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Athlete 2.0

Athlete 2.0

It was great to be in Lausanne again last week for #TheSpot2019, a new conference bringing together the worlds of sport and technology. My keynote was focused on the connections between biology and digital technologies, you can read the manuscript over at Medium

Making VR Matter

Making VR Matter

As part of our Creative Entrepreneurs event at Salford University, i took part in a panel on how virtual reality can be used to enrich a business. Among the panelists was the amazing Robin McNicholas of Marshmallow Laser Feast and Sarah Jones, a leading influener in VR.

I talked about our Virtual Chernobyl project, which brought people into a place that is uninhabitable, taking them through content that is captured as data by one of our leading researchers. This fusion of communication and research is crucial to us.

At the end, we had a go at doing the mannequin challenge too :)

What's next for digital sport

What's next for digital sport

For the BBC Digital Cities week at University of Salford, I gave a talk on VR, which looked at the cross over between what cities are doing with digital and how sports are evolving into these spaces. The BBC's Academy came along to produce an interview, captured by Charles Miller here.

Re-Thinking Journalism

Re-Thinking Journalism

Today, I am in Switzerland, giving a talk about how to utilize social media to build a reputation as a researcher. My take on this is to think about how best to utilize the range of creative media around us, as academics, and to explore the overlap between journalism and academia in that pursuit.

This configuration allows us to develop a holistic approach to nurturing reputation, with community building, and awareness raising, while ensuring that we don't treat the media as a static entity.

We need to ensure that our use of media - social or otherwise - is not just about instrumental values, but about co-creating and innovating as researchers. 

 

Sport 2.0 #sportfuture

Sport 2.0 #sportfuture

This week, I am in Lausanne for the Sport Future Rendezvous 2016 conference, organized by good friend Professor Jean-Loup Chappelet at the University of Lausanne. I took the chance to talk about the biodigital interface, the growth of e-sport, biotechnological change, ingestible sensors, and virtual realities. But the big controversy, as always, was my views around doping, which did hijack the futures debate a little. In any case, here's my presentation.

 

 Thanks to Michel Filliau for the photograph.

What will virtual reality sport experiences feel like?

What will virtual reality sport experiences feel like?

This week, I was over in Dublin for a Virtual Reality conference organized by Professor Timothy Jung in collaboration with the Dublin Institute of Technology. I covered all things virtual and sport, here's what I said....

#VirtualChernobyl on CBBC Newsround

#VirtualChernobyl on CBBC Newsround

This last few days, I have been working with an amazing group of people from Salford in producing the Virtual Chernobyl Experience around the 30th Anniversary of the Disaster.

This video is still the best overview of what we did.

All of these people need credit for their extraordinary efforts in making it happen. They all came through at short notice and put time in well beyond the job description and they are all yet more reasons for why I feel very lucky at Salford to have such talented, versatile people.  

They are:

  • Dr Mike Wood, Lead Scientist - will literally fly through the night to get the job done
  • Simon Campion - VR wizard who worked the Oculus content
  • Mikhail Polshaw - VR go to for 360 rendering at short notice
  • Dr Gary Kerr - sci comm agitator, evaluator, and all round 'can doer'
  • Ross Fawkes - science guy, PhD aspiring
  • Moo - puts radiation detectors on Reindeer
  • Rosie Mawdsley - Producing ninja at MSI Manchester
  • Justin Webb - Press master at MSI
  • Gareth Holllyman - Press 2.0 doer at Salford Uni
  • Nicol Caplin - the fastest sci comm'r in town. all the way up from Bristol
  • Darren Langlands - videographer at Salford Uni
  • ...and a whole bunch of STEM volunteers who went the extra mile

And here's what we did...CBBC Newsround

 

Sport's Digital Revolution

Sport's Digital Revolution

My second talk in South Africa allowed me to reprise my forthcoming book for MIT Press on eSports - and all things digital about sport. It was a lot of fun, especially going across the breadth of subjects that come together. There are so many ways in which the future of sports are digitally constituted and this one covered some key trajectories...