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Big red button at #HADADi

The noise from Alistair MacDonald’s big red button is still ringing in my ears ten days on…

And its appearance at the spring #HADADi in Campus North couldn’t have been more timely.

For the first time in our three-year lifespan MC Dominic Smith had ventured to suggest that there would be a time limit on our short sketches and presentations of new ideas which criss-cross the perceived boundaries between tech and arts.

There’s no doubt that #HADADi presenters have plenty to say and plenty to show. With more people coming along with fresh projects to share with other techies and artists Dominic was worrying that instead of a squeezed middle we were experiencing a squeezed end. The squash between quarter to 7 and 7 o’clock had to be sorted.

We want to be fair to everyone whether you are first or last up with your sketch.

Dominic was looking a little wary as he suggested that the big red button would have a part to play in #HADADi time-keeping… throughout the evening his fingers dangled over it threateningly.

Was it just me or did everyone stick to time because they really really didn’t want that noise ringing in their ears any more than they had to?

Many guarantees about #HADADi – and just one is the fact that Alistair MacDonald always comes up trumps with something to get us talking and thinking. What will he bring next time? And what will you bring?

Variety is definitely the spice of #HADADi.

A roomful of artists and techy entrepreneurs gathered at Campus North on Carliol Square in Newcastle Tuesday early evening 1 May to share sketches and ideas. The presentations flowed with a 5 minute cut off for everyone – well, just about 5 minutes!

Our youngest presenter yet with Brian Degger and daughter showing the LED bracelet she’d created. Is the combo of electronics and jewellery just one way of attracting more girls and young women to a world of technology suggested Helix Arts Chair Alison Shaw?

There was a something of a theme emerging with both musician Paddy Villiers-Stuart and choreographer Rebecca Evans seeking collaborators for their soundscape projects. And on the mapping front both Martin O’Leary from Centre for Life and artist Dan Russell presented their work too.

Austen Atkinson from Lexicon Learning in Sedgfield outlined digital ideas in development to tell the Helix Arts story differently.

And there was an unexpected debate emerging about conspiracy theories off the back of Mike Glover’s piece… Variety? Definitely!

Thanks to everyone especially MC Dominic Smith.

See you next time #HADADi Newcastle at Campus North on Carliol Square in Newcastle Tuesday 9 October. Doors open 5pm with presentations from half past.

2018/19 #HADADi dates for the diary are:

  • Tuesday 14 August 2018, 6pm, Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3LS
  • Tuesday 9 October 2018, 5pm, Think Lab (Room E304), Ellison E Block, Northumberland Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST. Directions can be found here
  • Tuesday 4 December 2018, 5pm, Think Lab (Room E304), Ellison E Block, Northumberland Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST. Directions can be found here
  • Tuesday 5 March 2019, 5pm, Think Lab (Room E304), Ellison E Block, Northumberland Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST. Directions can be found here

Keep an eye out on our twitter feed for further details.

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