Author Archives: Kristofer Erickson
Pitch competitions are short, intense events in which teams compete to solve challenges set by organisers. They offer the possibility to explore innovative solutions in a relatively compressed time-frame and with limited resources. They have been widely used in the technology, design and business worlds to generate and rapidly prototype new ideas. How might academic researchers benefit from the pitch competition format, either as organisers or as participants ourselves? And how can these events be improved to promote interdisciplinary collaboration and knowledge exchange? Over the past year, colleagues and I in CREATe have experimented with the pitch competition format. We have used it to engage with external communities of software developers, artists, designers and entrepreneurs. For example, in 2016 we … Continue reading
Early career researchers, including advanced PhD students working on creative economy topics, are invited to register for an Early Career Research Camp organised by CREATe. The event will take place over the 4th and 5th May in Glasgow at the Centre for Contemporary Arts. The programme includes interactive activities and expert roundtables covering interdisciplinary work, new research methods, engagement with policy and societal impact. Over the course of the two-day event, teams will develop a research proposal on a creative economy theme, with a £1000 prize for the winning proposal. The event is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Early career researchers, PhD students and faculty are welcome to come along to the following upcoming workshop events in CREATe. On Tuesday 14th February 2017 from 3:30pm to 5:30 pm, we will be discussing Methods for investigating digital platforms: algorithms and affordances. The purpose of this workshop is to share and discuss techniques and methodological challenges related to investigating creative industries activity in online settings. CREATe researchers will share recent research design processes for investigating behavior on YouTube, Amazon and Kickstarter. Attendees are encouraged to bring specific questions related to their own online research challenges for group discussion. The recommended readings linked on the events page here provide context and theoretical underpinning for understanding the ‘method as the message’ in … Continue reading
A limited number of spaces have opened up for a workshop on algorithms and law organised by Professor Lilian Edwards at the University of Strathclyde. PhD students and early career researchers are invited to take part in the event, which will take place on 15th February from 12:30-17:00h. Speakers include Professor Lillian Edwards (Strathclyde), Michael Veale (UCL), Lorna Woods (Essex), Freddie Borgesius (Amsterdam) and Thomas Höppner (Berlin). The workshop will consider the legal, social and technical dimensions of algorithms and their role in governance. As we move further towards network-connected material life described as the ‘Internet of Things’, the status of algorithms as mechanisms for regulating social activity becomes evermore important. The afternoon session will discuss possible remedies to the … Continue reading
On 10th November 2016, join us at the University of Glasgow for the Open Innovation Design Jam competition. Design jams are fun, interactive brainstorming sessions in which teams develop innovative solutions to challenges. This event is an opportunity for innovators, SMEs, creators and IP practitioners to explore open, collective and user-led innovation. Following presentations by leading experts in management, strategy and IP law, teams will form and compete to solve business model challenges involving open or collectively managed IP inputs. How can businesses generate and capture value from open or collectively managed intellectual property? What are the benefits and costs of opening IP portfolios to competitors and user-innovators? How is creativity becoming more dynamic and more distributed, and what does … Continue reading
CREATe researchers Kris Erickson and Martin Kretschmer traveled to Berlin this past week to present a paper with co-author Fabian Homberg, ‘Is Originality Overrated? Measuring the success of original and recombinatory works on Kickstarter’ [Download slides]. We were joined in Berlin by CCPR researcher Inge Sorensen, who presented her paper on the (d)evolution of British public service media’s professional standards and codes of conduct across social networks. This was our first outing at AoIR, and we found it to offer a stimulating set of topics and approaches with considerable relevance to research in CREATe. Below in this blog post, I highlight some of the most interesting presentations we attended at the conference and explore potential implications for future research.
When goods and services are virtualised around us with the swipe of a mobile screen, it is hard not to believe we are living in a science fictional world. The convergence of fast and easy electronic payment systems with geolocative matchmaking software has brought a seeming abundance of choice and convenience to consumers in many sectors. At the same time, virtual jobs or crowdwork have risen in proportion to standard employment as a source of income for many. The recent pledge by Elon Musk that soon our self-driving Tesla cars will generate money for us after depositing us at work blurs the line between producer, consumer and owner even further. The technologically disruptive features of sharing economy services promise widespread … Continue reading
Online video has become serious business. From YouTube’s new copyright review team to the Fine Brothers’ attempt to protect ‘reaction’ videos as a format, there is lots to talk about. We invite UK-based video creators to join us for a roundtable discussion and networking event at the RSA House in London on 24th June. The theme of this meetup is copyright and creativity in online video production. Recent developments on YouTube and other platforms have raised questions and worries: How can small creators protect themselves from unauthorised taking of content? What are some good ways to obtain licenses for music? Is it possible to parody clips from broadcast TV or film? What is the most effective way of dealing with … Continue reading
When it rains in Glasgow-based legal hackathons, it pours. The next event on the social calendar is Tech4Justice, a 48-hour hackathon hosted by the Law Society of Scotland and Legal Hackers Scotland. UPDATE: The event will take place from 18:00 on Friday 17th June at the startup incubator Rookie Oven in Glasgow [Map]. There is £3000 in prize money available. The organisers explain: ‘Court closures, legal aid cutbacks, geographic gaps in advice services and limited public legal information have adversely impacted how citizens in Scotland enforce their rights. We need a justice system that is transparent, fair, efficient and open to all.’ Over the course of 48 hours, teams will collaborate to develop working technology prototypes or products. Pitches should … Continue reading
The CREATe hackathon will happen next Friday evening at the Whisky Bond in Glasgow. For those unaware, hackathons are short, intensive software development sessions where teams compete to produce innovative solutions to challenges. The theme of this hackathon is data mining and visualisation to improve copyright policy. This topic should be right up the street of many of our regular readers. Copyright’s limitations are of intense interest to digital innovation researchers, where alternative business models and innovation have emerged. Let’s see what new perspectives we can gain from the hackathon format! There is a £1000 prize for the winning team and a £200 runner up award. The challenges have been laid down and teams are already starting to form. Read … Continue reading