Digital Debate: Spread The Word!

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Newcastle University Business School

5 Barrack Road

Newcastle upon Tyne


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Digital Union, British Computer Society and Newcastle University Business School have all joined forces to bring you ''Digital Debate: Spread The Word!"

In this session, we have assembled a group of speakers who are all working in innovative ways, to enhance methods of disseminating information across a variety of platforms, data sets and audiences.

Our host for the evening is Alistair McLeod from leading IT & Software consultancy firm Waterstons.

Speakers include:

Ross Dargan, Waterstons

Consumers’ expectations of IT have increased enormously in the last few years as smart phones and on-line services are now common place. This is driving up expectations, as most users are now comfortable with accessing information regardless of the device they are using or their physical location. Users want context aware information and services, but with a constantly changing mobile device market, dominated by three major players, enabling this to the widest possible audience whilst still providing a first class “native” experience is still a challenge.

In this session Ross Dargan will explain how apps can be designed to be enabled across multiple mobile platforms and why a native look and feel is important to users. He will cover some of the tools and technologies that are available to achieve this as efficiently and cost effectively as possible.

Gregory Marler, Cloud Data Service

OpenStreetMap(OSM) has grown exponentially in data, fame, and popularity since some crowdsource-minded geeks first started walking round the UK in 2004. The maps are wonderfully better than other providers in many places, but did you know about the 400GB XML "planet.osm" file of raw data waiting for you to use?

Gregory will give a brief insight into an addicted map contributor, before we try to see the data format and breadth available. With a language-agnostic attitude, we'll look at getting the data we want without filling your hard drives or clogging anyone's tubes. Gregory will attempt to include a few inspiring examples that go beyond pretty map renderings. Stories of his surveying adventures will be limited, but are available on request after the talks.

The timings for the event are:

5.00pm: Registration, Networking & Catering

6.00pm: Event Welcome

6.05pm: Big Chip Awards 2014 Presentation

6.25pm: Digital Debate: Spread The Word!

7.30pm: Post Event Networking

8.00pm: Event Close

Shaun Fensom, Manchester Digital

In addition to our "Spread the Word" talks, we are also really pleased to welcome Shaun Fensom of Manchester Digital along. Shaun will be giving us the low-down on the plans for the Big Chip Awards 2014, and how North East companies can get involved. The Big Chips are run by and for the digital industry in the North of England, and are the biggest digital awards outside London. They are for all things digital - from mobile apps to social media, from animation to website design, from digital brand to cloud services.