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Meet us at: BEYOND

Date: 30 November 2020 09:45 - 3 December 2020 20:00

Digital Catapult is pleased to announce it will be taking part in this year’s BEYOND from 30 November to 03 December 2020 where thinkers, makers, investors and researchers across the creative industries come together to explore the relationship between creative research and business innovation.

BEYOND is an annual gathering of current and future innovators focused on research and development across the creative industries. For November 2020, BEYOND becomes a virtual conference, offering its global community a flexible programme of live and catch-up sessions. The main stage will offer provocations and insights from over 100 expert speakers from the worlds of theatre, music, gaming, TV and film, and visitor attractions.

Attendees will be able to explore a showcase of industry leading projects and access the research talent pipeline through a poster exhibition – before, during and after the conference.

Digital Catapult at BEYOND

In conversation: Percival | Tuesday, 1 December 2020, 09:40 – 10:30

Virtual production looks like an emerging paradigm combining workflows and technologies from games, film, TV and increasingly, performance. Digital Catapult’s CEO Jeremy Silver asks Rebellion Games founder Jason Kingsley why he built a film studio, and talks with Jason and director HaZ Dulull about their work together.


  • Hasraf Dulull, Hazfilm Ltd
  • Jason Kingsley OBE, Rebellion Games
  • Jeremy Silver, Digital Catapult

Immersive Arcade | Wednesday, 2 December 2020, 11:05 – 12:10

This panel will address a unique UKRI project produced by Digital Catapult, the Immersive Arcade. This unprecedented project seeks to bring to life twenty years of British immersive content production. The panel will cover the evolution of British immersive by honing in on standout homegrown projects and also looking at what practical advancements have been key to this evolution. From Blast Theory’s seminal works to the launch of the Oculus Rift 1, Darkfield’s binaural audio to the UK’s first immersive theatre, what makes this content worth platforming and why?

The first part of the Immersive Arcade project is a timeline which will chart the highlights of creative content and industry milestones, and also invite the public to submit their own ideas for entries into the timeline.


  • Panel chair | Jessica Driscoll: Head of Technology, Immersive – Digital Catapult
  • Aki Jarvinen: Senior Experience Researcher, Immersive – Digital Catapult
  • Matt Samsan: Head of Delivery Audience of the Future
  • Tonya Nelson: Arts & Culture, Area Director for Arts Council England – London, CreativeXR funder

Innovating Creative Business Models in Immersive: Research from Audience of the Future | Wednesday, 2 December 2020, 14:15 – 15:20

Digital Catapult will share findings from the second research project conducted on behalf of UKRI for the Audience of the Future Demonstrator programme. The research has focused on challenges in generating revenue with creative immersive productions and followed four UK companies in their efforts to sustain business amidst the pandemic.


  • Aki Jarvinen: Senior Experience Researcher, Immersive – Digital Catapult

How to get involved?

If you would like to join Digital Catapult at this year’s BEYOND, please book your ticket here.