bloc // May 11, 2005

The Creative Technology Sector and Near Future Technologies, Conwy ⁄⁄

Date: Wednesday 19th October, 2005
Time: 6pm to 8.30pm
Venue:Llandrillo College
Partner: Conwy County Borough Council |
Partner: Arts Council of Wales |

This seminar aims to offer insight into possible routes and development potential for creative practitioners and SMEs in Wales. The creative industries are a much discussed sector which has, in fact, been long in existence. What, it could be argued, has changed recently is that this industry is now recognised as having the potential for wealth and job creation through the generation and exploitation of intellectual property.


Recent developments in Wales have placed a new focus on the creative sector with the development of the Creative Industries Hub, a new government initiative to encourage economic potential of this sector though Intellectual Property (IP) ´ IP is the focus of Bloc’s November Seminar.

The convergence of separate technological devices and new formats into single platforms have affected creative production, both in terms of content and user interfaces (UI) design and interaction. This has, and will continue to have, a huge impact on the creative technology sector, not least offering a new challenge for creative practitioners to develop content for new digital technologies. The impact continues on in production methods and marketing strategies. For instance, the change to industries value chain under digital coding has highlighted the need for new business models. Further, the Internet is an important site for consumption and new distribution channels, such as mobile online content and ad hoc device networks, offer other modes of delivery. Specific technological developments have affected interaction and offered radical departures to the way we will continue to ‘do’ things.

With the input of forecasters, designers, producers working with convergent technology and creative practitioners, this seminar aims to explore what are the forecast technological developments in the near future and how will these impact on the creative technology sector.


Chair: Dr. Robert Gittins MBCS | IT Wales – Regional Manager, Bangor School of Informatics, University of Wales, Bangor and
Joel Cockrill | Film maker
Ricard Gras | Producer/Director, La-Interactiva
Dr Lawrence Green | Research Fellow, Policy Research in Engineering, Science and Technology (PREST), Manchester Business School, University of Manchester


Conwy County Borough Council, the Arts Council of Wales, NESTA

The Northern Bloc seminar programme is supported by Conwy County Borough Council, the Arts Council of Wales and NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts).

Area: northern bloc