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Brunch Bytes - Mobile Evolution, 2nd Screen and Funding to Innovate

InfoLab21, Lancaster University

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM (GMT)

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Delegates taking part in the Brunch Bytes series must commit to attending both sessions in order to be eligible. Due to the nature of the funding used to run these events, delegates must be an SME from the digital or creative sectors, be based in the North West and can not have previously benefitted from ISTEP support. This website provides provisional registration only. You will received a confirmation email once your eligibillity has been established. Full eligibility criteria is available here.


Brunch Bytes - Mobile Evolution, 2nd Screen and Funding to Innovate

MediaCityUK (plot B4)

University of Salford

Salford Quays

M50 2HE


Session 1 - Wednesday 14th November 2012

Session 2 - Thursday 15th November 2012


Brunch Bytes is returning to deliver two technical briefings in collaboration with FIRM: The Framework for Innovation and Research in MediaCityUK.  The sessions will focus on evolution of mobile devices, the emergence of the 2nd Screen and also look at how small business can access collaborative funding to work with Universities.

These two half-day sessions introduce delegates to research being carried out at Lancaster University and the University of Salford in the areas of social TV & 2nd Screen, evolving mobile systems and next generation interactive technologies.  In addition there will be input from the BBC as to how mobile platforms were utilised to deliver coverage of the Olympic Games.  

The eligibility requirements of the funding body supporting this activity stipulate that only companies from the digital and Creative sector may apply to attend and they must also commit to attending both sessions.  This workshop is primarily funded through Lancaster University’s ISTEP Project so companies who have already accesses that project are unfortunately unable to attend.


Why attend and what will you get out of it?

  • Discover innovative ways to exploit mobile developments and capabilities
  • Hear about past and present developments and likely future directions of this technology
  • Learn what research is being undertaken in this area at Lancaster and Salford Universities
  • Discuss potential opportunities to collaborate with Lancaster and Salford Universities
  • Quiz an expert on your areas of interest or concern

Who should attend?

  • Small and medium sized company owner/managers in the digital and creative industries
  • Companies looking to gain an insight into emerging technologies
  • Owner/managers wanting to apply new technologies within their company
  • Companies looking to utilise academic expertise from Lancaster and Salford Universities

Feedback from previous Brunch Bytes Delegates:

'I cannot recommend these sessions enough to anyone looking to improve their knowledge of technology and the research surrounding the subjects presented' David Batty, Sector Software

‘Very well organised event with superb speakers’ Anon

'I feel events such as these add value to organisations who are busy with their day to day activities. New learning and insights is always welcome.' Rony Ghosh, Global M edia Connect Ltd

Wednesday 14th November

09:00 Registration & networking

09:30 Introduction to the day and delegate event admin

10:00 Dr Paul Coulton - Social TV & 2nd Screen

         Senior Lecturer, Lancaster University Institute for the Contemporary Arts

(5 min comfort break)

11:00 Prof Ben Light - Engaging People Via Digital Media

         Professor of Digital Media, School of Media, Music & Performance, The University of Salford

12:00 Q&A for morning presenters

12:20 Mike Hession - The FIRM Innovation Voucher Scheme

         Research & Innovation Manager, MediaCityUK, University of Salford

12:40 Lunch & networking

13:30 Dr Keith Mitchell - London 2012: How we squashed all that stuff into phones

         Technical Development Lead, BBC Sport, BBC Future Media

14:15 Q&A for afternoon presenters

14:30 Close


Thursday 15th November

09:00 Registration & networking

09:30 Dr Reuben Edwards - The Evolution of Mobile

            Lecturer, Lancaster University School of Computing and Communications

(5 min comfort break)

10:30 Dr Gordon Fletcher - Making Innovation Sustainable

           Head of Unit: International Operations and Information Management, Salford University

11:30 Q&A for morning presenters

12:00 Lunch and networking

12:45 BBC Research and Development, speaker tbc

           Research Scientist, BBC Research and Development

13:45 'Next Steps': Collaborating with Universities and the FIRM Innovation Voucher Scheme

14:15 Q&A for afternoon presenters

14:30 Close

Speaker Information

Dr. Paul Coulton, Lancaster University

Paul has a background as a game designer, programmer, and hardware designer and now spends his time subverting perfectly good technology for his own amusement to create novel games, playful experiences, and toys. His research often encompasses an ‘in the wild' evaluation methodology utilising 'app stores' and social networks as an experimental platform. Paul was selected as one of 50 most talented mobile developers worldwide from a community of over 2 million to be a founding Nokia Champion and the first academic invited to speak at the mobile section of the Game Developers Conference. Paul is the founder of the Mobile Radicals UX design group and you can checkout their current work on YouTube.

See one of Paul's presentations here.

Professor Ben Light, Professor of Digital Media, School of Media, Music & Performance, The University of Salford

Ben is the Associate Dean for Research and Innovation in the College of Arts and Social Sciences and Professor of Digital Media in the University of Salford's school of Media, Music and Performance. Ben is also a member of the Communication, Cultural and Media Studies Research Centre and sits on the University's Digital Cluster Executive.

