Creative and Digital Innovation Cluster

Creative & Digital Innovation Cluster launch event

23 November 2023, Kingston University Townhouse

We heard from keynote speakers with insights into how business clusters can support business growth, meet other creative and digital businesses and business experts, and contribute to defining the vision of the BIG Creative & Digital Innovation Cluster in South London.

Through group discussions and participatory activities, we spent some time collectively reflecting on barriers and opportunities for business growth, sharing experiences of being creative businesses in South London and exploring what additional support is needed to help the sector thrive in years to come.

Creative and Digital Innovation Cluster Croydon event

25 January 2024, The Creative Digital Lab

This event was a unique partnering event with the Croydon Creative Network and the BIG Creative and Digital Innovation Cluster.

Designed to be a relaxed drop-in session, we were joined by Croydon-based independent record & management label Finesse Foreva and Inhouse Records a multi-award winning Record Label for change to give us a speech about their experiences as creative businesses.

Exploring Creative-led Business Innovation with UAL

31 January 2024, Patch, Twickenham

University of the Arts London hosted South London businesses to network with creative specialists and explore opportunities for knowledge exchange and collaboration.

Creative practitioners, technologists, researchers and academics from Chelsea, Camberwell and Wimbledon Colleges of Art, and the Creative Computing Institute got together for an evening of networking and speculative knowledge exchange. Through workshops, open discussions and networking participants unpacked their business challenges and began to identify opportunities for UAL to support the development of products and services and enable business growth.

Showcase event

21st March 2024, Kingston University Townhouse

An afternoon where companies could present their business and get feedback from a panel of business and communication experts. Followed by a short keynote presentation and the opportunity to browse the Showcase Stands while taking part in a facilitated networking session. The event ended with drinks and informal networking.

Unreal Engine Introductory Course

Monday 13th to Thursday 16th May 2024, StartUp Croydon

This course was designed to introduce beginners to Unreal Engine, focusing on the fundamentals of scene creation. Over four sessions, each lasting four hours, students learnt how to navigate Unreal Engine, apply materials and textures, understand lighting, use Blueprints, and import assets. By the end, participants had the skills to create their own basic scenes.

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