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Urban Factorisation launch event: building utopias not dystopias

Towards the end of last month, the London Creative and Digital Fusion Steering Group , National Centre for Universities and Business and Factors  hosted the event ‘Urban Factorisation’; an interactive event to explore the interaction between the multiple factors involved in the design of environments and the experiences of those who work, live, visit and travel in them. As...
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KTN's "valuable work" on the Circular Economy noted by House of Commons

The Technology Strategy Board and Knowledge Transfer Network's "valuable work" in the emerging area of the Circular Economy - where materials are re-used rather than used and discarded - was recognised in the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee's July report Growing a circular economy: ending the throwaway society . The report states that "The Government highlighted the work...
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RCA Design Innovation Awards

Your chance to win £15,000 of leading edge design-driven innovation support. The Royal College of Art , as part of the London Creative and Digital Fusion programme, launches its final Awards. These offer three months of business, design research and innovation support from the RCA’s industry-focused flagship centres : The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design and Innovation...
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CRACK IT 2014

The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) , an independent scientific organisation that supports the UK science base through the application of the 3Rs, is launching a new CRACK IT funding competition designed to:    Fund collaborations between industry, academics and SMEs.  Minimise the use of animals...
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Design Council's 'Ones to watch'

The Design Council are searching for 70 talented up-and-coming designers to showcase as part of their 70th anniversary celebrations.   They are looking for designers whose work shows bags of vision, ambition and innovation - with the potential to build the UK’s reputation as a world leader in design. If this sounds like you then find out how you can become a Design...
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What is the role of design in defence and security sector innovation?

In April 2014, the Design Special Interest Group convened a workshop to explore the role of design in helping the Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), to develop new innovation processes and cultures to ensure UK capability in a time of environmental, financial, technological and global change. A huge amount of valuable thinking and ideas were captured throughout the day....
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Driving Manufacturing Growth with Innovative Design & Printed Electronics

This article is submitted by Peter Connington (a graduate of Leeds Metropolitan, who recently undertook a work-shadowing position with the Design SIG) in collaboration with the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI).   At the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) in Durham, significant advances in an emerging  technology known as printed electronics are being made. ...
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Design Management Europe Award 2014/15

The annual Design Management Europe (DME) Award is the only award dedicated to the management of design in private or public sector organisations across Europe. It recognises the ongoing processes, business decisions and strategies that enable innovation and create effectively-designed products, services, communications, environments and brands providing organizational success. From...
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'Learning technologies: design for impact' - London briefing event

This article is submitted by Peter Connington, a graduate of Leeds Metropolitan, who is presently undertaking a work-shadowing position with the Design SIG.     The Technology Strategy Board is running a competition to design learning technologies for any educational purposes above KS1 (5 years) with funding of up to £80,000 available for successful entrants. ...
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The GreenHack Challenge - connecting students with businesses, designers & academics

This post is submitted by Martin Charter - Director of The Centre for Sustainable Design & Professor at University for the Creative Arts. #GreenHack_Challenge March 4 th and 5 th 2014 The #Greenhack_Challenge© (GHC) March 4th & 5th 2014  www.cfsd/org.uk/sids/fusion/events/greenhack-challenge was devised and led by Professor Martin Charter from The Centre for...
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The Great Recovery - Phase 2 Launch & First Forum for Textiles

Great Recovery Phase 2 Launch     The Great Recovery, supported by the RSA and the Technology Strategy Board, are now launching phase 2 of the project.   “We are putting together an exciting programme of one-off ‘design residencies’ (rather like an artist in residence) that will be hosted at waste facilities, manufacturing sites and re-use centres....
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Open call: AHRC/Design Council - Bristol and Bath design research project

AHRC has been working in partnership with the Design Council over the past two years to demonstrate the key role design plays in creating economic benefits and social value in the UK, and to explore design research in UK universities and its connections with businesses and policymakers.   We now wish to test some of these ideas in a study which will examine how businesses and...
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Learning technologies ― design for impact

The Technology Strategy Board and the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) are to invest up to £1.1m in exploratory studies into the design of technology-based products and services that will improve learning outcomes.   This SBRI competition seeks to stimulate business performance in an already vibrant education technology sector by supporting high-quality...
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Make it Lighter, With Less - competition for £8.5m collaborative R&D funding

