Following an open call and assessment of applications in autumn 2020, more than 500 creative organisations and individuals from across the UK and drawn from science, technology, engineering, arts and maths, were selected take part in a unique, funded R&D project.

The R&D phase took place from November 2020 to the end of January 2021, with participants working in 30 cross-sector teams, including more than 100 freelancers.

In February, each of the 30 teams had to prepare a feasibility report and give a presentation about their ideas to a selection panel. A rigorous assessment saw 10 Creative Teams selected to be commissioned to turn their ideas into reality for next year’s festival.

The 30 teams worked under a Creative Commons, with the aim of building a publicly accessible resource to inspire future generations. The festival will also continue to offer support to the 20 teams whose project ideas were not taken to commission, and where they want to develop them further.