Thursday 28 September
8:30am: Arrival and refreshments
9am: Event begins
Welcome: Chris Speed, Director, Edinburgh Futures Institute
Opening keynote: Leah Black, EVOC Lead Regenerative Future Fund and CEO WHALE Arts, hosted by Nicola Osborne, Programme Manager, Creative Informatics
Panel: Creative Catalysts, hosted by Melissa Terras, Director, Creative Informatics
How can creativity act as a catalyst for cultural, social, economic and environmental development? Investment in the creative industries is a key driver of growth, with the potential to create innovation, novelty and change across multiple sectors. Creative Catalysts brings together funders and representatives from across the Creative Industries Clusters to explore the extraordinary impact of creative investment and their hopes for the future.
Dr Jane Harris, Professor of Digital Design and Innovation, Director of Research and Innovation (Stratford), and Director of UAL’s Fashion, Textiles and Technology Institute
Lee Walters, Senior Producer, Media Cymru/ Clwstwr
Prof. Christopher Smith, Executive Chair AHRC and UKRI International Champion (online)
Dr. Will Drury, Interim Exec Director, Digital and Technologies, and Challenge Director Innovate UK
Pecha Kucha: Building a Creative Business, hosted by Yasmin Sulaiman, VP of Partnerships, CodeBase
What does it take to build, launch and sustain a creative business? How do you travel from idea to investment to in-the-world? Through quick-fire presentations, an inspiring group of creatives take us through the highs and lows of their business journeys.
Michael Miller, Founder, Kyoobit
Dr. Ben Schogler, Founder & Creative Director, Playable Technology
Laura Garcia Caberol, Chief Operating Officer, TouchLab
Stuart Smith-Gordon, Founder, Ice Cream at the Interval
Mary Turner Thomson, Managing Director, The Book Whisperers
Panel: On-screen Innovations, hosted by Victoria Murray, Project and Engagement Manager, Creative Informatics
Virtual production is one of the most exciting emerging applications of media technologies in the world, and there is growing support available for those looking to innovate on screen. Join a panel of representatives working in convergent media to hear about new programmes developed to ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of innovation in the games, film, and TV space.
Emma Brown, Programme Manager, XR Stories, University of York
Ruth Falconer, Head of Games Technologies, Abertay University
Verena Henn, Head of Research & Innovation, ISO Design
Steven Drost, CSO, CodeBase/Techscaler
Pecha Kucha: Small Companies, Big Impacts, hosted by Inga Dale Steyn, Community Manager, Creative Edinburgh
Hear from creative entrepreneurs bringing positive disruption to the creative sector and learn how their work might inspire your own. In this fast-paced session, a group of SMEs will introduce their businesses and products and show how their companies are using data and data driven innovation to create some big impacts.
Frances O’Neill, Founder, Story Learning
Craig Fleming, Co-Founder, Centrline
Egle Heins, Founder, More Yum
Sarah Morton, Director, Matter of Focus
Panel: Exploring the Potential for Creative AI, hosted by Frauke Zeller, HCI & Creative Informatics, Applied Informatics, Edinburgh Napier University
The rapid rise of artificial intelligence is creating challenges for the creative industries around human creativity, originality, intellectual property, and ethics. However, AI also has incredible potential as a tool for creative work – for experimentation or as part of an ideation process. Hear from creatives who are working with AI and how Creative Informatics’ new Creative AI Demonstrator project has been exploring the potential of AI for the creative sector in Scotland.
Ben Cantil, Music Producer, Synthesist, Sound Designer, Founder of DataMind Audio
Scott Myles & Oscar Prentice-Middleton, Scott&Oscar
Ana Betancourt, Head of Sound Innovations, BlackGoblin
Special guest: Chagall in conversation with Caroline Parkinson, Director of Creative, Edinburgh Futures Institute
Singer and producer Chagall brings captivating physicality and human intimacy to electronic music as she blends live vocal performance with stunning interactive light-art. She’ll be in conversation with Edinburgh Futures Institute, Director of Creative, Caroline Parkinson before presenting a short performance from Unlocked – the new immersive light-art installation and performance controlled with live body and hand movements through motion capture technology.
Performance: Chagall, Unlocked
Closing remarks: Melissa Terras, Director, Creative Informatics
Thursday 28 & Friday 29 September:
Ice-cream at the Interval