Digital Economy Doctoral Training Network

Lead Research Organisation: University of Nottingham
Department Name: Faculty of Engineering

Abstract

In 2009 seven Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) were launched under the Digital Economy (DE) programme supported by Research Councils UK. Since the award of these centres there have been a number of collaborative activities between Centres, as well as a series of meetings for Centre Directors and Managers, that have enabled sharing of best practice, consolidation of resources and contributed to the excellence and impact of the work done within the CDTs in Digital Economy.

The proposed network will formalise collaborative activities to be conducted by current CDTs and those that will be funded under the DE priority area within the 2013 CDT call. In addition, the establishment of this network offers the opportunity to open some of the collaborative initiatives to those involved in PhD study and supervision from across the DE programme, encompassing work done in DE hubs and individual DE-related projects.

The Network will provide resource to support rapid response to this changing landscape, and enable DE Postgraduate Research (PGR) students to work with each other and engage with external activities. The Network will consolidate and expand the network of DE PGR students, ensuring that a collegiate and engaged group of post docs lead DE activities in industry and academia in the future. CDTs remain a relatively new concept within UK postgraduate education, and conducting research in the multidisciplinary space of digital economy presents particular novel challenges that particularly benefit from collaboration between colleagues and students.

Activities within the network will be coordinated under five themes: 1. Sharing Best Practice; 2. Large Scale Shared Events; 3. Sustainable Impact; 4. New Collaborative Initiatives; 5. Community Outreach and Dissemination. The Network will enable activities that would not have been possible to run by individual Centres for Doctoral Training or Hubs alone, and which take particular advantage of the links between Digital Economy related activities at different institutions. Events will comprise both activities that have already been identified as of value to DE doctoral students, such as the summer school, hackfests or Digital Economy Young Entrepreneurs Scheme, and those which are proposed by members of the DE research community and supported by the network. Funding will support a Network Administrator to help run and plan events and manage bids to the network.

Planned Impact

Commercial private sector beneficiaries will include many businesses who will engage with PhD students during their research and employ DE PhD students once they have completed their PhDs. Specific mechanisms for engaging the commercial private sector include participation in the Digital Economy Young Entrepreneurs Schemes, sponsorship of individual events, speaking at events such as the DE summer schools and providing case examples for events such as the proposed Hackfests.

The wider public will benefit as they engage with DE research through public engagement activities such as Digital Shoreditch or individually led events by small groups of PhD students. It is hoped that the events will engage the public in a variety of ways including dedicated outreach face to face events and production of high quality digital interactive material that will enable the public to engage with and increase their understanding of DE research. It is also hoped that events will be in a range of national (and possibly international) locations to disseminate research and that they will access a range of user groups, including school children.

Public sector beneficiaries will primarily consist of organisations with pursuit of new knowledge or research as a core activity (e.g. libraries), museums and galleries. and government bodies. These beneficiaries will be on a national and regional level. They will be able to easily access case studies of research and activities that will increase their abilities to engage with Centres for Doctoral Training and individual PhD researchers within the topics of Digital Economy.

Overall, the aim of the network is to support PhD students within the DE research area and thus have a positive impact on their research quality. DE research in general has a core focus on the impact of technologies and systems on society, communities and industry, and thus the network has will contribute to work done in all of these areas.

Publications

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Description Entrepreneurship training has enhanced students' ability to deliver start ups, spin outs, and to talk about their PhD research in terms related to entrepreneurship.
First Year Of Impact 2015
Sector Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software)
Impact Types Societal,Economic

 
Description Digital Catapult Centre 
Organisation Digital Catapult
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Sharing of information on Digital Catapult Centre initiatives relevant to PhD students and CDTs with the DEN community. The Digital Economy Network Director and Manager have Digital Catapult Centre Contributor Status. Digital Economy Network CDT Managers/Administrators Meetings (chaired by the DEN Manager) are held bi-annually at the Digital Catapult, to facilitate and further develop this partnership for the benefit of the CDT students and staff within the DENs Network.
Collaborator Contribution Marko Balabanovic, Innovation Director spoke at our Digital Shoreditch Digital Economy Research Showcase event on the 22nd October 2014, as well as the two annual Digital Economy Network Meetings held on 5 February 2016 (at the Digital Catapult Centre itself) and 8 February 2016 to provide an update on Digital Catapult initiatives and events that would be relevant and beneficial to the Digital Economy Network CDT/PGR students and staff. Marko also attended the final day of the DE Summer School in July 2015 at Southampton to speak with CDT students about Catapult activities. The Digital Catapult Centre supported the Digital YES 2015 event on 1 December 2015 by providing Contributor Status for the 2 Winning Teams of the competition.
Impact Still in development - no formal outputs yet
Start Year 2014
 
