School of Informatics

Festival of Creative Learning in Informatics

The School of Informatics participates in three events, including one co-organised by ILW veterans and ‘Smart Data Hack’ co-founders.

Building on the legacy of the Innovative Learning Week which ran between 2012 and 2016 and aiming at developing creative learning practices, the Festival of Creative Learning 2016/17 comprises a programme of events and activities running throughout the academic year, along with a curated, week-long programme of events in February (20th – 24th February 2017).


Data and Democracy

This one-day event ran by 4th year students will open with a lecture on data collection and digital footprint by Dr Kami Vaniea. It will be followed by three interactive workshops on mass surveillance, anonymity and advertising, which will include hands-on activities. The organisers’ aim is to spread the awareness of issues involving privacy, surveillance and security with a focus on the psychology and politics behind these issues. They are hoping the workshops will spark a heated debate.

Sign up for the Data and Democracy event

Refreshments will be provided for all attendees.

The Edinburgh IoT Challenge

Organised by the Edinburgh IoT Initiative, the Edinburgh IoT Challenge is a week-long activity enabling students and staff to learn and build new applications and services using Internet of Things technologies.

In 2017, the University will be establishing a pilot IoT network using LoRaWAN technology. The network will be made available as a shared infrastructure for research and development by a wide range of partners, as well as supporting teaching and learning opportunities within the University.

Sign up for the Edinburgh IoT Challenge [BOOKED OUT]


Learn to Code

The School of Informatics Head of College Prize for Outreach winner, Dr Areti Manataki, will introduce a coding workshop for all. It spins off her highly popular MOOC Code Yourself.

Learn to Code is a hands-on workshop that will introduce attendees to the basics of computer programming in Scratch. Attendees will learn basic software engineering techniques, have a go at creating simple computer programmes, and then work with others to build their very own game.

Sign up for the 'Learn to Code' workshop [BOOKED OUT]

Useful links

Festival of Creative Learning

Code Yourself MOOC