Innovation through collaboration

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What is CollabHub?

First CollabHub meeting

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CollabHub is short for Collaboration Hub

  • It is a social enterprise for students across the university to meet each other and create multi-disciple teams.
  • It was developed to foster confidence for collaborative practice, to help students build future networks and possible professional relationships.
  • The door is open for collaboration beyond the University, inviting the possibility of relationships with local and creative businesses.
  • The goal is simply based on the notion giving ‘the gift of confidence’ (Vera John-Steiner adapts this idea from Jean-Paul Sartre); confidence gained though group identity, and confidence to negotiate the challenge of collaboration.
  • CollabHub belongs to the students. It is driven by their innovations and willingness to take risks in an assessment and course free social context.
  • CollabHub also aims to draw on local social enterprise networks and a longer term strategy for this is being developed. A sister blog hosted at The University of Huddersfield. It acts as a portal to this blog while providing some information about the hub.


First meeting was on October 3rd 2012, 32 members and 7 pitches were presented. We now have over 323 members in the Facebook group. Members are from a wide range of disciplines, and also from some other Universities, and arts communities. CollabHub is not limited to creative arts though; this group welcomes all students as diverse multi-discipline teams can be formed. CollabHub is a kind of playground, a sandpit for creating and exploring ideas.

CollabHub explained – (click here for a .pdf about the history of CollabHub so far)

This blog features updates on meetings, news, links and thoughts on creativity and collaborative creativity and related theoretical works.

1st Symposium on May 11th!

Liz Dobson talks about CollabHub and the UnLtd funding 

Symposium over…


Here you can see the Facebook posts for the day

All done – I’ll blog and post more pics and thoughts about the Symposium soon.

Please view this link to see just photographs!

Really well done to everyone who took part. There were 50 delegates and I’ve received quite a few feedback forms. Robyn’s team have been booked for 3 professional jobs and it was brilliant to see so many people from outside the University. I loved seeing everyone playing Trenchbrain and the concert team did such really professional job. Really well done all!

I’m marking now for a couple of weeks, but will be blogging here soon.

E-mail me with your thoughts about induction week. What do you want to do … ?

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You must have a ticket to attend the Symposium

Please register here

You may be turned away if you haven’t registered as priority will be given to people who secured a place. This is free, funded by UnLtd, but we have a cap on numbers. Don’t be disappointed I would really hate to have to turn anyone away….

Here is our sister blog at the University. It shows the schedule – times to be updated soon

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What’s in a pitch?

So if you’re new to CollabHub and visiting this page for the first time, all you need to know is this: CollabHub offers regular meetings for you to pitch an idea, modest or ambitious and see who wants to work with you. For example, you might have a great idea for designing something but you don’t have the programming skills or design background to develop it… so you offer your idea to whoever attends and see if there is anyone there who would like to work on it with you. CollabHub gives you 2 minutes, with web and a computer, to simply pitch your idea. You can pitch it online too, via this website.


Luke, presenting a pitch at a CollabHub meeting

CollabHub is a kind of sandpit, so your idea might just be little, or it could be to create something huge. For example Quynh Pham (one of our students from Vietnam) has pitched “The HD Postcode Project: an expression of huddersfield outside classrooms.”

Here is Qyunh’s pitch:

HD project web

If you’re interested in talking to Qyunh about this join the facebook group and you can find her there.

If you’re interested in presenting a pitch hover over the ‘project news’ tab and click on ‘invite collaborators’, or click here