This may be of interest to IxDA discussants in the UK:
As part of the process of opening up its new media production and development to independent producers, the BBC is collaborating with Creative London, ERDF Objective One, Yorkshire Forward, Screen Yorkshire, North-West Vision, and Unexpected Media on a pilot series of 'Innovation Labs' in February and March 2006. I am working with Unexpected Media to create, programme and promote the Intro events.
Three pilots will run across the UK: one in London, one in the North West and one in Yorkshire.
We will be holding two London Intro days about the Labs for London-based new media companies on Friday 18 November 2005, and a second date in the following week. There will be an Intro day in the North West on 28 November.
The Labs are creative workshops in which interdisciplinary teams of professional creative technologists, application designers, software developers and interactive media designers will have the opportunity develop prototypes for innovative applications and services which could be commissioned by the BBC.
Places are limited to 50 companies per day, and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. We anticipate being over-subscribed, so people should contact us early if they are interested in taking part.