The Innovation Labs are a series of creative workshops for interdisciplinary teams of professional creative technologists, application designers, software developers and interactive media designers. We are inviting independent new media companies from across England and Scotland to pitch ideas in response to a briefs set by New Media commissioners across the BBC. Up to 10 projects in each of four regions – Scotland, N England, London and S England – will then be selected to attend a 5-day long Lab. During the Lab, they will work with BBC commissioners and other mentors to develop the idea and prepare a final pitch. On the last day of the Lab, the ideas are pitched to the BBC commissioners for further development funding.
The briefs this year were quite mobile focussed and many of the companies selected have some sort of mobile background so it will be interesting to see what concepts have been pitched. The Scottish finalists include TheFifthBusiness, Mobile Acuity, Ambiesense, Oneill productions, Teebster Productions, ThinkTank Mathematics, Blootag & Ambisense (joint submission), ThinkTank Mathematics & DZR (joint submission), Inter//media, ThinkTank Mathematics & New Media Bureau (joint submission). I also see a few familiar faces from the south of the country. Congrats Tom!