The South West Creative Technology Network (SWCTN) is a £6.5 million project to expand the use of creative technologies across the south west of England. The network is now offering a one-year funded programme around the theme of Automation.

Automation is changing the way we live. It is increasingly important within the creative industries as well as manufacturing, retail, financial services, and healthcare, to name just a few sectors. Automation could be seen as the ‘quiet’ revolution - working in the background to assist in creative processes, gradually transforming agriculture through robotics, or re-imagining how we search the internet. 

The South West Creative Technology Network are looking to invest in prototypes that use creative technologies to deliver original processes, experiences, products, services or platforms within the field of automation.

They are looking to fund ideas that are brave and distinctive, that open up the field of automation to new voices and challenge the status quo within the field. They anticipate awarding grants of between £20k and £40k.

Applications will open on 29 July and close on 16 September. The making phase will run from February 2020 with an industry showcase in June 2020.

More details here.