Beyond is the research and development (R&D) conference for the creative industries, addressing the latest challenges impacting the future of the sector and exploring the dynamic relationship between research, academia and business innovation.
In its 2nd year, Beyond brings together business leaders, creatives, researchers, policy makers, journalists and funders providing a unique forum to share learnings, explore opportunities and connect with leading experts.
The one day event was attended by over 300 delegates, including a broad mix of creative industry academia, organisations and businesses including ASOS, BBC, British Fashion Council, British Film Institute, Philharmonia Orchestra, Sony Interactive Entertainment and many leading universities. Plus key government stakeholders and many of the UK’s most innovative creative content producers.
An inspirational line up of leading thinkers and practitioners featured Professor Alex McDowell, Design Futurist at the World Building Institute (USC School of Cinematic Arts) and many other renowned speakers from across the creative industries. For the full speaker list, agenda and videos of sessions from last year, head over to the Beyond 2018 summary.
The 2019 conference, to be held at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh – 20-21 November 2019 – is funded by UK Research and Innovation as part of the UK government’s Industrial Strategy and produced by the Creative Economy Programme.
This interdisciplinary R&D conference brings together researchers from the creative industries and showcases recent developments in the creative arts and industries. Attendees will discover groundbreaking ideas, experience pioneering work and understand the impact the latest technology innovations are having on future creative industries.
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, innovation showcase and an early career researchers poster exhibition.
Beyond 2019 will explore the intersection between Artificial Intelligence and creativity. Featuring insights from the cutting-edge of creative research and industrial application, conference contributors will examine the realms of Informatics, to explore the current and future impact of machine learning, AI and data on the creative industries.
Showcase & Demos
Delegates will also get the chance to try the latest innovations from across the creative industries first hand, with demos of new technology experiences using immersive experience, virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality and more in the Innovation Showcase and Poster Exhibition.
Plenty of chances to network gives delegates the opportunity to make lots of great connections, including a Beyond AI Primer event (pub quiz style) to kick things off and test everyone’s AI knowledge the night before day one (capacity is limited, so first come first served).
Be one of 400 delegates descending on Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms in November to debate, discover, experience, celebrate and network.
Academia & Business
Beyond 2019 is a chance for academics, businesses and organisations working in the creative industries to explore the future of the sector. This includes companies and research organisations supported by over £110m of UK government funding as part of the Industrial Strategy including the Creative Clusters, Audience of the Future and Immersive Experiences programmes.
Discover the benefits of attending the Beyond Conference and why you should bring your colleagues from creative industry academics, researchers through to creative industry businesses and sector organisations.
Government & Stakeholders
Beyond also attracts central and local government stakeholders including the DCMS, BEIS, Treasury, DIT, LEPs and Cabinet Office, along with creative industry research councils including Arts Council England and British Council.
In addition to a strong UK attendance, Beyond 2019 will also showcase UK research and development expertise to overseas delegates, representing significant investment opportunities.
Media & More
National and trade media journalists, as well as students, startups and freelancers working within the sector also find the event valuable for the learning and networking opportunities.