The next MKGN event will be on Thursday 25th June, 2020. The doors open at 18.30 with our first speaker on stage around 19.30. The bar stays open until 23:30 so stick around for drinks, chat and a chance to network.
Radical Work Needs Radical Preparation
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Akil Benjamin is a biologist turned design thinker. Leading the research team at Comuzi, a design invention studio, Akil works with innovators to produce new, digital products services and experiences. Taking on a role which explores how individuals and communities experience the world around them, Akil specialises in crafting positive human experiences.
Having the privilege of working with groups and organisations such as the G20, BBC, M&C Saatchi, ASOS, Uber, and EY, Akil has the ambition to continue working with larger organisations to provoke the right people within them to look at problems in a new light, affecting change at a greater scale.
Ben will show how we can use lidar sensors to capture real spaces, and approaches for rendering the data that they provide. We’ll then take that data into a VR environment and have a bit of fun messing around with it.
There will be pretty pictures, and there will be hacks.
Ben Foxall is a developer at Oxbotica, where he uses the web to help cars drive autonomously. He loves the web, data, and interactive visualisation. If something can be live-demoed, he will live-demo it.
Design Sprints For Accelerated Change
You’ve spent months designing and developing a beautiful product; you love it, the client loves it. You hit the publish button with great enthusiasm, only to find out your imagined users don’t exist or worse, they do, but they hate your solution.
Rewind to the start of the project and imagine being able to present your ideas to your users after just four days. Nicole will be discussing how New Socks Media helped Network Rail to rapidly scale and fast-track their digital transformation using Design Sprints.
Nicole is a UI Designer and Design Sprint Facilitator at Milton Keynes based agency, New Socks Media. In 2017 Nicole decided to step away from the corporate world she was used to and set foot into the exciting, rapidly changing landscape that is the design agency. In her 8 years of industry experience she has designed everything from enterprise software to augmented reality experiences.
Nicole has a Bachelor’s in Graphic Design and Psychology and a past as a semi-professional golfer. In her spare time she is a passionate illustrator, recently completing her first children’s book, Sully’s Glow, which was published in March this year.
How We Made It In The Electronic Music Industry
Some producers and DJs make hundreds of thousands of pounds a year or more, have teams of marketing people, brand principles, and even ghost writers. Most don't.
Dave started programming music on the Commodore 64 back in the 1980s, and in a few minutes he'll try and cover 30 years of Doing-It-Yourself in the electronic music industry, where it's going, and how you can now make it - all using your laptop.
By day, Dave works in computer software development. By night, he is Dave Skywalker, music producer, international DJ, and record label operator. Playing at major festivals and helping to curate others, he writes the music and manages the label from his home here in Milton Keynes.
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