Posted: Wed 12th Jun 2024

Wrexham filmmaker scoops national award for innovation for people living in or visiting the Wrexham area

A Wrexham-based filmmaker has scooped a prestigious national award for innovation.

Robert Corcoran received the accolade from Innovate UK, which is delivering a £6.2 million boost to the UK’s future innovation leaders.

Building on the success of Innovate UK’s targeted programmes, like Women in Innovation and Young Innovators, this latest funding is designed to find and support the fresh innovation talent the UK needs.

Robert is among 233 high-potential innovators to be be awarded a grant and 12 months of tailored business support.

The prestigious award will support Robert to investigate new uses of AI in the context of live streaming and how it may affect the creative economy, with his company 73 Degree Films

His idea aims to look at how live streaming will be affected by new AI systems and potential new use cases that will be created as a result.

“It means a lot to me to be recognised as an innovator by the UK’s innovation agency,” said Robert Corcoran.

“I’m always pushing myself to use creativity to solve problems.

“Looking at live streaming at this moment, it’s clear there are some major challenges coming up in relation to AI, so I’m really interested to see where this research takes me.”

Robert is no stranger to ‘innovative’ uses of live streaming.

In 2022, to coincide with the launch of Disney+’s ‘Welcome to Wrexham,’ Robert lived inside a 24/7 live stream in the city centre, where he watched Ryan Reynolds’ movie ‘Green Lantern’ 100 times in a row.

“I’m currently in the process of speaking with people that enjoy watching streams or streaming themselves, in order to improve the ideas I’m working on.

If anyone is interested in taking part, please email me at [email protected].”

To follow Rob’s work and the progress of the project, follow 73 Degree Films on Youtube, Instagram and Tiktok.

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