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Opening Keynote



Michela Magas

Michela is a member of President von der Leyen's High Level Round Table for the New European Bauhaus, Innovation Advisor to the EU and G7, with a track record of over 25 years of innovation. She is Chair of the Industry Commons Foundation and founder of Music Tech Fest Labs (MTF), a global prototyping community of 8000 creative innovator and scientific researchers. She was awarded European Woman Innovator of the Year in 2017 and sits on the Advisory Board of CERN IdeaSquare (ISAB-G).


Closing Keynote



Ben Radcliffe

As a Senior Technical Specialist, Ben works with Unity's creator communities and influencers to advance the art and science of storytelling and digital transformation through the use of real-time 3D technology. Ben has over 20 years of experience leading international production teams, creating location-based entertainment, animation, and visual effects for companies such as Disney, Lucasfilm, and Industrial Light & Magic, as well as transportation design and visualization for Gulfstream and Bombardier.


What's Happening In Creative Tech In Scotland



Brian Baglow

Brian founded the Scottish Games Network in 2004 and has established himself as an expert in the use of applied game technologies and 'gamification' techniques within the arts world. He's a regular contributor to the media, tech ecosystem and government.

He started as a writer at the legendary Scottish studio, DMA Design, and Brian helped to bring Grand Theft Auto to life, and establish it as Scotland's biggest cultural export ever.

Then went on to found Scotland's first dedicated digital agency Indoctrimat. As Director of the Scottish Games Network, it has grown to become the industry body for Scotland's videogames and interactive industries.


Clare Johnston

Clare is a performer, composer and teacher and a music technology experimenter. As an Associate Musician with Drake Music Scotland, she writes mostly for iPad using the Thumbjam app, performing her own compositions with DMS's iPad lab at Cryptic Nights and at Dadafest, among others. She recently did a fascinating project bringing together international musicians to perform live together using the exchange of MIDI signals.

She's been involved with the Digital Orchestra and other performances involving a wide variety of the technology instruments used by Drake Music Scotland to make music performances accessible - and marvellous!


Sueann Rochester

Driven by a love of all things animated and a need to organise things, Sueann was always destined to be an animation producer. She graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with a degree in Animation and moved into her first production role at Red Kite Animations. With over 20 years of experience in long form TV production Sueann has worked with clients including Cartoon Network, Disney, the BBC and DC Thomson and produced BAFTA and EMMY nominated shows 'Dennis & Gnasher' and 'Ask Lara'. She also produced the BAFTA winning series The Brilliant World of Tom Gates for Sky Kids.

Sueann is Co-founder and Managing Director of Wild Child Animation. She is also on the board of Animated Women UK and heads up the Scottish regional hub. As well as creating great content her goal is to nurture and develop new talent and to support the Scottish animation industry.


Damien Smith

Damien is a founding partner of Glasgow-based design and innovation studio ISO. The studio creates large scale media installations and interactive attractions for clients internationally, across Cultural Heritage, the Arts, Broadcast and Brand experiences. Damien is a Masters design graduate of Glasgow School of Art and sits on the boards of arts and events charities SWG3 and Aproxima Arts.



Cristina Spiteri

Cristina is a 3D artist and motion graphics designer, who specialises in producing meaningful storytelling experiences within physical environments. She is co-founder of Bright Side Studios.

Bright Side Studios create illusionary immersive experiences that bring stories of all sorts to vibrant life. Fusing motion graphics, filmmaking, and digital interaction with a little bit of magic to weave each story. Bright Side's work envelops the viewer, expanding the experience of storytelling within immersive art, architectural projection mapping, and multi-sensory installations. They engage with audiences across both the cultural and commercial worlds. The studio was founded in 2015 by Susanna Murphy and Cristina Spiteri.



Jill Wallace

Jill makes sure that Axis has the crème de la crème of talent working on industry-leading animation and VFX. Her love for animation began with The Smurfs way back in the 80s. After graduating with a degree in English and Sociology, she moved into animated children's television, working for six years on numerous international co-productions before joining our team here. At Axis Studios, Jill oversees all strategy for internal talent planning and development, as well as scouring the world to find the amazing people that make Axis what it is.


Scottish Innovation Stories



Laura Garcia Caberol

Laura is a founding member and the Chief Design Officer at Touchlab. She manages the product development and testing of prototypes as well as working closely with the sensor design, routing and integration. Laura has experience as a product designer in technology start-ups as well as materials and 3D modelling in construction.

She is passionate in helping others achieve their potential and create a workplace culture that inspires and motivates. She has developed a broad academic curriculum being part of many institutions around Europe such as University of Barcelona, Aalto University, Central Saint Martins and the University of Edinburgh where she obtained her Master's degree.


Dr Benjaman Schogler PhD

Playable Technology's Creative Director Dr Ben Schogler, is a developmental psychologist and an expert in accessibility, educational technology, learning and play. Ben is passionate about the positive impact technology can make in people's lives and is a regular speaker at education and technology events around the world.

An Edinburgh Alumni Ben continues to collaborate with academic colleagues on a variety of topics and is an active member of the Perception Movement Action Research Consortium P.M.A.R.C.


Ana Betancourt, MSc Sound Design, Eng. Music Production

Ana Betancourt is the co-founder and Head of Sound Innovations at Black Goblin. Her focus on art and experimentation as well as an eclectic background has shaped Black Goblin's ideas. Ana has collaborated with artists from different disciplines in dozens of international projects with her contributions delving into the realms of science, technology, and art.

As the head of sound innovations for Black Goblin, she will often come up with challenges that use sound as medium and science and technology as tools to find out-of-the box solutions for creatives' day to day issues.


Pooja Katara

Pooja is the founder and Director of SENSEcity, an immersive technology startup based in Glasgow.

Originally from Mumbai, India, Pooja came to Glasgow in 2016 to pursue her Master's in Architectural Studies. She accidentally turned into an entrepreneur when her Master's thesis project at the Glasgow School of Art won the Chairman's Medal. She is an architect and passionate about all things culture and design. She founded SENSEcity in 2018 and has won several awards and is supported by various organisations like Converge, Creative Informatics and Innovate UK.

Creative_Tech in Cultural Heritage



Melissa Terras

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.


Helen Scarlett-O'Neill

Helen is based in the Scottish Highlands where she and her company ONEILL/ROSS are using mobile technologies to propose new futures for rural tourism. Helen is an immersive participatory and site-responsive specialist with 20 Secret Cinema productions under her belt and having led special projects for the National Trust and The National Archives, reimagining how we engage with history and culture. She ran west London's site specific commissioning Festival InTRANSIT for seven years, commissioning over 100 new pieces of innovative work in the public realm. She is currently Immersive Mobile AR Producer for StoryTrails at Story Futures Academy, uncovering untold histories in 15 UK locations. Helen is also a visiting public space arts expert at Fontys University of Fine Arts in the Netherlands.

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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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