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New Labs

UTS has launched New Labs - a new series of symposia, workshops, seminars and lab style deep dives to form an experimental and exploratory approach to innovation.

Fueled by the university’s Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Creative Intelligence Strategy 2017 - 2020, UTS New Labs draws on thought leaders, researchers, innovators and experts from across its faculties and beyond.

UTS: New Labs is designed to bring together transdisciplinary engagement across UTS while applying methods of creative innovation, across streams including Media, Cities and more.

The first of the UTS New Labs series, focusing on Media, takes place on July 26 in partnership with the UTS Centre for Media Transition. City University New York professor, journalist and Open Web advocate Jeff Jarvis will lead a half day intensive 'Journalism Jam' to explore the media's varied futures.

Themes will include exposing the dark web, new ways of funding journalism and building new standards for trust. Audience members will be offered an open slate for coming up with solutions.

This will be followed up with a Future of Journalism Creative Cluster, six weekly workshops that will run from August 8 to September 12. The most resonant themes from Jeff Jarvis’ Journalism Jam will be carried forward for Creative Cluster participants to ‘hack’ in more depth to bring to life a viable idea.

In October, a New Labs Cities event, in partnership with UTS Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, will explore the power of technology to promote health and wellbeing across urban communities.

Monique Potts, acting director for UTS’ Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Creative Intelligence Unit (IECIU), said: “Our New Labs program is designed to culminate in action, through rapid experimentation and open innovation. Participants will be expected to combine creative intelligence, social and entrepreneurial thinking with lateral problem solving methodologies.

“By using creative intelligence, we can make sense of and connect different forms of knowledge in new ways, to solve complex problems by driving innovation and creating value. As UTS Chancellor Catherine Livingstone said in her welcome speech in April, it’s people who innovate, rather than governments, institutions or businesses. With New Labs, we’re aiming to bring sharp minds together so individual ideas can become greater than the sum of their parts.

For more information on New Labs, contact IECI Programs Manager Cynthia Macnee cynthia.macnee@uts.edu.au.


Published 25 July 2017