‘Inhabiting the Hack’ website

Inhabiting the Hack was a CCN+ collaborative research project examining the notions of innovation and creativity ingrained in digital culture. Full details of the hack events are now available at http://inhabitingthehack.github.io/.

The programme of activities, curated by Alex McLean (U. Leeds), asked:

  • What relationships between innovation, practice, imagination and material does the hackathon uncover? How do maker cultures reorder these relationships, and to what extent does enhanced tangibility and liveness in digital interfaces interfere with or promote innovation?
  • Where does innovation need to be located in the design process (is it located in the design process?) in order to be captured, exploited, made meaningful? Is innovation as it is produced here, necessarily a good thing?
  • What future does the hackathon imagine? What potentials for innovation and creativity are suggested?


Readie Research Summit , London 21st-22nd March


When: Monday 21 March 2016, 11:30 – Tuesday 22 March 2016, 15:50

Where: University of Greenwich, 10 Stockwell Street, London SE10 9BD, United Kingdom

Our Summit brings together forward-thinking researchers, policy professionals and businesses with an interest in cutting-edge research, big data methods, entrepreneurship, innovation and economic growth.

We will address the following key questions facing Europe’s Digital Economy today:

  • How are digital technologies changing Europe’s economy?
  • How can digitalisation be turned into an opportunity for businesses and entrepreneurs?
  • What cutting-edge research currently exists?
  • And critically, how can researchers, businesses and policy-makers collaborate to set Europe’s Digital Economy on the right course?

Join us to hear from some of the most influential experts on the subject including:

  • Robin Chase, Founder of Zipcar and Veniam
  • Dane Stangler, Vice President of Research and Policy at the Kauffman Foundation
  • Enrico Giovannini, member of the Club of Rome
  • Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute
  • Nicklas Lundblad, Head of EMEA Public Policy and Government Relations at Google

To view the full agenda, speaker updates and to purchase your ticket ( £65 + VAT ) please click here or paste this link into your browser: http://goo.gl/Ngp8qW

For any further information don’t hesitate to contact us at events@nesta.org.uk.


Social media adoption in small non-profit organisations

A new policy report for the CCN+ outlines a set of recommendations to address the need for comprehensive Government policy relating to digital transformations for small, non-profit organisations. The report, authored by Dr Àgnes Gulyàs (Canterbury Christ Church University) is the result of a seed project and follow-on study funded by the CCN+. Support initiatives for small non-profit organisations are limited in number and do not address inequalities in the sector. In response, the report puts forward the following recommendations:

  • There is a need to develop comprehensive policies towards small non-profit organisations, that address matters around digital transformation;
  • To be effective, support initiatives need to be coordinated and targeted where most needed;
  • Given the nature and affordances of social media, small non-profit organisations would benefit from learning and sharing from each other more. Policy should encourage cross-sector initiatives in relation to social media adoption;
  • Policy needs to ensure that digital technologies do not reinforce inequalities in the sector, for example through targeted support.

The full policy report and project findings are available on the CCN+ website.


Dignity in a digital world

Dignity digital worldVictoria Betton’s latest blog post outlines the discussions which took place at last week’s workshop, ‘Public Health 2.0’, held in collaboration with mHabitat. The workshop was led by Victoria, along with CCN+ PI Helen Thornham, Dr Ian Kellar (Associate Professor and lead for behaviour change at the School of Psychology) and Imran Ali (founder of Carbon Imagineering and Living Lab). Read more…