Life as an E&I Ambassador Mar – May ‘17

The most recent update from our Enterprise and Innovation Ambassador, Charlie Iceton

In the time since my last update, Innovolvement have hosted three more sessions: Urban Ecosystems, Team Go and Fashion Hack Revolution.

Urban Ecosystems was a great success, pulling a huge crowd of students, academics and external guests. We had five guest speakers – including students, doctors, and industry professionals, who met to talk about the impact of urbanisation on wildlife, and how we can incorporate more wildlife into our cities. It followed the same sort of format as Operation: Food Waste and received an excellent reception.

Team Go was a more intimate discussion gathering where attendees explored ways to encourage individual involvement in sports and the benefits of activity. Discussions examined the barriers stopping students from taking part in sports currently, and allowed attendees the chance to offer solutions to combat these issues. We were then joined by Dr Paul Gorczynski who spoke about the benefits of people joining sport teams and ways to encourage students who don’t belong to any sports team to join one. He referenced the social aspect of engaging in sports and its role in helping with mental health.

In conjunction with Fashion Revolution Week, Innovolvement hosted Fashion Hack on the Monday and Wednesday. I opened the PreHack with a brief overview of what the group is and what we do, followed by Tom Clulee, who gave a short presentation on previous work created at Fashion Hack and the importance of technology being used in conjunction with fashion. This inspired many fresh, creative and innovative ideas. The HackDay included various garments being re-purposed with a technology element; one particular success was a jacket that heated up if attached to a battery. This was developed by adding thermal wiring, covered by protective tape, on the inner seam of the jacket.

To keep up-to-date with the latest Innovolvement news, please join our Facebook group here. This is also a great place to interact with fellow members and discuss the issues surrounding the themes of past and future events.

As well as Innovolvement I have been working on numerous other tasks. One particular success was the project leaflet for an Interreg 2 Seas funded project, DERMA (Design of Enabling Regenerative Materials). It took a long time to get a design which showcased the department correctly, but I’m happy with the final output and think is is of a professional quality.

I have also continued to expand and maintain the Enterprise & Innovation web presence, working on various platforms such as: WordPress, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This an excellent learning curve for me as I will most likely be working with these platforms in future jobs in the creative industry.

To conclude, I now feel very comfortable in my role and am confident that I can achieve any tasks given to me in the coming months.

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