We are thrilled to share our brand new programme of digital events with you.
In our Autumn series you will discover:
➡️ how XpoNorth Digital can support your business
➡️ how digital technologies can be used in your business
➡️ what social media platforms and strategies are best for you
➡️ how to review your current use of digital tools
➡️ how technology is revolutionising the publishing world
and much more!
See below for more information on each session confirmed so far including how to book. Watch this space as more events are confirmed in the coming weeks. We look forward to welcoming you!
XpoNorth Digital Information Session
Tuesday 19 Sept | 1pm - 2pm
What is XpoNorth Digital?
Join us for an informal information session where the XpoNorth Digital team will offer an overview of the workshop and specialist advice services set to be delivered and find out how you can access them.
XpoNorth Digital offers a range of digital support to businesses, organisations, networks and individuals working in the creative and heritage sectors based in the Highlands and Islands. So, whether you’re looking to gain new skills, innovate how you work or just need some advice on the art of the possible, come and meet the XpoNorth Digital team to discuss how we can best support your presence in the digital world.
We’ll be taking questions on the day but also asking in advance so you can email to us:
Screen Production Sessions:
Meet and Greet with Jason Lust
Wednesday 20th September | 9am - 11am & 3pm - 4pm
XpoNorth Digital invites you to an up close, 1-2-1 advice session with Soluble Fish Production's award-winning executive producer Jason Lust. Jason is known for Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio, Peter Rabbit and the Matrix.
These sessions offer an opportunity for Jason to get to know your business, your goals and your needs and is open to all Highland and Islands based film, TV and content-based production companies. Over his year-long residency, he will have a chance to work closely with Highlands and Islands based companies and support their strategic aims. We encourage you make the most of this residency launch and kick-start what could be a transformative relationship.
The day will be split into two sessions with slots allocated from 09:00-11:00 and 15:00-16:00. In person and online slots will be available. Physical meetings will take place at Highlands and Islands Enterprise in Inverness.
How To Thrive In The Digital Landscape
with Tuminds' Rene Looper and Alistair Miller
Wednesday 27th September | 1:30pm - 3pm
Join bespoke digital trainers Rene Looper and Alastair Miller of Tuminds for an interactive overview of the transformative potential more ambitious digital strategies can unlock for your business, project, organisation or network. From the tactical aspects of content management, SEO and social media to reach your target audience, this not to be missed session will feature a range of practical examples, case studies and techniques.
Tuminds offers a practical and hands-on approach to digital success, covering not just social media training but also SEO and Digital Marketing. Their expert-led courses are designed to help individuals and businesses navigate platform setup, create compelling content, and develop effective digital strategies.
Their aim is to ensure that your online presence is not only robust but also optimised for search engines. Catering to both start-ups and established brands, their tailored programmes deliver actionable insights for measurable results, helping you thrive in the digital age.
XpoNorth Digital at Wigtown Book Festival
Gavin Summers- Industry Event: Pixels to Prose Live and Online
From e-books and audio books, to podcasts and distribution platforms, digital has revolutionised the way authors write, publish and connect with readers. Now AI is changing the landscape further. Join writer Jessica Fox as she interviews Gavin Summers. As co-founder of Book Machine, a leading digital agency focused on publishing, he is supremely placed to see the possibilities and pitfalls new technology offers. An essential event for anyone who wants to keep up to speed in a fast-changing landscape.
About the speakers:
Gavin Summers is co-founder and director of Book Machine, a digital agency that specialises in publishing and education. Working with a team of specialists, they help clients with digital project strategy, initiation and specification, and project management and development. Formerly, he was head of digital at Hodder Education.
Jessica Fox is a director, writer, and XpoNorth Digital Specialist Advisor, and co-founder of Innerwell Media, whose most recent film, Stella, a period-drama feature set in Galloway, Scotland won Best Drama at Tel Aviv International (2023) and Best First-Time Filmmaker at Montreal Independent Film Festival (2022). She consults for science organisations and start-up companies in the UK/US looking at storytelling, creativity, and communication. Her most current book, Once Upon a BioFuture, a collaboration with Edinburgh University's Synthetic Biology Lab came out this year.
Digital Audit Workshop
Friday 27th October | 2pm - 3:30pm
Join Tim Wright, XpoNorth Digital Sector Specialist for this online session to gain the tools you need to analyse your organisations use of digital technologies and develop better strategies for their effective use.
The use of digital tools in our day-to-day work is very commonplace now. But as the technologies become more capable, are you using them in all the areas you can? Are you using them to their best ability? Are you getting the most from them? Are you maximising the return on your technology investment?
This session will provide you with a method of analysing how to review your current use of digital tools and ways of developing a strategy to ensure you keep pace with ongoing developments and how to wring the most from any developments you make.
It will encourage the use of digital as an opportunity to reimagine how you work rather than simply taking an analogue process and making it digital.
The Future of Content Creation
Wednesday 8th November | 1pm - 2pm
Noah Reich, development executive at Range Entertainment and Naysun Alae-Carew, Managing Director of Blazing Griffin, join us for a candid conversation about the current media landscape, what makes a good story, the art of commissioning and how these dynamic storytelling powerhouses see the future of content creation. The session will include a live Q&A with the audience.
In Focus: A Guide to HIE’s Innovation Services for The Creative and Heritage Sectors
Wednesday 22nd November | 1pm - 2pm
The creative and heritage sectors are widely viewed as incredibly fertile spaces for innovation, consistently stepping outside the boundaries of traditional thinking to find new ways of working. As these sectors continues to navigate uncertainly, now more than ever, businesses, organisations and networks are looking to reach their customers in different ways and develop new processes, services and products. However, from identifying possible areas of innovation- to articulation, funding and undertaking R&D – embarking on the journey can seem like a daunting and complicated process.
In this practical workshop, John Mackenzie, Senior Development Manager for Innovation at Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), will break down their range of innovation services, how to access them and talk through the dynamic opportunities it could offer the creative and heritage sectors.