European Youth Award 2015

The European Youth Award (EYA) is a pan-European contest to motivate young people, social entrepreneurs and start-ups to produce digital projects with impact on society.

It demonstrates their potential to create innovative solutions with Internet and Mobile technology addressing the goals defined by the Council of Europe and Europe 2020.

This year Graham was invited to be part of the online Jury joining 30 other international delegates to evaluate the submissions via the online database. At the start of September, he then had the honour of being part of the Grand Jury who met in Cluj-Napoca, Romanina to debate and decide upon the 13 projects that would be invited to the grand final in Graz, Austria in November.


Cluj-Napoca is the 2015 European Youth Capital and our presence there was one of many activities that our hosts have facilitated this year. It was truly inspirational meeting with the young talented aspirational team that have been working tirelessly to put their city on the map.

“It has been a great honour to be part of the Grand Jury for this years award. I found the whole process enlightening and inspiring, as it’s only through such initiatives as this that we get to share and expose ourselves to such a diverse spectrum of fantastic work from all corners of the continent. It was a pleasure to collaborate with my fellow jurors to reach our final conclusions.”

We have also brought the EYA back to lincoln with 11 of our 2nd year Digital Media students signed up to take part in the Online Student Project starting later this month.




co_LAB in Latvia

The 6th International Week (iWeek) at the University of Liepaja, Latvia took place between 17th -22nd November, and the co_LAB team were invited to take part in the proceedings. iWeeks are where staff and students from across Europe meet at one University to work and collaborate with one another, through workshops, talks and networking events.

Graham, Clive, Louise and 4 of our Lincoln students (James, Matthew, Daisy and Maria) made their way to the coastal city on the Monday, arriving just in time for the opening event at MPLab. There were live musical performances, installations and food experiments to enjoy whilst Graham and Jamila Faber from the Academe of Pop Culture joined forces for some performance art poetry writing called ‘Vers’

Tuesday was a national holiday in Latvia to celebrate the anniversary of their independence, so at MPLab some of the international guests ran workshops for young children and big children alike, whilst we were given a guided tour of the city followed by a trip to the war town of Karosta.

The following days it was time to get to work, Clive and Louise ran a 2 day workshop entitled co_LAB|BEAM (#beamteam) in which they created an original augmented virtual map of the city. Using images sourced collaboratively, the team made a socially created environment, which captured the city and its inhabitants. Through image manipulation, new composited views unfolded, presenting connections and reflections of Liepaja. The results were a series of animated gifs and composited images that they projected back onto the walls of the city. Daisy and Maria took part in this workshop, along with a mixture of Dutch and Latvian students.

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Graham ran a 3 day workshop with Jamila Faber called re:VERSE where they provided an opportunity for students to work in collaboration with each other to produce an original audio visual art installation. Using the city of Liepaja as inspiration and in part an instrument, participants recorded, mixed and presented a song for the city. Simultaneously, visuals were captured, manipulated and edited and presented in support or conflict to the audio. They constructed an original presentation space through which individual members of the public experienced their creation. The students involved were all Latvian from a mixture of backgrounds and courses.

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Matt and James took part in the workshop run by Tibor Kecskés (HU). The workshop started with a lecture on Spontaneous Architecture and Design, followed by a conversation and debate, as well as short presentations by the participants on spontaneous patterns in the neighborhood (at home, in the city, on the net or anywhere else). Using various objects or used materials for the purpose of reinterpretation, new objects or installations with a different, foggy meaning (or no meaning at all) were created.



All workshop outputs were exhibited on the Friday night at MPLab

Alongside the workshops there was also a series of Talk and Show events each evening. Artists talking about their work and professors talking about their institutions. We were asked if we could give a talk about Lincoln, the University and co_LAB, which we did as a complete team, everyone taking the floor to talk about their course and the projects they were working on. This was all recorded and streamed live across the web where the rest of the team tuned in from home. It was really great to see the lines blur between staff and student throughout the week. We left Lincoln as 3 members of staff and 4 students, we returned from Latvia as simply tired yet inspired members of the co_LAB movement.

Mēs tiksimies, nezinu kur, nezinu kad. Bet es zinu, mēs atkal tiksimies kādā saulainā dienā. Paldies Liepaja, 

OnCreate meeting – Tampere

The first offline meeting for OnCreate took place at TAMK, Tampere, Finland where Graham and Richard attended 2 days of intensive discussions along with representatives from the other 9 partner institutions. For the majority of the attendees this was the first time we had meet each other in real life and having worked together for a number of weeks online prior to this it was great to finally put names to faces and connect on a more social level.

Led by Bjorn Stockleben from Magdeburg, Germany, we spent the 2 days discussing the project as a whole, and forming small breakout groups who each took a key area to discuss and then report back during regular plenaries.

True European collaboration and the start of a great project.


Mindtrek Academic Conference 2014

In November we attended the 3 day International Mindtrek Academic Conference in Tampere, Finland. Graham delivered a speed paper and presented a poster focusing on co_LAB Project 1, and discussed our work with fellow academics and international conference attendants from across the media spectrum.

The long paper entitled – Social media and collaborative learning: hello Scholr co-Authored by the whole co_LAB team, was delivered by Richard, with Graham present to lead the Q&A afterwards.

The purpose of  ‘Academic MindTrek conference’ is to provide a platform for academicians, researchers and professionals from the industry to put forward ideas and interpretations regarding the development of Internet, interactive media, and the information society.

The conference is hosted annually since 1997 & consists of unique events like competitions, plenary sessions, media festivals, and workshops. It is a meeting place for experts and thinkers to present results from their latest work regarding the development of Internet, interactive media & the information society.


We also had the pleasure of catching up with some members of our strategic partnerships, and were invited to the Old City Hall for an evening reception hosted by the mayor of Tampere.