Thank you, all, for your participation and motivation this Friday and Saturday – it was a long Welcome Week for you, but you have achieved many great things that will help kickstart your learning with confidence.
You’ve played and learnt about each other, and made friends, too. From here onwards, I trust you will feel empowered to allow yourselves to continue to play, to take chances, to be wrong, to experiment, and to seek for flow in the things you do. You are all creativity and innovation students and I hope you will know not to take yourselves too seriously and to think like pirates whenever you can. Enjoy the ride.
Welcome to Kingston Business School’s MA in Creative Industries & the Creative Economy (or MACE as it is usually referred to) which is now entering its 10th year. You are now officially a member of the MACE community and as such you are a MACER!
MACE is an enjoyable if challenging programme that offers a genuinely inspiring and innovative learning experience. This unique business degree programme enables you to combine your specific creative practice and skills with a rigorous business education customised for the creative industries. The course encourages high levels of creativity, networking and ‘learning by doing’. It has been developed by academics and creative economy practitioners at Kingston Business School to help you respond to emerging trends and opportunities to realise value in the creative economy.
As always, the true nature of the course will only be revealed through the unique interaction with YOU, the individuals for whom the course has been designed. We very much look forward to getting to know each one of you, and sharing in a rewarding and happy time whilst you are on the programme.
With our very best wishes,
(On behalf of the MACE Course Team)
This May the university will be running an international, online hackathon with universities from 6 different countries. The hackathon will give you the opportunity to join a virtual, international team, and work together to develop an idea for a product or service. The challenge will focus on a topic of global interest: Cities of the Future.
The hackathon is a pilot for an entrepreneurship course being developed collaboratively by 15 universities in Europe and Israel. The project is called IN2IT, and is supported by the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme.
Some great reasons to get involved:
- meet new people in different countries and universities
- gain experience of working virtually in a team
- practice developing exciting solutions to real problems – the starting point of entrepreneurship
- put something different on your cv
- participation is free to Kingston students.
Nuts and bolts and timeline:
- The Hackathon is taking place in May.
- To participate, you will need to register with us by April 30th.
- Online materials and instructions will be available to everyone from 5 May.
- Preparatory materials and activities should take you approximately 2-3 hours over a 2 week period (5 – 18 May). These include short readings, videos, slide sets, a questionnaire and some shared tasks.
- The Hackathon is taking place over the weekend of 19 – 22 May. You will be able to participate from home, mobile, or at your university or office. Online mentors will be accessible, but you will work mostly with your team, by video link, messaging, or through noticeboards.
- Final pitches will be submitted on the 22nd May
- After the hackathon weekend, we will ask you for feedback.
Interested? Please contact Bakhona Hawes: firstname.lastname@example.org . Make sure you put HACKATHON in the title of your email.