Digital Shoreditch ran last week, with every day offering a different theme, excellent speakers, and interesting discussions. I went along to sample the event, snaffle a few sandwiches, and even take a look at some artwork. Collider12's very own Rose Lewis was there, and gave a talk on how startups can raise finance, even in this tricky financial climate. In case you couldn't make it on Thursday, here is her slideshow.
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One of the best things at the event was the 'Wall of Networking'. In the largest room, two corners were dedicated entirely to encouraging collaboration between those looking for work, or offering it. The corners always had people milling around, adding their own note or being open to networking, which created a great atmosphere. In such a digital environment, it was nice to see to handwritten notes, as well as having the chance to meet those behind them.
There was also The Great Digital Exhibition, an interaction art exhibition with pieces by over 20 East London artists. Every piece is centered around interactive technological innovations which create a tantalizing experience for all of your senses. Located in the basement, the exhibition celebrated the old (with 'Digital Archaeology' showcasing very early websites and the technology of the time) to the very new ( with ‘ArRay’, a lumino-kinetic sculpture that uses memory shape smart material – Nitinol – to bring it to life).