Bristol + Bath R+D

Partner Programming: First speakers announced

We are pleased to announce the first of our Partner Programming series, brought to you by Bristol+Bath Creative R+D.

This panel discussion, ‘We need to do things differently: Responsible creative R&D for the future’ explores why we need to imagine, support, and develop technology innovations in ways that are human and planet-centred, if we are to build a future we want to live in.

Join this panel of expert makers and thinkers in the field of emerging creative technologies. The panel is aimed at anyone involved in creative technology innovation, from funders, policymakers, business owners  and freelancers, to independent organisations and research bodies – hear more about how and why the way we do things needs to change, and contribute your experiences and perspectives to this exciting debate. 

Here are our first three confirmed speakers for this panel, with more to follow soon.





Rachel ColdicuttRachel Coldicutt is a researcher and strategist specialising in the social impact of new and emerging technologies.

She is founder and executive director of research consultancy Careful Industries and its sister social enterprise Promising Trouble.

She was previously founding CEO of responsible technology think tank Doteveryone where she led influential and ground-breaking research into how technology is changing society and developed practical tools for responsible innovation.

Prior to that, she spent almost 20 years working at the cutting edge of new technology for companies including the BBC, Microsoft, BT, and Channel 4, and was a pioneer in the digital art world. Rachel is an advisor, board member and trustee for a number of companies and charities and a member of the Ofcom Content Board. In 2019, Rachel was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours for services for the digital society.



Simon MoretonSimon Moreton is Associate Professor of Creative Economies at UWE Bristol, where he leads for the the Creative Economies Lab, part of the Digital Cultures Research Centre.

He is currently director of Bristol and Bath Creative R&D part of AHRC’s Creative Industries Cluster Programme (CICP), whose work has focussed on supporting sustainable, inclusive, and responsible R&D in the creative sector. He leads Fair Creative Economies, a project to explore ethical ways of organising in the creative economy as part of MyWorld (UKRI Strength in Places Fund) programme led by University of Bristol.

He also oversees Container, an online magazine exploring how technology is used for creativity, community, and social justice. He is also a practicing artist, writer, and Fellow of the RSA.



SteStephen Hiltonphen Hilton has worked on Smart Cities since the term was first invented. Stephen is founder and Director of Bristol Futures Global Ltd, a leading consultancy that brings together people, organisations and ideas to create Smart and Sustainable Futures for all.

He acts as strategic Adviser on Smart Cities and Regions to the West of England Combined Authority and is a Fellow of the University of Bristol. Stephen is also a Trustee of the Bristol Architecture Centre.

Stephen has a severe visual impairment, which gives him a unique and valuable outlook on the world.


Watch this space for more speaker updates coming soon.