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StoryFutures Summer Briefing

The event includes a packed programme on funding and innovation opportunities, audience research insights, as well as a chance to network over drinks. It is open to anyone based in, or seeking collaborations in, the Gateway Cluster to the West of London.

Register here.

  • Why attend?

1. Immerse UK: funding and support:
Hear from Fiona Kilkelly, the Creative Industries and Immerse UK lead at Innovate UK, on how it supports businesses on their immersive journey. This includes the new £2m Immersive Technology Accelerator Investment Programme for early stage companies.

2. ‘R&D on Demand’: how StoryFutures can help SMEs innovate
'R&D On Demand’ unlocks University expertise to work on small scale projects to help companies grow in next generation storytelling, for example, through scale up support, story form consulting and audience insight.

3. Creative England’s funding for small creative businesses
The New Ideas Fund invests in emerging and new screen based storytelling ideas, focusing on small businesses in film, TV, animation, games, immersive and screen-based tech industries. Hari Ramakrishnan from Creative England will set out the fund’s approach and the application process.

4. Learn about cutting-edge research on immersive audiences
Polly Dalton, Professor of Psychology at Royal Holloway, will share the latest insight from her Lab on how audiences experience immersive formats. Polly and her colleagues will also seek your views on where future research should focus.

5. Hear about StoryFutures’ work opportunities coming up
An update on innovation projects with The National Gallery and Heathrow Airport, the StoryFutures Academy offering, and upcoming workshops on immersive for SMEs.

Make useful contacts: Join a networking session to meet regional innovators, researchers and business support organisations, and find potential collaborators, funders, clients or suppliers.

Demos: You will also have the chance to try out some of our immersive library on the latest Oculus Rift-S and Quest platforms.

Refreshments and canapes will be provided.