Invitation to Apply:
The South West Creative Technology Network (SWCTN) is a £6.5 million project to expand the use of creative technologies across the south west of England. The network is offering three one-year funded programmes around the themes of Immersion, Automation and Data.
Established in 2018, SWCTN has supported research and development in emerging technologies. Exploring the themes of Immersion, Automation and Data. Our focus on creative technology brings together arts, design, computer sciences, engineering and business development to deliver new products and services. The SWCTN’s programming includes Fellowship programmes, Prototype commissions, Microgrant opportunities, Partnership projects and ongoing mentorship, knowledge exchange and business development support. The SWCTN network is made up a rich mix of established and developing researchers, artists, technologists, businesses and practitioners from across the region, representing multiple disciplines and industries.
SWCTN is underpinned by the concept and practice of ‘cultural ecology’, by cultivating and connecting diverse networks of people, places, communities and resources across the region. SWCTN creates opportunities for exchange and collaboration to explore the challenges and possibilities of creative technologies, prototype ideas and supports new businesses committed to triple bottom line impacts. Drawing together expertise in creative producing, knowledge exchange, business development and creative economy research, SWCTN strengthens regional productivity, innovation and resilience.
The prototype commissioning brief is an open call inviting teams to apply for funding to develop new products and services with commercial potential addressing industrial, societal, cultural and environmental challenges. Taking a values-led approach, prototype teams are encouraged to evidence racial, ethnic and gender diversity in their teams, interdisciplinarity, cross-regional collaboration, ethical innovation, and sustainability.
£240k will be invested into each round of the prototype commissions throughout the programme.
As a partnership we are excited about innovative uses of technologies that engage users in hybrid experiences that are ethical, promote wellbeing, connect us to one another and create value. The network is rooted in the creative industries but aims to make connections into other sectors. We will build creative capacity, generate shared knowledge and maximise potential for specific commercial impact.
A key focus is to facilitate in-roads for creative technology and creative practices into other sectors. Together, we will produce commercial and social impacts across the challenge areas in a range of sectors including the creative industries, health and manufacturing.
Our opportunities are open to anyone, any discipline and background, and whose work has explored aspects of creative technology.
For more information visit: South West Creative Technologies website