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Two days of daylight with VELUX

Two days of daylight with VELUX

Three Edinburgh Stripes packed their bags and headed south last week all in the name of daylight. No, we weren’t just fed-up with the dreich Scottish ‘summer’, we were off to attend VELUX’s 6th Daylight Symposium.

Tobacco Dock, East London
The biennial, two-day event brought together over 350 people from across the globe to discuss and debate.

I know what you’re thinking – how could you possibly discuss daylight for two whole days. From health, to architecture, to learning, to sleeping patterns, to nature, the lists goes on. Daylight influences and plays a role in everything we do.

Tobacco Dock Interior
Experts in architecture, design, engineering and building congregated in the Tobacco Dock – one of the most Instagram-able buildings in East London – to hear 35 daylight themed lectures.

Having set up in a seat in the back row, team Stripe unpacked all manner of cameras, Dictaphones, videocameras, notebooks and laptops and set to work. Amongst hosting media our job on the day was to man the social media channels. Four in total – Twitter and Instagram for VELUX UK & Ireland and Twitter and Instagram for The Daylight Project.

Flipping between all four, searching hashtags and scrolling through newsfeeds, we live tweeted during the talks. We had to be on the ball to draft instantaneous creative content. We pulled out nuggets of information and quotes from the speakers, overlaying them over stand-out pictures or did a quick Google search to source pictures of the buildings the speakers were talking about.

Trying to negotiate complex daylighting data into 140 characters was a bit of a challenge, but as the engagements rolled in I loved the buzz.

One of the many highlights for me was at dinner on the first night. We got chatting to a building surveyor from Holland who told us how excited he was that VELUX had retweeted him during one of the talks. There was a bit of a jazz hands moment as we owned up.

VELUX Launches National Photography Competition

VELUX Launches National Photography Competition

Daylight expert and roof window manufacturer, VELUX has launched a UK-wide creative photography competition to encourage the nation to celebrate daylight. The competition is open to all levels of photographer and offers entrants the chance to win the trip of a lifetime to the Arctic Circle.

Launched to coincide with the changing of the clocks, as daylight becomes ever more precious, the ‘Lovers of Light’ photography competition invites amateur and professional photographers alike to capture a moment that brings light to life.

Entries to the VELUX Lovers of Light competition must submit a landscape photograph that appreciates the important role daylight plays in our daily lives and everyone who submits a qualifying image will also be in with a chance of appearing as part of an animated short film made using only still photography.

One winning photograph will be chosen by a panel of expert judges and the lucky entrant will experience a once in a lifetime trip – four nights for four people at the uniquely designed Treehotel nestled in the treetops of the magnificent Boreal Forest, Sweden, in the Arctic Circle. Images must be submitted before 28th February 2013 to have a chance of winning the prize and the lucky winner will be revealed on 31st March 2013 – the date when the clocks go forward one hour to take advantage of the changing light conditions as the days get longer.

To enter the competition, find out more and read full terms and conditions, visit www.velux.co.uk/loversoflight