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Welcome to the CreativeTech Scotland Gathering hosted by Creative Edinburgh and delivered in partnership with Codebase, Edinburgh Futures Institute and Creative Informatics.

We proposed this event, generously supported by the Scottish Government through funding connected to the Scottish Technology Ecosystem Review, to bring together the creativetech community in Scotland. It is an opportunity to meet, share and showcase the data-driven innovation and creative technology that is being developed in Scotland, and how it is being used across the wide range of disciplines in the creative industries to deliver amazing work.

The day provides an opportunity to meet each other, see incredible innovations and creativetech uses from our demonstrators, hear from leading players in the creativetech community and hopefully be inspired. We hope you find the day we have put together to be informative, fun, and good for the soul!



Caroline Parkinson

Caroline Parkinson is Sector Engagement Manager - Creative Industries and Director of Creative for the Edinburgh Futures Institute (EFI). She works with the Scottish creative and cultural industries to stimulate innovation collaborations with academic expertise within The University of Edinburgh.

Prior to this she was a freelance practitioner in photography, and consultant in creative innovation and business skills. From 2010-2014 she was Director of Film, TV, Music, Creative Industries, Skills & Innovation for Creative Scotland, and from 2005-2010 she was Director, Scotland & Northern Ireland for the new sector skills association, Creative & Cultural Skills.

She serves on the Board of Architecture & Design Scotland, and for four years has served in a voluntary capacity as Strategic Director and Presenter of the MOVE Summit, Scotland's Animation and VFX Gathering.


Ola Wojtkiewicz

Ola Wojtkiewicz is the Executive Director at Creative Edinburgh, a social enterprise that supports 5,200 plus members across Edinburgh's creative industries to connect and thrive. Ola is one of the co-Directors on the Creative Informatics project. She has over two decades of experience in various senior roles across the creative sector.

Ola previously managed numerous multi-genre projects at the University of Edinburgh, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh International Book Festival and Edinburgh International Festival. She specialises in cultural development, creative engagement, and multidisciplinary arts curation. She is a passionate and results-focussed cultural leader with an interest in the diversity of thinking, civic debate, and sustainability.


Stephen Coleman

Stephen is the CEO and Co-founder of CodeBase.

CodeBase is a tech cluster that began in Edinburgh and now delivers mentorship in 25 cities across the UK. They currently provide support to more than 500 businesses and tenants have raised over $620m.

As CEO Stephen has focused on CodeBase's growth, development of strategic partnerships, innovating the business model and building company culture.


Chris Speed

Prof. Chris Speed is Chair of Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh where he collaborates with a wide variety of partners to explore how design provides methods to adapt, and create products and services within a networked society. Chris is the Director of the Institute for Design Informatics that is home to a combination of researchers working across the fields of interaction design, temporal design, anthropology, software engineering and FinTech, as well as the PhD, MA/MFA and MSc and Advanced MSc programmes. Chris is also Director of the Creative Informatics R&D Partnership, one of the nine UK Clusters to support the development of new products and services in the creative industries.


Ruth Oliver

Ruth is the business development manager for Creative Informatics, developing partnerships between creative and cultural organisations and SMEs to bring creative, data-driven solutions to challenges they face, and supporting companies developing new products or service using data and data-driven technology on their journey towards commercialisation. With an academic background in Arts and Humanities and a commercial background in sales and marketing, she has worked within the University knowledge exchange ecosystem for the past 5 years, previously working with Interface to help SMEs access university expertise.

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Led by Creative Edinburgh in partnership with CodeBase, Edinburgh Futures Institute and Creative Informatics, the first Creative_Tech Scotland Gathering will bring together creative tech and data-driven innovation practitioners from across the creative industries to share, network, showcase their work and explore innovation within creative technology.

This event is supported by the Scottish Government Ecosystem Fund in connection with the Scottish Technology Ecosystem Review.

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