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Creative Informatics is an ambitious research and development programme based in Edinburgh, which aims to bring the city’s world-class creative industries and tech sector together, providing funding and development opportunities that enable creative individuals and organisations to explore how data can be used to drive ground-breaking new products, businesses and experiences. Creative Informatics is nurturing local talent through five key funding programmes and regular events that support Edinburgh’s creative industries to do inspiring things with data. Find out more about all of our opportunities below.


Inge Panneels

Inge is one of five researchers working on the Creative Informatics programme. In addition to her academic interest in the creative industries, Inge has worked as a freelance artist for more than 20 years and continues to run her own studio in the Scottish Borders.


Zachary Eastwood-Bloom

Zach was Scottish Ballet’s first Digital Artist in Residence and spoke at CI Labs #5: Performance in Motion. He told us more about his practice, why he is inspired by the ancient Greeks and how advances in technology have affected his work.




Challenge Projects offer an opportunity for creative organisations to bring challenges to the table that require innovative solutions. Projects will last 3-12 months and challenges will be addressed through the development of new products and/or services. Creative and cultural organisations are invited to apply for Challenge Projects that respond to one of the following innovation challenges:

  1. Developing access to and engagement with new audiences and markets.
  2. Developing new modalities of experience.
  3. Unlocking the value of archives and data sets.
  4. Exploring new business models for the creative industries.

Open calls for challenge project applications will happen twice a year in April and October. Once submitted, applications will be reviewed by a panel, who will select up to five challenges to take forward.


Round 2 applications for Challenge Holders are now open. Applications must be submitted by 5pm on 6 November 2019.

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The Resident Entrepreneurs programme provides funding of up to £10k to individuals or teams of creative practitioners who want to develop new products or services using data or data-driven technologies.

Resident Entrepreneurs will be matched with Host Organisations from the creative industries, financial or business sector, that will provide office space, insight and support. Both Host Organisations and Resident Entrepreneurs can benefit from this unique opportunity to learn from each other’s working processes, experience, and expertise.


Applications for the second cohort of Resident Entrepreneurs and Host Organisations will open on the 22nd of October.

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Creative Bridge is an accelerator programme, delivered by CodeBase, designed for creatives from all backgrounds to learn best practice in building a digital product business. By learning start up theory and hearing creative entrepreneurs’ stories of how they made something amazing happen, or how they failed, participants will gain valuable insights into both what defines success for them and how to get there.

The course will consist of learning alongside a cohort of contemporaries selected from all creative disciplines, and participants will work in groups on an overarching project over 10 weeks (1/2 a day per week).


Applications for Cohort 2 of Creative Bridge are now closed. Application for Cohort 3 will open on the 4th of November.

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CI Labs and Studios run throughout the year and are open to anyone working in Edinburgh’s creative and cultural community. Events are free to attend and offer an excellent introduction to the wider Creative Informatics programme.

CI Studios are regular, informal events, that give participants an opportunity to experiment with new technologies, share experiences and collaborate with other creatives to develop ideas for new products and services.

CI Labs feature live performances and talks from artists and academics who are working with data and data-driven technologies, as well as providing opportunities to network and hear about upcoming opportunities.

Information and registration details for our latest events can be found on our events page.

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Connected Innovators aims to support emerging leaders from within the creative industries to take time out to conduct research and development that will enable them to advance their own careers and businesses. Delivered by Creative Edinburgh, participants in the Connected Innovators programme will receive mentoring and financial support to complete R&D projects, the results of which will be shared across Edinburgh’s wider creative community.


Applications for Connected Innovators will open in January 2020.


Over the course of the Creative Informatics programme, five Horizon Projects will explore the potential of emerging technologies to create new technical and business opportunities for the creative industries. Horizon Projects will be high risk/high gain in nature, bringing academics and industry together with the aim of breaking new ground and establishing how technology could benefit the creative industries in the future. The findings of Horizon Projects will be shared with Edinburgh’s wider creative community.


Applications for Horizon Projects will open in January 2020.


If you have any questions about Creative Informatics, please contact us.

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22.10.2019 CI Studios #3: What makes creative data different?

CI Studios #3 will explore how a data-driven approach could help navigate issues around IP in creative collaborations and disputes.

22.10.2019 CI Labs #7: The Sound of Data

CI Lab 7 will feature performances and presentations from musicians and producers that use data and new technologies in their work.


The Creative Informatics team will be attending Creative Circles, hosted by Creative Edinburgh, throughout 2019. If you would like to speak to a member of our team please let Creative Edinburgh staff know and they will point you in our direction.


Meet the Creative Informatics team

The programme will be led by University of Edinburgh and delivered in partnership with Edinburgh Napier University, Codebase, and Creative Edinburgh. Our initiatives will develop local talent, placing creatives in the driving seat of data-driven innovation and ensuring that Edinburgh’s creative and cultural industries continue to thrive. Watch the video to find out more.