Creative, Digital and IT industries: digital platforms for media production

April 10, 2014 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Bournemouth University, Executive Business Centre
89 Holdenhurst Road
Bournemouth BH8 8EB
Subsidised by ITAaU (no cost)

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Creative, Digital and IT industries: digital platforms for media production

This workshop will explore various models for supporting and championing the interdisciplinary creative, digital and IT sector in different locations. We will compare Tech City, Soho, Brighton, Media City, Bristol and Bournemouth amongst others in the UK and abroad.

The event targets policy makers, practitioners, researchers and others interested in the future of the creative digital sector.

Following on from the successful Brighton Fuse project, a scoping study was funded by the ESRC to investigate the viability of a similar study in the Bournemouth area. The two Universities in Bournemouth have fostered a cluster of graduates, research groups and studios that are making significant inroads into the creative digital sector. A fact that has been recognised by the Prime Minister in Prime Minster’s Questions in a question about the recent British successes in the Oscars.

We plan to have a larger network meeting looking into the UK Creative, Digital and IT sector and the digital platforms that support media production in the autumn. In the meantime, we will run a forward-looking scoping workshop to set the agenda for this meeting.

In the meantime this event will act as a useful networking event for those in the Creative, Digital and IT sector seeking to glean new ideas and inspiration from others in the field.

Keynote speaker: Dick Penny: Bristol Watershed

We are pleased to announce that Dick Penny, Managing Director of Bristol Watershed media centre, will be explaining how Bristol has achieved great success through the role of Watershed as a connecting hub for the University, the City Council and the diverse and vibrant creative community across the City.

The high performance networking group at the University of Bristol and led by Professor Dimitra Simeonidou has contributed to this success through the indtallation of a city-wide network commissioned by Bristol City Council.


10:00 – 10:30 Registration – coffee, tea and pastries available

10:30 – 11:00 Introductions and welcome: Steve Brewer, IT as a Utility Network Coordinator

11:00 – 12:00 Keynote: Dick Penny, Bristol Watershed Arts Centre Chief Executive

12:00 – 12:30 Creative, Digital and IT: busines models for hybrid clusters – Steve Brewer and David Rees

12:30 – 13:15 Light buffet lunch – networking opportunity

13:15 – 14:00 Identification of key factors required to support a thriving creative digital economy – Steve Brewer and David Rees will present some initial factors arising from their recent report to initiate the discussion

14:00 – 14:30 Planning for larger conference in the autumn: target audience, agenda and goals

14:30 – 14:50 Tea, coffee and biscuits

14:50 – 15:50 Plenary discussion of emergent ideas and challenges

15:50 – 16:00 Summing up – Steve Brewer

Background report

Report on Creative, Digital and IT (CDIT) activity in the Bournemouth region: Bournemouth Digital Pier