University of Exeter
Falmouth University College

Exploiting Digital Conference in association with Cornwall Chamber of Commerce

Looking at digital innnovation across Cornwall, and bringing companies together in the spirit of collaboration

Friday, 17 July 2015 (External Attendees)

Cornwall ChamberThe inaugural Exploiting Digital Conference at the shared university campus at Penryn, of Falmouth University and the University of Exeter has been designed to bring together major organisations across the county to showcase their digital developments that support their operations. As a business-focussed event the drivers for the conference are collaboration across the county, the sharing of ideas, and the opportunity to network with other local organisations. Bringing together some of the Cornwalls largest employers, talks will be delivered by some of the county's leading authorities on digital innovation, with workshops demonstrating technical solutions to business challenges.

The Exchange, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE

8.45am - 9.15am

Registration, Tea and Coffee
Seminar Yellow

9.15am - 9.45am

Professor Anne Carlisle, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Falmouth University and Ruth Grimmer, Head of Academic Support, Penryn Campus, University of Exeter
Lecture Theatre

9.45am - 11.15am

Connectivity & Mobility
Lecture Theatre

Plenary and panel discussions (short presentations followed by panel discussions)

  • 9.45am - 10.15am  
    Cornwall's Superfast Connectivity
    Ranulf Scarbrough, BT Superfast Broadband

    This presentation will talk about the strategy, investment and impact Superfast Cornwall has had so far, and future ambitions. 

  • 10.15am - 10.45am
    Simon Watts, Avanti Applied Technologies (ApTec), Satellite Communications
  • 10.45am - 11.15am
    Richard Freeman, Flowmoco moving technology

11.15am - 11.45am

Tea and Coffee
Seminar Yellow


Presentation 1: IT Skills
Education and Skills

Presentation 2: The Information Age and Big Data
Education and Skills


11.45am - 12.15pm

Software Cornwall
Paul Massey, Bluefruit
Seminar Green

Recruiting in the digital sector is a challenge across the globe.  Cornwall has its own unique benefits and challenges.  Paul will be talking about how a collaborative approach with Software Cornwall has worked for his software business enabling 50% year-on-year growth for 15 years.

The Information Age and Riding the Wave
John Wright, University of Plymouth
Seminar Red


12.15pm - 12.45pm

IT Apprenticeship Programme
Tamsyn Harris, Truro Penwith College and Richard Jackson, Business Analyst, H Tempest Ltd
Seminar Green
In this session you will hear how a new apprenticeship program has been designed by local businesses in partnership with Truro and Penwith college and the benefits this can bring to both local young people and to business.  This experience of this new programmes demonstrates the real benefits of when employers are involved in the design of new apprenticeships in order to better meet their business's needs.

The session will also look at the skills needed in the digital sector in coming years and the local talent interested in knowing more about local opportunities as an alternative to university, or after they finish, specifically looking at examples of College students who are evaluating local job opportunities in this sector and the importance they attach to having a progression route in the future.

Dealing with Internet of Things System Software Complexity through Interoperability
Geoff Revill, Market Altitude
Seminar Red


12.45pm - 1.30pm

Lunch and Networking
Seminar Yellow


Digital Innovation in Established and Emerging Sectors


1.30pm - 2.00pm

The Farm Crap App
Claire Reigate, Duchy College
Seminar Red

In  this session you will hear from 3 people involved in the award winning Farm Crap App.  We will discuss the app design process; how the SWARM Hub team worked with FoAM Kernow to transform the initial idea into award winning open source software with direction from young farmers in Cornwall.

The Farm Crap App won the Soil Associations Innovation in Agriculture award, was awarded highly commended at the Oxford Farming Conference and was short-listed at the 2014 CAP Communictaion Awards by the European Commission.

Digital Games
Professor Tanya Krzywinska, Falmouth University
Seminar Green

This session maps the potential for regional enterprise within the digital games sector.  It provides an overview of the nature of the contemporary games industry alongside an outline of the recent significant developments within digital games at Falmouth University in terms of games education, research and enterprise. The overall aim of this session is to point the way to the future of game development in the region.

Tanya Krzywinska is a Professor in Digital Games at Falmouth University and Director of the newly-minted Games Academy. She has worked closely with the games industry to create University courses that provide students with the skills and experience that they need. She is the author of several books and many articles on different aspects of digital games and is currently researching approaches to transmedial creation.


2.00pm - 2.30pm

Toby Parkins, Cornwall Chamber
Seminar Red

Agile: How to achieve sucessful projects

IT Project failure used to be the expected normal.  Since organisations have adopted Agile methods, project success has become far easier to achieve, even by normal people, like you and me!  Unlike some project management methodologies, good Agile methods don't come with a fixed toolkit approach.  There are advantages to this as Agile allows individuals to craft their own versions of the approach.  We will explore some of the principles of Agile together with some tips on how, as individuals, we can all learn to use it more effectively.

