DE Summer School 2017

Innovation insights for the digital workforce of tomorrow

in association with the Digital Economy CDT Network

3rd to 6th July 2017

Loughborough University London


Registration Now Open

Please provide seminar and workshop choices upon registration

Information about the seminars, workshops and practicals is provided below (please note the pre-requisites)

Loughborough University London

Stratford ONE

1 International Way, Stratford

London E20 1GS

Select 'with accommodation" when registering


01509 227 688 

Option 1) Robots For All: First hands on experience with simple Lego® Robots FULLY BOOKED

Option 2) Lego®, cybersecurity and other animals

Option 3) Computational thinking


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    Option 1) Robots For All: First hands on experience with simple Lego® Robots

    A not-to-miss opportunity to interact with robots. The session has been planned to accommodate those who have little to no experience with programming.

    Build and program, using NQC, a LEGO® robot to navigate a simple course. We will add sensors to give additional capability such as object avoidance. Towards the end of the afternoon we will then look to make two robots collaborate to pass an object whilst still navigating the course. Those knowledgeable or with experience in robotics are also welcome to participate as the challenges will be tailored to the participant’s level.

    Whether you are a robots guru or you have never worked with one and would like to give it a try, join this session!

    Pre-requisites: none

    Option 2) Lego, cybersecurity and other animals

    This game puts you in the shoes of security decision-makers in industry. Take charge of a small lego industrial empire and work together to make the best security decisions possible. No previous knowledge of cybersecurity is needed – this game is meant to be a fun and informative exercise.

    Pre-requisites: none

    Option 3) Computational thinking

    We want to introduce the topic of computational thinking through two exercises related to the diversity of biological interactive/response systems, working with a pseudocode and a paper folding metaphor.
    The idea is to learn the nature of these strategies through two different methods:

    1. Writing a script Making a psychotropic house (JG Ballard).

    2. Capturing performance and relationships between elements and an input and output response through paper folding.


Option 1) Using film to tell the story of your research: best practice for creating professional video content FULLY BOOKED

Option 2) The beautiful science of data visualisation FULLY BOOKED

Option 3) Build to understand

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    Option 1) Using film to tell the story of your research: best practice for creating professional video content

    Increasingly researchers are asked to tell the story of their research in a video format, to garner interest in their publications. The video format can also be effectively used to communicate tone and subtlety that a research paper or presentation cannot.
    Researchers will be given the opportunity to have hands on experience in creating high quality video content. Areas covered will include sound recording, best practice interview set up, 3 point lighting, grip techniques, visual story-telling and planning a shoot. There will be experienced professional filmmakers on hand to offer in depth training and best practice methods to create professional looking and sounding video content.
    Aims and objectives of session:
    • To give participants an in depth experience of the filmmaking process.
    • Skills and training which will encourage quality content creation within research groups and universities.
    • The film(s) made will be screened at the closing of the Summer School Linking researchers and filmmakers laying the foundations for future collaborations.

    Pre-requisites: This workshop will be limited to 15 places and some preparation will be required. Details will be sent to attendees ahead of the day. No prior knowledge of film-making is required and attendees do not need to bring any material or equipment with them. Workshop attendees should have an idea in mind for a documentary film they wish to produce. Film pitches (~200 words) will be requested 1 week beforehand and 3 ideas will be selected to focus on during the workshop.

    Option 2) The beautiful science of data visualisation

    Tableau Software helps people see and understand data. Learn data visualisation concepts and best practices and receive hands-on training on Tableau Desktop delivered by a Tableau expert.
    You will learn core Tableau Desktop skills during the hands-on session. You’ll gain a thorough introduction to data analysis and visual design in Tableau, and learn how to build views and interactive dashboards.

    Pre-requisites: Attendees will need to bring a laptop and download the latest version of Tableau. Instructions will be provided to attendees ahead of the day.

    Option 3) Build to understand

    Exploring and communicating a complex problem is a challenge. As diversity of a team increases the challenge is getting bigger and can cause great frustration within the team.
    LEGO Serious Play is a communication method designed to support coping with such challenges. The synchronised process of building, storytelling, and exploring serves as a neutral language that supports the achievement of a common and pragmatic understanding.
    The workshop will introduce you to the method in order to expand your communication toolbox.

    Pre-requisites: none

Option 1) ‘Elevator Pitch’: your PhD in 50 words

Option 2) Making an impact with posters

Option 3) Using Social Media as a PhD Researcher: How to present your academic self online FULLY BOOKED


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    Option 1) ‘Elevator Pitch’: your PhD in 50 words

    The (in)famous 'Elevator Pitch' (with the alternatives of "your PhD in 1 min" "... in one slide", "... in a tweet", etc). So very important when it comes to selling your skills and your work to potential employers or collaborators. Crafting your pitch is not a trivial task: it is a distilled version of a long and detail-rich story that contains information about yourself, about your work, your motivations, your passion, the dent you want to make in the world and your personal brand. It might be the only chance you get to land that job, secure funding, gain that sponsor. And as Oscar Wilde said, you never get a second chance to make a good first impression.

    Pre-requisites: none

    Option 2) Making an impact with posters

    Posters are widely used to showcase research and encourage discussion in academic environments such as conferences. Posters also enable you to explain your research succinctly, to receive feedback from peers, to increase networking/collaborative opportunities and to promote yourself, research group and University. But, how can you make your poster stand out from the crowd and most importantly, how can you make your poster accessible to those viewing it? During this interactive session we will critically appraise a selection of conference posters and consider content, layout, design and formatting. There will also be the opportunity for you to critically appraise/amend any previously designed posters that you may have and/or start the creation of a new poster.

    Pre-requisites: Attendees should bring a laptop with them and, if possible, examples of posters they have previously designed. Attendees will produce a poster in the session so access to material, images etc.. would be advantageous. 

    Option 3) Using Social Media as a PhD Researcher: How to present your academic self online

    Do you lack confidence when using social media? Are you unsure how best to present your work and network online? Come along to hone your social media skills, share successes (and failures) with each other and improve your digital footprint.

    This workshop will start by identifying your problem areas and concerns, which we will help address as a group, then you'll learn some quick wins to better your online presence and hopefully you'll walk away with new knowledge and confidence in using social media to promote your academic self and work.

    Pre-requisites: none

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