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NETWORKING & MAKER DAYS

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Through Networking events and Maker Days, CEDI is able to:

  • support local creative/digital businesses to develop and scale-up
  • support local enterprise and entrepreneurship activities/start-ups
  • support students in gaining employability skillse
  • enhance the brand of the University of Winchester
  • develop significant KE capabilities in digital creativity, design & innovation

Once we are settled in the new building within the Dept. Of Digital Technologies floor, CEDI, with students from Dept. of Digital Technologies will be holding a series of networking events during Friday afternoons where local digital and architectural agencies are welcome to come along and meet with the students. Students and industry will be invited to demonstrate/present projects or problems which can be discussed over refreshments and general chat. This is aimed at building collaboration and connection between industry and students. Exact times and dates to be confirmed.

The Digital Media and CAD students will also be putting on Hack Days in the coming academic year which will be open to other University students and schools/colleges. There is also their annual Transmedia Exhibition and Pitch your Project event which encourages networking with industry, prospective students, staff and local schools and colleges. Our 2020exhibition had to be postponed due to the shut down of socialising made necessary by the Coronavirus Pandemic, 2021 exhibition has therefore been designed to be online, a virtual exhibition where visitors will be able to roam around a virtual mock-up of our Design Studio and Collaborative Space to view student’s work and click through to their individual portfolios. The 2021 Transmedia Exhibition and Pitch your Project event will be available from the 6th May 2021, and will remain as a permanent exhibition on our Digital Media website.

Centre members have organised knowledge exchange conferences and workshops for businesses, including:

  • Digital Media students organise the annual Transmedia Exhibition demonstrating digital design and technology to invited industry guests. This has been running for 10 years and from 2020 will be held in the new Collaborative Space and Digital Design Studio at West Downs Centre.
  • Winchester Business School has for a number of years run an Enterprise Network, hosting talks and workshops from a range of innovation-related speakers for local businesses.

We are currently working with Basingstoke City Council and Queen Mary College, Basingstoke to support Maker Club Saturdays, some of which may be held in the new building’s Collaborative Space.

In the Spring of 2022, we also have the Learning and Teaching funded ‘THINK~DESIGN~CREATE Sustainable Living Challenge’, a set of 4 Saturday workshops in which participants will be able to develop an understanding of living more sustainably within their community. The Sustainable Living Challenge aims to bring people together to generate ideas through problem solving and collaboration. It will also provide opportunities to learn from each other and how to work with other disciplines, ages and skillsets. They will do this by: 

  • designing a product, game, device, educational kit or app to support or encourage others to live more sustainably
  • re-thinking and re-designing processes to be more sustainable

The potential benefits include:

  • Participants will benefit by addition to/enhancement of skillsets, engagement with industry and others from across the University and invited Colleges, and a deeper understanding of the SD11 goals.
  • Widening participation using the new collaborative space and highlighting the facilities available at the University’s new building
  • Wider use and understanding of Collaborative Project Based Peer Learning (CPBPL)
  • Dissemination of the use of Design Thinking in CPBPL and Sustainable Living Challenges
  • Taking forward possible prototypes (RSA Awards/BIMA)

SEMESTER 2 2021-22

Networking Events

We aim to put on at least monthly events for students, staff and industry to get together, demonstrate technology, different projects being worked on and different talks from various design disciplines.

Semester 2 2021-22 Think~Design~Collaborate (TDC) Networking, 3pm – 5pm:

 

28th January  Tech Demo – by Abid Hussain of ‘Engage’ providing a Virtual introduction to the ‘Engage Metaverse Tour’ 

Engage ‘are a virtual/augmented reality software company dedicated to transforming how training & educational content is delivered’. Abid Hussain will meet us in VR and introduce us to their Metaverse using Oculus Quests. We have approximately 20 headsets available for those who want to take part. The session has been extended so that we can continue to experiment with the Engage platform after Abid’s tour.

If you have your own headset, you will need to use this link to download their app: https://engagevr.io/

4th February  Guest Speaker – by Adam McIntosh, a Games Industry veteran working with Electronic Arts for over 15 years.

After a video presentation, Adam will be talking about the state of play in the Games Industry [current industry trends and practices], provide a breakdown of a typical game studio structure [Brand/marketing, QA, Engineers, Operations, Live team etc] and an overview of his personal career to date [QA, Management, Project Management, Operations] including the amazing games he has worked with.

