The Thinking Digital Conference

We hope you’re as excited as we are with the speakers who will be joining us for Thinking Digital 2014.

We’ll be hearing from science performer Steve Mould, who we last saw on stage at the Edinburgh Fringe, provocative innovation economist Mariana Mazzucato, former Forbes & Newsweek tech editorDan Lyons and designer Aral Balkan, who returns in 2014 to talk about his bold new Indiephone project.


Thinking Digital Workshops are an optional, free of charge, addition to your TDC14 ticket and will take place on Monday 19th/ Tuesday 20th May 2014 at various locations across Newcastle upon Tyne.

You MUST register through Eventbrite in order to attend a workshop.

Places are limited and on a first come, first served basis.

Once registered, further details will be emailed to you nearer the time.


Captivate Your Audience

Tuesday 20 May, 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Newcastle University Business School, 5 Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4SE

How do I make an impact on my audience? How can I connect more effectively with them while communicating? Here’s where you find out…

In this workshop, participants will learn from the world of theatre about how to connect with an audience and make an impact.

The team will lead the group through dynamic, interactive scenarios. As a participant you will get to influence the story through the suggestions you offer to the characters. It is learning without teaching, enabling development to become a personalised experience through each participant’s unique relationship with the story and its characters.

Particularly relevant to: those wanting to improve their face-to-face communication skills


Change the World with 3D Printing?

Tuesday 20 May, 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Newcastle Science City, Devonshire Building, Devonshire Terrace, Newcastle, NE1 7RU

Want to know about the phenomenon that is 3D printing? Already know about it, but you want to DO it? This workshop is for you…

3D printing has been around for 30 years but only now can you do it at home – for a princely sum of £1000. ‘The Economist’ says “it is likely to disrupt every field it touches” but, more importantly, what will YOU think after this session? What can 3D printing do that traditional methods can’t?

This workshop uses theory and a practical experiment to help you understand what 3D printing can do and how it might be used in the real world. Attendees will work in teams to produce and test a 3D printed object with a functional use. At the end of the session, delegates will have a better understanding of 3D printing, its advantages and limitations, and the desire to try things out for themselves.

Delivered by experts from Newcastle University and Newcastle Science City.

Particularly relevant to: those wanting to try 3D printing


Gaming: Create your Own in 3D

Tuesday 20 May, 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Newcastle University Business School, 5 Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4SE

Ever created your own 3D animated game? Well, here you can…

Discover the magic of interactive 3D using the amazing Unity engine. In this hands-on workshop, we start by learning the basics of 3D and work toward creating our first game. No previous experience needed, but be ready to have fun!

You will need to bring your own laptop (Mac or PC) with Unity installed from It’s a free install.  You will have a chance to download it at the beginning of the session if necessary.

Particularly relevant to: those wanting to create their own animated 3D game


Leading Emotionally Intelligent Teams

Tuesday 20 May, 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Newcastle University Business School, 5 Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4SE

Is your team fulfilling their true potential? Do you want an edge? Look no further…

In a world where creativity and customer experience lead to competitive advantage, this workshop will directly impact on the emotional intelligence of your team.

It couldn’t be simpler. We give you the three behaviours that will significantly impact on the performance of your team. We ask you to become familiar with each of the behaviours, and invite you to take part in a mildly challenging team simulation. There is a review (who, when) and naturally we give you the opportunity to demonstrate your advanced learning!

Your masterclass hosts Mari and Stephen have worked together for over a decade, both internationally and cross-culturally, within small, medium and massive global teams. They have helped each team benchmark and realise their performance.

Particularly relevant to: those interested in creating a better team or applying leadership skills


Thinking with your Hands

Tuesday 20 May, 2.30pm – 5.00pm

Newcastle University Business School, 5 Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4SE

Ever nodded off in a meeting? Been bored to tears in the boardroom? Cleared out your in-box whilst someone else droned on? Now there’s no need…

Join this workshop to learn tips and tricks that will breathe life back into your workplace gatherings. Based on Design Thinking principles, this masterclass will give you easy-to-apply techniques for leading really productive meetings. Be ready to roll up your sleeves, re-awaken your creativity and take part in the world of serious play!