Description Digital YES 2015 (Haydn Green Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship/Young Entrepreneurs Scheme) 
Organisation University of Nottingham
Department Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Digital Economy Network (DEN) collaborated with the Haydn Green Institute (HGI) of Innovation and Entrepreneurship/Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (YES) to deliver Digital YES 2015, a one day entrepreneurial workshop and elevator pitch competition specifically for Digital Economy CDT/PhD Students. The DEN Manager project-managed the delivery of this event and DEN provided funding to appoint a casually-paid Digital YES Advocate role (Angela Dy in between transferring employment from the Nottingham University Business School to Loughborough University London) to help promote the event to the target PhD/CDT Student audience.
Collaborator Contribution The Haydn Green Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship collaborated with the Digital Economy Network to deliver the Digital YES 2015 'Say YES to Innovation and Mentoring' workshop and competition on 1 December 2015 in Manchester. The HGI provided the expertise and time in kind from four of it's staff; Dr Andrew Greenman (Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship and Small Business), Professor Simon Mosey (Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation), Tracey Hassall-Jones (YES Manager) and Steven Chapman (Ingenuity Lab Manager) to help develop and deliver talks at the event. HGI and DEN will collaborate again in September 2019 to deliver the Digital challenge strand of the YES 2019 competition which will be held at the University of Nottingham Innovation Park.
Impact So far 33 Digital Economy PhD students from across four EPSRC-supported Digital Economy CDTs/universities have benefited from the Digital YES programme, by participating and receiving expert knowledge and entrepreneurship mentoring at the event/competition held on 1 December 2015 at the Imperial War Museum in Manchester. This collaboration is multidisciplinary and applies to various disciplines of EPSRC-supported digital economy doctoral research. This collaboration is ongoing and another Digital YES workshop is planned to be delivered at the University of Nottingham Innovation Park in September 2019.
Start Year 2014
 
Description EPSRC Balance Network Smart ObjectsWorkshop (Y Huang 2016) 
Organisation Anglia Ruskin University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Digital Economy Network Manager (FB) co-organised, publicised and participated in the one-day workshop with the lead EPSRC Balance Network funding recipient/CDT student Y. Huang, and co-workshop leader, Horizon CDT student R. Patel. This application for Balance Network funding was attributable to the delivery of Crafting "Enchanted Objects" for PhD and Knowledge Workers one-day workshop by Huang and Patel at the Digital Economy Network DE Summer School 2016 at Newcastle University, 19 July 2016. See: https://openlab.ncl.ac.uk/den-summer/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/CfP_Enchanted-Objects.pdf
Collaborator Contribution The Creativity Greenhouse: Balance Network (Grant Ref EP/K025619/2) Project provided funding for Y Huang to deliver a 'Smart Objects for a Healthier Workplace': A stakeholder workshop on 19 October 2016 at the University of Nottingham for 15 participants.
Impact The data and interactions from the workshop participants collected by Huang at this workshop will continue to inform the multi-disciplinary research carried out by Y Huang in the Horizon My Life in Data CDT and the Mixed Reality Lab at the University of Nottingham. Involved disciplines: Computer Science, Psychology, Social Sciences, Health.
Start Year 2016
 
