26 people attended, from a breadth of interested sectors and academic disciplines, who were able to work together on common concepts in a way that they had not been able to do previously. From the business sector attendees included healthcare providers, digital agencies, technology start-ups and individual designers and developers who want to submit and develop ideas for innovative projects. Academics also came from a range of disciplines including music, art, design, psychology and healthcare.
The event asked some key questions to inspire creative responses to health-related issues:
- What are benefits of the Creative Industries for wellbeing in an ageing population?
- What are the health opportunities of some creative industries, or in the design of creative products?
Attendees discussed and found creative and technological approaches to wellbeing, supporting areas as chronic disease management, physical wellbeing, and mental health. Ageing and Health in particular are key innovative sectors for the Creative Industries, and provided rich opportunities for digital innovation in the health sector.
Outcomes from the day include an opportunity for attendees to collaborate to bid for pilot project money from a £10,000 fund provided by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Proposals could have a number of formats including (but not limited to) proof of concept, small pilot projects, equipment grants, travel support, and projects that will help to facilitate an application for external funding for research. We will particularly encourage collaborative, multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary knowledge exchange activities.
Photos of the event can be seen on the CEWN facebook site https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.691456394208973.1073741829.432007173487231&&uploaded=28