Disruptive Technology – Events
Our new disruptive technology virtual events series, brings together industry experts and academics for 30-40 min conversations on particular technologies and sectors in order to progress our disruptive thinking and projects. We are really excited to launch our new event series at The University of Salford on Disruptive Technologies. We will hear, see and interact with some of the most remarkable innovators and thinkers from around the world, unpicking and exploring the role of disruptive technologies.
Previous event recordings can also be found below.
Forthcoming Events Schedule
Activities and Speakers to be confirmed, but please put these dates in your diary!:
- March Cluster Meeting – 13.00 – 15.00 (online), Tuesday 29th March 2022. Agenda includes:
- Cluster strategy workshop
- Funding and Impact (with speakers Clare Cornes, Deborah Woodman, Emma Sutton)
- April Cluster Meeting – 13.00 – 15.00 (on campus), Thursday 28th April 2022
- May Cluster Meeting – 14.00 – 15.00 (online), Wednesday 25th May 2022
- June Cluster Meeting – 14.00 – 16.00 (on campus), Wednesday 29th June 2022
Previous Events & Recordings
Disruptive Tech, Global Sport and the Experience Economy
Wednesday 30th June 2021, 2PM (UK time)
Nicola McCullough (University of Salford)
With Euro 2020 and Copa America happening simultaneously in the Summer of 2021, we explore the latest developments in the world of global sport during the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic.
There are unique connections between fans in England and South America further enabled through sport in the digital world. We discuss the global fan experience and how technologies allow fandom to happen and how teams are using technology to bridge the gap that the global pandemic has created. This event is also part of the University of Salford, Festival of Research 2021
Blockchain and NFTs for organisations
Wednesday May 19th , 2021 – 2.00PM (GST)
Our speakers present their experience with Blockchain and Non Fungible Tokens (NFTs) for organisations.
Where Bitcoin provides a new digital currency, NFTs create opportunities to sell digital collectables. Digital-only artworks, social media posts and GIF’s are being sold for millions, but will the bubble burst or evolve? We also consider sustainability of these trechnologies and question what the environmental impact now and in the future.
We explore this topic with a discussion and audience interaction.
Netnography in the age of COVID-19
Wednesday Apr 28th, 2021 – 5.00PM (UK Time)
Prof Robert Kozinets is founder of netnography and an innovator whose methods and theories are widely used by researchers and organizations around the world.
Prof Kozinets introduces and explains how viruses and vaccine can mutate with ethnography and browsers to form disruptive routines all their own. He explores recent developments of netnography in the COVID age. Examples of recent and current studies will be overviewed and discussed, including new types or sub-genres of netnography. All of these elements will help participants understand both netnography and some of the ways that researchers have been adapting to the new contingencies of the age of COVID-19. Press Release
Thought economics and technology
Wednesday Apr 14th, 2021 – 2.00PM (GMT)
Vikas S. Shah MBE is a serial-entrepreneur, investor, thinker and educator who has built businesses in diverse sectors around the world for almost 20 years.
Social media and misinformation
Wednesday Mar 31st, 2021 – 2.00PM (GMT)
Dr. Wasim Ahmed is Lecturer in Digital Business at University of Newcastle with a specialism in social media research and social network analysis. In this session we explore the positives and negatives of social media and its ability to disrupt and spread #fakenews.
AI, diversity and the future of work
Wednesday Mar 17th, 2021 – 2.00PM (GMT)
Dan Sodergren is a tech lover, marketer and futurist. He is a regular expert speaker for BBC TV, podcasts, radio and online. He is co-founder of innovative startup www.YourFlock.co.uk. Based in Manchester Your FLOCK is innovating the sector using machine learning to help support for remote working teams.
Disruptive Tech Health and home fitness
Wednesday Mar 3rd, 2021 – 2.00PM (GMT)
Dr. Mariann Hardey is an Associate Professor at Durham Business School. Self-tracking has become increasingly popular in households during the COVID lockdown. It is often used to mediate boredom and promote mental health. How we define ‘healthy bodies’ and their data is crucial to understanding the new parameters of ‘being healthy.’ Mariann discusses the use of wearable technologies by households.
Wednesday Feb 17th, 2021 – 2.00PM (GMT)
Dr. Rosy Boardman is lecturer in Fashion Business at The University of Manchester. Her work explores online consumer behaviour, digital strategy and innovation in the retail industry.
Disruptive Tech Virtual Events Series – Intro
Tuesday Feb 2nd, 2021 – 12 Noon (GMT)
Dr. Alex Fenton and Professor Andy Miah discuss the new Disruptive Technology Cluster at the University of Salford and introduce the virtual event series.