Screen South Hi3 Creative Tech Conference

Screen South Hi3 Creative Tech Conference

A FREE day conference - open to all


Thursday 8th December
10:00 - 18:30

Arrival & registration from 9:30

Networking & drinks: 17:45 – 18:30


Folkestone Quarterhouse,
Tontine Street, CT20 1JT

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What's it all about?

Join Screen South and the Hi3 Network for a day of presentations and panels with those at the forefront of finding new ways to make, distribute and market immersive, participatory, and XR storytelling, directly to the widest possible audiences.

This cross-sector conference will highlight some of the UK’s most innovative creators who are bringing immersive media directly to audiences, whether they are visiting museums, galleries and theatres, listening to music, going to libraries, or reading books. These are the creators and thinkers looking beyond niche platforms to distribute and tour innovation direct into communities.

This is your opportunity to hear case studies and examine business models for reaching audiences in different cultural settings. What do audiences need from XR, and what will public-facing immersive media look like in the coming years?

The Schedule

Who will be speaking?

Featuring Nelly Ben Hayoun (Tour Du Moon), Zillah Watson (Former head of the BBC’s VR Studio), Amy Rose (Anagram), Muki Kulhan (Former head of MTV’s Digital Platforms), Tim Powell (Producer and Creative Consultant), Japhet Asher (Pioneer of Augmented Reality novels and publishing), and Erfan Saadati (Interactive Director). Plus a chance to discuss your projects and creative tech businesses with Asha Easton and Rachel Beach, Innovate UK KTN. See below for the speaker’s bios.

Nelly Ben Hayoun-Stépanian PHD is an award-winning filmmaker and designer of experiences. Of French, Algerian and Armenian descent, Nelly creates multidimensional experiential projects at the intersection of film, science, tech, theatre, politics and design. She is the Founder and Director of the International Space Orchestra, the world’s first orchestra of NASA space scientists and astronauts, and the founder of the tuition free university, University of the Underground. Nelly is a senior fellow at the Hannah Arendt Center for humanities and politics, Designer of Experiences at the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute, Chief of Experiences at file transfer service WeTransfer, Vice Chair of the IAF (International Astronautical Federation) Technical Committee on the Cultural Utilization of Space (ITACCUS), a member of the IAF Space Education and Outreach Committee (SEOC) and a member of the IAA (International Academy of Astronautics) Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) permanent committee amongst others.
Nelly Ben Hayoun-Stepanian
Creator of Tour Du Moon, International Space Orchestra, WeTransfer
Zillah Watson is an Emmy-nominated creative leader working at the cutting edge of technology developing new forms of content, new ways of working and future business and distribution models. Zillah has devised and launched TV, radio, podcasts, websites, apps, immersive, conferences and events. Sha has brought together brilliant multi-disciplinary teams and developed the partnerships necessary to deliver complex creative projects, including within the BBC. Zillah has worked across news, technology, entertainment, education and the arts, and also set up Phase Space, a female led innovative studio focused on using technology for good, to improve mental health, sustainability, and education.
Zillah Watson
Former head of the BBC's VR Studio, Media and Metaverse consultant, speaker, lecturer
Amy Rose is one of the co-founders of Anagram, a multi award-winning creative studio specialising in thought-provoking immersive works that disrupt traditional forms of storytelling. Anagram experiment with new technologies to create worlds where what you do is at the heart of the experience. Winners of the Grand Jury Prize for Best VR Work at the 2021 Venice International Film Festival, Anagram have also been awarded the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Storyscapes Award and the 2019 Sandbox Immersive Art Award, part of the Best VR in 2019 at the Venice International Film Festival. Recent works include Goliath: Playing with Reality (2021), Messages to a Post Human Earth (2021), A Face to Open Doors (2020) and The Collider (2019).
Amy Rose
Digital Artist, Anagram
Asha Easton is currently Innovate UK KTN’s lead for Immerse UK, the UK’s national innovation network for immersive technology professionals. The organisation works to grow the immersive tech industry in the UK and make the ecosystem across the country less fragmented by facilitating connections between private companies, the academic community, and the government. Asha is particularly passionate about helping to promote diversity & inclusion in the industry. She is one of the original members of the London chapter of Women in Immersive Tech (WiiT), a co-founder of the XR Diversity Initiative, and an ED&I advisor to Europe’s first Metaverse fund, FOV Ventures.
Asha Easton
Innovate UK KTN (Knowledge Transfer Network)
Tim Powell is an independent producer and creative consultant. As a producer his work combines immersive technology, live performance and physical installations. As a consultant he helps organisations develop strategies for innovation and approaches to immersive storytelling. He is currently Creative Entrepreneur in Residence at Reading University and was Consulting Producer for The Gunpowder Plot - a feature length immersive historical experience. Previously, as Head of the R&D Studio for Historic Royal Palaces, Tim led projects spanning social media campaigns, online interactives, on-site installations, live performances and new immersive experiences - including the multiple award-winning The Lost Palace.
Tim Powell
Creative Entrepreneur in Residence, Reading University; Former Head of the R&D Studio for Historic Royal Palaces
Muki is an award-winning Executive Digital Producer with over 2 decades creating interactive, ground-breaking content for music, broadcasting, entertainment, and tech innovation. After 10 years growing MTV’s digital platforms in the 00s, she now runs Muki-International, Ltd. creating digital content for social, immersive VR/MR, live and biz-dev strategies for broadcasters, A-List artists, and R&D teams. As BBC’s Digital Exec for The Voice UK Series 4 & 5, she produced the ‘Virtual Voice’, the first-ever ‘series’ of 360°VR experiences for a flagship show and continues to Exec bespoke 360 VR projects.
Muki Kulhan
Executive Digital Producer, Former Head of MTV’s digital platforms
Erfan Saadati is a British-Iranian Producer and Director, based in London. Saadati has enjoyed industry wide acclaim, kicking off 2022 with a premiere at Sundance Film Festival, and more recently, being named a recipient of BFI & CHANEL Filmmaker Audacity Awards, for up-and-coming talent in the industry. Erfan is best known for his films, Home: Aamir (VR documentary) and Child of Empire (VR docu-drama).
Erfan Saadati
VR Producer and Director
Japhet is the director of Polarity Reversal Ltd, where he creates IP for a variety of platforms. He also consults with content creation and strategy teams across publishing, digital and other media companies to develop ideas, strategies and products. Japhet was recruited by a joint venture of three American telcos to develop the first broadband based on-demand and interactive television applications. After 20 years working primarily as a television writer/producer and interactive content maker, Japhet returned to the UK and joined the BBC as an executive producer overseeing Children’s development. Japhet ran cross platform teams developing games, apps and web based short form video experiences. He was subsequently in charge of all digital content for CBBC, where he developed the channel’s mobile and app strategy as well as establishing YouTube channels for CBBC and CBeebies.
Japhet Asher
Polarity Reversal Ltd, pioneer of Augmented Reality novels and publishing, former head of digital content for CBBC