NXT_SLEEP at iMinds the conference
The NXT_SLEEP project was presented at iMinds the conference, the annual conference on digital innovation, targeted at researchers, developers, entrepreneurs, and company and policy decision makers. The project isn’t finished yet, but we were able to demo the sensors, the algorithm, and the user interface together.
VRT Nieuws made a report on the occasion of the conference, and picked our demo to illustrate how innovation in Flanders is used in health. The report can be found on their website: http://deredactie.be/permalink/1.2127542 (in Dutch).
CUO | Social Spaces is collaborating with several other research groups (from KU Leuven as well as from universities in France, Sweden and Poland) on an application for a Marie Curie Initial Training Network focusing on the theme ‘disability’. We are now looking for someone to support us in following up this (and another) application and to provide further administrative support. See the official vacancy for more info!
Problematizing ‘participation’ in ‘public space’ [Summer School results]
The first TRADERS Summer School started with an official Kick-off at Z33, the 31st of September, when the results from the Training Week and first TRADERS exhibition were shown to all the participants. The 1st of October we had a lecture from Ramia Mazé, who gave many insights and examples of ‘disruptive’ approaches to participatory practices in design, and guided the participants divided into 6 groups on a workshop during the afternoon. The 2nd of October Martijn De Waal gave a lecture on the ‘playful’ approach and guided the groups to finalize their proposals to ‘prototype’ in public space. The 3rd of October we had the morning to finalize our proposals and videos and in the afternoon organized a ‘public forum’ to show the results from the different projects realized and reflect on different issues dealt with during the past days.
As there was a strong focus on ‘documentation’, guided by the project Backstories, the resulting outcomes are videos. The proposals ranged from (1) direct intervention’ in the public space (check out the video here) to a (2) new way of conceiving participatory practices in design through exchange (check out the video here), from (3) questioning the role of the designer in society (check out the video here) to a (4) collaborative mapping exercise (check out the video here), and from (5) questioning the need of designers to intervene in ‘public matters’ (check out the video here) to a (6)performative dialogue that presented a ‘multi-vocal’ approach to design interventions (video to be uploaded soon).
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iMinds The Conference on October 23
iMinds The Conference is Brussels’ #1 annual conference on digital innovation, targeted at researchers, developers, entrepreneurs, industry and policy decision-makers. The 2014 edition, on October 23, celebrates iMinds’ 10th anniversary with renowned speakers, 60+ demos of research projects and startups and a big after-party.
Looking back at 10 years of digital research excellence, we continue to create new growth opportunities for Flanders and Europe through our expertise in key technologies such as Internet of Things, cloud security, and high-tech visualization. These technologies, each of them holding the promise of revolutionizing the way in which we live and work, frame the program for this year’s conference.
Confirmed speakers include Ilkka Lakaniemi (Chairman European Commission’s FIPPP), Jürgen Ingels (Founder Clear2Pay), Mariana Mazzucato (Author of the Entrepreneurial State), Jan Rabaey (Scientific co-director of the BWRC – Berkeley), George Yianni (Philips Lighting), Aljosa Smolic (Disney research), Abby Margolis (Claro Partners), John Baekelmans (S+CC), Dries Buytaert (Drupal, Acquia) & many more.
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