Digital & Creative Futures

Vision+Media and 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.


Our GloNet, Globally Networked Event, is an experimental format happening simultaneously in five cities around the globe, featuring sessions drawn from the conference strands The City Experiment and Open Data.


Taking all of our wildest dreams for the future and imagining what would happen if they really came true, bringing you insights into the science of the web, the future of inter-generational communication, open source design, crowdsourced activism, and the future of music.

The City Experiment

The most visionary thinkers will discuss how cities are evolving and being rewired, and explore urban transformation, in all its forms, especially how we work, play, create and relate with one another.

Open Data

The Open Data conference strand will reflect on the phenomenal potential impact of opening up data held by our public institutions in a usable form. FutureEverything is championing the Open Data movement in the UK.

Unlimited Connectivity

The growing spread of fast connectivity empowers more and more people to create and express in ways previously unimagined. What does our future of unlimited bandwidth look like, and what will be the Wikipedias and YouTubes of this brave new future?

Free Events

PlayEverything Unconference open, participatory workshop-events on Open Data and today's digital culture; Art & Media talks and open discussions by artists, gallerists and curators; and The City Debate mapping the future of Manchester.

Digital & Creative Futures

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 bren@futureeverything.org

Closing drinks and networking

45 minutes

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.


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