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ABC Experimental Learning Program - CALL FOR STUDENTS

The ABC Experimental Learning Program is an exciting initiative designed to develop innovative capabilities and an entrepreneurial mindset for ABC staff and UTS students. This is an amazing opportunity to become an active player and contributor to a significant culture change initiative within Australia’s largest public media company. You will be working with a diverse group of ABC Technology staff and representatives from the start-up community, learning new creative problem solving methods and the principles of entrepreneurship.

The ABC are inviting 20 UTS students to participate in this collaborative program. The ABC will benefit from your participation by ensuring that the focus is broader than just ABC issues and problems. Students will obtain skills and knowledge in innovative methods and entrepreneurialism while developing networks with ABC staff and the startup community.

The Program

The program is focussed on innovation as creative problem solving using Human Centred design combined with lean learnings from the start-up community.

First round workshops: Monday 2 May – Friday 6 May 2016.

Second round workshops: Monday 21 June  - Friday 25 June 2016.

There is an seven week gap between workshops for small groups of two-four participants to undertake group learning and experiments. There will be four one hour coaching sessions with the ABC’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence Claudia Barriga-Larriviere.

All up, the program requires a commitment of 70 hours and includes specialist sessions by guest entrepreneurs including Colette Grgic, Head Corporate Innovation at Blue Chilli, Ben Hoh, Creative Director, Digital Eskimo, Avis Mulhall from Think Act Change and many more.


To apply, send your CV and a brief paragraph regarding why this program is of interest to you, to Leah Lucas, UTS Innovation & Creative Intelligence Unit leah.lucas@uts.edu.au

Applications close 28 April 2016.

ICI Labs

The UTS:Future of Storytelling Symposium 30 November 2015

The UTS:Future of Storytelling Symposium brought leaders across storytelling, tech and futurism to share the cutting edge technologies and ways of thinking that are shaping the future of how we tell stories.
Run by the UTS:Innovation and Creative Intelligence Unit, the Symposium explored how leading storytellers are pushing the boundaries of emerging  technologies. We heard from transmedia artists, experts in augmented reality and interactive narrative, inventors, futurists, film makers and researchers.

MC: Chris Winter

Chris Winter

Chris has a long background in web and mobile projects, digital and interactive TV, technology marketing and radio for the ABC’s Innovation Division until mid-2012. His current interests include the collection sector and the potential of ICT for the development of progressive outcomes for education, health, media and entertainment.

James Boyce

James Boyce

Creative Director and founding partner of Grumpy Sailor; a creative laboratory experimenting with digital technology and storytelling. 'The Grump', as it is affectionately known, is an agile, creative laboratory experimenting with digital technology and storytelling. The multidisciplinary team work predominantly with Google’s Creative Lab in Sydney, as well with collaborators that include The State Library of NSW, The Sydney Opera House, The Royal Shakespeare Company (UK), The Bell Shakespeare Company, The Australian War Memorial and the World Wildlife Fund.

Andrew Johnston

Andrew Johnston

Co-director of the Creativity and Cognition Studios at UTS and works at the intersection of art and technology. He is particularly interested in the design of systems that support experimental, exploratory approaches to live performance, and on the experiences and creative practices of the artists who use them.

Alon Ilsar

Alon Ilsar

Instrument designer, electronic producer, experimental percussionist and composer. He performed "Airstorm" with visuals by interactive new media artist and software designer Andrew Bluff.

Andrew Bluff (aka Rollerchimp)

Andrew Bluff

Interactive new media artist who seamlessly blends software engineering, sound design and interactive technology.

Professor Sarah Kenderdine

Sarah Kenderdine

Deputy Director of NIEA and the Director of the iGLAM Lab (Laboratory for Innovation in Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) at the University of NSW. She researches at the forefront of interactive and immersive experiences for museums and galleries. In widely exhibited installation works, she has amalgamated cultural heritage with new media art practice, especially in the realms of interactive cinema, augmented reality and embodied narrative.

Megan Heyward

Megan Heyward

UTS academic and media artist. Working across locative media, interactive narrative, augmented reality, and electronic literature, she creates original projects for mobiles, tablets and desktops.  Megan is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UTS.

Mark Pesce

Mark Pesce

Inventor, writer, entrepreneur, educator and broadcaster. He has written six books, including VRML: Browsing and Building Cyberspace and The Playful World: How Technology is Transforming Our Imagination, which used toys such as Furby and Sony’s PlayStation to explore our interactive future.

Sam Doust

Sam Doust

Sam is foremost a visual artist and writer who takes a multidisciplined approach to creative works based in digital media, from filmmaking to complex interactive content. He is a writer, director, producer, editor, graphic designer, compositor, executive producer and project manager, having learnt the long way that digital is synonymous with specialising in multiple fields of expertise. Sam is presently based in Sydney and works under the studio name Latchkey.

Futures Thinking Labs 1 & 4 December 2015

The Futures Thinking Labs were a 2 day hands-on workshop as part of the ICI:Labs series. Participants explored ideas about storytelling combined with the emergent approach of ‘futures thinking’ to envision the future within the UTS Data Arena.

The Lab was directed by visionary practitioners in two fields: Dr. Chris Riedy from the Institute for Sustainable Futures at UTS, and Michela Ledwidge, transmedia storyteller and director, Mod Productions.

Dr Chris Riedy

Chris Riedy

Associate Professor and Director of Higher Degree Research at the Institute for Sustainable Futures UTS. Chris is a leader in his field and explores how to bring about real world change through applying futures thinking, participatory processes, social theory and unique approaches to facilitating practical experiments.

Michela Ledwidge

Michela Ledwidge

Michela Ledwidge is an artist and director redefining the space between cinema and games. In 2004 she won a NESTA Invention award for 'remixable film', which outlines her vision for playful storytelling and digital culture and continues to underpin her artistic practice. She is co-founder of studio  Mod Productions, and has been both the creative and technical lead on numerous productions.


UTS: Hatchery

The Hatchery Pre-Incubator is a new distinctive UTS enterprise designed to give students start-up skills and to educate and launch the entrepreneurs of the future.

We know that today’s students and tomorrow’s graduates will follow very different career paths to previous generations. Many of them will choose start-up and entrepreneurial careers over traditional jobs.

The Hatchery “pre-incubator” program will prepare UTS students with the skills and expertise needed to confidently take their business ideas to the next level of development. Hatchery participants will learn the groundwork needed to pitch their own ideas to the thriving industry incubators and accelerators in our precinct such as Fishburners.

Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation

The UTS Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation is a combined degree like no other. Drawing on experts from disciplines as diverse as midwifery, journalism, engineering, law and architecture, this elite degree will ready some of Australia’s brightest young minds for tomorrow’s complex global problems.