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Creative Informatics Innovation Showcase

Today (Wednesday 17th of June 2020) we reflect on the first year of the Creative Informatics programme and celebrate the achievements of the creative individuals and organisations that have been supported through the programme so far at our first Creative Informatics Innovation Showcase!

CI Lab 1: Dancing with Data

Since kicking off in January 2019, Creative Informatics has provided funding and development opportunities to a wide range of individuals and organisations working in the creative industries in Edinburgh and South East Scotland, enabling them to explore how data can be used to develop ground-breaking new products, businesses and experiences!

At today’s Creative Informatics Innovation Showcase we’ll hear from some of the creative entrepreneurs and companies that have been supported through the programme to date, alongside performances and presentations from leading creative innovators and researchers.

Chris Speed, Director of Creative Informatics said: “In the first year of Creative Informatics we have seen some fantastic new products, services and experiences developed by talented people that are pushing the boundaries of what is possible. So far, participants in the programme have included festivals, art galleries, designers, artists, publishers, musicians, and architects, working on a variety of funded research and development projects to explore how data, in any form, can be used to drive innovation and growth in the regions creative community.”

Creative Informatics Innovation Showcase

“Our Creative Informatics Innovation Showcase will explore the impact we are having on Edinburgh and South East Scotland’s creative tech ecosystem and consider what’s happening in the rest of the world with an exciting programme of presentations, conversations and performances.”

Guest speakers include Bernadine Bröcker Wieder, founder of global online art marketplace Vastari, astrophysicist and jazz musician Matt Russo, and software artist and live coding musician Alex McLean.

There’s still time to grab your FREE ticket and join us for what promises to be a fun-filled and inspiring day!

Creative Informatics – The Story So Far

Challenge Holders Jupiter Artland

Through the various strands of the Creative Informatics programme, Challenge Projects, Resident Entrepreneurs, and Creative Bridge, we have already committed £1,149,000 to support the creative industries in Edinburgh and the surrounding regions. The selection process for our Connected Innovators strand, delivered by Creative Edinburgh, is currently underway and we will be announcing our successful first round applicants very soon!

We have launched ten Challenge Projects with leading creative and cultural organisations including Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature, The List, New Media Scotland, Edinburgh International Festival, Historic Environment Scotland and Jupiter Artland. Through our programme of free workshops and events we have engaged with over 1000 local creative enterprises, showcasing how data and data-driven technologies are being utilised to drive innovation in the creative industries.

CodeBase Creative Bridge

125 people have participated in Creative Bridge, a pre-accelerator programme for creatives from all backgrounds, designed and delivered by CodeBase, resulting in 29 Minimum Viable Products and three new businesses, with more in the pipeline!

We’ve also funded 27 Resident Entrepreneur projects, supporting individuals and small teams to develop new products and services that will drive innovation across the creative industries in the future!

We will be accepting applications for all our programme strands in the coming months.

If you would like to know more about any of the funding or development opportunities offered by Creative Informatics programme, please contact the CI team at creativeinformatics@ed.ac.uk.

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