18th February  Tech Demo – by Marco Rondelli, Senior Manager, Technical Enablement Delivery & Business Development for Pegasystems UK 

The University has recently become a Pega Academy which is exciting news, especially for the Department of Digital Technologies. Marco Rondelli will be demonstrating Pega technology via a presentation/demo and how this can be of benefit to students, staff and industry.

Pega Developers, Low-code Makers, Low-code App Builders, Business Architects and Sytem Architects are examples of roles that can be attained with Pega accreditation worldwide. Please see https://academy.pega.com/ for more information.

25th February  Tech Demo – TBC

 

4th March  Guest Speaker – by Neil Munz-Jones, author of the Reluctant Networker, Coach and Strategy & Retail Consultant 

Neil has 20 years in retail and supply with senior roles at B&Q/Kingfisher and as MD of an international manufacturing business. Neil is a Director of MDJ2 Consulting, a company he founded in 2005 to specialise in Strategy, Category Management, Organisation Design and M&A for the Retail sector. https://mdj2.co.uk/

18th March  Guest Speaker – by British Interactive Media Association (BIMA) (TBC)
 
25th March  Tech Demo – TBC 

 

1st April  Guest Speaker – by Dr Janet Owen of The Earth Museum

More details to follow.

29th April  Design Challenge – by Dr Janet Owen of The Earth Museum

More details to follow.

6th May  Guest Speaker – by Juliet Tzabar, Managing Director of Plug-in Media

‘Plug-In Media is a 5 times BAFTA-winning, digital production company, that creates both interactive entertainment and linear TV content for the children and families audience. Born from the premise that today’s young audiences access content across multiple screens and in multiple formats, our company services this ever-increasing demand for multi-platform media. Our output includes: games, apps, websites, educational content, virtual reality, augmented reality, short-form video, and broadcast animation.’  http://pluginmedia.net/ 

13th May  Exhibition – Transmedia & Pitch Your Project 2022  1pm – 5.30pm followed by refreshments and networking.

In this exhibition we would like to share with our visitors the work of all our students from the DMD, 3D & CAD undergraduate programmes, including the MA Digital Media Practice & Pathways’ students. You will also be able to explore specific pieces of work the student cohorts have chosen, to be part of the new and exciting Virtual Exhibition. There are three awards resulting from the exhibition: Most Popular Stand, Most Interactive Stand, Best Virtual Exhibit.

Pitch Your Project involves the 3rd year students pitching their creative and innovative business ideas to a panel of Industry and Enterprise professionals. There are 2 awards resulting from the pitching: Best Pitch Award and Most Commercially Viable Award.

The Transmedia Exhibition has been planned, shaped and organised by the 2nd year cohorts in Digital Media, 3D, and CAD, under the guidance of our Project Focus Lecturers, Marina Brkljac and Dr Debs Wilson, with feedback from all our cohorts to ensure all the students are represented.

Maker Days & Hack Days

We aim for these events to happen throughout the academic year. They will be open to schools, colleges and industry. Themes and projects can be brought in by industry or individuals.

Semester 2 2021-22 Think~Design~Collaboration (TDC) Maker Days & Hack Days, 3pm – 5pm (unless stated differently for all-day events):

 

11th February Creative Maker Session – Book Binding for Beginners with Georgia de Buriatte

‘In this 2 hour workshop you will learn all you need to make a series of different folded, glued and sewn books, no matter what skill level you currently have! The workshop will begin with a few simple folded techniques, to get you used to the terms and methods needed for the more complex styles. We will then explore some glued, and sewn methods, and even some ways of applying hard covers!

All materials including papers will be supplied, but feel free to bring anything you’d like to include!

11th March  Creative Maker Session – Lino Carving for Beginners with Georgia de Buriatte

‘In this 2 hour workshop you will learn the basics of lino carving and printing your lino carvings. This is my main method of making, and I will have all sorts of exciting bits and pieces to show you. However if it is not a technique you have conquered before head on over to the Pinterest. I have included a couple of boards below, with varying levels of complexity, so please don’t worry if it looks a bit scary!   https://www.pinterest.co.uk/deburiart/printmaking-workshops 

There isn’t anything you will need to bring this session except some imagery you would like to work from, unless you have some of your own Lino tools of course.’

