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Blueprint programme announced – new creative tech day at The Great Escape

By | Published on Friday 2 May 2014


The full programme has been announced today for Blueprint, the new tech-focused mini-conference that will take place on the final day of The Great Escape next week at the Old Ship Hotel in Brighton. Open to all TGE delegates, standalone tickets are also available for Blueprint, for anyone in the creative tech space, at just £30, click here to book.

As previously reported, through a series of talks, panels and case studies, Blueprint will consider how great new ideas for music or creative tech ventures can be honed, developed and turned into viable business propositions. There will be four key strands to the conference, including programmes presented by Joining The Dots and Strange Thoughts, plus the also previously reported Samplethon, bringing together creators, a rights owner and a music tech player to create great new music onsite.

Kicking things off in the Old Ship’s Paganini Ballroom will be a session on navigating the funding maze, offering advice on when, how and where creative tech entrepreneurs can find funders. Other morning panels will then focus on the latest digital innovations in the ticketing and curation spaces.

Joining The Dots is a new initiative from The Hub which is all about supporting innovative music tech ideas, and the organisation’s Julia Payne will lift the lid of the venture, and some of the projects it is supporting, in amongst an afternoon of panels looking at music tech collaborations, and some of he latest developments in the worlds of location-based technology and fan engagement.

Strange Thoughts is a disruptive agency led by Seth Jackson, and he has invited some leading creative tech innovators to present, discuss and demo their latest projects. Hear about Clare Reddington’s Playable Cities, create a Colourstory with Arthur Buxton, find out about the rise of online poker with Joe Wilson, hear about Paul Archer’s unique start-up journey, get the low down on the Q App from Tim Bichara and the Creative Digital Economy Catapult with Chris Thompson, and see Adam Place’s stunning new musical instrument Alphasphere.

Sam Taylor from CMU Insights, who has curated Blueprint, says: “The tech community has been very much in attendance at The Great Escape for a number of years now, but we hope that with the Blueprint we will expand that part of the TGE delegation, and bring them into the heart of the conversation. While tensions continue to exist between the tech, creator and rights owner communities, we all know that when these groups collaborate great things can happen, and we hope to initiate some of those collaborations at The Great Escape this year”.

Check out the full Blueprint programme here, and to buy tickets to the event for just £30 click here. Meanwhile read our interview with James Hamlin from WhoSampled about the Samplethon here.