Unless you’ve been on holiday for the last few months or somehow deftly managed to avoid our emails, tweets and posts (not too many we hope!), you'll probably know that we proposed a session for the Digital Shoreditch festival taking place in London next month. Well, I’m delighted to announce that our event has been formally accepted into the programme. If you voted for us, huge thanks. We really appreciate the support.
The session (or Group Think as we like to call our events) is on the subject of collaboration, and produced in, er, collaboration with the Barbican Centre who will also be our hosts. We are now busily confirming our speakers and will post again soon with full details. But in the meantime, here’s a bit of a sneaky preview of what we’re planning.
After the usual introductions and scene-setting from us, we’ll be having three conversations with partners from three very different kinds of collaboration. The common thread is digital, but the collaborations themselves range from purely commercial through to creative practice, and the partners from large corporations to Shoreditch-based start ups. The funding models are equally diverse. The conversations will address some of the thorny issues around collaboration, such as why collaborate; when should you do it and when shouldn’t you; how you go about finding partners; what framework and rules do you need; what are the business models for collaboration and what tools work best? There will be plenty of time for Q&A both during the event and over a glass of wine afterwards.
We're always keen to help make connections between potential collaborators, so the session will end with an informal opportunity for attendees to find collaborators for projects and hear about projects looking for collaborators. If you're interested in doing this, please get in touch with me - firstname.lastname@example.org - as we still have a couple of available slots.
The time and date of the event is 5.30-8.30pm on 30th May at the Barbican's Cinema 3. Places are limited and you need to register to attend. Please do so here.
We look forward to seeing you there.