Community of Interest
Our Community of Interest draws from the local and wider Design Informatics ecosystem, welcoming staff and students from the School of Informatics, Edinburgh College of Art and beyond; individual entrepreneurs, design practitioners, start-up companies and established organisations in the private and public sectors. In fact, anyone with an interest in Design Informatics can join our community, meet our staff and students at our regular events and help us shape the programme and its impacts.
We will be organising and supporting 3-month company placements for our 2-year MSc and MFA postgraduates to work on a project with joint company/academic supervision. Our Community of Interest is the pool from which these companies will be drawn, and members will have the chance to propose projects, work with academics to shape them and then ‘talent spot’ placement candidates from our postgraduate community. We are also keen to organise company-oriented group and individual projects for our 1 and 2 year postgraduates. The Community of Interest will be the hub for creating these projects and and sharing their results.
Our Design Informatics Resident Entrepreneurs will engage with the Community of Interest at exhibition events, looking for anything from feedback on product designs and commercial plans to potential partners, business mentors, market advisors, investors or simply customers. Community of Interest members will have early access to these nascent products and services and the entrepreneurial designers behind them. Join us and see what’s coming. Membership is free, simply hit the 'back' button on your browser and complete the registration form.