Monthly Archives: April 2014

Pre-workshop Day 3

Good morning gang,

Welcome to Day 3 of the pre-workshop activities, and a big welcome to our 20th recruit! We now have a nice even 5 members per group.

The announcement of the brief will be coming very soon but the focus of today is making a big splash in the digital realm by broadcasting on several social platforms a little about yourselves (with appropriate linkages to co_LAB).

At the heart of this project is the networked culture that drives collaboration and we plan to exploit that to the full by using it to draw people’s attention to the project. It was a big part of the success in the Media Culture 2020 project and we plan to use this model as part of co_LAB in both the pre- and physical workshop stages. But to do this effectively, we need your help.

So, your task(s) for today are to create:

  • A selfie – posted on the Facebook group
  • A vine video about something they enjoy – and then shared on the Facebook group
  • A 100 character tweet describing themselves – the extra 20 characters for #coLAB and Twitter name

Also, for those who have yet to do so, please choose an evening for the social gathering (see pinned post on the Facebook group). It appears the Tuesday is just in the lead (possibly because Monday is a bank holiday), but still, make your voice heard and get used to participating in questions as this is how we plan to run the democratic processes of the project (there’s more to come).

Happy content creating! I am looking forward to seeing / reading what you guys post!

Pre-workshop Day 2

Greetings all,

There’s nothing to report today. We plan on making a big announcement soon… but there’s nothing new for you to do just yet.

What you can do is give a little nudge to those people involved with the project that you may know outside of co_LAB and get them to make contact on Facebook. We don’t want anyone to miss out!


Pre-workshop Day 1

Greetings fellow co_LAB’ers!

Today marks the first day of the pre-workshop phase of the project. Over the next 2 weeks, we will be setting a number of small tasks that will allow you to work collaboratively and prepare your responses for the main workshop that starts two weeks from today!

The majority of the pre-workshop phase will take place in the virtual world of ‘The Cloud’ so you can contribute at a time that suits you. We are, however, planning one or two “real world” gatherings to get you started on the main task, and maybe one just for fun!

Over the next 2 weeks you are going to be introduced to the brief and have small, manageable, tasks set you and your group. It is therefore imperative you join the Facebook Group for the project. To be kept up-to-date with all that’s happening, make sure you turn notifications on. That way, group related stuff can be pushed to you. Facebook is going to be used as a communications tool but also as a means of gauging opinions, arranging things and sharing stuff.

Groups you say? Yes that’s right. All successful applicants have now been assigned a group based on complimentary skills and interests. We have tried to make it as even as possible but sadly we weren’t able to make them all of even size; so Group 4, you’re a person short… apologies, but there’s plenty of talent in there so you’ll be fine!

Today’s Task

Your task today is fairly straightforward. Find out which group you have been assigned and introduce yourselves to your fellow group members (and the rest of us) on the Facebook Group page.

That’s it! Easy! Other tasks will soon be announced via this blog (and promoted via Facebook so if you haven’t joined the group, do so ASAP). If you know of a participant who hasn’t yet signed up to the Facebook Group; give them a friendly nudge.

Group 1
Wade Baverstock
Granby Limb
Maria Blackstomne
Jonathan Hutchinson
Matt Acey

Group 2
Abigail Duffin
Ben Haywood
Taylor Ganser
Dom Butler
Mark Sowden

Group 3
Daniel Hipwell
Daisy Thirlwall
William Richardson
Adam Thompson
Elizabeth Kendall

Group 4
Ayodele Ogunshakin
Matt Smith
Brandon King
Timmie Stirland
Sean Spriggs

Facebook “Coffee Room” for co_LAB up and running!

We are going to use Facebook for our mass communications and democratic processes (voting on stuff).

Please join the group ASAP!

ChiSparks 2014 – University of Applied Science – The Hague

In April co_LAB visited The University of Applied Science, The Hague, Netherlands to deliver a paper at ChiSparks14. The one day conference provided a platform for researchers and practitioners in the HCI community to share and discuss their efforts on researching and developing methods, techniques, products, and services that enable people to have better interactions with systems and other people.

The theme of the 2014 edition of the conference was ‘Creating the Difference’. HCI is a creative field where practitioners engage both in the design and the production of interactions. Creating excellent interfaces for people, they make a difference in media and systems that people are eager to use.

Keynote speakers were provided by Thomas Marzano, the Global Head of Brand Design at Philips, Ohyoon Kwon and Albert Kivits presented the social innovation project ‘HomelessSMS’, and finally Dick Rijken and Frank Baldé outlined their current developments in the world of music and musical instruments and interfaces.

One of the programme strands was entitled ‘Kids@play’ which focused on digital tools used in innovative forms of teaching and learning. It was here that Graham delivered the paper ‘Digital Learning Environments and Collaborative Pedagogy: Media Culture 2020 by Thayne & Cooper’

chi program Graham Chi

Graham was also invited to present a demo of one of his personal art projects entitled ‘Memory Box – Graham aged 8′ which was set up in the main atrium of the impressive campus building. The piece takes the form of a homemade victorian viewing box, where housed within is a digital display that challenges notions of the validity of photographic memory.

membox membox2