Last week cohort 2 researcher Ruben Kruiper attended the FutureEverything Digital Research Outreach and Impact Lab 'Designing effective engagement and communication for research and innovation' workshop organised by the Digital Economy Network.

The event was aimed at PhD students carrying out research in the following areas:

  • Digital and creative innovation
  • Social and civic innovation
  • Urban applications of new technologies including physical computing, the Internet of Things and big/open data.

Ruben has commented "Open prototyping can be very powerful in gathering insights and understandings. This workshop by FutureEverything, who describe open prototyping as developing and testing a concept or process through input from external contributors, was focussed amongst others on identifying the people you want to gather information from. Whether they are end-users, stakeholders or the audience of your research output should determine the way you approach and involve them. By defining how to reach your audience and why you would use certain communication channels, you start reformulating your research into a more concise, understandable manner.

All in all, it was an interesting workshop that was attended by PhD students from a variety of backgrounds. It was a pleasure to meet these people from CDTs in Nottingham, Lancaster, Newcastle and Bath."


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