THE SUSTAINABLE LIVING CHALLENGE  ‘THINK~DESIGN~CREATE’  SATURDAY WORKSHOPS 10am – 4pm

Four Saturday workshops to bring people together to generate ideas through problem solving and collaboration. These workshops will also provide opportunities to learn from each other and how to work with other disciplines and skillsets.

THE CHALLENGE:

Create a sustainable living community by:

  • designing a product, game, device, educational kit or app to support or encourage others to live more sustainably
  • re-thinking and re-designing processes to be more sustainable
 
5th March  Workshop 1 – Introduction & Empathise
12th March  Workshop 2 –Define & Ideate
26th March  Workshop 3 – Create Prototype & Test
2nd April  Workshop 4 – Refine & Present

 

SEMESTER 1 2021-22

Semester 1 2021-22 Think~Design~Collaborate (TDC) Networking, 3pm – 5pm:

24th Sept  Networking – Introductory session, welcoming you to our new CEDI/DMD Networking series and our new Collaborative Space, DMD Studio, 3D Lab and CEDI lab.

1st Oct  Networking: 1 x 20 min industry presentation/talk and 1 x 20 min student presentation (1st Friday of each month) Dr Debs Wilson – Digital Heritage Interpretation Design and ‘The Talking Walls at Beaulieu Abbey’ (presentation here) followed by Tomos Jackson & Dean Collins, 3rd Yr 3D Environments (Game & Heritage) students talking about their team’s work with Malmesbury, reconstructing its Anglo Saxon past in Epic’s Unreal Game Engine. 

8th Oct  Technical Demonstration: Staff, Students or Industry – demonstration of technology you are using in your industry (2nd Friday of each month)

29th Oct  Over to Industry – Industry led event Richard Coope and his ‘Screw It Let’s Do it! talk + 1 x 20 min presentation from Winchester Creatives mentees (ie Rishabh Sharma, Gabriele Daubaryte, Matt Keen, Ella Povey)1 x 20-minute industry presentation Richard Coope and Winchester Creatives talk  + 1 x 20 min presentation from Winchester Creatives mentees (Eloise Taylor, Matthew Hampsey, Cain McKensie-Yapa)

5th Nov  Networking: 1 x 20 minute industry presentation Wendy Wyatt & Winchester Design Festival talk and 1 x 20 min student presentation

12th Nov -CANCELLED Technical Demonstration: Staff, Students or Industry

3rd Dec  Networking: Join Richard Coope and Winchester Creatives to celebrate ‘Our Year of Hope’  with initial presentations and panel discussions followed by evening drinks and nibbles. Presentations also from Winchester Creatives mentees (Eloise Taylor, Matthew Hampsey, Cain McKensie-Yapa). This event is to celebrate the award-winning work delivered by kind local volunteers and to share the exciting story of our Winchester Creatives’ Year of Hope. Winchester Creatives CIC is a not-for-profit social enterprise dedicated to helping young creative talent to ‘get in and get on’ in the creative industry.

10th Dec  CANCELLED Technical Demonstration: Samantha Kingston of Virtual Umbrella will be providing a VR session today, unfortunately Samanatha has had to postpone this session to the new year.

17th Dec – Mini Christmas Academic Poster Exhibition and Social Networking Event Friday 17th Dec, 3pm to 5pm for all cohorts, staff and industry in the DMD Studio and Collaborative Space, West Downs Quarter.

The first Academic Poster Exhibition and Social Networking event is taking place on the last day of semester for all to attend. The Academic Posters will be a mix of digital and printed and displayed within the Digital Media Studio and Collaborative Space area of the new building at West Downs Centre. 

