This Gathering 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 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.
Joining Creative Informatics as Project and Engagement Manager from Edinburgh's iconic Traverse Theatre where she was Head of Brand and Audience, Victoria has over 15 years' experience across the creative industries including festivals, music, advertising, publishing, theatre (including the ground-breaking National Theatre Live initiative) and broadcast. With particular expertise in brand communication, digital innovation and audience development, she is passionate about skills and knowledge sharing across creative companies for social change and benefit.
Nicola Osborne is Programme Manager for Creative Informatics, leading delivery of this £10m project which brings together Edinburgh and South East Scotland's creative, cultural and tech sectors to create ground-breaking new data driven products, services and experiences. To date the project has engaged over 3500 creatives, funded 350 creative people and projects leading to over 146 new products, services and experiences, 30 new start ups, further investment of over £6.78m, and creation or retention of over 276 jobs. As co-author of the Creative Informatics ethics guidance, she regularly works with SMEs to ensure their innovative work is inclusive and ethically grounded.
Nicola is also the Manager of the Institute for Design Informatics, University of Edinburgh which brings together expertise from the Edinburgh College of Art and the School of Informatics to design systems for better human data interaction, in diverse settings such as health, culture, mobility and finance.
Ola Wojtkiewicz is the Executive Director at Creative Edinburgh, a social enterprise that supports 5,900+ 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.
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.
Melissa Terras is Professor of Digital Cultural Heritage at the University of Edinburgh, leading digital aspects of research as Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Data, Culture and Society. Her research interest is the digitisation of cultural heritage, including advanced digitisation techniques, usage of large-scale digitisation, and the mining and analysis of digitised content. She previously directed UCL Centre for Digital Humanities in UCL Department of Information Studies, where she was employed from 2003-2017. She is a Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute, and Expert Advisor to the UK Government's Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
Megan Graham is Community Manager at CodeBase Edinburgh. Her role is to develop and manage the tech startup ecosystem in CodeBase Edinburgh - through making connections, supporting Techscaler programmes and hosting great events to help the community grow.
Led by Edinburgh Futures Institute, the second CreativeTech 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 Edinburgh Futures Institute.