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RiffStream#York Programme

RiffStream#York - Concept to Customer: Connecting Partners and Catalysing Investment

Creative Industries KTN recognizes that connecting market spaces to technologies, based on sustainable business models, lies at the heart of the challenge facing SME’s, corporates and investors: the key to success lies in successfully crossing this investment and development Chasm.

Curated by Dr Uday Phadke (Creative Industries KTN’s Investment Theme Champion), the Concept to Customer event in York will use the RiffStream#  methodology to explore new ways of facilitating collaboration across sectors, technologies and investors, with the aim of generating new projects and partnerships as the basis for delivering innovation and securing funding.

The day will be focussed on 2 themes:

Morning Session:  Building businesses based upon open source models or archive materials.   This theme is likely to be primarily of interest to organisations/businesses in the education, culture and heritage sectors.

Afternoon Session:  Building cross platform and trans media businesses. This theme is likely to be primarily of interest to the entertainment and gaming industries.

RiffStream# is an experimental approach to curating and accelerating new business creation. The idea behind this approach, based on a musical analogy, is to provide an interactive environment where players from different disciplines can interact to synthesize and test new ideas and relationships with other SMEs, corporates, and investors. 

What will the day include?

  • Presentations from leading players and thought-leaders: Senior players from some of the larger corporates and organisations plus experts in the field will talk about the main opportunities and challenges
  • Presentations from SME’s and Creative/Digital Entrepreneurs: The event will provide an opportunity for smaller companies and entrepreneurs to present their ideas, projects and businesses and to discuss them in an interactive environment
  • Structured Interaction and Networking: Opportunities for entrepreneurs, small and large companies and investors to network with each other in a highly interactive environment.

Date, Time and Venue:

Date: July 5th, 2012

Time: 10:00 to 17:00

Venue: The Ron Cooke Hub

           University of York, Heslington

           York YO10 5GE

The Programme:

0915-1000 Registration, Coffee & Networking
Welcome: Frank Boyd, Director, Creative Industries KTN

RiffStream#: Overview from the Curator: Uday Phadke, CEO, Cartezia and Investment Theme Champion, Creative Industries KTN

Session 1 - Building businesses based on open source models and archive data
Invited speakers for this session include:
  • Michela Magas, Design Director, Stromatolite+
  • Rupert Gatti, CEO, Open Book Publishers
  • Natasa Milic-Frayling, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research Cambridge
  • Bram Van Der Werf, Executive Director, Open Planet Foundation

Entrepreneurs and SMEs Companies presenting in this session include:
  • Mickey & Mallory – Sarah Charlton, Managing Director
  • Cybula – John McAvoy, Business Development Director
  • The Acoustic Experience Company – Arun Muthirulan, Interim CEO
  • Hedtek Ltd - Mark van Hermelen, Director
  • Open Cinema – Christoph Warrack, CEO
  • Digital Heritage - Philip Morris, University of York
  • Advanced Media Technologies for Museums - Steve Smith, University of York
  • MellaniuM - Robert Rigby, Project Manager
  • Lime - Paul Ormerod

1230-1400 Lunch & Networking 
1400-1630 Session 2 Opening Comments: Dr Mark Mortimer, Director of Research and Enterprise, University of York

Session 2 - Building Cross-platform, trans-media businesses
Invited speakers for this session include:
  • Chris Walker, MD, BrightWhite Ltd
  • Tony Patterson, COO, Summit Media
  • Matt Brown, Technology Strategy Board
  • Jim Farmery, Business Development Director, Creative England
  • Andrew Craske, Screen Yorkshire
  • Carole Dove, Commercial Manager, TFTV and Heslington Studios, University of York

Companies presenting in this session include:
  • Culloma – Tony Hart, Business Development Director
  • Yatterbox – Arthur Mukembo, Business and Technology Strategist
  • U & R Business Media Ltd - Hissan Ur Rehman
  • WallFour - Adam Russell, Co-Founder
1630-1700 Invited Panel Discussion chaired by Uday Phadke, CEO, Cartezia

  • Frank Boyd, Director, Creative Industries KTN
  • Tony Patterson, COO, Summit Media
  • Carole Dove, Commercial Manager, TFTV and Heslington Studios, University of York
  • Andrew Craske, Screen Yorkshire

Who is the event aimed at?

  • Creative & Digital SMEs
  • Large Media and Creative Industry Corporates 
  • Investors and Funders (angels, venture capitalists, private equity, banks and corporates) 
  • Those interested in the Technology Strategy Board's planned Connected Digital Economy Catalpult

Why should you attend?

As well as offering structured networking opportunities and sharing insightful knowledge from leading industry figures, the Concept to Customer event will also provide a platform for SMEs and creative/digital entrepreneurs to showcase their project ideas or products relevant to the event’s themes, to an audience of potential partners, investors and/or customers: