Community Planning Meeting #3

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On a warm July afternoon a bunch of digifest enthusiasts got together for our latest community planning meeting. It was really fantastic to see so many faces, some veterans of digifest and some who’ve just joined us.

Diligent digifest-ers diliberating
Diligent digifest-ers deliberating

There was massive range of topics discussed and some great ideas, too many to list but I’ll try to give you a flavour of them. Some of the ideas for sessions we had included:

  • A maker session with 3D printing, possibly joining up with other hackspaces and makerspaces
  • The tech industry and employability, maybe running a session with UCLU Business Society and UCL Careers
  • e-publishing
  • virtual experiments in medicine, engineering and beyond
  • Language learning through social media as well as tools like Memrise, Duolingo, and Live Mocha

Another area we were focusing on was evaluation and feedback. How do we know if people are enjoying digifest and what they’re getting from it without sending out hundreds of surveys no one likes to complete? As well as discussing how to gather feedback we also talked about what it is we want to actually want evaluate: the festival overall? How well we’re building a community? How people change the way they do things after digifest? Individual sessions? Once again we had some really interesting and innovative ideas, often based around the theme ”Fisher Price for adults’:

VoxBox
VoxBox – it’s a TARDIS of feedback!
  • We’ve already got the VoxBox team on-board, isn’t it pretty! (powered by Engduinos which we also want to run a session on)
  • A crowd sourced Spotify playlist – we’ll ask people to describe sessions with a song
  • Lego!
  • Monitoring social media channels
  • A feedback photo booth
  • Could we turn our big red bus into a whiteboard?
  • Fridge magnets feedback
  • 3D printing tweets or other responses
  • Heard Words, machines dictated feedback on to reams of paper
  • Digital guest book

You can find much more detail and all of the other things we discussed in the minutes available on the Google+ planning group.

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