Image ©Aaron Koblin
FutureEverything is among the organisations leading the charge towards Open Data Cities in the UK. We were funded in November 2009 by the Manchester Innovation Investment Fund* to work to make Manchester the UK's first Open Data City. In January 2010, the office of Boris Johnson will announce that London will take a massive step towards making its data systems open by creating the London Data Store. The signs are that change is now inevitable.
The cities in which we exist are vast repositories of information, endlessly collecting and archiving data. Following the example set by cities such as San Francisco, Vancouver and Edmonton, we are championing a global movement calling for the opening up of publicly held datasets (Data acquired by government and their agencies in order to carry out their function).
The scale and accessibility of large datasets is expected to have a transformational impact on society. The benefits for citizens, digital business and public bodies are huge. Freely available data can enable social change around transparent governance and so help to reconnect people to the democratic process.
FutureEverything is exploring how Open Data environments can also spark innovation and the potential for more innovative and novel interpretations of this landscape by creative invention, social innovation and technological intervention.
Through advocacy, artworks, toolkits, development support and public discussion we aim to enable Manchester to become an exemplar of Open Data practice. By identifying data that can be made available, and looking at issues of data interoperability, quality and management, FutureEverything aims to make Manchester a city at the forefront of the OpenData movement.
The opening up publicly held datasets will create enormous benefit for Manchester - It's citizens, it's digital community and it's image. The potential is huge but the challenges are equally sizeable. Whilst most organisations understand the benefits of making this data available, many don't have the systems in place and others don't know what data they hold. It is to this end that FutureEverything will develop ways for organisations to identify and standardise the data for release to the community.
The FutureEverything Festival and Conference will explore the potential and consequence of the move to a data-based, Open Data society.
*Manchester Innovation Investment Fund is a partnership between NESTA, Manchester City Council and the NWDA with Manchester: Knowledge Capital and is managed by the Commission for the New Economy
GloNet at FutureEverything 2010 was a prototype for a new kind of globally networked event, shifting FutureEverything from a single city festival to one taking place simultaneously at venues around the globe. Innovation was at the heart of FutureEverything 2010 as five cities around the world connected live with the festival and conference.
The Guardian recently profiled FutureEverything on the cover of its two IBM sponsored Smarter Cities supplements. The Guardian commissioned a text by FutureEverything's director Drew Hemment and highlighted the work been done by FutureEverything to position Manchester at "the forefront of smart-city thinking".
The FutureEverything Showcase is a program of independently run art and music events across the city, presenting new and groundbreaking talent and giving the opportunity for more people to participate in the festival.
Submitted entries have been passed to the International Jury who will select the three outstanding projects that will fight it out for the 2011 prize. The Winner will be decided by an open vote by the FutureEverything Community in 2011. The Jury in 2011 is Bruce Sterling (US), Yukiko Shikata (JP) and Jeremy Myerson (UK).
12-13 May 2011 sees the return of the internationally acclaimed FutureEverything Conference.
FutureEverything's renowned music programme brings pioneering acts from across the world to the heart of Manchester.
2011's art programme will engage all of the senses and bring the best in digitally inspired creativity to Manchester.
Festival Passes are now available for FutureEverything 2011 — the globally celebrated, award winning festival which has "put Manchester at the forefront of smart-city thinking" (Guardian). Save 1/3rd on festival pass prices until 28th February 2011.
Manchester Camerata and FutureEverything team up to present Camerata’s principal cellist, Hannah Roberts, who is widely recognised as 'one of the most outstanding cellists of her generation', and sound artist Andrew Deakin in a live collaborative performance.
The call is now open for submissions to the art programme of the FutureEverything 2011 festival in Manchester, England, on 11-14 May 2011.
The FutureEverything conference invites proposals for talks, presentations, workshops and sessions that relate to and expand the themes listed below. Submissions of innovative formats for social interaction and experimentation are encouraged.
FutureEverything presented a Lounge, Panel, Artwork and Online Forum at Media Festival Arts, 8-10 September, Roundhouse London.
ECAS is a new European festivals network supported by the European Union within the CULTURE PROGRAMME (2007-2013) which strives to create collaborative partnership between the international festivals.
Leonardo calls for papers documenting cross-disciplinary thinking on participatory observation and mapping of the environment, climate and biodiversity; environmental data systems and services; and environmental sustainability in a networked society.
FutureEverything is looking for an experienced and creative Conference Programme Project Manager to work with the Director in delivering a coherent, dynamic, commercially viable and ground breaking programme.
FutureEverything is looking for an experienced, dynamic Festival Producer for FutureEverything 2011 global festival of art, music & ideas and related commissions and projects.