Description EPSRC Balance Network Smart ObjectsWorkshop (Y Huang 2016) 
Organisation University of Nottingham
Department Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit (NCTU)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Digital Economy Network Manager (FB) co-organised, publicised and participated in the one-day workshop with the lead EPSRC Balance Network funding recipient/CDT student Y. Huang, and co-workshop leader, Horizon CDT student R. Patel. This application for Balance Network funding was attributable to the delivery of Crafting "Enchanted Objects" for PhD and Knowledge Workers one-day workshop by Huang and Patel at the Digital Economy Network DE Summer School 2016 at Newcastle University, 19 July 2016. See: https://openlab.ncl.ac.uk/den-summer/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/CfP_Enchanted-Objects.pdf
Collaborator Contribution The Creativity Greenhouse: Balance Network (Grant Ref EP/K025619/2) Project provided funding for Y Huang to deliver a 'Smart Objects for a Healthier Workplace': A stakeholder workshop on 19 October 2016 at the University of Nottingham for 15 participants.
Impact The data and interactions from the workshop participants collected by Huang at this workshop will continue to inform the multi-disciplinary research carried out by Y Huang in the Horizon My Life in Data CDT and the Mixed Reality Lab at the University of Nottingham. Involved disciplines: Computer Science, Psychology, Social Sciences, Health.
Start Year 2016
 
Description FutureEverything Digital Research Outreach Collaboration 
Organisation FutureEverything
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution This collaboration with Manchester-based Future Everything (http://futureeverything.org/) was initiated by the Digital Economy Network Management Board in 2015, after including this as targeted public engagement collaboration in the Digital Economy Network proposal Pathways to Impact document for this grant.
Collaborator Contribution After establishing contact with FutureEverything
Impact A CDT student who attended the FutureEverything/DEN workshop in January 2016 has produced a blog post at: http://www.cdt-ei.com/news/post/2016/01/28/futureeverything-workshop
Start Year 2015
 
Description Transport Systems Catapult 
Organisation Transport Systems Catapult
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Helping the Transport Systems Catapult access the PhD student community. Benefits from IAA fund support EP/K503800/1
Collaborator Contribution Hosted the September 2014 Digital Economy Network Meeting at their facilities in Milton Keynes. Robin North and Graham Fletcher also presented their current research agenda to those present at the meeting.
Impact None at present - hoping to host a hack event using TSC modelling data at the TSC in 2015
Start Year 2014
 
Description @DECDTNetwork Social Media Channel (Twitter) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The Digital Economy Network Twitter Social Media account currently has nearly 1000 followers (975 as of 11 March 2019), and has high levels of engagement from the Network's CDT/PhD Students, academic/research staff and collaborating stakeholders and industry partners. This social media challenge has been used to stage two DEN online challenges for PhD students/Early Career Researchers, the DEN 21-Day Coding Challenge (August 2018) and the DEN 21-Day Writing Challenge (January 2019). Unique hashtags have been used for each DEN event to increase online discussion, levels of engagement and to share information and knowledge more widely e.g. #DENWritingChallenge #DENCodingChallenge #DENSS2018 (DE Summer School 2018).
The DEN Twitter social media channel has also been used to showcase the two Digital Economy Summer School videos (2017 and 2018) to a wider relevant audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015,2016,2017,2018
URL https://twitter.com/DECDTNetwork
 
Description DE Summer School 2016 (July 2016) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The theme of the 2016 Digital Economy Summer School was Digital Citizens, Connected Communities, which explored how digital technologies can be used to empower people and communities. The summer school was hosted by the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Civics at Newcastle University. The programme provided the opportunity to hear stimulating and provocative ideas from leading international speakers, to learn practical skills in master classes run by specialist tutors, and to participate in peer-led learning through collaborative workshops organised by DEN CDT students and Early-Career Researchers. The full programme can be viewed here: https://openlab.ncl.ac.uk/den-summer/program/program/. 75 participants made up of CDT students and staff from 9 DEN CDTs and associated research groups attended this event. Prof S Sharples provided a presentation to all participants on DEN progress at the start of this event on 18 July 2016.
As a direct result of delivering a cross-CDT one-day workshop at the DE Summer School - EPSRC HighWire/Digital Civics CDT students Thomas, Bruggemann, Strohmayer and Marshall have had an international research paper accepted to the European Academy of Design (EAD 2017) conference - Bruggemann, MJ, Strohmayer A, Marshall M, Birbeck N, Thomas V. (2017). Reflexive practices for the future of design education: an exercise in ethno-empathy.12-14 April 2017, Rome, Italy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://openlab.ncl.ac.uk/den-summer/program/program/
 
