We bring together pioneering companies and the best academic thinkers to explore the potential of something we are calling digital public space where anyone, anywhere, anytime can access, explore and create with digital content.

Together we are creating new products, experiences and business opportunities which empower anyone, anywhere to access, explore and create with the newly accessible collections of media, public information and personal data trails which form the digital public space.

To do this we bring together carefully selected companies and researchers to form clusters. Through our facilitated CX Lab events we help clusters imagine collaborative projects and obtain the support they need to make them happen.


Public Service Innovation and Democracy

Individual and community empowerment, new public and private sector services, data collection and sensing, data visualization and service design.
5 Projects
11 Commercial Partners
14 Academic Researchers

Performance, Liveness and Participation

Exploring how digital prototypes can be used to offer new forms of participation in live events, broadcasts and in public spaces.
5 Projects
8 Commercial Partners
10 Academic Researchers

Making the Digital Physical

Transforming the digital space trapped inside screens and devices into physical experiences in the real world.
4 Projects
6 Commercial Partners
12 Academic Researchers

Rethinking Working Life

What opportunities does Digital Public Space afford for new working practices? 
4 Projects
6 Commercial Partners
8 Academic Researchers

Stories, Archives and Living Heritage

Exploring new ways of accessing, creating, exploring and remixing personal stories and cultural heritages to create new experiences.
3 Projects
5 Commercial Partners
3 Academic Researchers

Building Social Communities - Dynamic Structures for Growth

The lab under this cluster topic will focus on the following area: Designing the Digital Public Space - Dynamic Structures for Growth
2 Projects
3 Academic Researchers


The Physical Playlist

The Physical Playlist
A physical-digital object which people would share with significant others and friends.

Participatory Production Technologies

Developing digital tools for user-generated content in professional and non-professional video production workflows.


A hardware hacking & DIY filmmaking initiative.

The Imitarium presents - Meet the Hubs: A Knowledge Exchange Salon

The Imitarium presents - Meet the Hubs: A Knowledge Exchange Salon
This is a project which is being developed in association with Steven Wade for the AHRC Digital Economy Showcase

Open Planning

Open Planning
Rethinking the urban planning process in the digital space.

Numbers that Matter

Numbers that Matter aims to explore wellbeing and people’s understanding of data by co-designing a wearable open-data device.


In partnership with MeYouandUs, Amaze, Pixel inspiration, FACT, Phoenix, IOCP and CX at Lancaster University.

Latest Activity

Slow digital

2nd Apr 2014
The Physical Playlist project challenges the instant gratification of instant downloads by applying elements of time. The shared mix tape had an emotional and physical connection that digital shared content often lacks. Writeable CDs came to late or too close to the rise of the mp3 to become a shareable treasured...

i-Docs 2014

29th Mar 2014
On 20-21st March 2014, the DCRC at Bristol's Watershed and The University of Western England hosted i-Docs, a two-day event dedicated to the rapidly evolving field of interactive documentary. focusing on three themes; 'Production Models', 'Engagement & Evaluation' and 'New Territories'.   So much of what I have learned during the 'Participatory Production...

Cinehack Fieldwork Report

11th Mar 2014
Participatory Action Research in Cape Town As previously mentioned, in mid-January, I spent four weeks in South Africa with Drs. Gary Pritchard and Guy Schofield conducting a Participatory Action Research (PAR) project involving the production of music videos with musicians from the Cape Town Hip hop community. PAR involves working closely...

The Imitarium at the AHRC Creative Economy Showcase

11th Mar 2014
We will be exhibiting Meet the Hubs: A Knowledge Exchange Salon at the AHRC CE Showcase taking place on Wednesday12th March. This is being held at Kings Place in London, and you can watch a live stream of the event here.   To all who are attending, we hope you enjoy the show!   To read more about The...

Planning Policy Framework Review

7th Mar 2014
At the light of the current policy framework, with digital and open data based improvements being encouraged from the Government and local authorities, the Open Planning team has recognised an ideal context in which improvements in the planning system could be achieved by a more innovative use of existent digital...


28th Feb 2014
What happens when we bring together open data, smart devices, and wearable technology? We can visualise Numbers That Matter! Whether a death clock, a crime belt, or Sony patented Smart Wig, this hackathon looks at ways this technology can empower people and lead to improved wellbeing, for both individuals and...