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Apparna Maikkara - a view from India.

Apparna Maikkara - a view from India.

July 12, 2021

Post Graduate student Aparna Maikkara joins the podcast to talk about IT and Tech in India and her MSc Computing course at the University of Northampton.

Aparna describes the IT and innovation hubs in India. She also speaks about key areas of her studies, including Artificial  Intelligence (AI)/machine learning, touching on the ethical dilemmas when biases are subconsciously introduced. She also shares thoughts about women working in IT.

Finally, Aparna talks about the presentation she gave within one of Digital Northampton's 'Tech at Ten events' where she spoke about the innovation in the city port of Kochi (link below). 

 

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Steve Walsh - Jump Media Group

Steve Walsh - Jump Media Group

May 24, 2021

Managing Director of Jump Media Group Steve Walsh takes a break from the Caught My Eye Podcast to talk about his marketing business and his former life as a full time GB athlete.

Ken and Steve talk about many of the things involved with training, preparation and performing as an elite sportsperson and how this can translate to running a business and performing well in a career. They talk about talent vs practice, love of a "thing" vs having intrinsic drive and things such as "Deep work" and the "Laws of Harvest".

Finally, Steve talks about the team behind the performer and how he's always looking to draw on the expertise of others to learn, develop and grow, in sport and in running a business.

 

Jump Media Group are strong supporters of Digital Northampton and created this year's Merged Future website.

 

 

People mentioned and concepts discussed:

 

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Digital Learning

Digital Learning

May 13, 2021

Director of Digital Learning company Spokes Education, Phil Spokes, primary school teacher Grant Malloch and Head of Learning Technology at The University of Northampton, Rob Howe make up the panel to discuss "Digital Learning".

An area that had been growing steadily for a number of years suddenly became crucial during the pandemic lock-downs of 2020/21.

Ken is joined by Phil, Grant and Rob to look at Digital Learning from the three different perspectives of a private provider, a primary school educator and from within a university. They discuss what is meant by Digital Learning, how each of them use it, whether there are any "cons" alongside the "pros" and what, if any, of the practices that have been adopted during the lock downs, will potentially continue when restrictions are lifted.

This is an introductory view of Digital Learning, some podcasts in future will investigate this in greater depth.

 

 

  

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Hannah Brady - The Brady Creative

Hannah Brady - The Brady Creative

May 11, 2021

Hannah Brady, co-Director at marketing agency The Brady Creative, joins the podcast to talk about marketing, setting up a new business during the pandemic and her role as President of the next Generation Chamber at the Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce.

 

Usually sharing thoughts with Ken and Steve on the 'Caught My Eye' version of the podcast, this time Hannah talks about her career background, including her time studying Marketing at university, prior to setting up The Brady Creative with her mum. 

 

She talks about their business approach and philosophy, gives advice about using social media effectively to engage with prospects and clients and describes what the Next Generation Chamber is, how it works and that you don't have to be a Chamber of Commerce member to join.

Some things discussed:

 

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Digital Learning with Spokes Education

Digital Learning with Spokes Education

April 19, 2021

Phil Spokes joins the podcast to discuss Digital Learning. He explains what it is (what it isn't), the factors that make it successful and how the COVID pandemic accelerated the levels of interest and use.

Phil talks about his background and how he started Spokes Education as Digital Learning creators.

Founded in 2013, Spokes Education have worked with clients around the world and across public, private and third sectors delivering expertise and experience in creating digital learning. 

 

 

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Burger King UK Twitter fail, Tommee Tippee ad blocked by Facebook and Sneaky Sexism in marketing

Burger King UK Twitter fail, Tommee Tippee ad blocked by Facebook and Sneaky Sexism in marketing

March 29, 2021

In this episode after months of praising Burger King, Steve picks them up for a major Twitter 'fail' in the UK, Hannah discusses Tommee Tippee's Boob Life campaign being blocked by Facebook and Ken highlights the new book  'Brandsplaining' which shows that 'Sneaky Sexism' is prevalent in marketing to women.

 

 

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John Sinclair - Dean, Faculty of Arts, Science & Technology - University of Northampton

John Sinclair - Dean, Faculty of Arts, Science & Technology - University of Northampton

March 22, 2021

John Sinclair, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Science & Technology (FAST) at the University of Northampton joins the podcast to talk about the University's support for Digital Northampton.

 

John describes growing up in the north east of Scotland (and being part of the "Doric Diaspora" - see link below). He talks about his background as an academic, initially studying Geography at the University of Aberdeen and moving to London to work as a Research Assistant. He joined the (then) Nene College in 1993 as programme leader for Earth Science. He subsequently became the Divisional Lead for Environmental Science, the Associate Dean, Deputy Dean, Acting Dean and finally Dean of FAST in 2016.

John talks about how the Active Blended Learning Approach at the University helped them quickly adjust to teaching students remotely during the pandemic and how the experience of doing this has accelerated the approach to teaching in a way that best suits the individual student.   

 

 

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Advanced Search Engine Optimisation

Advanced Search Engine Optimisation

March 22, 2021

Following on from the first interview about Search Engine Marketing and Search Engine Optimisation (SEM and SEO) with Alan Perkins recorded in Sept 2020, this episode looks at the subject in more detail.

 

Ken and Alan talk about the future of search (including voice search) and discuss if it's still 'all about words' or can Google and others search for content in audio and video as well.  

 

Alan is the MD of Silverdisc a digital marketing agency founded in 1993. Silverdisc combines strategic planning, technical engineering and marketing knowledge to help businesses unlock the power of technology and reach their goals. They're based in Kettering, Northamptonshire and work with businesses all over the UK and beyond.  

 

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International Women’s Day 2021

International Women’s Day 2021

March 7, 2021

Clips and highlights from previous Digital Northampton podcasts have been brought together to celebrate and support International Women's Day 2021.

 

University of Northampton Senior Lecturer Kardi Somerfield,  Clare Elsby (Regional Policy lead for East Midlands FSB and Elsby & Co), Hannah Brady (Director at The Brady Creative), recent Advertising and Digital Marketing graduate Katie Rushmer and Charlotte Patrick (Knowledge Transfer & Business Engagement at University of Northampton) all feature in this special edition.

 

Thanks to every one of them for sharing their time, expertise, wisdom, insight, advice and experiences.

 

 

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Digital Marketing and Psychology

Digital Marketing and Psychology

February 23, 2021

Business Psychologist Andrew Lloyd Gordon joins Ken in this episode to talk digital marketing and psychology.

Andrew has a long background in consultancy, teaching, mentoring and tutoring in digital marketing and was a key creator of the employment website Jobs.ac.uk, one of the UK's first fully transitional websites.

Ken explores Andrew's background from growing up in the West Midlands, his original interest in psychology, joining the Army through to the experience of creating a jobs website without almost no existing examples to draw from.

Similar to other interviews in the Digital Northampton series this provides helpful and thoughtful advice about jobs and careers for anyone at any stage of their working life but particularly for people starting out. The paths described almost always take unexpected dips and curves and helpfully dispel any myths about structured routes to success and fulfilment.

 

 

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