STEM Ambassadors,
Vintage arcade games and fun,
Digital n00bflash.

Digibury 101 - January 9th 2013


As part of their final year project at the University of Kent, Fran Haselden and Becky Bull created an integrated multimedia experience: With support from BBC Research & Development they have developed a prototype of a companion app to work alongside the BBC Commonwealth Games 2014 coverage, which will also used as the benchmark for future dual screen projects. Drawing on their experience, they will not only share their journey so far, but also insights into the emerging trend of 'dual screening'.

Chris Roberts MEng. is a Broadcast Engineer current working for BBC Major Projects Infrastructure. He has been a contributing developer for OpenOB - utilising Opus for Broadcast Audio Links - since 2013. The performance of Audio over IP is defined by the codecs used to encode and decode audio at either end of the link. Indeed, there is no shortage of codecs out there, but no single one fulfils the quality and latency requirements of broadcasters. In his talk, Chris will explain why Opus might change all that...

Developer Evangelist at Twilio, Paul Hallett will be talking about the power of APIs in the modern web and how APIs are changing web app builds… complete with live demo!




Developed by Deeson Online, TinkerSoc and University of Kent School of Computer Science, Project Conway is an innovative interactive computer game and art instillation. The idea is pretty simple: a player ‘creates’ a life via a special website Then, following the rules of John Conway’s Game of Life, the creation ‘lives’, reproducing and thriving in the form of LEDs on a large display panel. This is the main instillation. The result is an array of colourful lights which flash on and off in a seemingly random sequence until the creation cannot reproduce any more and it ‘dies’. This triggers an 'obituary' which can printed out remotely, or via a small printer (which also makes up the instillation). The aim of the Project Conway is to prove that technology and art can come together in innovative and inclusive ways through experimentation, problem solving, collaboration, development, electronics… and play.

Local entrepreneur and founder of Liam Gooding, lifts the lid on his recent start-up journey, from concept to six-figure investment… warts and all. Lets just say, it's been emotional! Designer Martin Jewiss explores the impact colour has on mental ability presenting the compelling case that the provision of a coding environment for designers and developers can improve creativity and productivity. Finally award-winning communications specialist will be exploring her work with 300 seconds - lightning talks presented by women in the digital space.

Makerspace questions
Plus the power of text and
Technical humour

Crowdsourcing poet
Dark matter, DNA and
Rewarding the peace