CI Labs #8: How do we connect in the digital age?

  • 14 Nov 2019
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • The Glassroom, Edinburgh Napier University - Merchiston Campus, 10 Colinton Rd, EH10 5DT

CI Lab 8 is produced in partnership with Creative Edinburgh. It will consider how innovation in the digital realm has changed the way that creative individuals and organisations work and connect. 

For Creative Informatics last lab of 2019, they'll be hosting Creative Edinburgh as we take our regular Talking Heads event on the road once more! 

Three speakers from across the creative industries will join us to explore how innovation in the digital realm has changed the way that creative individuals and businesses work, connect and grow.

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Speakers on the night will be Martin Jordan, Innovation Director at Equator, and Janet Smyth, Deputy Head of Learning & Engagement (Health & Wellbeing) at National Galleries of Scotland and Natalie Loh, Graphic Designer and recent nominee of the Creative Edinburgh Student Award. Their lightning talks will be followed by a short panel discussion hosted by Creative Edinburgh's Director Briana Pegado, and a chance for audience questions. 

Creative Informatics will also be launching an exciting new studio space at Edinburgh Napier University on the night. Studio E11 will be a place for creative practitioners to explore and experiment with data in a friendly, open and supportive environment, with regular events and drop in sessions taking place throughout 2020 and beyond.

Come along for an evening of discussion, networking and discovery!Our Speakers

Natalie Loh - Graphic Designer


Natalie is a graphic designer who's taken a roundabout route getting into design, in 2016 leaving the veterinary world swapping the stethoscope for a good post-it note and Adobe suit. 

Her design journey had lead her to be nominated for the Creative Edinburgh Student Award 2019. Since 2016, Natalie has been helped with the development of The Daydream Believers project - winner of the Creative Edinburgh Collaboration Award - which encourages creative thinking and problem solving in high school pupils whilst building employer engagement. 

Last year, Natalie spoke at TEDx Youth Glasgow on the importance of creative thinking in the light of automation, speaking to over 2000 young people with a talk titled 'Are you irrelevant?'

Martin Jordan - Innovation Director, Equator

Martin has been at the heart of Equator's operations since 2007, building out a diverse and talented Marketing team and, more recently building and developing a cutting-edge innovation function and a hard-nosed and smart insight team who have developed a wide range of concepts based on leading technologies.

Martin is a prolific public speaker for BIMA, the Chartered Institute of Marketing and other not-for-profit organisations and leads Equator's partnership with the University of Strathclyde, delivering one of the first truly commercially-integrated postgraduate degrees in eMarketing, lecturing and collaborating on course design.

With a passion for digital and marketing, Martin hopes to bring his experience of the channel and technology along with his desire to bring more people into the field through his work with Equator, BIMA and the CIM.

Janet Smyth - Deputy Head of Learning & Engagement (Health and Wellbeing) at National Galleries Scotland

Janet started her career with Scottish Book Trust, managing the Readiscovery Campaign, sending children's writers and illustrators to primary school across Scotland. She went on to be Director of the Pushkin Prizes in Scotland and, in 2002, set up Blast-Off Books, a specialist children's bookshop and school supply business.

In 2011, Janet became Children & Schools Programme Director at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Over 8 years, she focused on making the Festival accessible to new audiences, developing the programme to include debates and clinics on dyslexia, mental health, securing funded research on the impact of arts on wellbeing and developing On the Road, year round projects, events and residencies taking place in schools, communities and prisons across Scotland.

Since July 2019, Janet had been with the National Galleries of Scotland, developing existing and finding new audiences for the arts and explore where participation impacts wellbeing.

Not familiar with Creative Informatics yet?

CI Labs are informal, monthly events which pop up at venues across Edinburgh, sharing innovative data-driven creative work and providing a meeting place for creatives of all disciplines to connect and collaborate. They are part of Creative Informatics, a partnership across the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University, Codebase and Creative Edinburgh, enabling individuals and organisations to explore how data-driven technologies can enhance their work. To find out more about the Creative Informatics programme visit https://creativeinformatics.org/

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