Growing Innovation

documentary video, 93:00 minutes
directed by Don Ritter

Preview • Growing Innovation 4:19

Growing Innovation is a documentary about the environmental factors that influence innovation with digital media in academia. Academic research on digital media has existed in various computer science and engineering departments for over 50 years. More recently, academics working in the arts and humanities have also become involved with the development of new types of digital media technologies and digital media content. Many of the academic institutions carrying out this research are now devoting considerable human, technical, and financial resources in pursuit of innovation with digital media, ranging from the creation of digital media art to hardware and software development. The Growing Innovation documentary is based on the notion that academic pursuits in digital media are more likely to succeed when the environmental conditions surrounding academic researchers are appropriate for innovation. Adequate funding, relevant technological resources, and the hiring of talented academics will not necessarily lead to innovation with digital media.

Within the documentary, seven full-time academics and a management consultant--all working with innovation in digital media--respond to questions about the influence of environmental conditions on innovation. The interviewees discuss the differences between innovation and creativity, and how time, the physical environment, interpersonal environment and organizational environment can influence innovation with digital media. The interviewees' expertise includes architecture, computer science, engineering, game design, music, digital media art, and management. The video is primarily intended for academics and academic administrators involved with digital media research.



Growing Innovation • complete documentary 93:00

Individual sections of the complete video can be viewed below
Part 1 • Innovation and Creativity 14:00

Part 2 •  The Interviewees • 4:00

Part 3 • Time 15:00

Part 4 • The Physical Environment • 15:00

Part 5 • The Interpersonal Environment 12:40

Part 6 • The Organizational Environment 32:00


Dr Maurice Benayoun, Professor
School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong

Dr Kellogg S. Booth, Professor Emeritus
Department of Computer Science, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Dr Christopher J. Keyes, Professor
Department of Music, Hong Kong Baptist University

Tobias Klein, Assistant Professor
School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong

Dr Miu Ling Lam, Assistant Professor
School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong

Chi Wo Leung, Associate Professor
School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong

Dr Dave Richards, Strategic Innovation Leadership Facilitator
Dr Dave Innovation Ltd, London, UK

Dr Hanna Wirman, Research Assistant Professor
School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University


Don Ritter • director and editor

Yuen Ting Li • assistant editor and production assistant

Mitch Martinez • fire imagery footage

Production of Growing Innovation was funded by City University of Hong Kong
with support from the School of Creative Media.

Don Ritter 2017