Description DEN Annual Meeting (1 Feb 2017) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 66 attendees (a combination of EPSRC-funded CDT PhD students, CDT Directors, Managers, Administrators, EPSRC, IET and Digital Catapult colleagues) attended the Annual DEN Meeting at the Digital Catapult Centre in London on 1 February 2017. The purpose of the event was for the DEN Director to provide an update on DEN activities, events and outputs, EPSRC Digital Economy Theme Lead to give a strategic update on EPSRC priorities, CDT students and staff to inform on future events and an afternoon of planning for future cross-CDT collaborative events/initiatives for the benefit of the DEN community, with some collaborative activities taking place at and with the involvement of the Digital Catapult Centre in London.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.den.ac.uk/news/den-annual-meeting.aspx
 
Description DEN Annual Meeting 2017 (London) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 65 attendees participated the fourth Digital Economy Nework (DEN) Annual Meeting at the Digital Catapult Centre in London on 1 February 2017. The delegates were made up of staff and PhD students from 10 EPSRC-funded Digital Economy Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) and related/aligned Research Groups, 4 colleagues from the EPSRC Digital Economy Theme, a group of relevant employees from the Digital Catapult Centre and the EPSRC-funded PETRAS Hub Director/IET President, Professor Jeremy Watson. The purpose of the meeting was for the DEN community to meet and network, to hear about recent relevant DEN events, activities and outputs, receive an update from the EPSRC, and to plan for future DEN funded initiatives and events that add value to the research carried out in the DEN CDTs. A CDT Directors Meeting was also held immediately after the event, chaired by the EPSRC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.den.ac.uk/news/den-annual-meeting.aspx
 
Description DEN Annual Meeting 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The Digital Economy Network Annual Meeting for CDT Staff and Students was held on 25 February 2019 at Wellcome Collection London, with 50 attendees participating. This gave CDT Directors, Managers and CDT students to meet and share good practice, receive an update on DEN events and activities, hear about future related initiatives and discuss potential future activities that would be of benefit and added-value to CDT students and staff.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://digitaleconomynetwork.com/2019/03/05/den-annual-meeting-2019-held-in-london/
 
Description DEN Annual Meeting/CDT Showcase 2018 (1 Feb 2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The Digital Economy Network hosted its annual all-hands meeting for DEN CDT staff and PGR students on 1 February 2018 at the Digital Catapult Centre in London (one of DEN's collaborating organisations).72 delegates attended the event (full capacity). As well as attendees from the member DEN CDTs, representatives from the EPSRC and Digital Catapult also attended this event. The event also included a DEN CDT Directors Meeting and a CDT Showcase/networking event, featuring short talks from 3 CDT students from the EPSRC/AHRC Media & Arts Technology (QMUL), Digital Civics (Newcastle University) and Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence (Goldsmiths UoL) CDTs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://digitaleconomynetwork.com/2018/02/05/den-holds-two-day-annual-event-at-digital-catapult/
 
Description DEN CDT Postdoc Careers Symposium (2 Feb 2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact On 2 February 2018, the Digital Economy Network held a one-day Postdoctoral Careers Symposium for current CDT/PhD students within the Network, or for those who had just submitted their thesis. This event was held at the Digital Catapult Centre in London and attracted 60 PhD student registrations from across various DEN Centres for Doctoral Training (all places were filled). The symposium featured a diverse range of talks from CDT graduates/alumni from EPSRC-funded Centres for Doctoral Training who had progressed to careers in academia/research, industry, founded their own entrepreneurial start-ups or had senior positions in a consultancy practice. The event also covered the role of the PhD internship and its influence on post-doc career choices/options.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://digitaleconomynetwork.com/2018/02/05/den-holds-two-day-annual-event-at-digital-catapult/
 
