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What academic research can gain from the pitch competition format

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

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Sign up and join a team for the CREATe hackathon

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

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CREATe Hackathon 13th & 14th May

For more information about the hackathon, including challenge topics, rules and registration, please visit CREATe.ac.uk/hacks/  

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