February 11, 2014 by Lorraine Warren
An enjoyable and productive time at the INSPIRE Research Conference in Dubai this week. As well as papers from IMSciences scholars, papers were presented by participants from IBA-Sukkur, COMSATS IIT-Attock, Bahuddin Zakariya-Multan, Kinnaird College for Women -Lahore, University of Peshawar, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women’s University -Peshawar, University of Lahore and Khushal Khan Khattak University-Karak. Plenary presentations were given by the UK Project Investigators, Lorraine Warren and Mine Karatas-Ozkan, as well as Mr Ismail Badat from the British Council, Mr Javed Iqbal, Regional Head of KPK SMEDA, Dr Nasser Ali Khan, VC of the University of Haripur, Mrs Nabeela Farman of the Women’s Chamber of Commerce, KPK and Dr Muhammad Ali Joint Director of IMSciences and Co-ordinator of ORIC at IMSciences. A Keynote address on How to Publish in Quality Journals was given by Professor Alistair Anderson of The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen and Editor of Entrepreneurship and Regional Development.
The Best Paper prize was awarded jointly to Mr Attaullah Shah of IMSciences (Importance of Judicial Efficiency in Capital structure Decisions of Small Firms: Evidence from Judicial districts of Pakistan) and Dr Zia Obaid of the University of Peshawar (Social Entrepreneurs in the post 9/11 World: Realigning Networks for Better Trust).
The Upcoming Researcher award went to Mr Adnan Javed (Power Dynamics of the institutional change process and organisational response)
Posted in academic, entrepreneurship, innovation, Uncategorized.
– February 14, 2014
I’ll be blogging about #SXSC3 next week when I’ve got all the pics and videos in, but for now, good to report on the final event, Benjamin Mawson’s Masterclass on Annotating the Landscape With Sound using the NoTours software. Ben, who won the Business Planning Competition, demonstrated the NoTours Augmented Aurality software. We were pleased to have a sunny autumnal day at Avenue campus, and were able to enjoy walking around testing our soundscapes on the Common. Here’s the wokshop-style class in action:
Posted in academic, creative industries, digital art, digital economy, digital skills, emergence, emerging technologies, innovation, Uncategorized.
– December 10, 2013
UK universities have spent over a decade building some excellent technology transfer and knowledge exchange processes and structures. I joined this world in 2002, as part of the Science Enterprise Challenge at Loughborough University Business School, working to improve technology entrepreneurship across the STEM disciplines. I was on the academic staff but worked closely with the incubator staff and the tech transfer office, to try and increase commercialisation and exploitation rates, a role, I’ve continued at Southampton, in different ways, since 2004. Over the last couple of years, digital has changed things.
- Firstly, falling prices in a range of areas have lowered entry barriers to new forms of technological innovation: widespread access to broadband technologies; smartphones and tablets; social media; increasing availability of government datasets to the public.
- Secondly, traditional incubation pathways have been supplemented by free-form crowd-driven patterns of activity, often linked to social media, such as crowd funding (de Buysere et al, 2012) or the intricate multidisciplinary ‘barcamp’, or ‘unconference’ style events, which combine creative artists of all kinds and computer scientists, amplifying energy and result in the emergence of multiple value outcomes, including new creative projects, new educational opportunities (formal and informal), as well as ideas for commercialisation.
- Thirdly, there is the sense of incompleteness and ephemerality during value creation as digital fragments are reworked, reforked and recombined with ease
In the paper ISBE2013warrenfuller and the presentation below, we argue for a new conceptualisation of business models, thinking instead of value models that recognise ephemerality and incompleteness. I’ve been asked to put together a proposal for a digital media incubator that recognises this new dynamic. Exciting challenge ahead!
Posted in academic, digital economy, emergence, emerging technologies, innovation, value creation.
– November 17, 2013
Competition entries are invited for the Southampton SXSC3 RCUK/NEMODE Digital
Economy Business Plan Competition 2013
****DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP, 4-6 OCTOBER 28, B2/3041 Highfield campus
- Terms, conditions and guidance notes
- Please read the terms and conditions, and complete the entry form at the bottom of the page.
The competition has two categories:
For applicants currently studying for a Foundation degree or Honours degree at a UK university. Entrants in the undergraduate category must still be registered at a UK University on the closing date to be eligible to enter.
- POSTGRADUATE / STAFF:
For applicants who are currently studying for a post-graduate qualification OR are staff currently employed at a UK university
- Team applications will be considered. All participants must be eligible to enter in one of the above categories. Where teams comprise members from both categories it will be considered in the POSTGRADUATE / STAFF category.
- You must indicate which category you are applying for on the entry form.