Description DEN Cross-CDT PhD Writing Retreat (Feb 2016) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact DEN Theme 4 - New Collaborative Initiatives
A cross-CDT residential PhD Writing Retreat was held for 23 CDT students on 15-16 February 2016 at Wyresdale Park, Scorton, Lancashire, which was organised by DEN in conjunction with the HighWire CDT and Lancaster University Management School. Dr Casey Wilson, Teaching Fellow at LUMS led and facilitated the retreat. The feedback from students who attended was extremely positive and students stated that they had completed the writing of journal papers within the retreat and also planned for a potential DE Summer School Peer Journal Review Workshop, due to having dedicated time to focus on this.
Publications and other outputs achieved from this event will be captured and reported in the next Researchfish reporting period.
CDT students from the following CDTs benefitted from this DEN-funded activity: HighWire CDT (Lancaster), Horizon/My Life in Data (Nottingham), Cloud Computing for Big Data (Newcastle) and Media & Arts Technology (QMUL).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.den.ac.uk
 
Description Digital Economy CDT Research Showcase (Oct 2014) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact DEN Theme 5: Community Outreach and Dissemination:
Around 70 people, including industry representatives, researchers and PhD/CDT students the Digital Economy Research Showcase and evening reception at RichMix, London on 22 October 2014. This event included a series of talks and workshops as well as an exhibition of CDT/PhD student work.

None so far (event happened on 22nd October)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.den.ac.uk/dens/events/digital-economy-research-showcase.aspx
 
Description Digital Economy DIY Researchers Colloquium (April 2014) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact DEN Theme 4: New Collaborative Initiatives
Increased networking amongst national DE CDT students in the maker, design and innovation research areas. Held on 25 April 2014 at Newcastle University's Culture Lab.

N/A
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.den.ac.uk/dens/themes/new-collaborative-initiatives/student-events/digital-economy-diy-re...
 
Description Digital Economy Network Cross-CDT Meeting (Feb 2015) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The Annual Cross-CDT Digital Economy Network Meeting was held on 5 February 2015 at the Digital Catapult Centre London. This was for DENs CDT Directors, Managers, Administrators and CDT students to find out more about the aims of the Digital Economy Network and related links stakeholders and to participate in interactive workshops to feedback about previous similar events and plan for future CDT training events.
The Innovation Director of the Digital Catapult Centre also gave a talk at this meeting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.den.ac.uk
 
Description Digital Economy Network Cross-CDT Meeting (Feb 2016) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact DEN Theme 1 - Sharing Best Practice:
The annual Digital Economy Network all-hands meeting was held on 8 February 2016 in London, which was attended by 55 delegates, comprising of Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) Directors, Managers, Teaching Fellows, Training Managers, Administrators and CDT PhD students from across 9 CDTs within the DEN Network. This one-day meeting allowed cross-CDT best practice sharing, networking and to collaborately plan for future workshops, seminars and events to benefit the CDT students within the network.
Presentations delivered by the DEN Director, EPSRC Digital Economy Theme and Digital Civics CDT Summer School 2016 organisers were also shared around the Network mailing lists for those who were unable to attend on the day.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.den.ac.uk
 
Description Digital Economy Network Launch Event (Jan 2014) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact DEN Theme 1: Sharing best practice

Circa 50 staff and CDT students from DENs CDTs attended the DEN launch event and a planning activity on 29 January 2014 at the University of Nottingham.

Several events were proposed by groups of students from different CDTs. These are mainly running in early 2015
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.den.ac.uk
 
Description Digital Economy Network Meeting (Sept 2014) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact DEN Theme 1 - Sharing Best Practice
14 people from within the Digital Economy Network attended a meeting to discuss past, current and upcoming Digital Economy Network activities and to share ideas for potential future activities and engagement.

Opportunity to collaborate with the Transport Systems Catapult (where the meeting was hosted)
Suggestions for improving future events and funding calls
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.den.ac.uk
 
Description Digital Economy Summer School (July 2015) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact DEN Theme 2 - Large Scale Shared Events:
Digital Economy Summer School 2015 for Digital Economy CDT/DE PhD Students took place between 12-15 July 2015, hosted by the Web Science Institute at the University of Southampton, Highfield Campus. 75 CDT/PhD students from across CDTs and University research groups nationally attended this residential Summer School. Talks from industry, digital start-up founders and the Digital Catapult Centre were part of the programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/dens/events/de-summer-school-2015.aspx
 
Description Digital Economy Summer School 2014 (July 2014) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact DEN Theme 2 - Large-Scale Shared Events:
Students from across UK Digital Economy CDTs attended a four day residential summer school at the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP)Paris, hosted by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) on 1-4 July 2014. 33 CDT students attended, plus speakers, academics, early-career researchers etc.
A post-event report is provided via the URL link below.

