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Join Torbay’s first Creative Hackathon!

Creatives, designers and writers are being asked to rise to the challenge and create a blueprint for the future of creativity in Torbay.

To support the growth of the Creative Sector in Torbay, Creatives are calling for a “space” to call their own; to work, collaborate, co-create, present and meet with like-minded individuals.

The creative industry is the second largest sector in the UK. It the fastest growing sector with the most young people wanting to join it. As a sector it offers year-round work and represents a high growth opportunity to support education and employment in the Bay.

Creatives working in Torbay are invited to have their say on what they need at a special hackathon event on July 10 from 5pm to 7pm at the Hampton by Hilton Hotel in Torwood Street, Torquay.

The event has been brought together through collaboration between The Creative Universe and Bigwave Marketing working with Studio Zao as part of Impact Torbay which aims to create new commercial opportunities and solve challenges through innovation. Hampton by Hilton, Torquay have supported the collaboration by sponsoring and hosting the event.

Liz Mackie, founder of the Creatives Universe, a platform for Creatives, said: “We are keen to understand what individuals and businesses in this sector would like from a collaborative space in the Bay. We hope that the Hackathon might help us to articulate what that space might look like in terms of supporting creative businesses.”

The event is a chance to be part of creating a fun, exciting space which supports and celebrates creatives across Torbay. The evening promises an engaging opportunity to meet and network, followed by mind mapping, hacking and ideation to consider a range of solutions and outputs.

Simon Beer, Managing Director of marketing agency Bigwave Marketing said: “There is great potential to create a thriving creative sector in the Bay. We want to support education and employment opportunities so that people can learn, work and live in the Bay. Everything we’ve heard from those already in the sector is that a local creative hub could support this.”

The event is free to attend, and interested parties can register via EventBrite:

About the organisers

The Creatives Universe

The Creatives Universe, is a dynamic and innovative start-up business based in Torquay. We are a global platform that provides a digital meeting place for creatives, designers, writers and freelancers to find jobs. We also offer companies the opportunity to search for these talented individuals on our platform and to advertise opportunities on offer.

We are more than just a business, we are a community of creatives. We want to empower creatives, designers, writers and freelancers in the UK to reach their full potential through their own endeavour. By doing this we underpin and support the power and quality of British creativities on a global platform. Anyone can create a free account and add a single job listing for free under the bronze package. There are several paid-for options to cover multiple job listings.

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Bigwave Marketing

Bigwave Marketing is a creative growth agency with a mission is to ‘make a difference and deliver growth to colleagues, clients and communities’. It uses marketing techniques, channels, and our experience, to do this.

The agency provides marketing services to organisations and businesses that have a positive impact on their community or customers. This primary driver means it works with a diverse range of global clients that all, in their own ways, make a difference. This includes charities, local authorities, social enterprises, and private sector businesses across diverse range of organisations from accountancies to Zoological parks.

A leading Southwest agency, it supports clients to enable growth and is:

  • A full-service marketing agency
  • A Google partner
  • A Microsoft Advertising Partner
  • WMN ‘Best Place to Work’ winners 2022
  • European Search Awards finalists 2022

As part of the agency mission, it promotes physical activity in the workplace and supports charities through the ‘Bigwave Business Games,’ a series of networking and friendly competition that has raised over £60,000 for charity.

An in-house team of 40+ team members (called ‘Bigwavers’) includes account managers, graphic designers, paid media managers, organic managers (content/search/social) and web developers.

The agency was setup in 2007 and has 17 years of marketing delivery experience.

Studio Zao
At Studio Zao, our mission is to make innovation more efficient, less wasteful, and deliver higher and consistent return on investment.

Studio Zao is a dynamic consultancy specialising in productive innovation and growth. We help organisations of all sizes to make better decisions on how to achieve their aims and solve challenges, opening up new opportunities through tried-and-tested structures, world leading thought and experience, and by prioritising outcomes and value for those we support.

We have developed and run numerous growth programmes in a diverse and varied range of industries, locations and sectors. Our team is made up of practical, no-nonsense individuals driven by the desire to provide useful, tangible support to clients and business ecosystems in a new, engaging way.
Innovation is a great way to bring people together – Our involvement in this initiative has been made possible through the United Kingdom Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF). We are concurrently running the IMPACT Torbay programme, which is a business support and grant programme for SMEs in Torbay, get in touch with [email protected] to find out more.

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