Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Social Technologies Summit

Back in my home-sweet-home and madly preparing for my third cross-Atlantic trip in as many weeks, I'm really pleased to announce my upcoming role as Mistress of Ceremonies for the Social Technologies Summit at Futuresonic 2007 next week in Manchester.

This is the first time I'll be taking on more of a curatorial role, and am very excited about the stellar line-up we've organised. Check it out:

Friday 11 May 2007, 10am-6pm

Leading figures from around the world are converging on Manchester for Use Your Imagination, a unique one-day event presented by Imagination@Lancaster, Lancaster University's new interdisciplinary research institute, as a part of the Social Technologies Summit and Futuresonic 2007 Urban Festival of Art, Music and Ideas.

The event sets out to :
  • Inspire people with the possibilities of interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Introduce artists, designers, social researchers, activists, engineers and computer scientists to what excites each other
  • Enable people to meet in structured and informal ways
  • Seed new collaborations.
10.30am - 12.30pm, Contact Theatre
Steve Dietz (YProductions)
Giles Lane (Proboscis)
Linda Doyle (Trinity College Dublin)
Charlie Gere (Lancaster University) - Chair
Kristina Andersen (STEIM) - Discussant

2pm - 4pm, Contact Theatre
Paul Domenet (Saatchi & Saatchi)
Nina Wakeford (INCITE, Goldmsith's)
Alan Dix (Lancaster University)
Eric Paulos (Intel Research) - Chair
Laura Watts (Lancaster University) - Discussant

4pm - 6pm, Contact Theatre
Facilitated by Anne Galloway, please come meet the participants and other practitioners - and find your new collaborative partners!

6pm - 8pm, Council Chambers, Steve Biko Buidling
An open session for people doing strange things with electricity.

Saturday 12 May 2007, 10am-12:45pm

Working in partnership with the Manchester-based Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and Creative Concern, Futuresonic and FutureEverything are launching a 3 year project addressing the sustainability of future arts and culture. The project will seek to minimise the environmental impact of the Futuresonic festival (including travel to and from the event!) and also to explore broader issues connecting Futuresonic's interest in mobile and social technologies with the new urgency surrounding climate change.

Today's digital culture promotes an always-on internet that can be accessed anywhere, while on the move. How can free and open source hardware help minimise the environmental burden of the technology we use, and how can thinking about new technologies be harnessed to improve our stewardship of the environment?

10.30am - 12.45pm, Contact Theatre
Eric Paulos (Intel Research)
Stef van Dongen (Enviu)
Shaun Fensom (Independent)
Steve Connor (Creative Concern) - Chair
Anne Galloway (Carleton University) - Discussant

Although I'll basically step aside after this session, I highly recommend sticking around for the remaining Free Studio / Estúdio Livre tactical media and cultural hot spots discussions & events:

Saturday 12 May 2007, 2pm - 9pm

There is today a grass roots open source movement that is sweeping across Brazil like wild fire and captivating the world's imagination. Futuresonic 2007 invites leading figures from Brazil and around the world to participate in a high profile conference session on this movement.

2pm - 4pm, Contact Theatre
Cristiano Scabello (Estúdio Livre)
James Wallbank (Access Space)
Matthew Edmondson (Open IT Up)
Dave Carter (Manchester Digital Development Agency) - Chair

4pm - 6pm, Council Chambers, Steve Biko Building
Free Studio Presentations Pt. 1

8pm - 9pm, Contact Theatre
Claudio Prado (Brazilian Ministry of Culture)

Sunday 13 May 2007, 12pm - 5pm

Free Studio Presentations Pt. 2
Zion Centre, Hulme

And as if that's not enough, there are tonnes of other fun things to do. I'll definitely be catching the Faust show on Friday night - part of the Music for the Beep Generation line-up - and the Art For Shopping Centres exhibitions.

Hope to see you there!

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