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During the period 2011-2014, the Centre has provided an immensely valuable space where different groups of people are able to work together. Proximity and regular informal and formal meeting opportunities for staff members and students has promoted collaboration and helped to build more diverse networks of expertise. Interdisciplinary capacity makes our research more attractive to consumer-focused industries and certain research funders, notably Nokia (later Microsoft Mobile), which has funded an ongoing project within ICT4D, entitled “Beyond Consumption”. The “Beyond Consumption” project supported several Computer Science and Centre for Film and Media Studies (CFMS) students working on projects in the area of mobile content production and sharing.

The “Beyond consumption” project has explored several dimensions of mobile content creation, using in-depth media ethnographies as springboards for design projects. These have produced large-screen displays for community settings and peer-to-peer collocated sharing as well as apps supporting the mobile-centric practices of young media producers, The project has supported several Computer Science and Centre for Film and Media Studies students working on inter-related projects, including mobile coding, image sharing, graphic design, mobile music production and hip hop performance. Our work in mobile coding won awards from the World Design Capital 2014 and a Shuttleworth Flash grant.

Following a smaller pilot, the interdisciplinary project adopted a “Media Lab model”, which allowed a small number of media experts (three video-makers, two web and graphic designers) to participate and play a role in mobile design research projects. Their training in journalism and documentary-making provided invaluable skills for fieldwork, which allowed Computer Science students to focus on developing software (the Big Board project for sharing digital media and, in later iterations of the project, Nokia apps that go “beyond consumption” to facilitate mobile creativity and digital participation). 

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