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Digital Works

June 16, 2017

Digital Works is our programme of events which brings people from across the arts, cultural, heritage and creative sectors to share best practice around digital. We hear stories of success, lessons learned from failure and discuss and debate new and emerging techniques, services and products. 

Digital Works was born from our observation that the best conversations at conferences come, often, not from the speakers themselves, but triggered by questions asked to speakers or between the delegates during the coffee break or in the pub. There was also a frustration that digital folk in the arts, who are all-too-often lumbered with a head-spinning array of things they’re expected to be experts in, are rarely given the opportunity to come together and discuss things.

Next event:

Digital Works #7 will take place September 2018, venue tbc.

if you are interested in speaking at, attending or hosting a future Digital Works event then please drop us a note: team@substrakt.com.

Digital Works #1

When? January 2017

Where? Hackney Empire

What? We discussed a lot, including; procurement; when to outsource; analytics and user testing; content creation and distribution; connecting physical and digital experiences; bots, AI and automation in an arts context

Who? Speakers included Robbie Beak (Ammba), Chris Unitt (One Further), Sam Knight (Substrakt). We welcomed participants from organisations including Birmingham Hippodrome, The Roundhouse, Exeter Northcott, Royal Albert Hall, London Theatre Company, Snape Maltings, Royal Court Theatre, Directors UK, English National Opera, Grange Park Opera and Waddesdon Manor.

You can read a full write-up of the day here.

Digital Works #2

When? May 2017

Where? Cadogan Hall

What? Data & Analytics and Digital Strategy

Who? Speakers included Aoife Breen (English National Opera), Chris Unitt (One Further), Katie Moffat (Audience Agency) and Joe McFadden (Royal Opera House). We welcomed participants from organisations including Nesta, Cardboard Citizens, Birmingham Hippodrome, Hepworth Wakefield, Royal Albert Hall, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, London Theatre Company, Snape Maltings, Royal Court Theatre, Bush Theatre and Sadler’s Wells.

You can read a full write-up of the day here.

Digital Works #3

When? September 2017

Where? Royal Albert Hall

What? Audience segmentation & individual giving, Crowdfunding, eCommerce & retail

Who? Speakers included Sarah Gee (Indigo Ltd), Will Stanley (Science Museum) and Emma Forward (Royal Academy of Arts). We welcomed participants from organisations including Cambridge Live, Grange Park Opera, Birmingham Hippodrome, Hepworth Wakefield, Roundhouse, Royal Albert Hall, Nottingham Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall, Shakespeare’s Globe, Bridge Theatre, Snape Maltings, English National Ballet and the V&A.

You can read a full write-up of the day here.

Digital Works #4

When? December 2017

Where? Bridge Theatre

What? Getting stuff done

Who? Speakers included Aoife Breen (English National Opera), Jordan Ahmadzedah (Shakespeare’s Globe), Matt Griffin (Royal Albert Hall) and Nicholas Triantafyllou (Barbican). We welcomed participants from organisations including Birmingham Hippodrome, Nesta, Roundhouse, Central St Martin’s, Royal Court, Southbank Centre, Bridge Theatre, Science Museum, Royal Academy of Music, Directors UK and Opera North.

You can read a full write-up of the day here.

Digital Works #5

When? March 2018

Where? The Roundhouse

What? Social Content & PPC

Who? Speakers included Chris Shipman (Royal Opera House) and Jo Carnell-Phipps (Illuminate Digital). We welcomed participants from organisations including Nesta, Roundhouse, British Library, Bush Theatre, Waddesdon Manor, Royal Albert Hall, Really Useful Theatres, Sadlers Wells and Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

You can read a full write-up of the day here.

Digital Works #6

When? June 2018

Where? STEAMhouse Birmingham

What? Making design work for cultural organisations

Who? Speakers included Wallace Henning (Koto), Pauline Fallowell (Bridge Theatre),  Rob Macpherson (Birmingham Hippodrome),  Kevin Johnson (Urban Communications),
Doug Buist (Shakespeare’s Globe),  Nick Eagleton (Superunion).

You can read a full write-up of the day here.