Competition: Win dConstruct 2010 Tickets

dConstruct stickers by Jeremy Keith

dConstruct, in its sixth year, is a fixture on every designer's calendar. And what better excuse to immerse yourself in design thinking by the sea-side with some of the top names in the industry?

As the dConstruct team put it,

"dConstruct 2010 brings together leading industry figures to explore the power of design thinking and show how we can all become just a little bit more creative."

dConstruct 2010

We're dead chuffed to have teamed up with organisers, Clearleft, to offer a competition for two tickets to this year's event (1-3rd Sept).

Heck, you can't even but a ticket yet, but the early-bird tranche of tickets will be available from the dConstruct site from 6th July. They'll go quick, so don't hang around.

Entering couldn't be easier, just pop your details in the form below. We'll be making the draw for the lucky winners on Fri, 16th July.

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T-1 GameHorizon Conference

Lots of Game & Watch by neofob

Following the very successful Thinking Digital event, Newcastle’s Codeworks next conference is focused on the Games Sector.

The GameHorizon Conference 29th to 30th June is billed as Europe's leading event for international game executives. A two-day conference featuring the most creative, entertaining and inspiring speakers from the games and entertainment industry.

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Ideas Marketplace, Finding Collaborators for £18m TSB Competition

Ideas Marketplace

Judging by the number of people coming along to the Partnering for Innovation events, there's lots of interest in collaboration to get a slice of the £18m Collaboration Across Digital Industries competition.

There are a number of challenges in entering a winning bid: meeting the scope of the competition, finding the time (you'll need ~100 hours for a mainstream application) and finding partners to collaborate with.

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£5m Up for Grabs in Metadata Research Competition

Music Metadata Ecosystem (draft) by Frankie Roberto

Are you working with Metadata? Want to get a share of £5m for research and development? Then get yourself along to one of three events covering the Technology Strategy Board's (TSB) new £5m competition, Metadata: Increasing Value in Digital Content Collaborative R&D Competition.

The competition, launched on the 1st June, provides match-funding for projects which address three opportunities to build revenue streams with more efficient and innovative use of metadata.

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Industry & Academic Collaboration: Notes from Partnering for Innovation

Sam Michel introducing Partnering for Innovation events

If you've been following my sudden increase in Tweetage (apologies for the deluge), you'll have noticed I've been zipping around the country hosting a series of events, Partnering for Innovation.

They're designed to support two collaborative R&D competitions run by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), and I'm rather chuffed to have been asked to help out by the event organisers, the Creative Industries Knowledge Transfer Network.

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£18m Collaborative R&D Competition Round-up and Entry Tips

Collaboration Café

It's been a particularly hectic month for zipping up and and down the country hosting the Partnering for Innovation events, promoting the £18m Collaboration Across Digital Industries competition.

If you've missed out, the good news is that there's another chance to find out about this competition, the Digital Communications KTN are running a briefing in London on 5th July (info here).

Over the course of the events, there's been dozens of presentations, heaps of official-looking information, hundreds of conversations and, for me, a lot of learning in the way that groups can collaborate.

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Lessons in Open Metadata

the tube by realSMILEY

The recipe? A large public(ish) organisation (TfL) opens its data kimono to developers. Six days later, a group of geeks gather for a hack-day and a thing of beauty is born, the live tube map.

Have a look. It's rather addictive, like watching the download bar on a browser slowly creep across the screen (just me?). Congratulations to Matthew Somerville (@dracos) for hacking this together so quickly.

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Facebook's Zuck Live from London

SAN FRANCISCO - APRIL 21: Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the opening keynote address at the f8 Developer Conference April 21, 2010 in San Francisco, California. Zuckerberg kicked off the the one day conference for developers that features breakout sessions on the future of social technologies. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

London does seem to be very much on the radar of the US-based tech heavyweights, seeing visits from both Zuckerberg and Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who joins the line-up for The Guardian's Activate summit later this month (10% discount for Chinwaggers).

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Digital Genius? Prove It At The Online Marketing Show And Win An iPad

94.365 - WHOO HOO IPAD! by josh.libaWith all the coverage, hype and hyperbole, it's hard to believe it's been less than a month since the iPad hit UK stores.

Whilst the debate rages on whether the iPad is the saviour of the publishing business, a game-changer or merely an hors d'oeuvre until Android Pads arrive, they're flying off the shelves.

Want to get your mitts on your very own piece of shiny Apple bling? Visit the Online Marketing Show and give your digital knowledge a whirl in the Digital Genius Quiz sponsored by Propel London.

The quiz covers general knowledge of the digital space, and contains a series of challenging questions about the internet, web advertising, and new technology.

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£18m Collaborative R&D, Partnering for Innovation Tour Visits Bristol and London

Sian Brereton, Technology Strategy BoardUPDATE: If you're not able to make it along, follow on Twitter #tsbcollab. Presentations will be available as videos in next couple of days.

This week we're off to The Watershed in Bristol on Wednesday (2nd June) and the Internet Advertising Bureau in London on Thursday (3rd June).

These events are part of the Partnering for Innovation tour Chinwag is helping to organise, to support the launch of the £18m Collaboration Across Digital Industries competition.

There's still a few spaces left for the Bristol event, don't forget to RSVP to secure one.

If you're after more background about this competition, don't forget to check out the videos we blogged last week with Alex Stanhope from the Technology Strategy Board (TSB).

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