Digital & Creative Futures

1 July 2010
4:00pm - 7:30pm
Vision+Media, 100 Broadway, Salford Quays, M50 2UW

Digital & Creative Futures

Vision+Media in partnership with FutureEverything

Featuring keynote speakers, a mini-gig of epic disproportion and a one-hour, highly focused unconference, FutureEverything, in partnership with Vision+Media, present a unique and engaging event exploring the opportunities of collaboration and innovation.

Drew Hemment, Director of FutureEverything, says: "The award winning FutureEverything has championed digital innovation for 15 years, and is excited to be collaborating with Vision+Media on projects and events year round, as well as on its May conference and festival which is now established as a key date on the international calendar and jewel in the crown for the Northwest."

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16.00 - 16.30 Arrival and coffee

16.30 - 17.30 Keynotes

17.30 - 17.45 Entertainment

17.45 - 19.00 Unconference

19.00 - 19.30 Networking drinks and nibbles


You choose to attend three sessions from a maximum of twelve options, four in three consecutive blocks of 20 minutes each. The difference is that you, the audience present, will be able to propose and host these sessions if you wish, exploring the following themes:

. A question or proposition

. A demonstration of technology

. A project shared

. A more formal presentation no longer than 10 minutes allowing time for discussion


It's fast, punchy and all over in an hour with drinks and networking to finish. You can prepare a pitch prior to attending or simply blurt something out on the day.


Kid Carpet

Kid Carpet is a solo artist who began making music as a bit of a joke that pretty soon got out of hand. His reputation as a live performer, utilising pound shop toys and lo-fi goodness, has led to international tours and live support slots for the likes of Badly Drawn Boy and Arcade Fire. Kid Carpet will be performing tracks from his latest project The Advert Break. Featuring nine songs and jingles for genuine adverts that are currently on the telly, internet and in print.


Vision+Media works on behalf of the digital and creative industries in England's Northwest to create a world-class digital and creative economy within the region. They provide strategic leadership, help to build businesses and develop skills and talent. Vision+Media is funded by the Northwest Regional Development Agency, European Funds, the UK Film Council, Skillset, local, city and council authorities across the region.



Professor Steve Furber

“The Relentless March of the Microchip"

The first sixty years of computing have seen spectacular progress in the technology. However, there are limits to how small a transistor can be made, and we can no longer assume that smaller circuits will go faster, or be more power-efficient. If the cost-effectiveness of microchip technology is to continue to improve there are major challenges ahead. Might biology be a fruitful source of ideas?

Steve Furber is the ICL Professor of Computer Engineering in School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester. In April 2010, Steve was announced as one of the three 2010 Millennium Technology Prize Laureates.


Gerry Hassan

“After the Century of Isms: What is the Future of the Future?”

How we think, talk and imagine the world has clearly reached an impasse. This leaves us in an environment where the old certainties of the last thirty years have been discredited; and yet the old order is still with us attempting a restoration and extension of its ways. Gerry Hassan, writer, commentator and thinker will explore where this takes us, and how we challenge the seemingly omnipotent ‘official future’, bring values, philosophy and story centre-stage, and looks to some of the emerging trends pointing towards a post-neo-liberal politics.

Hailed by the Sunday Herald as ‘Scotland’s main public intellectual’ Gerry Hassan is a writer, commentator and thinker about Scotland, the UK, politics and futures thinking.



Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir: Lux Aurumque

185 voices from 12 countries join a spellbinding choir that spans the globe. “Lux Aurumique” composed and conducted by Eric Whitacre, merges hundreds of tracks individually recorded and posted to YouTube. An astonishing illustration of how technology can connect us across distance and unite cultures.

Download pdf of Eric Whitacre's Light & Gold flyer.

Watch Lux Aurumque here.

Sosolimited: Prime Numerics

For FutureEverything 2010, USA design group Sosolimited presented a live video remix of the final UK election debate in the apt surroundings of The People’s History Museum. Using custom software, it allows them to sample and analyse video, audio, and closed captioned text of the television signal. Reconstituting the material in this way reveals linguistic patterns, exposes content and structures, and fundamentally alters the way in which the debates are watched.

Watch Sosolimited at FutureEverything.

Aaron Koblin: Data Visualisations

Visionary thinker Adam Greenfield suggests the joy of cities is found in unexpected culture clashes. In Serendipity Apps: Apps for Networked Cities & Citizens he curates a collection of iPhone and Android apps which support surprise and drift.

Read more on Aaron Koblin: Data Visualisations...


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