Blockchain for Emerging Countries

Blockchain: Catalyst for Progress in Emerging Countries

It isn’t a surprise to see most Blockchain applications being developed in the tech-savvy western part of the world. But, Blockchain is also hailed as a revolutionary technology for the emerging world, where people can use a decentralised and distributed ledger to address challenges around governance, identity, health, financial infrastructure. Apart from the financial inclusion […]

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2018: The Empire Strikes Back

By Professor Alan W Brown The past few years have been dominated by digital disruption in an economy that is ever more unpredictable. To a large extent, incumbent business organization dominating their markets have been struggling to evolve at the speed demanded by their customers, partners, and prospects. This has encouraged a wide range of […]

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In the Lab: Music, Rugby, and Digital Learning

Turns out, rugby in New Zealand is taught not by age group, but by size of the player. It makes a lot of sense for rugby. What can it show us about education? Why should students be grouped and taught by age, when aptitude and intellectual development are rarely defined so rigidly? Can digital learning […]

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Journalism and the Internet of Things: The NewsThings project

  John Mills, one of our PhD students researching journalism and the Internet of Things (IoT), gave an invited talk on his work at the Guildford Institute recently. The Guildford Institute is a social and educational community hub in the centre of Guildford which has been working for and with the local community for over […]

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CoDE on the Road: The launch of ‘DLT for Public Services’ report

The CoDE team were thrilled to be a part of the launch recently of ‘Distributed Ledger Technologies for the Public Sector: Leadership, Collaboration and Innovation’ hosted at the House of Lords by Lord Holmes of Richmond, an inspiring advocate for the immense potential of DLT to address intractable challenges in both private and public sectors. […]

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Asleep at the Wheel? Startups, disruption, and corporate giants

By Jill Juergensen Whether Hewlett-Packard, AirBnB or Uber – start-ups disrupt the global organisational landscape, making consumers’ lives easier whilst causing headaches for large organisations and investors. Of course, none of these organisations can still be considered a ‘start-up’, but we do well to remember that this is in fact their provenance:  Sheryl Sandberg, COO […]

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Coming to You in 2018: Digital Backlash?

At CoDE, we’ve been discussing the thorny topic of “one big trend for 2018 for the digital economy”. It started with a simple question, and gave rise to a fascinating exchange across the team. It really shows why CoDE is more than the sum of its parts, or members, or research areas: we are able […]

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CoDE on the Road: From Audiopaper to Next Generation Paper

CoDE’s David Frohlich, Professor of Interaction Design here at Surrey, was a keynote speaker at the recent WebMedia 2017, the 23th Brazilian Symposium on Multimedia and the Web. Entitled ‘From Audiopaper to Next Generation Paper’, David’s talk reflected on the 26 years since the publication of Wellner’s (1991) Digital Desk, which demonstrated the augmentation of […]

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‘Next Generation Paper’: Connecting paper to the Internet

What happens to paper in a Digital world? Is there an evolving role for this most ancient of media? This was one of the key issues addressed recently in Book Industry Communication’s (BIC) seminar on ‘New Trends in Publishing’, focusing beyond the fads into genuine digital-world shifts, seismic changes, and ‘weak signals’ throughout the publishing […]

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The Academy of Management, Big Data and Surrey in April 2018

Digital Platforms guru Annabelle Gawer reports in from the Academy of Management (AOM) in Atlanta, where she gave two presentations: one at a Professional Development Workshop on Open Innovation, and another on Platforms and Ecosystems. High on the agenda was the progress and development of the AOM Specialized Conference on Big Data and Managing in a […]

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‘The Ecology of Technology’: Community and digital disruption

By Dr Phil Godsiff (In which Our Man in Europe goes domestic) Just back from a conference at Chicheley Hall, the country seat of the Royal Society, with Fellows and other luminaries from the Royal Society, plus a Rogues’ Gallery of science fiction writers and representatives from the National Trust, the National Crime Agency, and […]

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Karl Marx, Platforms, and the Gig Economy

In which Our Man returns from Venice, talking about data and ownership and platforms, to find the world turned upside down in a manner similar to the effect achieved by Damien Hirst in his exhibition entitled “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable” in which nothing is quite what it seems to be. By Dr […]

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Swept Away by Digital Media: ‘Immersions’ opening night

When they hand you 3D glasses on your way in, you know it’s going to be a good party. ‘Immersions’, an exhibition at the Lewis Elton Gallery on the Surrey campus, was a collaboration of artists, designers and engineers working on the future of film, photography and sound recording. According to CoDE’s Professor David Frohlich, […]

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Digital Strategy Labs: Shaping Surrey’s digital future

In the Business Insights Lab (BIL), we’ve been putting Collaborative Discovery to work to help Surrey navigate the digital jungle. How do you forge a strategy for a digital future in higher education, when technology is unpredictable, budgets are tight, and every prediction is still a guess? What should our priorities be as an institution? […]

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‘From Goldman to Google’: Culture change in a Digital Economy

A recent workshop with a team from the UK’s leading specialist resourcing and consultancy firm in governance, compliance and complaints has got us thinking about the issue of how to go about changing an organisation’s culture. Much in the way that IT has come out of its separate ‘tech’ sphere, and taken a seat at […]

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Audio Commons: Digital transformation in the sound industry

This week in the Business Insights Lab, we’ll be finding out more about CoDE’s ongoing EU funded project on the Audio Commons. Dr David Plans, Dr Milosz Miszczynski and Dr Carla Bonina are hosting a session to discuss the development of business models in this area, with partners from the project and a few MBA […]

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CoDE on the Road: ‘Blockchain for Good’ at techUK

What is the role for Blockchain Technologies in helping address the world’s global challenges? How can NGOs, charities and other third sector organizations exploit and capitalise on the potential of Blockchain Technology to deliver on their social and environmental agendas? CoDE was delighted to sponsor ‘Blockchain for Good’ (B4G) recently at techUK. It was a […]

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‘The Art of the Impossible’:  Digital transformation for industry

CoDE just hosted a Digital Strategy Day in the Business Insights Lab for a team from a big name in the oil and gas industry. ‘The art of the impossible’ is how the company’s team leader framed the search for the truly unique and unlikely ideas that could transform both their industry, and how the […]

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‘Wake-Up Design’:  Design thinking in business strategy

The Business Insights Lab here at Surrey was packed on Star Wars Day, with attendees from academic institutions, business- and growth- hubs, SMEs, LEs, interactive studios, and more for Oxford Innovation Services’ ‘Wake-Up Design’ conference. In keeping with the intergalactic theme, moderator Lukasz Liebersbach framed the role of design like ‘the Force’: powerful, but invisible. […]

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From Insight to Outcome: Hidden opportunities in data analytics

CoDE attended the latest industry-led research colloquium in Business Analytics recently, presented by data analytics expert Dr Aisha Naseer of Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe (FLE) Limited and Sahara Innovations Limited. The ‘data deluge’ is overwhelming organisations’ and institutions’ capacity to tackle, manage and transform the sheer volumes of data at play, without compromising the efficiency […]

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