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Crunch time for crowdfunders as regulation looms

What will it mean if there is greater regulation of Crowdfunding? Dr Lorraine Warren, Senior Lecturer in Innovation at University of Southampton, examines the issue: http://theconversation.com/crunch-time-for-crowdfunders-as-regulation-looms-19630

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Thank you to everyone who took part in XJAM

XJam was a NEMODE sponsored innovation event. Two projects were produced.  A journaling app: Daisy (http://planet.globalservicejam.org/gsj13/jamsite/1371/project/8879) and a toolkit for community engagement called Home Link (http://planet.globalservicejam.org/gsj13/jamsite/1371/project/9963). Watch the videos and enjoy!

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dot.rural Digital Economy Hub Summer Internship Scheme 2013

Applications are invited for 10 week internships this summer at the dot.rural Digital Economy Hub, based at the University of Aberdeen. The scheme is aimed at currently registered postgraduate students, particularly PhD students. For PhD students who receive a stipend from their home university during the internship, a bursary of £300 per week will be available. For PhD students who suspend their stipend at their home university’s request, an enhanced bursary of £350 per week will be available. The dot.rural Digital Economy Hub is one of three large interdisciplinary centres funded by the UK research councils Digital Economy theme. dot.rural brings together a team of over 80 researchers from a range of academic disciplines to explore the challenges of the rural digital economy. Activities in the Hub are organised around four rural challenges: healthcare, accessibility & mobilities, conservation of natural resources, enterprise & culture. Technology research to meet challenges in these areas is focused around natural language generation and affective communication, mechanisms to support reasoning, coordination and collaboration, intelligent information infrastructures, satellite and wireless communications. More details on the Hub its research activities and projects can be found on the website: Key internship dates: Deadline for applications 26 April 2013 Decisions announced 17 May 2013 Earliest internship start date 18 June 2013 Latest internship start date 30 September 2013 Further details on the internship scheme (including the application process) can be found here: http://www.dotrural.ac.uk/internships For queries relating to the scheme contact Dr Jennifer Holden (j.a.holden@adbn.ac.uk, 01224 274238). Dr Jennifer A Holden Training & Outreach Officer  

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Competing in a digital world: Four lessons from the software industry

Hugo Sarrazin and Johnson Sikes discuss the critical role of software in company performance. Specifically, what can be learnt from business models employed by software providers themselves. It can be found here. Let us know your thoughts on this, either on our linkedin group or via Twitter @nemode_netplus

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Wanted: researchers in digital innovations in currency

Digital innovations in currency use can have significant impact on the welfare of the poor in society. Full Article Inspired by  David Wolman’s (@davidwolman) article  above we are looking for researchers looking at the economic, social, and managerial implications of digital currency and would consider funding research in this area. If you are interested, please get in touch with Kyle Alves (K.V.Alves@exeter.ac.uk)

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DE Communities & Culture Network+ now inviting proposals for 2nd round of pilot projects and also for seed funding!

The Digital Economy Communities & Culture Network+ is now inviting proposals for a second round of pilot projects and also for seed funding! Pilot Projects (deadline 15th March, 4pm) In response to our first round of funding, the Communities and Culture Network+ are issuing a second-round call for pilot projects. We would like to invite applications for up to £20k to fund a discrete pilot project of 6 months duration. We aim to fund two projects in this round. Although this call is open and could relate to any area within the Communities and Culture strand of the Network+ (see www.communitiesandculture.org) we are particularly keen to receive project proposals from areas investigating issues of health, wellbeing and resilience. Re-written proposals from the first round and new proposals are welcome. Projects will start no later than June 2013 and run for 6 months. Further information relating to this call and the costing template which must be completed and submitted with all proposals can be found via the website . Proposals should be submitted to Rosie Wilkinson (R.H.Wilkinson@leeds.ac.uk) no later than 4pm on 15th March. Seed Project Funding (reviewing dates June, September, December, March) We are also issuing an open and response-mode call for seed projects of £1-4k per project (£25k per annum) to fund small discrete projects within the remit of the Communities and Culture Network+. This is an open call for collaborative or academic projects, for post-doctoral up to experienced researchers. The projects should develop an idea or project, test a concept or theory, be creative or concept driven, and/or develop partnerships through activities. Further information relating to this call and the costing template which must be completed and submitted with all proposals can be found via the website. Proposals should be submitted to Rosie Wilkinson (R.H.Wilkinson@leeds.ac.uk).

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NESTA call for research with ‘Big Data’ flavour

NESTA has issued a call for proposals for research using novel data sources and methodologies to look at innovation and growth businesses, with a ‘Big Data’ flavour. More information can be found here. For more on what Nesta does, visit www.nesta.org.uk

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GE Chairman highlights 3D printing as aid to manufacturing excellence

From www.ideaslaboratory.com GE Chairman & CEO Jeffrey R. Immelt shares GE’s principles for productivity and advanced manufacturing leadership. In particular, highlighting the role of 3D printing in GE Aviation’s ability to  “print” complex parts layer by thin layer:  “Our newest jet engines like the CFM LEAP, a joint venture with France’s Snecma, will have printed combustion system components and other parts inside, reducing engine weight and saving our customers money”. For the article in full click here

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Samsung Invests In Cloudant

Samsung continues to make good on its commitment to investing in more startups that will help it build out its portfolio of services beyond hardware. Today the company announced that it has taken a strategic investment in Cloudant — a specialist in cloud-based mobile enterprise solutions, specifically around the area of NoSQL and database-as-a-service technology. By way of an investment from In-Q-tel, Cloudant counts the CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies among its backers, and customers. And, perhaps in keeping with what you might expect from a company that works with the CIA, the value of Samsung’s investment has not been disclosed. More information can be found here: http://techcrunch.com/2013/02/06/samsung-ventures-cloudant-cia/

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What can “big data” (read “Hadoop”) do for genomics?

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