Art of Possible: Game of Drones will return to The Lighthouse on 1pm on Thursday, October 24.

The workshop will bring together Scotland’s creatives, policy-makers and STEM professionals to consider challenge-based applications for the region’s world-leading emerging and enabling (E&E) technologies.

Drones in the sky, drones in the sea, drones on land. Could drones be doing more for you? Game of Drones will explore how this emerging technology, combined with the right business understanding, human creativity and insight, could result in major opportunities to help solve some of business and society’s most important challenges.

At our final event for 2019, hear from experts who will explore the adoption of drone technologies across a range of disciplines – from film-making and architectural design to conservation and the maritime industry.

We will also discuss the key questions that will enable society to realise the full potential of these little unmanned aircrafts. At Game of Drones we will hear from a variety of creative leaders on how industry must adapt, open the doors for cross-sector collaboration, and harness the power of disruptive technologies for the benefit of business and society. In the process, the event will introduce you to a group of ground-breaking and inspirational creators, innovators and knowledge experts in Scotland, working to drive the diffusion of disruptive technologies across a range of sectors.


Sarah Middlemiss is Space Programme Manager at Ecometrica – a downstream space company that uses data from the ground, air and satellites to monitor environmental change and impact. Ecometrica works globally – from monitoring deforestation in the chocolate supply chain in West Africa to the spread of rhododendrons in the West of Scotland! Sarah will talk about the potential of UAVs to unlock a wealth of information when combined with satellite data in the context of Ecometrica’s Scottish Earth Observation Service (SEOS).

Carrick McLelland founded Ground Level Up in 2014; a visual content company that specialises in producing high-end, cinematic video for the online and social media audiences. Part of Ground Level Up’s expertise is in utilising drone technology to deliver videos with a unique perspective. The use of drones has allowed Ground Level Up to deliver a service with a high-end output for an extremely cost-effective input. Carrick will talk about how this has given Ground Level Up its competitive edge in making high-end visual content accessible.

Kristopher Fisher is Chief Development Officer of Glasgow-based Dronely. Kristopher is also a Music Technology Lecturer at the University of the West of Scotland and a proactive member of the post-audio industry. He has an interest in film, television and games domains as well as the digital media sector. Kristopher’s focus on digital soundtracks for trailers has seen him collaborate with EA Games, Ubisoft, Google and the BBC, to name a few.From capturing breath-taking imagery for broadcast to developing and deploying drones to cope with the toughest industrial challenges; Kristopher’s relationship with drones has evolved as quickly as the technology itself. Kristopher will be talking about how he has put drones to work for the benefit of STEM industries and how Dronely is moving towards focusing on the maritime sector. Working directly with the world’s largest shipping and tanker fleets, the company has a range of projects in development aimed at shaping the future of tomorrow’s drones.

Ruth Oliver is Business Engagement Executive at Interface. Interface acts a central point of access for industry to collaborate with the world-leading knowledge, expertise, specialist facilities and technologies within Scotland’s universities, research institutes and colleges. Ruth joins us to talk about how Interface can support innovation-ready SMEs to innovate with impact, with a special focus on how the agency has supported companies using drones to grow, scale and succeed.

Dale Colley founded Altitude Thinking in 2018. Dale’s background is in engineering. He worked as an apprentice electrician at the age of 16 then went to university at 22 to study Electrical Power Engineering, and is currently in his 3rd year. Altitude Thinking is an environmental company focused on water pollution and aquatic environmental conditions. The company provides a service to collect water quality data with unique remote-control and autonomous surface water-borne drone, the AquaBot. Altitude Thinking addresses the problem of inefficient and ineffective water quality monitoring. Dale will be talking about how the Aquabot works in practice and his experience so far in building an innovative drone business.

Art of Possible is about connecting our diverse innovation community. We want to achieve a strong cross-sectoral presence (Science, Tech, Engineering, Art & Design, Maths, Social Sciences) – so please share this event with colleagues across all sectors!

On the day

I. BROADCAST: TECH CASE STUDIES | Panel Session (Chaired by Rachael Brown, CEO of Cultural Enterprise Office)

II. STRUCTURED Q&A | Workshop (Supported by Panellists). Delving deeper on successful models for socially-driven innovation including workplace culture and values, mind-set, multi-sector co-innovation and funding/investment.



13:00 – 13:30: Arrival, networking, light refreshments

13:30: Welcome, Dr Susie Mitchell, Glasgow City of Science and Innovation

13:40: Meet the Panellists: pitches, panel discussion and questions (chaired by Rachael Brown, CEO of Cultural Enterprise Office)

15:00 – 15:10: Comfort break

15:10 – 15:45: Creative Workshop (supported by Panellists)

15:45 – 16:15: Feedback session and discussion

16:15: Get social: beer, wine and bites

We look forward to seeing you there!

Places are limited, please contact with any questions.

What previous Art of Possible attendees said:

  • “A stimulating & enjoyable experience both learning from experts, and sharing & developing ideas amongst fellow participants”
  • “Great to see the innovation community in Scotland coming together to try to encourage growth in the sector. Great team!”
  • “A most worthwhile & enjoyable event.”

Art of Possible is an official feeder event of VentureFest, Scotland’s annual festival of discovery and innovation.



Art of Possible: Game of Drones

VentureFest Scotland