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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LOADING APR 2019

The Resident Entrepreneurs programme provides individuals and teams of creative entrepreneurs with space, time, mentoring and financial resources to develop new products to bring to the marketplace.

Entrepreneurs will be paired with partner organisations from the creative industries, financial and business sectors that can provide them with office space and support to facilitate the development of new products and businesses.

Applications:

Applications for Resident Entrepreneurs will open in April 2019.

LOADING MAR 2019

Creative Bridge is a fully-funded, 10-week course (0.5 days per week), specifically designed for creatives looking to take the next step in their career. The programme, led by Codebase, will follow the Build-Measure-Learn methodology, supporting participants to transform their ideas into products.

Creative Bridge will consist of talks from leading creative entrepreneurs, workshops and business modelling sessions, taking participants through three stages of development:

  1. Data and Creativity: understanding the values that underpin product development and the principles of a social license to operate.
  2. Product Management: rethinking value through contemporary business concepts and methods.
  3. Transitioning: How to move from product to company.

Applications:

Applications for Creative Bridge will open in March 2019.

LOADING APR 2019

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 that utilise digital innovation to change the way audiences interact with art and culture.
  3. Unlocking the potential of existing archives and data sets to find new value in audio, visual or text based data.
  4. Exploring new business models for the creative industries that consider how value can be produced, stored, transferred and governed in the age of crypto-currencies.

Applications:

Applications for Challenge Projects will open in April 2019.

LOADING MAR 2019

CI Labs offer an excellent introduction to the wider Creative Informatics programme, supporting participants to experiment with new technologies, collaborate with other creatives and develop ideas for new products and services.

Led by Edinburgh Napier University, CI Labs are free to attend and will feature demonstrations from leading artists, academics and creatives working with data-driven technologies.

The labs will be split in to day sessions and evening sessions, providing space and resources for anyone from a creative background to explore and learn more about how technology can be applied to their field of interest.

CI Labs will commence in March 2019, taking place in locations across the city throughout the year.

LOADING MAR 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:

Applications for Horizon Projects will open in March 2020.

LOADING JAN 2020

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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UPDATES

Watch this space for updates on Creative Informatics opportunities and events

CI Lab 2 : 6 – 8pm, Thursday 4 April 2019

Our second CI Lab will take place on Thursday 4 April (venue tbc). Full schedule for the evening and registration details 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.