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Twenty graduates from universities and institutions across the island of Ireland have been taking part in a week-long bootcamp during CultureTECH as winners of a University of Ulster led awards initiative.

The Creative Buzz Awards are part of the Honeycomb – Creative Works initiative, a £3.58 million skills and business development programme for the digital creative industries. It is led by the University of Ulster and funded by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

The bootcamp has been designed to provide graduates with unrivalled connections to leading industry figures for networking and mentoring as well offering participants access to potential sources of funding for their creative ideas.

Game of Thrones producer, Greg Spence, was a one of a number of speakers on the four-day programme which included workshops on commercial presentations, pitching improvisation and selling techniques. Northern Ireland Screen Chief Executive Richard Williams also attended as a mentor to provide graduates with advice on how to kick-start their career in the creative industries.

The graduates were chosen by a panel of industry experts as rising stars of the local creative industries after submitting digital projects ranging from photography, gaming and movies to websites, animation and music.

Fiona McElroy, Honeycomb Creative Works Programme Manager at the University of Ulster said: said: “There is a wealth of talent in Northern Ireland’s universities and institutions that is contributing positively to the creative industries both locally and globally. The bootcamp at CultureTECH is just one way in which the University of Ulster is providing a varied learning experience which brings in direct learning from industry. The bootcamp has given these young innovators the opportunity to learn from industry role models and a chance to further develop their skills in order to thrive in the sector.”


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