Author Archives: David Reynolds

NEMODE is moving!

As of today (04/02/2012), NEMODE is moving to a new platform, This version of the site will remain active at, until (01/03/2012) but will redirect you to the new platform. We hope that you like the changes that we have made and look forward to your involvement in discussions and future events!

-The NEMODE web team

Deadline extension- Pilot Studies: Platforms as New Economic Models in the Digital Economy

The Call for Pilot Studies: Platforms as New Economic Models in the Digital Economy deadline has been extended to 18 January, 2013. More information can be found here :Research Call (Platforms)

British Academy of Management Workshop on Future Technology/Smartness Imaginings

On  6th February 2013 there will be a workshop on Strategic Visions and Future Business Models: Exploring Future Technology, Smartness, Creative Science Prototyping and Consumer Technological Landscapes.

The workshop will be hosted by the new SIG (Special Interest Group) in Strategy, which was launched at the BAM conference in September 2012, and held at BAM’s London office. There are a number of excellent speakers including representing diverse interdisciplinary perspectives from leading international scholars and practitioners as well as opportunities to discuss future research funding applications, special issues and journal articles.

Please note, this event is only available to BAM members. For more information and to register, go to the BAM event page or contact Miriam Karim in the BAM Office on +44(0)2073837770, or at

3D printing may be reaching highstreet soon as 3D ‘Photobooth’ opens in Tokyo

It may only be a temporary pop-up shop and a bit of a novelty at the moment, but branding agency, Party, has shown that there is potential in 3D printing technology for consumer markets. While not quick (the process involves a 15-minute scan with a handheld scanner, during which the subject must stay completely still), nor completely accurate (the scanner cannot yet detect fluffy fabrics, small detailed patterns or shiny materials, nor can it read small accessories such as earrings, glasses or bags) it does show the technology has come on leaps and bounds in the last few years. It isn’t cheap either, starting at £160 for a 10cm version, rising to £320 for the 20cm model. To see examples of their products, visit the Omote3D website. (Site in Japanese)


Congratulations to our First Dragons’ Den Winners

NEMODE held a Dragons’ Den Workshop 23rd October 2012- 25th October 2012 at the Digital Economy All Hands Conference, Aberdeen.  The focus of the workshop was on New Business Models.

Congratulations to our winning business idea Mogees(Bruno Zamborlin & Aidan Sheridan)  who win £10,000

And our runners up who each win £3,000:

Dynamon (Angus Webb)
Evolved (Chris Paulson & Andras Sobester)
Satalia  (Daniel Hulme)



TED Talk on Trust

Recorded at TEDGlobal, Edinburgh, in June 2012, Rachel Botsman explains why the currency of the new economy is ‘trust’. Do you agree? Leave a comment below.

IT as a Utility Call

Call for Expression of Interest for ITaaU Network Plus Pilot Studies
Closing date for EoI: 17:00 on 12th November 2012

Applicants are invited to apply for shortpilot research study funding from the IT as a Utility Network+, set up as a priority challenge area by the RCUK Digital Economy Theme (DE). These pilot studies will be no longer than 6 months in duration and are intended to test new ideas or create novel linkages between research areas.
Please see the following documents for further details:

DE IT as a Utility Network – Pilot Call .pdf

DE IT as a Utility Network – Pilot Call .docx
For further information on the IT as a Utility Network+ – the Digital Economy theme and
Please contact Jeremy Frey or Sarah Milsted with any queries.

New Call from RCUK DE (NEMinDE)

The RCUK Digital Economy Theme (DET) wants, through its investments, to engage more with business schools and economics researchers who have been under-represented in existing grants. This need was highlighted by the recent DE Impact Review. To encourage new participants to participate quickly with the community, RCUK would like to promote engagement between existing investments e.g. digital economy hubs, networks and new researchers.

Up to £3.5 million has been earmarked for this call, which seeks to support cross disciplinary research as well as building links between groups and disciplines. This call is being commissioned in close partnership with ESRC. Given the multidisciplinary nature of the call, ESRC will be contributing up to £1M to the call and the DET will be contributing up to £2.5M towards the call. Subject to the quality of the submissions received, it is anticipated that we will fund up to five proposals. Grants funded under this call will provide funding to support a suite of related research and people-based activities, which should complement the work of the DET Network+ ‘New Economic Models in the Digital Economy’.

The deadline for proposal submission is 16:00 on 11 December 2012.

Please note: Anyone intending to submit a proposal to this call must register their interest by completing the ‘Intent to Submit a Full Proposal Form’ on the RCUK DE Page by 12:00 on 19 November 2012.

A pdf with more details can be found here: NEMinDE Call

You may wish to contact researchers already working in this area. The list of attendees from our Cambridge Workshop in July would be a good place to start. It can be downloaded here.

For more on what was discussed during the Cambridge Workshop, visit our Outputs Page.

New Forms of Urban Mobility

What do Oslo, Amsterdam, Paris, Oxford, San Francisco, and Houston have in common?  All have an electric-car-sharing program.  Urban mobility is taking on new forms with the introduction of small, eco-friendly vehicles at parking stations across cities available for a time- or distance-based subscription.  The concept is similar to a cell phone contract: for a monthly, annual, or in some cases daily or weekly fee, users can take out an EV and return it to any other station in the city after use.  This shift to mobility-as-a-service, or “servitization”, is the new trend in private transport, as the younger generation is changing its attitude towards driving.  Vehicle leasing is increasingly appearing as a more attractive option in cities than ownership of a vehicle.

Can you 3D-print a bikini or a pair of shoes?

3D-Printing is really a disruptive technology. It is paving the way for new business models that bring mass customisation and value co-creation capability to higher levels. Is there room for 3D-Printing in the fashion sector? Definitely yes. You can 3D-print bikinis, footwear, and accessories. Read more in Case Study 1’s 3D -Printing section.