Future Everything

Future Everything (Manchester, 21st-24th March) covers topics like these

THE DATA SOCIETY

Data sits at the centre of many debates today, as whole industries and institutions are reshaped by the Big Data revolution. Business, education, culture AND government have the chance, through data driven services and platforms, to create completely new possibilities for engagement with citizens.

In the Data Society, it’s essential that we all understand our relationship with Data: Can we use it? Do we own it? What can we learn about ourselves from the data we produce?

FUTURE CITIES

Cities, the natural spaces for innovation, are at the foreground of change today. Technologists and urbanists, grassroots groups and communities of hackers and makers are working with citizens to make our urban environments better. Digital is offering us the chance to rethink infrastructures and services, from transportation to energy, and reinvigorate our public spaces.

Future Everything will showcase how Future Cities are becoming public laboratories to rethink the way we live.

CREATIVE CODE

New Media Artists, Interaction Designers and Creative Coders gather at FutureEverything to present how they are transforming the texture and aesthetic of our world. From live 3D scanning installations to rapid prototyping, software art to apps as a medium for creativity, during the festival Manchester becomes one of the premium locations in the world to witness the future of art and design.

If you’re interested in getting involved and participating in the FutureEverything 2013 Summit, please send them a response to one or more of the identified issues below, along with bio information.

  • If open data is what we should be pursuing, why? What are the dangers in pursuit of an open agenda?
  • In the coming data age, what must we do to help to facilitate bottom up innovation and engagement with citizens, rather than just big corporations?
  • What is structurally important to ensure that future cities and engagement with smartphones, tablets and twitter accounts pursues real impact across society, not just the privileged and technologically enabled?
  • In an age of fast innovation and plagiarism, how sacred is the creative idea? For a creative digital business, how do they protect, or capitalise, their ‘IP’ while remaining open, collaborative and accessible?

Send your response to Tom Higham by 21st January. The conference will be held in Manchester, UK on 21st – 24th March.