Future Entrepreneurs Wanted: Calling all innovators!
What: Camp Digital is an inspirational conference that brings together the digital, design and user experience (UX) communities for a series of seminars and workshops exploring the latest thinking.
When: 23 April 2015.
Where: Museum of Science & Industry, (MOSI Manchester).
The Centre for Digital Business is setting students a business challenge.
We have recently acquired funding for a PopUp Research Unit (PUPru). Before you ask, PUPru will be a mobile space intended for installations in a range of public spaces. This installation will visit the high street and can be placed inside shopping malls, in the foyer of business premises, at sporting or music venues, at other education institutions or on the University of Salford campus. Your challenge is to help us to identify innovative uses of this space.
The PUPru will be able to use next generation digital sensors and other inputs to capture data. For example, it could include consumer footfall, environmental data (pollution, light, heat etc.), e-retail, personal digital footprints, the e-supply chain and the Internet of Things.
The focus of the PUPru is to raise awareness of digital technologies and develop new ideas for their exploitation, implementation and integration of these technologies.
The PUPru will gather data through external sensors, cameras and network loggers that are built-in as integral elements of the unit. The sensors will be controlled through a series of Raspberry Pi devices.
The external walls of the unit will be able to display data and graphics. Visitors will be able to try out 3D printers and Google Glasses and other wearable technology.
The Centre for Digital Business are partners with Sigma on a Knowledge Transfer Project and they have kindly given us 10 free tickets for their annual event – Camp Digital. You have a chance to attend this fantastic event that explores the potential of digital technologies. You will be able to hear from and meet digital leaders.
So… the challenge is for you to come up with the next great idea that we can use in our PUPru. Do you have a great idea for a shopping app? Or any ideas for a new 3D printing service? What about a digital route finder for a festival or hospital? Get your thinking caps on!
So… write a comment or do a video of a two-minute elevator pitch stating the a) what, b) how and c) why of your idea (maximum 300 characters) in the comments section below this post and tell us why you deserve a free place at this event. The authors of the best comments will be selected to attend the the event.
The free place winners will be published on Thursday 17 April at 3.00pm in the edits to this post. Watch this space!
The successful competition entrants would have to collaborate on a joint blog post to be published on the Salford Business School blog to share their three key takeaways from the Camp Digital event for 1 May 2015.