And the Networking Challenge winner is….

Profile photo of Ashley Smith Hammond By Ashley Smith Hammond
7 June 2012

L-R, Ashley Smith-Hammond of AmbITion Scotland, Angela Fernandez Orviz of Moving Targets, Angela Ross of Plantation Productions, Katie Elliott a Plantation Productions' Participant, Moya Crowley of Plantation Productions

Plantation Productions win Digital 2012 Networking Challenge

AmbITion Scotland are thrilled to announce the very-deserving winners of the Digital 2012 Networking Challenge prize of 2 iPads are… Plantation Productions with their idea for a Local Community Broadband Channel in partnership with Moving Targets.

AmbITion Scotland and Interactive Scotland launched the Networking Challenge competition on the opening night of the Digital 2012 conference  – Scotland’s leading conference for the digital, creative and cultural sectors, from Interactive Scotland, a Scottish Enterprise initiative, in partnership with AmbITion Scotland. Delegates were challenged to seek out potential new partners at the conference and come up the best idea for new cross-sector collaboration.

You didn’t disappoint! There were a range of fantastic ideas submitted and it was a tough decision for the judges drawn from Ambition Scotland, Hillington Park Innovation Centre, The Whisky Bond and Co-operative Development Scotland and IP Advisor Gillian Cameron. But in the end Plantation Productions’ idea to collaborate with Moving Targets to create a community Broadband channel particularly stood out for the judges as the project which was both an exciting cross sector collaboration and a inspiring idea with terrific potential.

Plantation Productions, a community arts and media charity based in Govan, project was about partnering with Moving Targets, a knowledge exchange project for creative media, to create a local community broadband channel to provide a platform for the wealth of films and local content that Plantation Productions have amassed over the last 10 years. The organisation works with over 200 local people a year, building an interest and desire for digital participation and training them in new skills. Plans are also afoot to rebrand and refresh Plantation Productions’ website and online presence, taking their work to a new level.

Moya Crowley from Plantation Productions said, “We found out about the event on the Culture Sparks website and thought it looked like a truly inspirational event. We were already in the process of considering our options to move the business to the next level as we want to create a community broadband channel to provide an interactive platform for films and local content. Digital 2012 and the Networking Challenge really helped us consolidate our ideas and make some key connections to make this happen. Winning the IPads will initiate a brand new project! ”

Ashley Smith-Hammond from AmbITion Scotland said, “Plantation Productions are very deserving winners of the first ever Networking Challenge. One of AmbITion Scotland’s core aims is to support partnerships and collaborations, building greater resilience in the Scotland’s cultural industries. Plantation Productions’ partnership with Moving Targets does just this. It makes the most of Plantation Productions’ key strengths in community relationships and their wealth of video content that would otherwise not be able to be seen. We are absolutely delighted and not at all surprised that they are already planning to incorporate our prize of 2 IPads into their community work in Govan.”

Debbie McCutcheon from Interactive Scotland said, “The judges were very impressed with the calibre of entries into the Networking Challenge but the Plantation Productions one stood out as their idea was really exciting as it brought together local talent with the digital world and showed a clear cross-sectoral link.”