Research Seminar – Ana Betancourt & Hector Fried + Rory Gianni

Black Goblin: Creative Freedom through Sound and Contextualizing Complexity & InChat: Fostering Empathy across Time & Space

Ana Betancourt – Director, Black Goblin Audio

Hector Friend & Rory Gianni – Co-Founders, InChat

Thursday 13th February 4pm – Inspace, 1 Crichton St

Black Goblin and InChat have been supported by Creative Informatics through their Resident Entrepreneur’s programme and Black Goblin Director, Ana Betancourt, and InChat Co-Founders, Hector Fried and Rory Gianni, spoke about their businesses and their experiences during the programme so far.

Ana Betancourt and Gabrielle Haley, a duo of sound designers’, graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2018 and co-founded Black Goblin. While working in Scotland and Northern England they discovered that sound creation is a major issue for independent filmmakers and they realised there was serious potential to turn their passion into something more. Their vision became to help the Film and Games industries in the UK to become competitive at an international level. Black Goblin is now an audio software company developing the first plugin that enables visual editors to create bespoke sound effects using only their computer and software of choice.

Hector Michael Fried is a design anthropologist and artist. Hector’s research explores the use of technological probes towards qualitative and ethnographic inquiry, while applying it to industry issues around service design. He has specific interest in IoT with an emphasis on contextualizing the growing relationship between things, humans, and AI. CO-Founder: Rory Gianni is a developer, trainer, and creative technologist. He has over 9 years’ experience working with public sector organizations, start-ups, and universities helping them take their early stage concepts to production.

Inspace, 1 Crichton St, Edinburgh EH8 9AB