PrimeConf: Best of British

29th Jun 2014

Creative Exchange were proud to be exhibiting last week at the inaugural PrimeConf ‘Best of British’ conference, a celebration of the best of British digital technology talent.

We supported this event as a sponsor because we felt that the event was very closely aligned with the aims of the Creative Exchange and was a great opportunity to show off some of our projects and get feedback on prototypes we are developing.

In the beautiful and historic surroundings of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, we listened to fascinating talks from a range of excellent speakers.  Among the many things we heard, we learnt the history of Bank Holidays, what it means to be a Girl Geek, what knitting patterns have to do with 3D printing, and what the future holds for computer science in schools.  You can now find these talks online here and they are definitely worth a look.  In the breaks, Creative Exchange and the Technology Strategy Board invited people to explore prototypes and find out about our projects.

Five CX projects were represented at the event.  John Fass and Jimmy Tidey asked attendees to place themselves in a network of links, represented with rubber bands and drawing pins, as part of their Elephant and Castle based ‘The Trumpet’ project with Priya Prakash, who spoke about this as part of the programme.

Joel Porter, Dan Burnett and Paul Coulton brought along the ‘Physical Playlist’ player prototype and some prototype wristbands which act as a physical ‘mix tape’ holding digital media items. Ian Forrester from the BBC, who gave a brilliant talk about the algorithms behind dating websites, is also involved in this project.  Dan and Paul were also demonstrating the Cold Sun prototype, a game which is affected by the real weather conditions where the player is based.

Bettina Nissen, aided by Tom Smith, brought ‘On the Precipice’ to the event, a project which is based around personalised souvenirs to enrich audience experience.

Last but by no means least, the team from Numbers that Matter (including Hannah Stewart, Hwa Jung Young from FutureEverything, and our Hackathon winner Michelle Hua) gave a sneak peek at the ‘Made with Glove’ wearable device prototypes that are in development.

We really enjoyed the day and hope that everyone attending enjoyed seeing some of our CX work in progress.

Photos: Paul Clarke