Increased awareness and knowledge of work in creative industries and music related to DE
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.den.ac.uk/dens/themes/large-scale-shared-events/summer-school/2014-summer-school.aspx
 
Description Digital Economy Summer School 2017: Innovation Insights for the Digital Workforce of Tomorrow (July 2017) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Delivered annual 3-day residential Digital Economy Summer School in collaboration with the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training at Loughborough University. The venue was Loughborough University London and dates were 3-7 July 2017. 75 delegates attended but extensive social media coverage and post-event video have extended reach of the event. Workshop leaders and panel members were international and involved business, industry, artists/media specialists and research funders as well as academics, researchers, managers and PhD students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
URL https://digitaleconomynetwork.com/digital-economy-summer-schools/de-summerschool-2017/
 
Description Digital Economy Summer School 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Annual Digital Economy Summer School 2018 for PhD/CDT Students. Theme: Inspire, Programme, Develop. Held 1-3 July 2018 at Italian Villa, Poole and hosted by the EPSRC Centre for Digital Entertainment of the University of Bath/Bournemouth University. Over 100 PhD/EngD students attended this event from across 10 different universities, whom benefited from cross-CDT networking, expert keynote speakers, and skills development workshops.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://digitaleconomynetwork.com/denss2018/
 
Description Digital Shoreditch 2015: Hackathon Expert Panel (May 2015) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact DEN Theme 5 - Public Outreach & Dissemination:
Digital Shoreditch Festival 2015 - Expert Panel: Hackathons: Grassroots Activism or Digital Sweatshops? An expert panel was held on 11 May 2015 at the Digital Shoreditch Festival in London, which was funded by the Digital Economy Network and organised by one of the CDT Directors from QMUL from within the Network. PhD students from QMUL and the Horizon CDT were also on the expert panel.
A YouTube video link is provided below of the panel session which has achieved 87 views to date, plus approximately 30 people attended the panel session itself during the ShoreditchFestival.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-M1P9hE3WHA
 
Description Digital YES (Dec 2015) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact DEN Theme 3 - Sustainable Impact:
A one-day Say YES to Digital Innovation and Mentoring workshop was held on 1 December 2015 at the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester on 1 December 2015. 35 delegates participated including CDT students, early career researchers, industry, digital start-up founders, an IP expert and Academics.
The CDT students benefitted from hearing first hand of the insights of two digital start-up founders via keynote talks and Q&A at this event.
Live tweets were made from the event via @DECDTNetwork to extend the reach of the event to a wider audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.den.ac.uk/dens/events/say-yes-to-digital-innovation.aspx
 
Description Exploring Common Values - Diviling Deeply into the Digital Frontier - Ten go to Tiree (Oct 2016) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 10 current CDT/PhD students from across 4 EPSRC-funded Centres for Doctoral Training (HighWire, Horizon My Life in Data, Web Science and Digital Civics) participated in a research field trip on the remote island of Tiree in Scotland from 8-13 October 2016. The title of the activity was 'Exploring common values: Diving deeply into the Digital Frontier.' The activities included a data walk and there were also direct interactions with the habitants of Tiree during the research activity.
The 10 CDT students also participated in the 2016 Tiree Techwave, an annual hands-on making and meeting event which explores the edges of technology on the wild edge of Scotland.
Louise Mullagh, HighWire CDT Student, Lancaster University - provided a presentation to disseminate the activity, findings and proposed future outputs to the DEN research community at the DEN Annual Meeting on 1 February in London. An EPSRC Telling Tales of Engagement Competition 2016 EOI application was submitted to the EPSRC in December 2016 as a subsequence of this collaborative, DEN funded research activity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.den.ac.uk/news/tiree-reflections-report-published.aspx
 
