Inside SXSW 2015

This is now the third year that I’ve taken a student trip to the SXSW Interactive event in Austin, Texas. However, this year was a little different. The panel I put forward last year had been accepted, so I was going to be a speaker as well as an attendee. This was a pretty daunting […]

Virtual Gamelan for the London Symphony Orchestra

Some months ago, Ravensbourne was approached by the London Symphony Orchestra to create a promotional website for its St Luke’s venue, including videos explaining the use of the various rooms at the premises. I pitched the idea of a map-based interface using the plans of St Luke’s as the route to the videos for each […]

The Two Henrys

On June 6th and June 30th, Ravensbourne students managed two more live streaming events for the Royal Shakespeare Company, which I project managed on the Ravensbourne side, as with our Richard II event, and the I, Cinna event with which we began our relationship with the RSC. The two June events were so close together […]

SXSW 2014: Show Highlights

The SXSW Interactive (SXSWi) festival in Austin, Texas is without doubt the biggest digital culture event of the year anywhere in the world. The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and CeBIT in Hannover have a more intense focus on gadgets and product releases, but if you want to see what’s really moving the wider […]

Edward Snowden makes a rare virtual appearance at SXSW 2014

Continuing the theme of security in the Internet age at SXSW 2014 in Austin, Texas, an even more timely discussion session involved former CIA computer specialist Edward Snowden. It was one of the highlights of the whole event. Like Julian Assange, whose session I recently reported on, Snowden is on the run from US government […]

Julian Assange talks about the global information order at SXSW 2014

Almost everyone has heard of Julian Assange now, even if not many of them went to see the recent film about his life starring the increasingly ubiquitous Benedict Cumberbatch. So it’s no surprise there was a huge audience for Assange’s appearance in the first of a series of talks on security in the Internet age […]

VIRCOMM 2014 and the Science of Community

The 2014 instalment of the VIRCOMM conference was the first to be organised by up-and-coming community management consultancy FeverBee, founded by the energetic Richard Millington. The theme this year was the science of community management, rather than providing a more general view of the state of play in the area, as found in previous years, […]

TeenTech Triumph

The Mozilla Festival, which we have hosted at Ravensbourne for the last three years, is a great place to have serendipitous meetings. This year I was lucky enough to encounter the incredible Maggie Philbin, most well known for her work presenting the BBC’s Tomorrow’s World and Multi-Coloured Swap Shop TV programmes. Currently, however, she is […]