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UKTI Mission to SXSW 2012

      The run up to the annual tech pilgrimage to Ausin, Texas for South by South West Interactive has now started. Last year saw over 19,000 delegates from 63 countries attend 935 conference sessions, and 2012 promises to be even bigger. Alongside the Interactive conference, there's also SXSW Film and the legendary SXSW Music festival.   ...
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Connecting Digital Start Ups, Berlin: a brief round up

55 companies from the UK and Germany gathered at the British Embassy in Berlin last week for the Connecting Digital Start Ups event. A partnership between CIKTN, UKTI Germany, the UK Science Innovation Network and Berlin industry network Medianet, the intention was to create positive connections for collaboration and commerce between the two countries. Opened by the British Ambassador...
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Connecting Digital Start Ups – British Embassy, Berlin 15th September

  The agenda for the Connecting Digital Start Ups event in Berlin is now finalised –  download here .   Over the course of the day we’ll hear overviews of the UK and German digital markets, personal experiences from entrepreneurs including Charles Nasser, CEO Claranet, and Burckhardt Bonello, founder FairVentures, and finance perspectives from...
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Connecting UK & German digital start ups, Berlin event - DEADLINE APPROACHING

  Registrations will close at the end of next week for a unique opportunity to meet the hottest German digital start ups and network with key media businesses and financiers - in Berlin, 15th Sept.   Berlin is the centre of the German creative economy, with 30,000 businesses turning over around €20Bn per year. In addition to strong traditional...
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Enabling Innovation – UKTI Digital Media Mission to China: 25-30 Sept 2011

  UKTI is organizing a mission to Shenzhen, Shanghai and Beijing specifically targeted at UK technology businesses.   Encompassing ICT and mobile the mission will make introductions to major Chinese businesses including China Mobile, Tencent, Tudou and Shanghai Media Group.   UKTI detail as below:   The aim of Enabling Innovation is to...
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Great line up for Connecting UK & Germany digital media event in Berlin – new additions

  Some great names have been confirmed to speak at the Connecting UK & German Digital Media event in Berlin on 15 th Sept.   The event will bring together the hottest Berlin start ups alongside established German media businesses and financiers, providing a unique opportunity to get an instant introduction to opportunities in one of Europe’s most dynamic...
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India – content opportunities, immediate & future

  Two content opportunities in India, one immediate, the other more a trend for the future (and clearly one to watch).   International Children’s Film Festival India (ICFFI) also popularly known as The Golden Elephant is a biennial festival that strives to bring the most delightful and imaginative national and international children’s cinema to young...
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Connecting digital start ups between the UK and Germany – Berlin 15th Sept 2011

  A unique opportunity to meet the hottest Berlin digital start ups and network with key German media businesses and financiers.   Berlin is the centre of the German creative economy, with 30,000 businesses turning over around €20Bn per year. In addition to strong traditional creative sectors, such as Film, TV, Design and Music, it is the main cluster for...
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Gamescom – August 2011 – Cologne – assistance for UK businesses

  The UK is partner country for the Gamescom event in Cologne, billed as the world’s largest tradefair for interactive games.   To support UK companies in attending TIGA and UKTI Germany have put together a programme which delivers market background, expert insight and tailored networking opportunities (as well as discounted event attendance). See the details...
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Pixel Market 2011 – international cross-media market now open for entries

  Power to the Pixel is accepting entries for The Pixel Market, a unique marketplace dedicated to showcasing and financing cross-media projects from around the world.   It takes place on 12 & 13 October 2011 as part of Power to the Pixel's annual Cross-Media Forum, held 11 - 14 October in association with the BFI London Film Festival. ...
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Opportunity to meet Chinese children’s media content channels – London 4th July

  UKTI is hosting a delegation of Chinese media organisations and digital platforms in central London on 4 th July. With a focus on children’s media and animation there is an opportunity for UK content producers to meet and present to key staff.   China is the second largest economy in the world with a population of over 1.4 billion. The opportunities for...
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$1.9Bn R&D tax relief for Australian games developers

The Australian Government has approved a $1.9Bn R&D tax relief scheme in support of its games development industry as part of its strategy for growth in the digital creative sector.   See full Develop article here
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Meet a delegation from Computer Animation Studios of Ontario – June 13th

