ODEC group held a meeting today at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), bringing groups in research, business and local government together for a review and update on the work of the Connected Digital Economy Catapult, and to explore possibilities for collaboration.
As well as attendance from all Divisions across the University, business and local government were represented by people from Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire County Council, Oxfordshire LEP, the Oxford Technology, Media and Finance Network, the Oxford Whitespace trial (Love Hz), Oxford Memo, Oxford Sustainable Development Enterprise (OSDE) and White October.
The meeting was opened by Bill Dutton, Professor of Internet Studies at OII, who gave an overview of the the University’s pre-Catapult collaborative intiatives, and the OII’s participation in the Catapult’s formative stages, and current initiatives, followed by an introductory video.
The next part of the presentation was given by Bill Imlah – an overview of the Catapult, with an update on their current project work and their plans for a new Innovator Centre to be rolled out this year.
Discussion followed, exploring the issues and possibilities around collaboration with the Catapult. Suggestions from the meeting included: setting up a resource to more easily identify groups in the University and in the Oxford area who might be available for collaboration; and encouraging the Catapult to use its matchmaking potentials more to help to create or accelerate opportunities in cases which fell short of the project criteria for collaboration with the Catapult.