30 NOVEMBER - 3 DECEMBER 2020
BEYOND - where creativity meets R&D
Join us from 30 November - 3 December 2020 for a conference where thinkers, makers, investors and researchers across the creative industries come together to explore the relationship between creative research and business innovation.
Join us from 30 November to 3 December 2020 for this year’s all virtual BEYOND conference – where creativity meets R&D.
Thinkers, makers, investors and researchers from across the creative industries will come together to explore the relationship between creative research and business innovation.
Tickets are on sale now. For more information on the programme, speakers and agenda, stay tuned to the BEYOND newsletter for updates and keep your eyes peeled on @BeyondCnf to be the first to find out.
BEYOND is a unique, annual gathering of current and future innovators focused on Research and Development across the Creative Industries.
For November 2020, BEYOND becomes a virtual conference, offering its global community a flexible programme of live and catch-up sessions. The main stage will offer provocations and insights from over 100 expert speakers from the worlds of theatre, music, gaming, TV and film, and visitor attractions; and we’re expecting lively Q&As and discussions across breakout sessions, workshops and seminars. Attendees will be able to explore a showcase of industry leading projects and access the research talent pipeline through a poster exhibition – before, during and after the conference.
Building on the success of the first two BEYOND’s in 2018 and 2019, this year’s conference spans four days featuring provocations and insights, lively Q&As, breakout discussion sessions, workshops and seminars. It also includes two exhibitions showcasing UK excellence in research-driven creative innovation with an Immersive Futures Lab 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 2020 conference themes, will feature their work in the Poster Exhibition. Areas of focus include film, television, theatre, visitor attractions, gaming and much more.
Immersive Futures Lab
The Immersive Futures Lab at this year’s BEYOND is a digital showcase for creative projects that demonstrate innovative ideas, new types of content and novel uses of technologies. The Lab will include (but is not limited to) examples of early-stage prototypes utilising technologies including Virtual Reality, Haptics, Spacial Audio and more.
Partner Events programme
Last year’s BEYOND included a programme of popular fringe events. This year will also feature a series of partner events including workshops, short talks and masterclasses that facilitate and encourage knowledge-sharing, collaboration and new partnerships. More information coming soon or submit ideas to [email protected].
The Creative China programme at BEYOND will showcase the work being led by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, to support new research-industry partnerships between the UK and China, as well as highlight wider innovation in the Chinese Creative Industries, including the pivots that are underway in reaction to the pandemic.
There will be plenty of chances to network virtually with delegates attending BEYOND, as well as Meet the Makers sessions, providing the opportunity to make lots of great connections.
The Immersive Futures Lab at BEYOND is a digital showcase for creative projects that demonstrate innovative ideas, new types of content and novel uses of technologies. As a BEYOND member you can visit the online showcase and join Meet the Makers sessions during the conference to find out more about these exciting projects.
This year’s BEYOND programme will explore questions and ideas around the impact the pandemic has had on the Creative Industries, and how the industry has responded.
Through the lenses of performance, moving image, visitor experience, gaming & Esports, we will look at innovations and research in content, production, business models and audiences.
Day One: Divergence
》Normal programming has been interrupted.
》What impact has this had on the different creative sectors and how have they responded and what research do we have?
》What challenges will be permanent and what opportunities have arisen?
Day Two: Convergence
》Disruption was already happening. Genres were converging and new types of experience emerging.
》We look at some cutting-edge projects to examine the opportunities they present for audiences, creators, technologists and researchers.
Day Three: Emergence
》What is coming out of the chaos? What are the key insights we can rely on?
》Are we really on the edge of the Metaverse or is this hype once more?
》What tools, skills, support and thinking are needed to drive the next stage of development?
Day Four: Collaboration
》How can we build back better, stronger and more resilient together?
》What practical steps do we need to take to ensure that equality, diversity and inclusion are central to the creative industries of the future?
》What creative R&D programmes, funding and support is available?
Meet the Makers Sessions Announced: Quiz the Researchers Behind Cutting-Edge Creative Industries R&D
This year's BEYOND includes two showcases - the Immersive Futures Lab and Creative China showcase, both featuring ground-breaking creative projects that demonstrate new types of content and novel uses of technologies, with early-stage prototypes utilising technologies...
Like every other event since the pandemic hit, the annual BEYOND conference is now online - a forum for current and future innovators dedicated to Research and Development across the Creative Industries. For 2020, BEYOND is transformed from a live event, previously in...
One of the most important questions that will be addressed at this year's BEYOND is 'What practical steps do we need to take to ensure that equality, diversity and inclusion are central to the creative industries of the future?' Highlighted below, a number of sessions...
In a year of absolute disruption, BEYOND considers what we’ve learnt about the adoption of new and emerging technologies and audiences across the creative industries, and how it’s influencing future developments around the globe.
BEYOND will focus on ‘Embracing Change – what can we learn from the chaos’ and ‘New Opportunities – how do we build back better, but different’; through the lenses of Performance, Moving Image, eSports and Gaming, and Visitor Experience.
WHERE CREATIVITY MEETS R&D
CONNECT with future collaborators, researchers and funders
EXPLORE pioneering R&D projects across the UK’s Creative Industries
ENGAGE with the global conversation on innovation, creativity and opportunity
As the creative industries grapple with the impact of a global pandemic it is imperative that we develop new responses to the challenges, to build back better, stronger and more resilient. This year’s BEYOND provides our growing community a space to explore the inspiring research and development work already in play, in the UK and internationally, and the creative strategies for recovery in the era of Covid-19.
- Connect with creative innovators, thinkers, experts and researchers
- Discover the latest innovations and creative technologies shaking up and redefining our sector
- Case studies from groundbreaking projects
- 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