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Guest Post – UnituHack Review

The following is posted on behalf of Mark Ormesher, Unitu.  On Saturday 8th November our very first UnituHack took place in central London. We brought university developers, students and staff together for a one-day hackathon to create solutions for the problems they saw in their universities. The results were far beyond what we had expected. […]

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Guest Post – Unituhack

The following is posted on behalf of Ignacio Willats & Leon Achilleos who took part in the FOTE14 pitchfest. Unituhack: The Hackers That Want Source Codes, Not Sort Codes! Try to imagine a hacker hacking. The notion might conjure up images of an anonymous cyber-criminal, sitting in a dark room, typing lines of green code with […]

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Digital Learning Futures: Mind the Gap!

Steve Wheeler, Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at Plymouth University, outlines what he sees as the key human issues that will impact upon the design of future learning environments.   In the concluding keynote of FOTE14, Steve Wheeler argued that we need to be vigilant when there are gaps: generational gaps, gaps in understanding, expectation […]

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Securing Academic Cyberspace – Does Anyone Really Care?

Keith Martin, Director, Information Security Group at Royal Holloway, provides an update on recent government initiatives relating to academia and cyber security.   Keith Martin worries that too many people think that the data within universities is not considered to be important. There has been a lot of cyber security fuss in the press in […]

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You Underestimate the Power of the Dark Side

James Clay, Group Director of IT at Activate Learning, asks how we can fight the powers of evil, those who have succumbed to the darkness, and those who endeavour to block and stop enlightenment, innovation and creativity.   James Clay treated us to a Star Wars introduction leading to the Death Star support desk. Unfortunately, […]

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Start-Up Pitchfest: The Winners

10 exciting new start-ups made the shortlist for our first ever start-up pitchfest. Find out how they fared with our judges and the audience at FOTE14. We heard presentations from: evaloop ed tech Fluency Keywords English Knodium Lingoflow Ltd MyCQs Pod Academy Reframed The Mobile Collective Unitu Each gave a three-minute elevator pitch describing their […]

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Summary: The Future of Education

Dave Coplin discusses the incredible opportunities that lies in front of us when we think about the potential of humans plus machines, Bethany Koby explores 21st century learning and skills, and Miles Metcalfe argues that we must learn to gaze into the future without becoming dazzled by the shiny.   The Future of Education Dave […]

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Summary: Promoting Positive Role Models to Bridge the Technology Gender Gap

Samantha Swift, Product Manager at McAfee Labs, shares the results from a recent survey undertaken by McAfee, which was featured in the national press. In this presentation, Samantha discussed research that asked: ‘Could people recognise the names of prominent men and women in IT?’ The findings showed that 90% over 4,000 of respondents had heard […]

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Women in Technology Panel: Reflections

Samantha Swift is joined by Heidi Fraser-Krauss, Mandy Phillips, and Sarah Sherman to talk in more depth about the issues faced by women in technology.   Sarah Sherman chaired this panel discussion about women in technology, noting that whilst 35% of delegates at FOTE14, she often attends leadership meetings at her institutions where she is […]

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