Written by Chira Tochia.
The Digital Economy Network’s (DEN) 2017 Summer School was hosted by the Embedded Intelligence Centre of Doctoral Training (CDT) at Loughborough University’s London Campus; the trendy, forward thinking area of Here East.
The theme for this year’s Summer School was “Innovation insights for the digital workforce of tomorrow” and held over three days (4th-6th July) it focused on three stages: 1) Learn with seminars, 2) Do with workshops and 3) Practise with practicals. A breakdown and more details about the Summer School can be viewed here.
Around 75 students from a wide range of the DEN CDTs attended including: Embedded Intelligence, My Life in Data (Horizon), Cloud Computing, Digital Civics, Intelligent Games & Game Intelligence, Media and Arts Technology, Web Science and HighWire. There was also representation from Cyber Security at Royal Holloway. It was great to see everyone instantly getting along and really immersing themselves in their sessions.
There was such a variety of activity for the attendees – ranging from panels, speed networking, playing with Lego (we promise there were learning outcomes from this), producing films, pimping out social media presence, practising elevator pitches and creating posters. Everyone definitely left the Summer School with new knowledge and skills.
With the Olympic Park at our fingertips at the venue, some of the students and staff took advantage of the location and were brave enough to slide down the ArcelorMittal Orbit! I even heard of a few early morning swims in the Olympic pool too! Evening events had great views of the London skyline ,inventions of new drinks (Glushies, appearing in a bar near you soon!), and great entertainment.
You can view the tweets from the Summer School using #SSEI17. Our friends at Tableu (who ran a workshop on “The beautiful science of data visualisation”) have prepared a data analysis on the event’s hashtag, which can be viewed here.
The DEN would like to thank: EPSRC, Professor Paul Conway, Dr Carmen Torres-Sánchez, the CDT-EI Manager Donna Palmer, DEN Manager Felicia Black, event support and organisers Siobhan Horan and Finn, the speakers, panellists, attendees, and Loughborough London (for letting us takeover their space plus all their lovely staff) for making it such a memorable and fun Summer School!