See one of Ben's presentations here.

Dr. Keith Mitchell, N&K Mobile at BBC

You might say that I'm the tech lead for Sport within Future Media with responsibility for the technical delivery of BBC Sport on mobile. You might describe this role as hugely challenging and one which focuses on the technical leadership and management of a multi-disciplinary team of software engineers, developers and testers for which produce the BBC Sport mobile web site (www.bbc.co.uk/sportmobile) and native apps.  But that's all a bit dry and if you know me, you might really describe me as an over-educated, sweary and plain speaking Yorkshire bloke who happens to work with an incredibly talented technical team producing amazing mobile stuff which is consumed on an incredibly ridiculous scale. Take yer pick!


Mike Hession, University of Salford

Mike Hession is the Research & Innovation Manager in the University of Salford’s new campus at MediaCityUK.  He supports and develops research relating to media and digital futures, specialising in making connections across traditional boundaries to ensure that rigorous academic research makes strong, 'real world' impacts.  He is currently involved in projects with the BBC, Adobe, BT, HP and Nvidia, plus a number of digital and creative agencies and community groups.  Before taking up his current role, he spent a year as the Project Manager for the FIRM project, (Framework for Innovation & Research in MediaCityUK), a £3m collaborative programme, funded by the Research Councils UK and the Regional Development Agency, bringing together leading academics, industry players and communitygroups including, the universities of Lancaster, Salford, Goldsmiths, Cambridge, MIT, and the BBC, BT and Creative England.

Dr. Reuben Edwards, Lancaster University

Dr. Reuben Edwards is Lecturer in Mangement Infomation Systems and M-Commerce at Lancaster University. He has been at the forefront of innovative multimedia application development for over ten years and is renowned for his extensive knowledge of development environments across all platforms. Many of Reuben's research projects employ novel uses of technologies such as RFID, NFC, Bluetooth, Flash Lite, Qt, Maemo, MeeGo (software development platforms) using the iPhone and Android platforms. Reuben was also selected as one of 50 most talented mobile developers in the world (from a community of over 2 million) to be a founding Forum Nokia Champion since 2007.


Dr Gordon Fletcher, Salford University

Gordon Fletcher is a senior lecturer in Information Systems. His research has a focus on digital culture in all of its manifestations but with a particular emphasis on the application of situationist and material culture concepts. As a result Gordon has presented research work on topics as varied as the digital networking of death, the digital footprint, photobombs, university memes, knitting, science fiction prototyping, online games as labour and online conflict. He is also actively in a range of engagement activities including KTP projects and organisation of the "Innovation Bazaar".

BBC Research and Development, speaker tbc

Speaker profile to follow..



To register for this event, please contact Carolyn c.hayes2@lancaster.ac.uk and give the following company details:

  • Company name
  • Company address
  • Company web address
  • Number of employees

If your company is eligible you will be invited to register for the programme, which is free of charge.

Please contact Carolyn Hayes c.hayes2@lancaster.ac.uk or 01524 510465 if you have any questions about the events or problems with registration.

Support for BusinessInfoLab21's ISIS and ISTEP Projects

 This event is supported by InfoLab21 as part of the regional events programme for its ISIS project.  The ISIS is a project are part financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs. For more information visit www.communities.gov.uk/erdf.


ISTEP is a project designed to indentify and support interactions between the North West's Digital and Creative industries and InfoLab21's School of Computing and Communications, directly helping businesses to collaborate with the 270+ strong research community at InfoLab21. ISTEP is delivered under the "Innovation, Advice and Guidance" 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.

ERDF in the Northwest

ERDF is making a real difference to people and businesses in the North West. With €755 million to invest between 2007 and 2013, ERDF is enhancing the competitiveness of the region's economy by supporting growth in enterprise and employment.  ERDF in the North West is managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government - for further information visit www.communities.gov.uk/erdf. 

About FIRM

The FIRM consortium includes representation from the BBC, Goldsmiths - University of London, Lancaster University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Cambridge, University of Salford, and Vision+Media.

FIRM seeks to tackle challenges facing the digital creative media in the coming decades through promoting and facilitating transdisciplinary research and development, bridging the communication gap between academics and businesses to produce national and global impacts in the domains of theory, practice and policy through:

·         Driving major research initiatives that proactively transform the creative industry

·         Creating greater opportunities to promote SME ventures

·         Brokering cross-enterprise response to industry problems and opportunities

·         Enhancing the talent pool

·         And ultimately, providing value to the MediaCityUK‟s host city of Salford and surrounding regions

FIRM is funded by The UK Research Council’s Digital Economy Programme and supported by the Northwest Regional Development Agency.

Further information on FIRM: http://www.firm-innovation.net/


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University of Salford
MediaCityUK Plot B4
Salford Quays
M50 2HE Salford
United Kingdom

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM (GMT)

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