Wednesday 12 November

Welcome to digifest!

digifest is a celebration of all things digital at UCL. All events are free of charge, but only UCL staff and students and digifest partners may attend.

Registration is required for almost all events – please click on the links below to register.

The themes for Wednesday are:
Making | Sharing | Collaboration | Creative Commons

12-5pm: 3D people scanning
Ever wondered what a 3D scan of a person looked like? Well we can give you that opportunity! This activity will be running in South Cloisters from lunchtime Wednesday until Thursday afternoon. No need to book a ticket for this – just come along to South Cloisters.
Session led by: Mona Hess

1-2pm: Creative Commons, open access, and open resources
The web has had a profoundly transformational effect on how we look at copyright, making old laws, old certainties and old ways of thinking out of date. This workshop will look at the different Creative Commons licences, and how you can use them as a content creator and a content user.
Session led by: Oli Usher

1-3pm: Code for Success The beginning of everything may start here!
During the session we will be showing you what code can do for you and your future!
Session led by: Adit Trivedi & Rasheed Wihaib
Important Info: BYOD – Bring Your Own Device: It would be helpful if people could bring a laptop or tablet so they can take part.

2-4pm: FILM: Press Pause Play
The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent in an unprecedented way, with unlimited opportunities. But does democratized culture mean better art or is true talent instead drowned out? This is the question addressed by PressPausePlay, a documentary film containing interviews with some of the world’s most influential creators of the digital era

2-4pm: UCLOrk: The UCL Laptop Orchestra
This session will bring together people who want to participate in UCL’s first laptop orchestra. It will involve creating digital instruments using a simple graphical programming environment, exploring these with finger-based controllers, and then learning and performing a piece of music together. Thanks to UCLU Stage Crew for their technical support for this session.
Session led by: Nicolas Gold

2-5pm: Build your Own Game with PlayCanvas
This is a three hour workshop for anyone who wants to learn how to build their own game online.
Session led by: PlayCanvas

2-5pm: Beyond DIY Internet of things: A design workshop for air quality sensors
Get hands on with the Internet of Things!
Session led by: Casper Li

4-6pm: FILM: RIP! A Remix Manifesto
RiP!: A Remix Manifesto is a 2008 open-source documentary film about “the changing concept of copyright” directed by Brett Gaylor.

4-7pm: UCLU Film Society Short Film & Web series Premieres and meet the filmmakers
UCLU Film Society takes over a London bus for an evening to display our latest short films made last year and showcase filmmaking talent here at UCL. We will also have a space for attendees to meet the filmmakers and ask questions about making films on nonexistent to small budgets while at university.
Session led by: UCLU Film Society

6-7pm: Going viral: building social media buzz
This is a one-hour session revolving around the use of social media towards effective marketing campaigns.
Session led by: Tom Hewitson
Important Info: BYOD – Bring Your Own Device: It would be helpful if people could bring a laptop or tablet so they can take part in creating a practice social media campaign.

6-7.30pm: Data stories – using D3 to visualize data
This 90 minute session will give an introduction to D3 JavaScript and, with which participants will have a chance to experiment and explore for data visualization.
Session led by: Sam Ahern
Important Info: BYOD – Bring Your Own Device: Please can participants bring a laptop and their own data (or we can provide UK Data Service Data)

6-8pm: Build a website in a couple of hours
In two hours you will go from never having coded in your life to publishing your first website on the Internet. If you have a start-up, society or personal website you need made, why not make it yourself with some free expert tuition? This “How to Make a Website” workshop is for complete beginners and all the training material will be available online, after the session, for you to constantly refer back to
Session led by: Alex Jones

6-8pm: Make your own instrument
We will be soldering our own funky instruments and attempt to play a tune by the end of the session.
Session led by: Tim Gagen and Janina Dewitz

If you have any mobility or other requirements to access any of these sessions, please contact us at


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