Learn how you can use digital technology to create a powerful and integrated museum experience for your visitors 

This Innovation Lab is run in partnership with meSch


Do you want to be more involved in how your visitor experiences your museum using digital technology? This Innovation Lab will help you gain skills to take control of new technology by enabling you to ask the right questions. You will understand how you can exploit the power of open data, wearables and Internet of Things to create a unique experience for your visitors that is integrated with your collections. The Lab is suitable for all museums. No prior experience of working with digital tools is required. 

The Lab includes presentations, a workshop with group activities facilitated by experts to show you the possibilities of new technology with real examples from both Dutch and UK museums. You will also work together to develop ideas using some highly effective prototyping techniques. This day will help you understand how your organisation can benefit from using digital technology to highlight its collections as well as enhance events and activities.


What you will achieve
- Explore effective uses of digital technologies in the cultural and other sectors

- Understand how to develop experiences for users with different needs  

- Learn about open data, wearables and Internet of Things 

- Apply different prototyping techniques to develop ideas for your organisation


Participant profile
This session is suitable for people from cultural organisations including curators, educators, producers, heads of marketing and communication, heads of digital and independent professionals from the cultural sector.


About your facilitators
Abhay Adhikari (PhD)
helps private and public sector organisations create digital strategies and business innovation programmes. He has a research background in biofeedback gaming. Abhay also facilitates the Digital Identity seminar series that have been hosted in 9 countries by organisations such as The Guardian (UK), Nordiska Museet (Sweden), Museum de Lakenhal (The Netherlands) and Asian Paints (India).

Alastair Somerville is a specialist in sensory cognition and accessible information. He works with all sizes of museum to create inclusive physical and digital interpretations. This includes Imperial War Museum, Natural History Museum and the National Trust. In the past 2 years he has been invited to speak at SxSW about the future of user experience design. He regularly speaks about wearable and inclusive design at conferences in Europe and the United States.

Merel van der Vaart is a PhD Candidate at the University of Amsterdam and the Allard Pierson Museum. Her research is part of the meSch project and focuses on the way digital technology can be used to help visitors engage with museum collections. She previously worked at the Science Museum (UK) as Associate Curator of Public History. In this role she was responsible for collection-based co-creative projects both online and on-site.

The fee for this one day Innovation Lab is € 165,- + VAT (Total: € 199,65). Coffee and tea will be provided throughout the day, but lunch is not included. You can bring your own lunch, or visit the museum café.


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