My afternoon was spent presenting the Creative Industries Faculty and especially my work in KKB018 Creative Industries with the Ipskay Creative Town scenario at the CP+S Creativity Marketplace. Unfortunately DHL messed up, so my QUT brochures never arrived at the hotel, but with the materials and student posters I brought along I think I had enough information to go on. I ended up running out of business cards (and out of voice), so that' s a great indication of strong interest in what we're doing. Also, good to meet a few fellow travellers - some of the folks from the Danish Kaospilots group, as well as some lecturers from the University of Breda in the Netherlands who have also developed a creative industries programme. I'll have to follow up to see if a student exchange between them and us is feasible.
The Koolhaus which hosts this day of the conference is a fabulous space - a big old converted industrial space which now serves in part as a nightclub and convention space, with some fantastic spaces; especially perhaps the rooms which house the Creativity Marketplace itself. Unfortunately as an exhibitor myself I didn't get to see much of the other exhibits around me, but they too looked very exciting - next to me was an innovative primary school project which uses are to teach maths and geometry to kids (and I got to play with it as well, ending up with a 'cubist' depiction of my face). I also met some people from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, which is running an exciting urban renewal project that reclaims and redevelops the alleyways of the city.
I do hope that my students get a bit of a kick out of having their work shown to an international conference!