A Journey into BBC's Digital World
BBC Cornwall
Seminar Green

Drummond Masterton, Falmouth University
Seminar Blue

Digital technologies have transformed the nature and delivery  of our media and communication technologies, how will recent advances in Additive Layer Manufacture and 3D software change the way we make thing?

This session maps out advances in 3D Printing technologies and considers the opportunities for innovation in this new manufacturing paradigm.

2.30pm - 3.00pm

Andrew Husband and Evtim Gruev, Falmouth University, Launch Pad
Seminar Red

Hertzian is a development start up that is revolutionzing the way the product owners build, market and view their products.  Hertzian specialize in building web applications that process large amounts of opinionated data to give actionable points to the end user.


Alex Huke, University of Exeter
Seminar Green

“New technologies, capabilities and approaches affords new opportunities to gather a wide range of environmental data for the benefit of research, business and society: The University of Exeter’s researchers, at its Cornwall Campuses, use a range of techniques and capabilities including satellites, apps, drones, super computers, trackers and citizen science to gain better quality and more spatially and dynamic data to help better understand our environment, the impacts we have on it and how we might target and support environmental growth.”

Julie Pentecost, Friends & Relations
Commemorative Digital Books
Seminar Blue

From an unintended consequence of his brother being killed in an aeroplane accident and the subsequent creation of the Friends and Relations memorial website, Jonathan Haward and his Tremough Innovation Centre based team has now taken the original concept to a new level with The Online Book Company, where 'digital meets physical'.

Pioneering a world first in interactie online books of this kid, The Online Book Company works with a variety of clients including charities, hospices, schools, churches, hotels and more besides - both in the UK and abroad.

In 2012, the book they created for HM the Queen's Jubilee Hour broke all volunteer records when 2.75 million people volunteered 60 minutes of their time to do something legal, decent and honest, to represent 60 years of the Queens reign.

One of their latest projects has been the Waterloo 200 Campaign, where The Online Book Company has been extensively involved in providing two online books, one for schools and one for descendants, paying tribute to the 36,500 British troops that defeated Napolean at Waterloo.

Another project sees the combination of digital stories with physical bricks in a memorial pathway at Fort Mifflin, USA.  This is one of many ground-breaking projects that we are currently involved with.

3.00pm - 3.30pm

Tea and Coffee
Seminar Yellow

3.30pm - 4.15pm

Key Note Ending: The Future of Search
Rob Edlin
Lecture Theatre

In this session Rob will detail what he sees the near future holding for search marketing and advertising and how organisations can adapt to the changes that are coming and those that are emerging now.  Rob will be covering some very new technologies such as the Physical Web and wearable technology, Rob will also be discussing the way that search is beginning to change and techniques that are now being used to get good quality traffic to your website - they'll be a strong focus on mobile too.


Conference Closes

We have accommodation available on the campus at extremely competitive rates, for any delegates who wish to stay.

The Information Age and Riding the Wave

John Wright, University of Plymouth

The Information Age has brought about profound change in sectors as diverse as logistics, media and public service.  It is also having an increasing impact on Higher Education from helping improve learning outcomes, enabling greater collaboration for research and creating a point of differentiation in an increasingly marketised environment. During this session, John will reflect upon the evolution of Information Technology, its impact across a range of sectors and how in particular it is impacting HE.

Dealing with Internet of Things System Software Complexity through Interoperability

Geoff Revill, Market Altitude

Dealing with Internet of Things System Software Complexity through Interoperability Much has been spoken about the Internet of Things and its potential to be a $10 to $19 trillion opportunity by 2020. But few have spoken about how the IoT will come about. This paper will talk about the underlying technology that enables system software interoperability, a keystone foundational building block for developing software that can address the mega-scale complexity of the Internet of things.

To be meaningfully interoperable, different systems built at different times, with different hardware, different software architectures, different technologies, and different uses of the data and system information must be readily and meaningfully integratable. This is the challenge of the IoT.  Some might say that the Internet already works this way, but it does not, because a human interprets the semantic understanding of what is communicated via a web browser.  In the IoT that semantic context needs to be communicated between two computer programs that were independently developed. M2M systems have avoided this challenge to date because the communicating entities were developed by a single entity.

To achieve interoperability systems must be architected to speak a common language, one in which the semantics of that communication is embedded in the communication itself, not in the communicating entities.

This paper will discuss why Interoperability is so critical to the IoT and how you can achieve it; introducing technology evolving out of the US DoD’s largest and most advanced large-scale defence programs that is only right now being prepared for general open market use, an Extensible Data Architecture Framework (XDAF). Businesses in Cornwall seeking to take a leap forward in IoT capability would be well advised to consider the XDAF Framework.

Future Spaces

Future Spaces - ambitious plans are underway to create more, high quality study and social space!

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