The Technology Strategy Board and the  Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)  are to invest up to £8.5m in collaborative R&D projects to develop advanced materials and manufacturing technologies which deliver lighter, better-performing and more material-efficient structures and products across a broad range of industrial sectors and global...
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Announcing the launch of KTN Ltd, April 1st 2014

This note is to bring you up to date about important changes to the knowledge transfer networks that support the innovation community represented on _connect.  From 1 April a new company, KTN Ltd, will exist that brings together all the separate networks and communities that we currently serve into one integrated organisation. This interdisciplinary network will provide a...
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Case Study: DesignThinkers Group — Building Service Innovation Capability

We increasingly live in a Service Economy. In UK nearly 80% of GDP and more than 90% of employment is covered by the service sector (source: Office for National Statistics). Even in China the service sector had outgrown its manufacturing sector by mid 2013, and it is now growing more than twice as fast. Services cut right across Public, Private and Third sectors and increasingly these are...
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RESOURCE — Realising the Opportunities of a Circular Economy: 4-6 March, ExCel, London

The first major event for the Circular Economy A resource-constrained world demands new thinking and new business models.  Representatives from extraction, design, recycling, manufacturing, retail and resource recovery must come together to capitalise on the commercial opportunities of a circular economy.  Resource is the first major conference and exhibition for...
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Career Opportunities for Women in the Hi-Tech Sectors - three events

The KTNs are concerned about their members’ needs to recruit qualified individuals to support and develop innovation activity. The ICT KTN is leading a collaborative project with other KTNs (including the Design SIG, Electronics/Sensors/Photonics, NanoTechnology and Materials) to deliver a series of free events with the aim of encouraging and supporting women to return to, access or progress...
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Exciting opportunity to design UK pavilion at Milan Expo 2015

An exciting opportunity has arisen to create an innovative design for the UK pavilion at the Milan Expo in 2015. Milan Expo 2015 is a non-commercial Universal Exposition – continuing the tradition of the famous London Expo of 1851 and the Paris exhibition of 1889 - and will take place in a vast park to the north-west of Milan masterplanned by five internationally-famous architects:...
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£1.25m competition: 'Seeing more than before - emerging imaging technologies'

The Technology Strategy Board is investing up to £1.25m in feasibility studies to bring emerging imaging technologies closer to commercial use, a competition that is particularly relevant to the design and computer games communities. This competition will support projects that could enable richer, more wide-ranging information to be gained from imaging, creating new applications and...
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Using Design in Healthcare Innovation and Commissioning: Pathways for Innovation Project

  Dr Rachel Jones, Design SIG Associate, presents a short overview of the design in healthcare innovation project “Pathways for Innovation” The Design SIG has been working with partners on a design in healthcare innovation project; exploring how design processes can be used to add value and increase impact in the NHS, and support the uptake of technology enabled...
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Is Design "Sleepwalking into Stupidity?" — Design Values Research Findings

  A short overview of the design values research project, its activities and key findings   Values and expectations drive our actions and define our behaviour. Do we know enough about what’s needed for design to reach its full potential? Design is currently being re-appraised as a creative methodology to improve the effectiveness and impact of...
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Call for UK design firms operating in the technology sector to be part of BIDA's design hub at CeBIT in Hannover, March 2014

The British Industrial Design Association (BIDA) is co-ordinating a UK design hub at CeBIT - the world’s leading IT trade fair. BIDA CEO Mark Roelofsen announced the project following the launch of the 2014 show at the Institute of Directors. "BIDA is a UK Trade & Investment Trade Challenge Partner and is delighted to be working closely with UKTI to ensure that the UK’s industrial...
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Defining Design: The Debate — APDIG Term Paper, December 2013

How design is presented in the media, business and government   The Associate Parliamentary Design and Innovation Group (APDIG) has published its newest term paper. "In this paper we propose that design is suffering from a PR problem, which leaves it misunderstood and undervalued by government, underused by business, and misrepresented in the media. This is not a new...
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Leading Business By Design - the report

Research Summary “Design is everything, because without it we have no business...There is intense competition and anybody can design a decent product. They can’t all design outstanding products. So, design is the differentiator”. CEO, Pentland Brands plc                                    ...
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