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The OneWeb Festival

Tuesday 27 November, Highfield and Avenue Campuses (various locations).

Links to all sessions below.

For one day only, and to mark the University’s commitment to OneWeb, the University’s digital team will be hosting the first university-led event of its kind in the sector. Our impressive line-up of speakers will include some of the UK’s stars of content strategy and design as well as user experience.   

Join us to celebrate the launch of OneWeb.

What we’re planning

Building on the vision and change the OneWeb project demands, we understand the importance of face-to-face conversations that allow for depth, collaboration, and a greater sense of trust.

The OneWeb festival will be free to all our colleagues and students to attend and will take place for one day only. We hope that as many of you from across the University, can join us for some or all of the sessions.

The day will be split into different sessions including talks, workshops and discussions. This format will allow our community to create connections, engage in dialogue and facilitate further cooperation.

You’ll be able to exchange ideas and approaches on topics including

  • User needs
  • Content-first transformation
  • Usability testing
  • User research
  • Social media and guiding principles
  • Agile practices

The Festival will also help you put our team’s names to faces and learn best practice in various digital disciplines. It will help us to continuously improve our services and digital products.

The line up

Padma Gillen

Padma is the author of Lead with Content and is the lead consultant on the OneWeb project. Padma runs a content design consultancy called Llibertat, following many notable successes as Head of Content Design at the Government Digital Service (GDS). He uses his expertise in content design management and agile content production to help organisations create quality content and maximise the effectiveness of their content teams.

Padma advises organisations on how to set up and deliver successful web content projects, coaches them through the process, and provides content design teams to make it happen.

Padma will deliver a keynote about “Speaking with one voice: Creating great content in large organisations”.

Rob Armstrong-Haworth, Hootsuite

Rob is the higher education lead for Hootsuite in the UK and Ireland. With 17 years experience of working in higher education (at four universities), his focus is now on helping institutions succeed with social.

Titled “Are You Listening? Are You Really Listening?”, Rob will present a thought provoking talk about the power of social listening and how it can enhance a university’s ability to improve social experience. He will be joined by our Social Media Lead, Jonny Vaughan, to give more context from the day-to-day work on Southampton’s central channels and some useful best practice advice.

Lee Duddell, UX Director, UserZoom

Lee’s been working in remote research for longer than most (as far back as 2008 AD when he founded WhatUsersDo). Lee is passionate about putting UX insight at the heart of decisions, so it’s just as well his focus at UserZoom is to help brands become customer focused by making research Business as usual (BAU).

Lee will be giving a talk about ‘How organisations can learn about their users in an Agile environment’ and will be joined by our very own Content Team Lead, Chris Lockhart, featuring some tangible examples from our current website.

Katrina Dixon, OneWeb Content Strategist 

Katrina is the Content Strategist for the OneWeb project. She has worked as a Senior Content Designer and Content Strategist on projects including GOV.UK, Barnardo’s and UCL. She creates and improves content and end-to-end user journeys that are simpler, clearer and faster by basing everything on what the user needs.

In User Needs 101 Katrina will show you how to create great content that works by starting with what your users need, and how this approach will work in the OneWeb project.

Mark Wyatt, OneWeb Programme Manager

Mark is the Programme Manager for the OneWeb project.  His previous role to this was Head of Content at Defra. Mark has managed the delivery of several large content transformation projects for government, including Defra’s Smarter Guidance project. He has also worked on establishing a User Centred Design function and embedding end-to-end service delivery within the organisation.

Mark works with agile project management techniques, delivering content transformation at scale and pace, as well as building team capability and business processes to enable ongoing benefits and improvements.

In ‘Agile 101’ Mark will look at what agile is, what it isn’t, and how we’ll be using it as part of the OneWeb project.

How to attend

If you are interested in the OneWeb project, and would like to learn more about usability testing, content transformation, agile practices, user needs and social media, please book your space for each session below. 

Links to sessions (all in Highfield Campus, unless otherwise stated):

Morning sessions:
Afternoon sessions:
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If you are unable to attend the sessions, we will be blogging about it and are looking into the options of recording the main sessions.

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