New adventures in innovation

Book NowTuesday 24 September at St Brides, London

About us

Publish! New adventures in innovation is brought to you by:

Media Futures Co-directors: Nico Macdonald and Laura North

REACT Hub Producers: Alison Davis and Jo Lansdowne

Operations Coordinator: Christine Lang

Marketing Consultant: Bhavit Mehta

Event Producer: Adam Hayes

Editorial Consultant: Conrad Roots

Design Consultant: Nick Loat, Loat Davies

Media Futures

Media Futures facilitates innovation in media, technology and society. Publish! New adventures in innovation is part of a wider Publish! programme of events designed to facilitate innovation and create transformational change within the publishing industry.

Media Futures facilitates and supports the creation of new products and services, giving insight into the future, showcasing innovation, exploring new revenue streams, and encouraging cross-sector partnerships.

Publish! began in May 2011 with a Book Hackday at the Free Word Centre, London, generating new projects developed over 24 hours in multi-disciplinary teams, and has included an industry roundtable discussion at Sense Worldwide, London (July 2011), Publish! A Day of Innovation on the Future of the Book at the Watershed, Bristol (December 2011), Publish! New Players, New Innovations at St Brides, London (July 2012), a talk on Trends in Digital Publishing and Expanded Narrative at Plymouth University (February 2013) and a 'state of the industry' report.

Publish! partners have included REACT, BBC Future Media & Technology, Bloomberg News, the Creative Industries iNet, Nesta, Literature Works, Plymouth University, Sense Worldwide and The Media Society.

Nico Macdonald, Co-director

Nico Macdonald works in innovation, design and media, with clients including BBC Future Media & Technology, BT plc, Arup, Nesta and The Centre for London. He has extensive experience running and chairing events, including the Mayor of London 2012 Debates: Technology: Disruption and Convergence with Wikipedia Co-Founder Jimmy Wales as part of the celebrations for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Nico is author of 'What is Web Design?' (RotoVision), co-author of 'BIG POTATOES: The London Manifesto for Innovation', and writes for publications including the RSA Journal, the Guardian and Creative Review.

Laura North, Co-director

Laura North has spent 13 years in publishing, innovation and technology working with startups and larger organisations, including Arts Council England, National Campaign for the Art and the University of the Arts London, to develop online publishing and digital content strategies. Laura worked with the Mayor of London's Story of London Festival to develop events investigating the future of London, including the creative industries, technology and London in 2050. She was part of the central team at the National Year of Reading 2008, where she developed projects on digital innovation and literacy. She is a children's book author, with ten titles published by Hachette.


REACT is one of four Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to develop strategic partnerships with creative businesses and cultural organisations, to strengthen and diversify their collaborative research activities and increase the number of arts and humanities researchers actively engaged in research-based knowledge exchange.

REACT is a collaboration between UWE Bristol (the University of the West of England), Watershed, and the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter. It is a unique collaboration supporting innovative products and transformational services by bringing together companies and academics across the South West and Wales.

REACT's main mechanism of support is the Sandbox process, with six Sandbox schemes taking place between 2011–2014. To date these have included Heritage Sandbox (2012), Books and Print Sandbox (2013), and Future Documentary Sandbox (currently in production).

Sandbox was developed in 2008 by iShed, part of Watershed in Bristol. The inaugural Media Sandbox supported six companies from across the South West to develop early stage digital media ideas. Now in its fourth year, 33 companies have participated in Media, Theatre and REACT Sandboxes, creating games, apps, installations and software:

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New adventures in innovation

24 September 2013
9:30 – 5:30pm, followed by networking

St Bride Foundation
Bride Lane, Fleet Street
London EC4Y 8EQ

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