SHAPING THE FUTURE OF THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

With a vibrant design and advertising sector, the largest concentration of major festivals in the world, and the highest rate of cultural employment in the UK, Edinburgh is a leading destination for creatives of all disciplines. Creative Informatics aims to bring the city’s world-class creative industries and tech sector together, utilising innovative data-driven technologies to develop ground-breaking new products, businesses and experiences.

WHAT IS CREATIVE INFORMATICS?

Through six research and development initiatives, Creative Informatics will enable creatives and cultural organisations to explore and better understand how data-driven technologies can be used to enhance their work. These 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.

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OUR PROGRAMMES

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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.

Applications:

Applications for Round 1 Challenge Projects are now closed.

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Applications for Challenge Respondents will open on 27 May 2019.

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APPLICATIONS OPEN

The Resident Entrepreneurs programme provides funding of up to £12000 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:

Applications for Resident Entrepreneurs and Host Organisations are open now and will close on 3 June 2019.

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APPLICATIONS OPEN

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 day per week).

Applications:

Applications for Creative Bridge will open four times a year, with dates for each cohort announced three months in advance.

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Applications are now open for Cohort 1 of Creative Bridge and will close on 11 June 2019.

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CI Studios and Labs 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.

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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:

Applications for Connected Innovators will open in January 2020.

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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:

Applications for Horizon Projects will open in March 2020.

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UPDATES

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CI Labs 4 : 4.00 – 6.00pm, Saturday 29 June 2019

CI Labs 4 will take place on Saturday the 29th of June, at the Traverse, as part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival’s industry events programme. Registration info coming soon.

Creative Circles

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.