Networking with students across the programmes, staff and industry will take place with refreshments, mince pies and other Christmas nibbles whilst also voting for the following awards:
  • Best Presented
  • Most Informative
  • Most Creative
We will also be announcing the winner of the Manny Moodley 2020-21 award.
As the last day of semester, this is a time to all get together and enjoy Christmas Festivities whilst celebrating the work our students have achieved during the semester.
IMPORTANT NOTES FOR STUDENTS:
Please read the attached PDF which specifies the format required for the academic posters. When completed, please upload to ‘Files’ on this channel, ensuring that you name your PDF in the following format:
First Years:          A3-Yr1-Game-FirstName-SecondName-2021.pdf  
Second Years:     A3-Yr2-RSA-FirstName-SecondName-2021.pdf  OR A3-Yr2-Client-FirstName-SecondName-2021.pdf
Third Years:        A3-Yr3-IndividualP-FirstName-SecondName-2021.pdf
MAs:                  A3-MA-IndividualP-FirstName-SecondName-2021.pdf
Students are welcome to create more than one academic poster if they want to enter two different projects.
Deadline for uploading PDFs to be printed is Monday 13th December 3pm.
Deadline for uploading PDFs for being displayed on the Touch Screens is Wednesday 15th December 3pm.
Overall file size should be no more than 5Mb.
Please contact Dr Debs Wilson via email if you need further clarification about the event. 
Semester 1 2021-22 Think~Design~Collaboration (TDC) Maker Days & Hack Days, 3pm – 5pm (unless stated differently for all-day events):

15th Oct   2 hour Collaborative Design Challenge – ‘The Game of Sustainability’ In groups of students, industry and staff, design a simple game that teaches young children how to think about the natural resources they use as they go throughout their day. More details at the event.

22nd Oct   Creative Freedom – Matt Smith of Unique Forms leads a drawing challenge today: www.boccionirecreated.com is an on going project to recreate Umberto Boccioni’s lost sculptures. This is a unique opportunity to sketch from one of the recreated works not seen in 100 years. The work is CNC milled from a digital sculpting of Spiral Expansion of Muscles in Movement 1913. This was the work that preceded Unique Forms of Continuity in Space 1913. Sketching from these sculptures is rewarding and less intimidating than working from a life model for some.

19th Nov  – CANCELLED  2 hour Design Challenge – provide a design challenge

26th Nov  – CANCELLED Creative Freedom – Art, Craft, or similar, to simply have fun creating

17th Dec – Mini Christmas Academic Poster Exhibition and Social Networking Event Friday 17th Dec, 3pm to 5pm for all cohorts, staff and industry in the DMD Studio and Collaborative Space, West Downs Quarter.

The first Academic Poster Exhibition and Social Networking event is taking place on the last day of semester for all to attend. The Academic Posters will be a mix of digital and printed and displayed within the Digital Media Studio and Collaborative Space area of the new building at West Downs Centre. 

Networking with students across the programmes, staff and industry will take place with refreshments, mince pies and other Christmas nibbles whilst also voting for the following awards:
  • Best Presented
  • Most Informative
  • Most Creative
We will also be announcing the winner of the Manny Moodley 2020-21 award.
As the last day of semester, this is a time to all get together and enjoy Christmas Festivities whilst celebrating the work our students have achieved during the semester.
IMPORTANT NOTES FOR STUDENTS:
Please read the attached PDF which specifies the format required for the academic posters. When completed, please upload to ‘Files’ on this channel, ensuring that you name your PDF in the following format:
First Years:          A3-Yr1-Game-FirstName-SecondName-2021.pdf  
Second Years:     A3-Yr2-RSA-FirstName-SecondName-2021.pdf  OR A3-Yr2-Client-FirstName-SecondName-2021.pdf
Third Years:        A3-Yr3-IndividualP-FirstName-SecondName-2021.pdf
MAs:                  A3-MA-IndividualP-FirstName-SecondName-2021.pdf
Students are welcome to create more than one academic poster if they want to enter two different projects.
Deadline for uploading PDFs to be printed is Monday 13th December 3pm.
Deadline for uploading PDFs for being displayed on the Touch Screens is Wednesday 15th December 3pm.
Overall file size should be no more than 5Mb.
Please contact Dr Debs Wilson via email if you need further clarification about the event. 

Academic Poster Awards - Mini Christmas Exhibition

The mini Christmas Academic Poster Exxhibition & Festive Networking event went very well. We had 40 plus academic posters around the DMD Studio of student work across all of our disciplines and year groups. It was really great to see so many projects visually explained.

 

Best Presented – Rodothea Papachristoforou (Yr2 BA Digital Media Design)

Most Informative – Lucy Hopkins (Yr3 BSc CAD)

Most Creative – Emily Hellwege (Yr3 BSc CAD)