Vision+Media in partnership with FutureEverything present a cross sector event exploring important trends in the digital and creative industries. Following on from The City Debate it will explore the vision for the Northwest region and its opportunities on the global stage.
Thursday 1st July, 16.00 - 19.30
Vision+Media Offices, 1 Broadway, MediaCityUK, Salford
Keynote speakers, live entertainment and unconference sessions
In May 2010, the FutureEverything festival delivered The City Debate. A battle cry for evangelists, cynics, digital artisans, policy makers, property magnates, media vultures, urban planners and the wider public, one of the dominant issues on the day was a collective call to look beyond the bricks-and-mortar bubbles of city rivalries and embrace a wider sense of regional identity.
Featuring two keynote speakers, a mini-gig of epic disproportion and a one-hour, highly focused unconference (where those in attendance can pitch and host short discussion groups on any topic), FutureEverything propose a half day booster injection to ensure we do not lose sight of the opportunities to be explored by those who desire progress and innovation.
Keynote: Gerry Hassan
Gerry Hassan is a writer, commentator and thinker about Scotland, the UK, politics and ideas. Hailed by the Sunday Herald as ‘Scotland’s main public intellectual’, Gerry has written and edited a dozen books in the last decade on Scotland and the wider world: from the setting up of the Parliament, to its record, policy, in-depth studies of the Labour Party and SNP, and looking at how we imagine the future. Gerry’s activities include facilitating events, discussions and conversations, which bring people together in Scotland and across the world. Something of a creative firebrand, expect some demanding propositions for change.
Entertainment: Kid Carpet
Kid Carpet is Ed Patrick, 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 Willy Mason, Badly Drawn Boy, Electric Six, The Go! Team, Arcade Fire, Art Brut, Presidents of the United States of America, and Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip. He is a recurring festival favourite and has had the pleasure of performing in Japan, Hong Kong, Iceland and throughout Europe.
Kid Carpet’s first full album, Ideas & Oh Dears, was released in 2005 followed by second album Casio Royale in 2008. For FutureEverything, 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, the total combination weighs in at 8 minutes and 2 seconds: a Tiny Concept Album Maxi Single, if you will. Including the proto pre-school punk of ‘The BBC’ and the caffeine-rush fuelled 54 second brilliance of ‘Cups of Tea’.
Unconference: multiple choice
60 minutes: 3 x 20 minute sessions
You choose to attend three sessions from a maximum of fifteen options, five 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: the range of topics limited only by the interests and passions of those in the room. 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. What might this involve? Consider the following approaches:
A demonstration of technology
A project shared
A question or proposition, thrown open to those gathered for response
A more formal presentation no longer than 10 minutes allowing time for discussion
We would not necessarily expect you to have any visuals or additional materials prepared in advance, but if you have a burning proposal you would like to discuss beforehand or require a method of display such as laptop connectivity or a DVD player/screen, please contact assistant producer Bren O’Callaghan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing drinks and networking
Stay to chat and share a drink. You know it makes sense. It’s free for a start, and you’re more likely to get a seat on the tram home.