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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. The programme will enable creatives and cultural organisations to explore and better understand how data-driven technologies can be used to enhance their work.


Ray Interactive

CI Labs #2: Place, Space and Experience took place at Lava Town, Leith’s new shared working space for creative and immersive tech projects. Residents Ray Interactive discuss their work and what inspires them.


Creative Bridge

In her first blog, Cohort 1 participant Lynda-Marie explains her motivation for applying for Creative Bridge, and what the next ten weeks have in store.




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 for Round 1 Challenge Holders are now closed.

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Applications for Round 1 Challenge Respondents are now closed.

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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 first cohort of Resident Entrepreneurs and Host Organisations are now closed.

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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 open now and will close on Monday 16 September.

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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.


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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22.08.2019 CI Labs #5: Performance in Motion

CI Labs #5 will take place at The Hub as part of the Edinburgh International Festival's Cross Currents programme. Book Now

29.06.2019 CI LABS #4: DATA AND FILM

Speakers for CI Lab #4 included filmmaker and founder of the Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival Richard Ashrowan, and multi-media artist Rachel Maclean.


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.