Particularly relevant to: those wanting to reinvigorate meetings


Start Up Competition

Tuesday 20 May, 3.00pm – 5.00pm

Newcastle University Business School, 5 Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4SE

Do you have a passion for innovative ideas and start-ups? Are you interested in the next big thing? Be here… Be the judge.

10 great start-ups will pitch before you and an expert panel of judges for a chance at fame, glory and prizes. Paul Smith of Ignite100 returns to host the competition.

As part of our esteemed audience, you will be responsible for choosing one of the finalists and the judging panel will choose the other. The final will be held during the main conference.


Digital Surgery

Tuesday 20 May, 10.30am – 4.45pm (45 min, 1:2:1 sessions)

Newcastle University Business School, 5 Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4SE

Do you have an product, service or app that you’re trying to promote but are unsure how to go about it? Are you struggling to build an online community or get engagement from your audience?

Whether you’re a beginner who wants a bit of help to get you started or you’re experienced but are wrestling with a particular challenge, in these special one-on-one sessions, you will receive tailored advice and guidance from digital specialist @katiemoffat

Choose a time slot on the confirmation screen when you register for this workshop.


Thinking Digital Art// Hack

Tuesday 20 May, 9.00am – 5.00pm

NewBridge Project & Makerspace, 12 New Bridge St West, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AW

Particularly relevant to: delegates wanting to unleash their digital creative energy

This is a unique opportunity to collaborate with an eclectic, creative team of 24 leading digital media artists, hackers and designers.

The format is a one day creative workshop culminating in a public exhibition. The Art Hack will be led by our experienced hosts, digital media artists Lalya Gaye and Victoria Bradbury of Attaya Projects.

Exploring themes of ‘Decentralisation’, ‘Redistribution’ and ‘Networked Culture’, data sets from the North Easts cultural and commercial sectors will be available to inspire radical new artworks and prototypes that respond directly and critically to the context of the Thinking Digital Conference

Participants should bring their own laptops and software. All other materials and equipment will be provided by New Bridge Project, Attaya Projects and Makerspace. These include: 3D printing, Arduinos, soldering stations, woodshop, junk electronics, motors, computer parts, fabric, sewing machines and other consumables.


Thinking Digital Art// Panel

Monday 19 May, 2.00pm – 4.30pm

Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4JA

Are you interested in the rise of digital industries in the arts? Come along to this panel to hear more…

Thinking Digital Art is working in partnership with Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums to host a panel discussion. Leading curators and world class artists will participate in a critical debate, investigating the current position and impact of creative technologies. The rise of digital industries across contemporary art; curatorial practice and the wider arts; and heritage and cultural sectors will be addressed

Open to all, this platform will provide a compelling opportunity for the cultural sector to reach into the heart of the evolving, digital arts ecology and explore their role within it.

The panel will be chaired by Prof Beryl Graham (CRUMB, University of Sunderland).

Particularly relevant to: those working in or interested in the cultural sector



Thinking Digital is an annual exploration of the people, organisations, tools and ideas that are shaping our future. People come to TDC to learn, develop and connect. Our carefully facilitated environment allows people to go beyond mere networking and build long lasting business relationships and friendships. Here are a couple independent evaluations by..

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And checkout a sampling of our excellent 2013 Thinking Digital speaker videos.

Your conference pass includes..

  • Thinking Digital Masterclasses
  • Thinking Digital Conference
  • TDC Welcome Party, Tuesday,20 May
  • TDC Conference Dinner, Wednesday, 21 May
  • TDC Farewell Party, Thursday, 22 May


TDC created in 2007 by Herb Kim with the first conference held in 2008. In 2012, Herb purchased TDC from his former employer and set it up as an independent entity. The new company is financed solely by Herb.

For more information visit our website or download our PDF brochure.


100% refund minus £10 admin fee until 18 March 2013.

50% refund minus £10 admin fee 19 March – 21 April 2013.

Sorry, no refunds after 22 April 2013.

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