Creation and experimentation

Projects are activities developed in the Creative Ring through collaboration between hubs, the Creative Industries and individuals they represent, partners and networks.

The Creative Ring will launch creation and experimentation activities, entrepreneurial actions as well as research and innovation projects.

We are always looking to make new partnerships, and we want to invite you to join the Creative Ring!

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The WEAR project

In 2017-2018, Creative Ring cities and partners actively support the goals of the EU WEAR consortium.

WEAR (Wearable technologists Engage with Artists for Responsible Innovation) Sustain is a 2 year, £3m project, funded by the European Commission Horizon 2020 research and innovation initiative to engage art, design and creative industries to work more closely with technology and engineering industries, to shift the development of the wearables and e-textile landscape towards a more sustainable and ethical approach.

WEAR Sustain fosters cross-disciplinary, cross-sectoral collaboration through the co-design and co-development of ethical, critical and aesthetic wearable technologies and smart textiles. Our aim is to develop a framework within which future prototypes can be made, to become examples of what the next generation of wearables, and e-textiles, could or should be. The project will lead new approaches to design, production, manufacturing and business models to help entrepreneurs, stakeholders and citizens become more aware of the issues involved in making and using wearable technologies, and demand better from technology companies, manufacturers and governments. The project runs between January 2017 and December 2018.

WEAR Sustain is managed by a consortium of 7 organisations across 5 EU countries: 4 universities or research centres and 3 SMEs. There is a balance of public and private entities, which ensures stability to the overall project while allowing the consortium as a whole to stay in touch with market trends in the creative industries, and in particular for wearables.

The CreatiFI project

The Creative Ring has been incubated and sprouted from the CreatiFI project.

CreatiFI, a FIWARE accelerator, reached out to creative individuals, web entrepreneurs and SMEs to experiment with open source technology in order to build innovative products and services to increase the efficiency of and collaboration with other creative professionals and to boost the competitiveness of the Creative Industries in Europe.

The goal of CreatiFI was to be a catalyst in resolving the existing paradox in the relationship between European Creative Industries and ICT, characterised by their dependency on ICT for sustainability on the one hand, and by a significant current gap in ICT-readiness on the other. In order to do this, CreatiFI’s aim was to introduce FIWARE to all corners of the Creative Industries, by supporting and accelerating between 60 and 90 entrepreneurs into developing innovative tools and services for the Creative Industries, and by creating viable (new) players in this area. Finally, besides this direct impact, CreatiFI also actively promoted the further diffusion of FIWARE based ICT into Creative Industries by offering these together in established, sector specific marketplaces. The result of this being a ubiquitous availability of these tools under clear licensing conditions.