  Apologies for the late notice but the Canadian High Commission and Computer Animation Studios of Ontario are organising an event at Canada House, Central London on June 13 th 1200 > 1500. The intention is to provide an opportunity for UK producers, broadcasters and distributors interested in animation co-pro opportunities to meet a delegation of Canadian VFX and animation...
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Latest update on Digital Mission to Washington – July 2011

  Update on the itinerary for the Digital Mission to Washington from our friends at Chinwag:   The Digital Mission to Washington has announced a stellar line-up of event partners, including the US Department of State, The State of Maryland, Microsoft and Deloitte. There will also be detailed insights and advice from high profile local...
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Digital Mission to Washington DC – July 2011

  Chinwag is gathering expressions of interest for a digital government and social innovation-focused trade mission to the US in July.   The last few years have seen a dramatic adoption of social media and digital technologies by government, NGOs and campaigning organisations. There’s a highly active community here in the UK, and an equally vibrant counterpart...
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MIP TV round up – social, participative, accessible, connected, cannibals

  An interesting MIP TV – one full of subtle tensions. Whilst the business of global TV distribution continued in the Palais, there was a sense that the digital revolution in consumer behaviour and personal technologies was finally beginning to change the game, especially highlighted in the excellent Connecting Creativity conference. But there was a matching counter to that,...
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Open Data Challenge - €20k to support open data innovation

  €20k in prize funding is being made available to challenge designers, developers, journalists, researchers and the general public to come up with something useful, valuable or interesting using open public data.   Run by the Open Knowledge Foundation, Open Forum Academy and Share PSI there are four main strands to the competition:   Ideas...
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Technology meets Creativity workshop – MIPTV, Cannes 6/4/2011

  The Technology meets Creativity workshop, staged as part of the Connected Creativity / Content 360 strand of MIPTV in Cannes, sought to explore the dimension of the impact of technology infrastructure on creative content development.   The theme of Connecting Creativity was the digital era of social, connected experiences – but through this workshop we sought...
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Digital Mission destinations – where would you suggest for 2011/12?

  Chinwag is carrying out a short survey to guide their planning for Digital Missions in 2011/12.   Digital Missions, hosted in conjunction with UK Trade & Investment, have been running for over 3 years and have included trips to the USA, Japan and China.  The missions have been a huge success with dozens of companies finding new business, setting up offices...
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IFP / Power to the Pixel – Cross Media Forum NYC

  Another date for the diary - IFP and Power to the Pixel have announced the programme for the first annual Cross-Media Forum NYC, to be held on April 19, 2011 at the Film Society of Lincoln Centre’s Walter Reade Theatre.   The line-up includes media business leaders, funders and creative visionaries who will share their pioneering ideas on how to best navigate...
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ScreenSingapore: A new film festival premiering in Singapore

  ScreenSingapore will debut as an international cinema event from 5 - 12 June 2011, offering policy makers, industry buyers, sellers, producers and creative talent from all over the world a platform to exchange ideas, business opportunities and showcase their product.   The 8-day event will see Hollywood premieres in Asia and showcase Asian content to the world...
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From VCs to Super-Angels: The New Rules of Startup Investment

  One for the diary – joint event from UKTI and Chinwag looking at the challenges and opportunities in the current funding landscape: http://bit.ly/fXWebR   Date : Thursday, 31st March 2011 Time : 10am - 1pm Place : BIS Conference Centre, 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H OET Cost : FREE ( Please RSVP to attend in-person or watch...
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Stimulating innovation in creative sme’s, Italian style

  Milan is probably not the place you’d expect to have a conversation about the problems of stimulating innovation given the city’s global reputation for design and fashion.   Designing Connectivity [and here “connectivity” is networks and information rather than digital] was an event hosted by the Design Faculty of the Politecnico di Milano...
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What would you nominate as the most important UK innovations in creative and digital media?

  Imagine you were making a film to promote UK innovation internationally – what would you feature as exemplars of real game changing innovation? who would be the individuals or businesses you’d highlight?   Could be creative content or a games producer, an effects tool or a digital platform, a software application or social network…   ...
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UK as Innovation Hub – perception vs reality?

  I highlighted in an earlier post some work in partnership with UK Trade & Investment to look at the proposition of the UK as a global digital innovation hub (Silicon Roundabout & beyond….)  and the necessary conditions to achieve that aim.   As a first step we held a workshop in East London, inviting businesses, networks and support agencies...
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