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Powering Creative Connections

Friday 29 September

8:30am: Arrival and refreshments
9am: Event begins

Welcome: Melissa Terras, Acting Director, Creative Informatics
Keynote: Neil McDonnell, Professor of Philosophy and XR Technology,  University of Glasgow, hosted by Melissa Terras, Acting Director, Creative Informatics
Spotlight: The Coast to Coast Project, hosted by Dr Michael Smyth, Co-Director, Creative Informatics
Through the Coast to Coast Project, Dr Michael Smyth Co-Director of Creative Informatics and Frank Delaney from Future Screens Northern Ireland created a visual and textual study of creative practitioners, exploring the similarities and differences between the work of artists in two creative industries regional hubs. Find out more about the project and publication in this spotlight session.

Speed Networking: with Creative Edinburgh
Get to know the people in the room! Creative Edinburgh presents a faster-paced approach to networking.

11am: Break

Panel: Creative Connections, hosted by Ola Wojtkiewicz, Director, Creative Edinburgh
Brian Baglow, Director Scottish, Games Network
Tiki Muir, Community Development & Creative Community Hubs Project, WHALE Arts
Ellie Burroughs, Urban Designer, Imagine If
Chris Hellawell, Director, Edinburgh Tool Library
Kate Wimpress, Director, North Edinburgh Arts
Creativity is powered by connections, and over five years of Creative Informatics we have supported and witnessed the growth of new networks and communities of creatives that energise and support each other. This panel of community-building creatives will highlight some of the amazing results that can come from partnerships, collaboration and reaching out to others.

Pecha Kucha: Powering Access, hosted by Yahya Barry, Board Member, Creative Scotland
Ailie Finlay, Storyteller & Sensory Story Developer, Founder, My Kind of Book
Arron Greechan, Development Officer, Lung Ha Theatre Company
Antonia Lee-Bapty, Managing Director, Euan’s Guide
Jed Milroy, Assistant Director, Tinderbox
Stephanie Wilson, Project Lead, Via
Data and digital technologies can empower the creative industries to open up access to audiences, participants and creative practitioners. This session welcomes some incredible Scotland-based organisations who are working with data and technology to shape new products, events and experiences that inspire and advocate for creative access and inclusion.

12.55pm: Lunch

Keynote: Marie Foulston, Creative Director and Curator of Experiential Design tigershungry, hosted by Malath Abbas, Game Designer

Panel: Small Companies, Big Disruptors, hosted by Lynne Craig, Programme Director, Institute of Design Informatics
Mella Shaw, Artist
Dr Lynn Wilson, Founder, Circular Design Scotland

Yiqiang Zhao & Shashwat Ganguly, Co-Founders, Looper
When it comes to working sustainably and with consideration for the environment, small companies and individual creatives and artists are often best placed to innovate and adapt their practice. Meet a panel of people who are championing sustainable work and creating new systems that challenge and disrupt traditional business models to create lasting positive change.

3.20pm: Break

3.35pm: Imogen Heap in conversation with Gemma Cairney
Award-winning recording artist and technology innovator, Imogen Heap, speaks to broadcaster, author and activist Gemma Cairney about her career to date. As well as writing and producing multiple albums, Heap has collaborated extensively with other musicians and worked on tracks and scores for television, theatre and film. Throughout her career, Heap has received numerous awards including two Grammy awards and an honorary Doctorate of Technology for her pioneering work on the MiMU Gloves.

Closing remarks: Chris Speed, Director, Edinburgh Futures Institute and Founding Director, Creative Informatics and Melissa Terras, Acting Director, Creative Informatics

4.30pm: Drinks reception

Exhibitors – Thursday 28 & Friday 29 September
Playable Technology
BearHammer Games
Yaldi Games
Produced Moon
Ice Cream at the Interval
Imagine If
Andrew Brooks