Beyond is the annual R&D conference for the creative industries.
In 2019 we will explore the intersection between Artificial Intelligence and creativity.
20-21 November 2019 - Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, UK
Beyond is the R&D conference for the creative industries. It explores the relationship between research, academia and business innovation and tackles the challenges impacting the future of the sector.
In its 2nd year, Beyond 2019 focuses on the intersection between Artificial Intelligence and creativity, with themes addressing the opportunities, challenges and controversies these innovations present.
Beyond provides a unique forum to share knowledge, discover opportunities and connect with business leaders, creatives, researchers, policy makers, journalists and funders.
Join us at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh on the 20-21 November for lively debate, panels, short talks, innovative exhibitions and plenty of networking.
Building on the success of last year, Beyond 2019 spans two days to feature a single-track conference with keynote sessions, short-talks and panel discussions. It also includes two exhibitions showcasing UK excellence in research-driven creative innovation with an innovation showcase and poster exhibition for doctoral candidates and early career researchers.
Doctoral Candidates and Early Career Researchers working in the areas of research addressing the Beyond 2019 conference themes, will feature their work in this Poster Exhibition. Themes include Artificial Intelligence; Machine Learning; Creative Technology and Data and their application for, and influence on, the creative industries.
A new addition for the 2019 programme, the Innovation Showcase will feature outputs from creative research-led projects that explore new and novel ways to push the boundaries of what is possible. This includes, but is not limited to, prototypes as well as market-ready products being showcased as: physical models; visualisations; performance; interactive theatre work; VR/AR and mixed-reality demos.
Plenty of chances to network gives attendees the opportunity to make lots of great connections. This includes an AI Primer event (pub quiz style) to test everyone’s AI knowledge and kick things off the night before day one of Beyond, taking place at the University of Edinburgh (capacity is limited, so first come first served).
Join delegates and the wider business and academic community to hear from tech businesses that have recently participated in the Audience of the Future – Investment Accelerator and to learn more about upcoming investment opportunities across the UK. Stay on to mingle and network with invited businesses and investors. Registration is free, with the first 100 spaces reserved for Beyond delegates. Kindly sponsored by Immerse UK.
What exactly is ‘creativity’ and more specifically, what does it mean to be ‘creative’ in the context of the Creative Industries? After introductions from Dr. Oli Mould (Royal Holloway) and Professor Vicky Gunn (Glasgow School of Art), symposium participants will be encouraged to give ‘lightning introductions’ and to submit any ‘burning issues’ they would like to discuss. More information and registration.
Beyond features a unique and inspirational line up of renowned speakers from across the creative industries from established veterans to rising talent. Keep an eye on our newsletter for the latest announcements. View All Speakers
Featuring insights from the cutting-edge of creative research and industrial application, Beyond will examine the realms of Informatics, to explore the current and future impact of machine learning, AI and data on the creative industries, with themes including:
Just a Member of the Band
How is AI helping us to be more creative and supporting our creative endeavours to take us beyond our human capabilities? This session will showcase new, innovative ideas, products and services where AI extends human abilities.
And the Award Goes to…
Can AI alone really do something creative and award worthy or do the creative industries present the greatest challenge for AI? Having explored the idea of AI as an assistant, this session will consider if AI can really become the author and take a leading role in creativity, and where do they figure on the credits.
Hidden Values: Data, Discovery and Recommendations
How can algorithms unlock unforeseen value in archives and data sets? What are the value logics that drive data-driven experiences? What are the current problems of recommendation and discovery? In this session we assess the value of data and ask how the value from existing data sets be realised and we can develop smarter ways to find things moving into a world of curated and nuanced search and discovery.
Dark Data: Bias, trust and inclusion
From surveillance capitalism to prediction products to algorithmic bias there are clearly ethical and political challenges in the emerging data economy. Have even our creative experiences become raw material for training machines? This session will explore the societal problems and unintended consequences of current implementation of AI and what we need to fix to make a better world.
Who are the next wave of creative companies building valuable businesses based on these new technologies? How can they balance social, cultural and environmental values with economic value? This session will explore near-future products and services and how AI can be used for the greater good. Find out more.
“Imagine Me, Gentle Spectators”: AI and Storytelling
AI has the potential to change the rules of storytelling and transform audience experience, as well as impact on every stage of the production process. This session showcase some recent immersive work, looking at emerging forms of narrative and audience/writer collaboration. It will consider both the potential and challenges that AI presents creatively and commercially, and asks what next for immersive, AI driven storytelling?
The Early Career Researcher Poster Exhibition features exciting new cutting edge work across themes including Artificial Intelligence; Machine Learning; Creative Technology and Data. See a selection below or view all the posters.
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A chance to feature your pioneering and creative research-led project in a showcase pushing the boundaries of possibility. More info
Volunteering at Beyond
We are looking for volunteers to support Beyond. Lunch and refreshments will be provided and volunteers will have the opportunity to work alongside a highly experienced event production team. Apply now
Calling Creative startups! Present at Beyond 2019: Creative Tactics is an amazing opportunity for creative startups building valuable businesses using AI, Machine Learning and data-driven techniques. Find out how to apply.
Raise awareness of your organisation and connect with leading names, businesses and researchers from the cutting edge of the creative industries. Get in touch for more info.
Why attend Beyond 2019? Insights from industry innovators and academic experts to inspire and enlighten across two days of keynote sessions, short-talks and panel debates with plenty of networking to make valuable connections.
Experience pioneering work first-hand with demos from cutting-edge UK creative expertise in two exhibitions… all from Edinburgh’s iconic Assembly Rooms. Get your ticket now!
- Connect with creative innovators, thinkers, experts and researchers
- Discover the latest innovations and creative technologies shaking up our sector
- Case studies from groundbreaking projects designed to blow your mind!
- Experience first-hand demos from pioneering projects
- Find collaborators, researchers and funders to build your organisation’s capabilities
- Explore international inward UK investment opportunities
- Discover recent developments in the creative arts
- Connect with creative industry pioneers
- Experience and engage with practice-led research projects
- Connect and collaborate with leading creative tech businesses and industry stakeholders
- Indulge in a core programme of thought-provoking panel debates and roundtables
- Interact with local and international tech enthusiasts and experts
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ASSEMBLY ROOMS, 54 GEORGE STREET
EDINBURGH EH2 2LR
The historic Assembly Rooms are located in the heart of Edinburgh’s vibrant city centre. The Assembly Rooms website has advice on how to find the venue.