Description FutureEverything/DEN Digital Research Outreach Workshop (Jan 2016) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact DEN Theme 5: Public Outreach and Dissemination
A DEN/FutureEverything collaborative workshop was organised and delivered on 19 January 2016 for 25 CDT students across the Network at the National College for Teaching and Learning in Nottingham. CDT students from Digital Civics, Web Science, HighWire and Horizon CDTs participated in the session. An ongoing collaborative partnership is now ongoing with FutureEverything, and many of the CDT students who completed the workshop will be attending the FutureEverything 2016 Festival in Manchester in March/April 2016 to continue the working relationship for the benefit of public engagement and outreach with their PhD research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.den.ac.uk/dens/events/futureeverything-workshop-jan-2016.aspx
 
Description Futures of the End of Life Symposium (Jan 2016) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact DEN Theme 4 - New Collaborative Initiatives
Futures of the End of Life was an international 2-day symposium held at Lancaster House Hotel, Lancaster on 21-22 January 2016, which attracted international speakers and 33 delegates.
A Special Edition publication is now planned by the event organising committee to publish the outcomes of this event to a wider audience.
Talks and workshops at the event were streamed live via Periscope to enable reach to a wider remote audience internationally.
The event also had its own Twitter account @FuturesEoL so that live tweeting could take place from the event, which also extended the reach, awareness and potential impact of the event, using specific #digital death and #futuresEOL hashtags.
Following on from this event, a journal article based on a presentation delivered at this symposium has been accepted and will be published in the international Social Analysis Journal entitled 'Dearly Departed: Communicating with the Dead in the Digital Age', No 3, Volume 61, 2017. Author: Huberman, J.M.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/futures-of-the-end-of-life/
 
Description Games and Values Doctoral Workshop at CHIPLAY 2015 Conference (Oct 2015) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact DEN Theme 4 - New Collaborative Initiatives
A half-day doctoral workshop 'Interdisciplinary Reflections on Games and Human Values' was delivered by two Horizon CDT students from the University of Nottingham on the first day of the CHI PLAY 2015 Conference on 4th October 2016, at University College London (which was funded by DENs).
This was attended by 15 CDT/PhD/Masters students, across various CDTs and Research Groups nationally within the Digital Economy field.
A post-conference workshop report has been posted by the organisers at: http://gamesandvalues.com/post-conference-workshop-summary/
All of research abstracts submitted to the workshop are also listed on the website at http://gamesandvalues.com/submitted-abstracts/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://gamesandvalues.com/post-conference-workshop-summary/
 
Description HackNotts 24-hour National Hackathon (Nov 2015) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact DEN Theme 5: Public Outreach and Dissemination
The Digital Economy Network sponsored HackNotts 2015 (a 24-hour Hackathon attended by University students nationally) and had a sponsors information stand at the 24 hour event (28-29 November 2014) in order to disseminate information and raise awareness of the EPSRC-funded CDT PhD opportunities available for 2016 entry at the recruiting CDTs within the Digital Economy Network to potential applicants. CDTs who were recruiting sent information to be displayed in advance of the event and there was also a web presence via the HackNotts 2015 website (URL provided below).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://hacknotts.com/
 
Description Leading Together in the Digital Economy (Jul 2015) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact DEN Theme 4 - New Collaborative Initiatives
A one-day Leading Together in the Digital Economy (Celebrating Women in Transdisciplinary Careers) seminar was held on Monday 6 July 2015 at TheWesley, London, which 30 delegates registered for. Dr Sue Black OBE, one of the top 50 leading women in tech delivered an inspirational keynote at the event. Live tweets were also produced from the event to extend reach to wider audiences using #LeadingDE.
The Horizon CDT student organiser, Georgiana Avram produced a post-event blog here: https://georgi2ana.wordpress.com/background-interests/digital-economy-network/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.den.ac.uk/dens/events/leading-together-in-the-digital-economy.aspx
 
Description Second Screen and Live TV Football Workshop (Dec 2014) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The 'Second Screen and Live TV Football' Workshop took place on the third day of the 2014 Digital Economy All-Hands Meeting: http://de2014.org, held in London in December.

This half-day workshop explored different aspects of the second screen experience when people watch live football matches on TV.

The event was open to all CDT/PhD students who were funded by the RCUK's Digital Economy theme and travel bursaries were available.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.den.ac.uk/dens/events/second-screen-and-live-tv-football-workshop.aspx