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Registration is open for the Urban Prototyping Hackathon – register here: http://lnkd.in/m-BHf9

Part of Imperial College’s  Urban Prototyping (UP) London  Festival Register here. Hackathon Weekend – 19-21 April 2013 Venue – Imperial College, London What is it? You will be challenged to create technology solutions that result in real-world change in terms of environment, local economy or local community. You will have the weekend to work on a mobile hack, game, mobile site or API mash-up that engages citizens to overcome the serious challenges that our society faces. It doesn’t have to be the finished product, as long as its something that shows potential; there will be plenty of support to turn it into a polished, end-user-ready app or solution. Previous examples for some ideas and inspiration are available on our website.   Why do it? Over £100,000 worth of awards including up to £80,000 cash in follow on funding. Access to unique datasets rarely made available to the public. Use of a wide array of mentors; from business development specialists, engineers, data scientists, urban researchers and many more. Some unique networking opportunities An awesome time! More details about these awards will be available on our website shortly The awards and major follow-up opportunities have been organised by our award sponsors, who include the GSMA, Intel & the TSB.   Other event sponsors include Sustainable Society Network+,  NEMODE Network+ and RCUK Digital Economy Program. The weekend schedule will run as follows: Friday 19 April, 6pm – 10pm Inspirational talks from world leaders in the field of IoT, big data and the environment. Pitch ideas that you have already formulated, or develop ideas on the night. Saturday 20 April, 10am – 7pm Hacking Commences! We will have expert seminars, mentor clinics, as well as support from roving experts. Food and refreshments will be provided. Sunday 21 April, 10am – 4pm Hacking Continues –  Teams refine their ideas and pitches during the morning for presentation to the judging committee. Team presentations and Judging Session Winners Annouced!

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The 12 Trends That Will Rule Products in 2013

According to Chris Butler, director of Ziba’s Consumer Insights and Trends group the great trends of 2013 are: 1. THE MIND IS A COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT. 2. CUSTOMER-FACING EMPLOYEES ARE YOUR BRAIN AND YOUR BACKBONE. 3. ANALOG WILL NEVER GO AWAY. 4. WORTH IS DETERMINED BY PHILOSOPHY, NOT PRICE. 5. NARRATIVE IS A DELIVERY VEHICLE TO MAKE INFORMATION STICK. 6. REPAIR AND REPURPOSE ARE THE NEW KILLER APPS. 7. TECHNOLOGY MOVES TOO FAST TO CARE ABOUT. 8. FLAWLESS FUNCTION IS TOMORROW’S GREAT USER EXPERIENCE. 10. HUMAN INTERACTION HAS NEVER BEEN MORE PRECIOUS. 11. GEN Y IS CREATING ITS OWN SERVICE ECONOMY 12. EVERYONE IS A SPECIALIST. A recurring theme that connects these insights is tension–not in a negative or uncomfortable way, but a useful one that acknowledges the diversity of the modern marketplace, and the natural contradictions within individuals and organizations. Brand philosophy and narrative are crucial to winning customer loyalty, but not at the expense of basic function. People want to develop expertise and take ownership of their technology, but they also crave the advice and attention of another human. Far from being at odds, these insights emphasize the complexity that we live in and the diversity of our needs, and brands ignore that fact at their peril. That, at least, is an insight that isn’t changing anytime soon. See the full article here.  

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Missing an Open Goal? UK public policy and open innovation

Charles Levy and Benjamin Reid 08 September 2011 Leading global organisations are increasingly viewing open innovation as the key to cost-effective new product and service development. Here the term refers to both the sourcing and involvement of external organisations and stakeholders in the innovation process, and the open sharing of innovation outside the organisation (through, for example, patent pools or “open source” approaches). While open innovation is probably over-hyped in some quarters, we see it as a genuine and powerful shift in strategy and practice by many organisations. Academics and governments have started to develop innovation public policy that draws directly on the concept of open innovation. However, examining how open innovation is being deployed as a policy term uncovers some worrying trends: while leading corporations have moved beyond approaches that try to make everything open – largely adopting nuanced strategies that combine degrees of openness at different points in global value chains in different sectors – public policy seems stuck at a less mature phase of open innovation, collating some rather traditional lists of innovation policy areas and ranking countries by “openness”. We believe these approaches are less mature and sophisticated than those of leading corporations. If it is to emulate those corporations’ successful approaches, the UK government needs to focus on developing smart industrial policies regarding when and where its national innovation eco-system is “open”. This will involve analysis of the UK’s role in different global value chains and networks – just as leading corporations do – and ensuring that areas where the UK is strong are invested in through policy, and where greater openness will benefit the UK it is encouraged.

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midata – let’s be clear it needs to be my data

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NEMODE has a new portal: www.NEMODE.ac.uk

We are very excited to announce the launch of the new portal for the Research Councils UK (RCUK)’s Digital Economy (DE) New Economic Models in the Digital Economy (NEMODE): www.nemode.ac.uk. Please browse our pages, and be sure to visit us regularly for new updates on our outputs, calls, discussions and more. If you want to be in the loop, please Subscribe to our newsletter You can also follow us on Twitter (@nemode_netplus) or join our Linkedin group (DE New Economic Models Network+) Please note you can still use www.nemode.net. It will will simply redirect you to our new portal.

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