Birmingham Digital Student 2018
Friday 8th June - Aston Conference Centre
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Apply now for a free place at this exciting event, which brings together students and staff from three universities for a day of teamwork and digital innovation.
You’ll be assigned to a team whose task is to develop an idea to digitally improve the student experience, and then create a short video to pitch your idea to the other teams. The best ideas could receive up to £1000 to take them forward!
Places are open to 1st and 2nd year students from any discipline. You’ll need to bring a laptop, tablet or phone.
The event runs from 9.00 to 4.30 on Friday 8th June at the Aston Conference Centre, and includes an excellent buffet lunch.
All participants will receive a certificate and a digital badge for your CV.
Please read the guidance below and if you decide to book a place, click the link at the foot of this page. Places are limited, so don’t delay if you want to be involved.
What’s the plan?
When you arrive, you’ll be assigned to a table with students from Aston, BCU and Newman – so no sitting with your mates! You’ll work as a team throughout the day to develop a 3-minute video pitch about an idea to “digitally improve the student experience”. At the end of the afternoon, you’ll get to see every team’s video and provide feedback.
Digitally improving the student experience
The theme is deliberately vague to enable your team to decide who the students are and what aspect of their student experience you aim to improve. Are they school children, college students, undergraduates or adult learners? In the UK or elsewhere? You may want to bring some ideas to the event, but your team must agree on one – and fairly quickly as you’ll need to develop it.
Food for thought
The day includes three sets of short presentations to showcase existing ideas and provide inspiration. Tea, coffee and water will be available while you work, plus an excellent buffet lunch to keep your energy up. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.
This event is definitely ‘Bring Your Own Device’; a laptop, tablet or phone plus any chargers and leads you need. The venue has wi-fi and power sockets. Every session will require you to use your device, so be prepared and come fully-charged.
The video pitch
In the morning, your team must agree on an idea and start developing it. You then have about an hour in the afternoon to plan and create a 3-minute video to pitch your idea. It could be live action, narrated slides, an animation or something else entirely! The only rules are that your team submits a link which will play when clicked, and that it must be between 2 and 3 minutes in length.
Here are some interesting video technologies you may want to look at before the day.
Everyone on your table must be able to contribute to the work and feel that their input is valued. You’ll need to quickly find out what skills are available and how to make best use of them. Effective leaders will guide, not dominate. If your team decides to develop someone else’s idea (even though yours was obviously the best) can you move on and put your energy into that idea?
We are using Eventbrite to manage the bookings. Each university has its own allocation of tickets, but if your university has run out there is a ‘waiting list’ option, in which case we’ll get in touch with you by Wednesday 6th June to offer you a place if some are still available.
If you book a place but change your mind, please cancel your booking – see your email confirmation from Eventbrite for details of how to do that.