In case you’re not familiar, MyWorld is a creative technology programme in the West of England established to bolster the world-class sector our region is home to. Building on the existing creative strength here, MyWorld is exploring the future of creative technology innovation by pioneering new ideas, products and processes. Creating the opportunity for businesses to access pre-market research, state-of-the-art facilities, funding, tools and training.

Within this remit, MyWorld is facilitating fantastic funding opportunities for South West-based creative tech businesses. At techSPARK we want to ensure you’re all up to date with the latest chance to get involved, so here is a breakdown of the current programmes, scholarships and fellowships available.

Mirco-Residencies: Location-based virtual reality: Navigating and Designing Access

MyWorld is awarding up to eight people £1,000 to spend approximately four days over three months in residence with the Pervasive Media Studio.

These Micro-Residencies are part of a Collaborative Research & Development (CR&D) project called STREAM, which is a partnership between UWE, Marshmallow Laser Feast and All Seeing Eye supported by Digital Catapult. The aim is to investigate and navigate what accessible location-based virtual reality (VR) could look like.

Clarice Hilton, MyWorld Fellow in Residence with STREAM, tells us, “This work to forefront Disabled people’s experiences in the design of VR is much needed to make VR experiences more accessible. I am excited to see what ideas and transformations come out of the residencies.”

Find out everything you need to know about the opportunity, the application process and the timeline over on the MyWorld website. Applications close 11 September @ 10am.

Fellowship in Residence: Bath Community Engagement and Participation

Watershed is pleased to introduce the opportunity to spend ten months in residence with The Studio in Bath, Creative Twerton and surrounding communities as part of the MyWorld programme.

They are inviting those with a background or practice in community-based Action Research to explore ways in which communities within Bath and North East Somerset (BaNES) can engage with immersive and creative technologies leading to positive change.

This might be improved social mobility and job prospects but also positive social impacts such as creating better, more connected communities with inclusive infrastructure, intergenerational connections and better mental health.

Watershed will be awarding one person £20,000 for 10 months at 2.5 days/week. Applications for this programme close on 11 September. 

“Since we opened in 2019, The Studio has grown into a vibrant creative technology hub for Bath,” says Professor Kate Pullinger, Academic Lead at The Studio in Bath. “This Fellowship will enable us to expand our reach into communities not served by our town centre location. We’re excited about this opportunity to further develop Bath Spa University’s on-going commitment to the city. Join us!”

Fellowship in Residence: Community Tech Infrastructure: Creative Uses, Community Access and Innovation

As part of this Fellowship, Watershed will be awarding one person £20,000 for ten months at roughly 2.5 days/week, working with Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) exploring, testing and developing creative, accessible ways of utilising their growing KWMC tech community.  Applications also close on 11 September.

“This Fellowship is an exciting and unique opportunity for a creative technologist/artist to be embedded into our team and community. We can’t wait to learn and experiment together,” Martha King, Arts Programme Manager, Knowle West Media Centre, explains.

You can find out more information and apply for all of these fellowships through the MyWorld website. Make sure to give them a follow on LinkedIn to keep in the loop about all funding available. 

Shona Wright

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