I spent the past week getting back in touch with the biker inside, unfortunately with a trip to Blackpool. After this misadventure onwards to Lancaster for hotpot and DocFest 2011. DocFest is a conference for PhD students within the Digital Economy program. It brings a plethora of different disciples from different Doctoral Training Centres with Computer Scientists, Designers and Psychologists represented and everything in-between. Keynotes were given by Sir Chris Bonnington – frankly the best and most inspirational presentation I’d ever seen, Alan Dix – a HCI guru/fruitloop and Marc Huijbregts the digital director of Saatchi and Saatchi. Marc presented some of the most weird and wonderful charts I’d ever seen “the slope of disillusionment” anyone?
Meeting other people from the many digital economy DTCs was good, especially meeting people who you follow on twitter in real life.
One of the workshops among the keynotes was collaboration, on the team were two sterling Horizonauts, Tim Pearce and Anthony Cousin and the Research Council UK director for the digital economy, John Baird. We were tasked to come up with a haiku to summarise life in our PhDs, our entry won joint first. I think I think if the research doesn’t work out maybe a career as a learned poet is on the cards…
The research transforms my mind
Where is my question?