The Technology Strategy Board, the government’s national agency for innovation, is over-seeing a significant programme of investment for the UK’s creative sector. These plans are described in the new Creative Industries Strategy, launched in September 2013 along with major funding competitions intended to boost innovation and growth for business.
The Technology Strategy Board will be running a briefing event around two new collaborative research & development funding competitions for the digital and creative industries. A free full day event, with a combination of presentations, panel discussions, networking and Q&A sessions, delegates will have the opportunity to find out more about the Technology Strategy Board's Creative Industry Strategy and funding competition planned for 2013-14. As well being briefed in greater detail on the Cross Platform Production Tools and Frictionless Commerce competitions.
Cross Platform Production Tools - £15M The Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to £15m in projects that stimulate innovation in the UK digital media sector.
The UK is a world leader in creative businesses that are at the cutting edge of technological innovation across industries such as film, television, video games and visual effects. This generates a significant level of inward investment, and is a key factor in major international film productions coming to the UK. This competition will fund business-led R+D projects that lead to new tools and applications in these industries, and help to maintain the UK’s competitive position. The competition aims to support projects addressing convergence in digital technologies, and covers film and television, online video, animation, visual effects and video games including pre-production, production and post-production processes.
Projects must be business-led. The competition will fund feasibility studies as well as collaborative R&D projects.
For more information, visit the Technology Strategy Board competition pages:
Frictionless Commerce - £2.5M
Digital technologies are making ‘frictionless commerce’ increasingly possible, in which the barriers and costs to transaction become dramatically reduced. Whether it is crowdfunding investment, aggregation and recommendation services or the delivery of niche or ‘long tail’ content through subscription services, new opportunities are emerging for businesses, investors and consumers to interact and build value. However, for all parties in the value chain, from creators through to consumers – there remain areas in which the process of transaction remains difficult. The Technology Strategy Board is attempting to address the innovation barriers to frictionless commerce with a CR+D competition leading to efficient digital transactional environments for the content industries.
For more information, click here.
The delivery partners for this event are Northern Film & Media, Creative Skillset, Thinking Digital, Digital Union and Northumbria University.
When: Thursday 3rd October 10am-4:30pm
Where: Northern Design Centre, Abbotts Hill, BALTIC Business Quarter, Gateshead, NE8 3DF
Booking: To register for your place, click here