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15:00—17:00 BST
Tue 24 Sep 2019

Data-Driven Innovation

Data-Driven Innovation: Data Futures

Data is no longer a by-product, it is often the product. Data-driven insights are big business in the corporate world, but are also driving radical innovation in the thinking of entrepreneurs, creatives and researchers when exploring what sort of world we want to live in.

The DRIVA arts DRIVA project is unlocking sets of unique, real-time big data and helping tech innovators to build from it and arts practitioners to create experiences from it.

In this free event, we'll dig deep in to data - what data is available and how can it be used to create services, products and experiences - with expertise on the use of data as an asset for innovation.


Chris Middleton - Journalist, author and robotics expert

Chris Middleton is one of the UK’s leading IT and technology journalists, an editor, author and communications specialist. With over 20 years experience as a writer and editor, Chris has overseen a number of publications, including Strategist, Internet of Business and Computing magazine.

With a specialist interest in humanoid robots, Chris’ research embraces AI, industrial robotics, automation, software, big data, the Internet of Things, and the related socio-cultural issues, such as ethics, human rights, (un)employment, and the pros and cons of automation.

​In 2016, Chris hosted the Space Innovation Congress London (interviewing NASA astronauts and astrophysicists onstage), the Digital Marketing World Forum London, and panels at UC EXPO, among other major events. Chris has given speeches on AI and robotics at universities, schools, colleges, corporate events, exhibitions and trade shows. He has helped several blue-chip companies imagine the future and the emerging needs of their customers in an automated world. Chris is the author of two recent Innovate UK reports for the UK government, including one on the use of machine learning in space and other extreme environments.

​Chris is often appearing on TV and in print with his famous Aldeberan Robotics NAO-25 humanoid, Stanley Qubit. In February 2017, Stanley Qubit made history by becoming the first real robot to appear in a dramatisation of Isaac Asimov’s ‘I, Robot’ stories, on BBC Radio 4.

James Turnbull - Development Manager, The Old Market, Hove

James Turnbull is an award-winning producer, programmer, educationalist and project manager.

He has been a figurehead of the English arts and cultural scene for over 16 years, managing some of the UKs most celebrated companies, festivals and venues including The Shout, Cartoon De Salvo, The Old Market, Starboard Festival and Otherplace Productions.

James was a Director of Otherplace Productions for 5 years, with whom he founded 160-seat pop-up performance venue The Warren – winning Best Venue and Best Contribution to the Brighton Fringe Festival at The Latest awards in 2012 – as well as managing central Brighton theatre, music, film and visual art venue, The Basement.

In recent years, James has been the spearhead of #TOMTech – a multi-faceted research & development project for The Old Market theatre, pushing the boundaries of performance and technology, virtual reality and live story-telling – for which he has been profiled by The Guardian and the BBC.

What is DRIVA arts DRIVA?

DRIVA (Digital Research & Innovation Value Accelerator) is a £1.3m University of Brighton research project funded by the European Structural Investment Fund and Arts Council England that aims to provide technology SMEs, creative arts practitioners and cultural organisations unprecedented access to Gatwick Airport’s big data.

We believe that the super-fusion of data-driven innovation and creative practice with access to artistic and scientific expertise can drive economic productivity, community impact and place-making in our region.

By unlocking the commercial, creative, social and/ or critical, value of data of from Gatwick Airport, and generating insights into the 50 million people who depart and arrive on our doorstep each year, we can accelerate the development of an untold range of new data-driven products, services, artworks and experiences.

Over the next two years, we’ll be providing free, intensive support, access to facilities, resources and expertise alongside cash awards to bring together hundreds of creative and technology organisations and practitioners to make the most of data as both material and currency.

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