Caroline Parkinson, Sector Engagement Executive at Interface spoke at the IGDA Chapter meeting on 25th October in Dundee to introduce the work of Interface and her new role working with groups within the Creative Industries. Interface was established in 2005 and is the Scotland wide service supported by the Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Enterprise and H&I Enterprise to stimulate industry interest in innovation and provide a free and impartial service connecting businesses to the right academic expertise. Recently the Scottish Government provided additional resource for Interface to work with groups of creative industries companies to tackle sectoral challenges, opportunities and ideas.
This new aspect of their service will help groups to identify a project, define the scope, conduct a search for academic expertise and support the group right through the selection process to project completion. If additional capacity or resource is needed such as a student placement, or innovation vouchers or identifying sources of other funding Interface can also provide that advice and assistance.
Caroline is interested to hear from the IGDA group or small groupings within IGDA’s membership who may have an idea for a project be it a sector-wide challenge, or a specific issue or opportunity for a small group working within a particular specialism, or a new idea or market opportunity that a group considers would benefit from working with academia to realise.
She is looking forward to hearing from you and is contactable at; firstname.lastname@example.org and will attend our AGM on the 22nd November.