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Beyond Websites - Using Web Technology Creatively

InfoLab21, Lancaster University

Thursday, February 10, 2011 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (GMT)

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This informal, interactive event explores the use of web technology within companies, enabling delegates to ask questions to a panel of experts, discuss various topics and listen to a short talk by Dr. Keith Mitchell (InfoLab21 academic) around the merging of Web, TV and social technologies.

"The way people create, consume, exchange and interact with digital media is changing. TV especially is moving very rapidly from linear broadcast to a multi-platform, multi-device and social experience.  The huge catalogues of video items currently available through live, on-demand and catch-up TV based services coupled with the ever expanding range of online video services (Vimeo, YouTube, Netflix) provides users with unprecedented levels of choice.   Not only is the choice of content expanding but so too is the range of formats, delivery mechanism and the viewing device (PC, TV/STB, mobile device). Dr Keith Mitchell, Lancaster University will provide an overview of the current and future trends associated with the merging of Web, TV and Social technologies. Specifically discussing how the TV needs to watch you in order that you can watch it, effortlessly." Dr. Keith Mitchell, InfoLab21.

New research from the Diffusion Group TDG predicts that by 2020 the consumption of internet video will eclipse the consumption of broadcast TV programming. The average time spent viewing online video grew 52% between 2008 and 2009. TDG expects that this rate of growth will actually increase during the next 5-7 years due primarily to the increased use of the television as the platform of choice for web video viewing.

Who should attend:

  • SME owner/managers currently using  or considering using web-based technology
  • Technology based companies delivering web packages
  • Those interested in the future use of technology in business
  • Digital and creative companies


Why attend this event?

  • Hear a leading Lancaster University Research Fellow discuss current and future trends of social technology
  • Obtain knowledge into the use of creative web technology
  • Get new ideas from the panel discussion and apply it to your business
  • Gain insight into the future use of web technology amongst SMEs
  • Network with local SMEs


 17:30    Drinks at the bar (first drink free before 18:00)

18:00     Keith Mitchell, InfoLab21 – TV is watching you!

18:20     Panel Discussion (please forward your questions for the panel to Carolyn Hayes c.hayes2@lancaster.ac.uk)

19:30     Close


Venue Details

Band on the wall (address on the right) is a contemporary creative and musical hub in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

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Panel Information

Dr. Keith Mitchell – InfoLab21

Keith is a Research Fellow within the School of Computing and Communications Systems at Lancaster University and Co-founder of 21media innovations ltd, a technology spin-out based in InfoLab21.  Keith’s research interest’s fall broadly into the areas human-computer interaction, context-aware computing and multimedia systems. In recent years, his attention has turned to next generation TV and content centric networks and investigating how knowledge pertaining to user activity can be used to inform personalised delivery of services to the viewer. Follow him at twitter.com/specialized or email at k.mitchell@lancaster.ac.uk


Brendan Dawes - Creative Director, magneticNorth

Brendan is Creative Director for magneticNorth, a digital design company based in Manchester. Over the years he's helped realise projects for a wide range of brands including Sony Records, Diesel, BBC, Fox Kids, Channel 4, Disney, Benetton, Kellogg's, The Tate and Coca-Cola. In 2009 he was listed among the top twenty web designers in the world by .Net magazine, was featured in the "Design Icon" series in Computer Arts and in 2008 his Cinema Redux project was acquired by MoMA in New York for the permanent collection. Brendan spends much of the year speaking at various conferences around the world and his work has been featured in numerous journals.


Imran Ali - Conference Programme Director, FutureEverything

Imran is FutureEverything's conference programme director and a founding partner of CARBONimagineering - a UK-based emerging technologies think tank - as well as LSx, the Leeds web festival. Previously, Imran has been a Deputy Director of R&D for Orange UK, part of the advisory boards of O'Reilly's ETel conference, Treasuremytext and the eComm 2008 conference, as well as being on the boards of ensembli and bmedi@.


Nicola Jeffery-Sykes - Managing Director of Reminder Time

Reminder Time is a 2 way appointment reminder messaging system designed to take away the hassle of having staff make endless calls or post letters informing customers, clients or patients of important information such as imminent appointments, new products, special offers, moving premises or seasonal greetings. Utilising both SMS text messaging and text-to-speech conversion technology, Reminder Time can send 2-way messages to both mobiles and landline phones.


Linda Merrills – Innovation Specialist, Business Link NW

Linda is Innovation Specialist at Business Link NW and works across the region with SMEs in the digital and creative industries. Business Link is a support, information and advisory service dedicated to helping businesses start, develop and grow.


Please contact Carolyn Hayes c.hayes2@lancaster.ac.uk or 01524 510465 if you have any problems with registering.


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InfoLab21's ISIS Project

This event is supported by InfoLab21 as part of the ISIS project’s regional events programme

About ISIS

Support for BusinessISIS aims to raise levels of ICT investment across the region by providing objective advice, guidance and appropriate ICT solutions to SMEs (Small & Medium Enterprises) throughout the Northwest, supporting business changes to minimise cost and maximise the benefits from ICT, both now and in the future.

ISIS is the first project of its kind in the UK and is delivered under the "Transformational ICT" product, part of the Government's Solutions for Business portfolio, a highly targeted, publically funded suit of products and services offering solutions to real business needs.

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When & Where

Band on the Wall
The Northern Quarter
25 Swan Street
M4 5JZ Manchester
United Kingdom

Thursday, February 10, 2011 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (GMT)

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InfoLab21, Lancaster University

InfoLab21 is Lancaster University's world-class ICT Centre of Excellence.
It is a well equipped, high-tech environment providing ICT support for businesses, business incubation facilities, ICT education & training, and research & development.

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