- The winning team or individual in the postgraduate / staff category will receive a prize of £7,000, runner up £4,000; in the undergraduate category, £2,500.
- There will be a developmental workshop open to all entrants prior to submission, date to be announced
- The winners will be given support and mentoring to refine the plan to submit to national competitions.
- The competition is being managed by the SXSC3 team, who will arrange for the competition entries to be judged by a panel of external assessors, whose decision will be final. The best 3 plans in each category will be invited to give a 3-minute pitch at the SXSC3 event in Southampton on November 19, 2013 where the Award will be made by the assessor panel. At least one team member MUST be there to pitch to be eligible for the prize.
- Entries can be submitted from October 14, 2013 until the closing date for the competition at 5pm on November 12, 2013.
- To receive the prize, you must be committed to improving the plan to raise it to a more investable proposition and nationally competitive standard. This will be a condition of receiving the prize.
- Your business plan must be submitted on the busplancompform by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tables and spreadsheets may be appended or incorporated within the application form.
- Although financial projections are not essential, these will strengthen the application and give an opportunity to demonstrate the viability of the business plan.
- Where word counts are shown on the entry form, these are for guidance only.
- The judges will be looking for innovative business ideas are based on Digital Economy business models which offer customer benefits and fulfil market requirements..
- Applications should express clearly what the business would offer, its products and/or services, and show an understanding of its likely competitive position in its market. In addition, the application should also show an understanding of the necessary steps in developing the business in the business plan.
- The plan must be your own work or the work of your team.
- Prizes may be withheld if in the opinion of the judges there is no application of sufficient merit.
- If you have any questions about the competition, please email them to email@example.com.
Posted in academic, digital economy, Uncategorized, value creation.
– September 29, 2013
Pleased to announce this year’s Creative DigiFest #SXSC3, which includes a Dragon’s Den-style Business Planning Competition with some great prizes.
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Location: Mayflower Suite, De Vere Grand Harbour, Southampton
Creating value from digital technologies
• World leading speakers
• Demonstrations of the latest technologies
• Debate and discussion with digital experts
• Free workshops and networking sessions
Come along to our one day interactive conference to find out more about the pioneering interdisciplinary digital projects already underway at the University of Southampton.
See pitches for a business planning competition with prizes of 7K, 4K and 2.5K, sponsored by RCUK/NEMODE
After lunch explore your own areas of interest through workshops, demonstrations and one-to-one networking with experts in a wide range of digital technologies.
10.00am coffee and posters
10am Welcome and introductions supported by the Ladies of the Press and the Student Digital Champions
10.15am Dragon’s Den: Competition pitches
11.15am -11.30am Coffee and Tea Break
11.30am Talks from digital experts including Alan Patrick of Broadsight business and technology forecasting consultancy, Professor Sally Jane Norman, Director of the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts and Jeremy Caine, Complex Systems Intergration, IBM
12.30pm Competition winners announcement
2pm – 4pm Workshops talks and demos on new digital technologies and business model development, including Paul Walland from IT Innovation, Alan Rae, marketing and communications expert and Ben Mawson from 3D Bare
Check out what happened last year here.
Please book your place here Tag: #SXSC3
Organised by the Centre for Strategic Innovation and the Digital Economy University Strategic Research Group.
Posted in academic, creative industries, digital economy, emerging technologies, entrepreneurship, innovation, Uncategorized, value creation.
– September 29, 2013
Very enjoyable sessions at BAM 2013 this year and Aintree made fo a great venue for 850 delegeates and well done to the Cathedral for putting on a great show for the conference dinner. I gave two papers, one on Muhammad Nouman’s PhD work and another based on a project with our French colleagues in EM Normandie.
Posted in academic, innovation.
– September 17, 2013
This weekend, I attended Futur en Seine a Cap Digital event hosted in Paris’ CentQuatre centre. A superb showcase, bringing toigether idustry (prototypes/demonstrators), academics and policymakers. Highlights for me were Flashpoll (location-based and context-aware polling), Glocal (contextualizing search, navigation and media management), Quareo‘s integrated TV demonstrator, Ayotle‘s mocap aid for stroke patients, AFP medialab (World photonews 24/7), and last but definitely not least Double Digital Agency’s digital doubles project, with its eyectaching ‘birdcage’ capture chamber. Also a good long chat with Ubisoft, who were really welcoming and open to futher debate. Thanks to Vera Ovcharenko and Nadia Echchihab from Cap Digital for inviting me and showing me around. Looking forward to future conversations.
Posted in academic, creative industries, digital economy, emerging technologies, entrepreneurship, innovation, value creation.
– June 17, 2013