 2012
A programme of lunchtime industry seminars in the week December 3rd-7th. Over the five days, fifteen companies from various sectors will be talking about the challenges that they see the web providing, giving students the opportunity to seek out industry-relevant research questions.
Digital Economy members may be particularly interested in attending the lunch on Wednesday 5th in Building 58/1007 from 12 until 2pm in which Julius Duncan, the Marketing Director of Headstream and Chair of the Creative Digifest Panel, will be amongst the businesses discussing the challenges posed by recent web developments. Professor Vladimiro Sassone, Director of the Centre of Excellence in CyberSecurity Research will introduce the Centre and discuss its relevance to the business community. He will also introduce the cybersecurity research student projects underway at Southampton.
From 4pm on this same day (5th December) the Digital Economy USRG will be running an informal ‘Social Media Tips and Tricks’ session open to staff, students and industry guests featuring a number of lightning talks about new tools and time saving practices.
(2) Industry Forum 7-8 February 2013
This year the plan is to build on the research questions uncovered at the Industry Week, in a two-day workshop that allows brainstorming of solutions and on-going research proposals in small groups.
(3) Directors’ Dinner 18 April 2013
Business Solent will be inviting 40 of their regional business network’s company directors to meet the DTC students over dinner and to hear brief presentations about the outcomes from the Industry Week and Forum. This will then lead into a future round of invitations for industry seminars and research workshops, supported by Business Solent.
The aim of these events is to give students experience of turning their increasing research maturity into business leadership. This applies at whatever stage they are at in the programme, as they will be working together as a cohort, and supporting each other in teams.
If you would like to attend any of these events, please fill out THIS DOODLE POLL to confirm your attendance.
Digital Economy USRG members are invited to participate in Web Science Industry Week, which will be held at the Highfield Campus every day from Monday 3rd December to Friday 7th December 2012 (12:30 to 14:00) with the exception of Friday when we will start at 11:00 and finish at 12:30. Lunch will be provided.
Invited companies will be making presentations to University staff, MSc and PhD students on the specific opportunities and challenges posed by the Web to their business. Hopefully this will lead to on-going research and education partnerships and continued work at the DTC’s Industry Forum in February 2013. After the presentations there will be time for discussions and informal networking .
More details on the speakers, topics and timings will be available nearer the time.
On 5th December, this event will be run in conjunction with a Digital Economy lunch in which the industry speakers will be invited by DE USRG members to explore the role of the digital economy in their businesses. Please contact us with suggested speakers from your own areas of expertise.
After the lunch, there will be an informal afternoon event run by the DE USRG and supported by the Student Digital Champions, showcasing a wide range of social media ‘tips and tricks’ to make life and study at University run more smoothly. Topics to be covered will include Pinterest, Weibo, ScoopIt, About.me, iPad applications and many more. If you would like to volunteer a short talk and demonstration, please let us know. Seasonal refreshments will be provided, and this may even extend to pizza or curry if demand dictates…
The Web Science Industry Week is being supported by:
On 9th – 11th November Southampton University will be hosting a Silicon Valley comes to UK 2012 StartUp Weekend. It is a 56-hour, non-stop national competition where teams with individuals holding different skill sets compete to build a successful start-up business. The winner of last year’s event was Alejandro Saucedo from Southampton, and he is organising this year’s event with Petar Trifonov and Mariam Elbadri, one of our Student Digital Champions. Click here to register and for further details.
What is amazing about this year’s event is that Startup Weekend and Silicon Valley comes to the UK are teaming up to bring the craziness of the events simultaneously in London, Manchester, Sheffield, Southampton and Cambridge. These events will bring together developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups!
The teams will be free to work on any startup they want but they have to use Open Data and hence they will have access to UK government data sets from data.gov.uk to build startups. Participants will use this data to produce high impact applications/websites to unlock the power of public data to help “rewrite the rules of the new economy”.
A few days after the event, the top startups will be invited to attend an exclusive awards ceremony in central London and will also get the chance to fight in the Global Startup Battle taking place between the 130 Startup Weekend events. Last year the awards were presented by David Cameron. Prizes included a fully paid trip to Silicon Valley, California, where winners had the amazing opportunity to visit companies such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, between many others.
The DE USRG will be represented by approximately 16 delegates at Digital Futures 2012 next week, all of whom are involved in posters, papers, or demos. These include seven papers, demos or posters by students from the RCUK DE Web Science DTC.
Delivering the Smart Grid: How digital technologies can change the way we generate, consume and think about energy – Alex Rogers