FutureEverything is looking for a dynamic, experienced and creative communications professional, with significant achievements across the cultural and or/corporate sector.
FutureEverything has been at the cutting-edge of electronic music for 15 years. We are looking for an individual who can deliver a coherent, dynamic, commercially viable and ground breaking programme of music projects for the festival as well as co-ordinate and manage our role in an international festivals network funded by EU Culture 2007.
The opening up of Manchester’s bus timetable data follows two months of negotiations between FutureEverything’s Julian Tait and Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE) with the support of Manchester Knowledge Capital.
New Mobilities at Eyebeam (New York) and NextFab (Philadelphia) - New Mobilities is a theme of FutureEverything 2011, this week Drew Hemment will be presenting an Eyebeam ReBlog and a talk/workshop at NextFab Studio.
Drew Hemment will give a keynote presentation at Metropolis Laboratory in Copenhagen on Mon 28 June looking at how FutureEverything transforms the city of Manchester into a living lab or play space.
Cultural organisations in England's Northwest can apply now to the prestigious Lever Prize 2011. It comprises a £10,000 cash prize, a distinctive trophy created by a North West artist and an invitation to collaborate with major companies. FutureEverything was the winner of the Lever Prize 2010. Closing date: 30th June 2010
You are invited to submit articles and artworks for a new issue of the Leonardo Electronic Almanac edited by FutureEverything. This is a dedicated edition of the leading online journal exploring the FutureEverything 2010 themes of the city and open data. Deadline extended to 10 September 2010
Artists, speakers and delegates of FutureEverything 2010 contributed to the FutureEverything blog. Read insights from Adam Greenfield, Aaron Koblin and the excellent day by day Axis blogger here
The official photos of this year's festival are now up on flickr for you to view. Jan Dixon & Emily Dixon, collectively known as TAPE, did an excellent job of photographing the various events that made up FutureEverything 2010 and you can see more of their work at their website www.WeAreTAPE.com
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.
For those of you who are not already aware of the special FutureEverything edition of the Dialogue webzine which is produced by Axis you can still read it here.
Save the date! Next year's FutureEverything Festival of Art, Music & Ideas will take place on 11-14 May 2011. Look out for details of the early bird Delegate rate coming soon.
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.
Agents of Change venue reveled!! Agents of Change have been working up at the amazing Sharp Project this week, creating a fantastic large scale piece.
ExperienceEverything is now live. Visit the new ExperienceEverything web pages here and get exploring
There will a meeting on Tuesday 13th April for everyone who would like to find out more about how to get involved with this year's FutureEverything Festival.
New pictures up on the FutureEverything Flickr page from last nights Prime Numerics - Sosolimited event at the People's History Museum
We are delighted to announce that FutureEverything is nominated for the Big Chip Award for Innovation 2010 The award is open to any project from anywhere in the world and criteria for nominated projects include the "demonstration of exceptional innovation in digital media or digital technology".
The new FutureEverything flickr page is now up and running featuring photos by Jan Dixon and Emily Dixon collectively known as TAPE.
A destination for a world-wide community of inspirational people, an engaging, entertaining and essential event to attend.
A celebration of musical pioneers, raw talent and those who perform on the cutting-edge, featuring world-class live performances and including collaborations with some of the UK's leading music organisations
A TV studio style debate exploring the future of Manchester, at a time when it is the biggest experiment in Europe in creating a future city. Linked events and workshops will help people to creatively explore what the future of the city holds in store for them.
FutureEverything in partnership with the UK’s first Fab Lab invite creatives to express their interest in the Fab Lab Challenge. The challenge is for 18 selected artists to produce individual pieces of work in the Fab Lab over the duration of the FutureEverything festival in May 2010.
The EyeWriter has won the first FutureEverything Award.
Inviting submissions of articles and artworks for a new issue of the Leonardo Electronic Almanac edited by FutureEverything. This is a dedicated edition of this leading online journal exploring the FutureEverything 2010 themes of the city and open data. Deadline - 1 June 2010
You may now vote to decide the Winner if you are a member of the FutureEverything Community.
The three outstanding projects in the final shortlist for the FutureEverything Award have been announced.
The partnership between FutureEverything and Lancaster University has been shortlisted for The Arts & Business Cultural Branding Award 2010
We have been delighted with the high calibre and diversity of artist submissions and nominated projects for the debut FutureEverything Award.
A chance to meet the festival team, talk through your ideas and to hear more about our plans for the 2010 Showcase.
We have created a new type of global event, a Globally Networked Event (GloNet), taking FutureEverything to new corners of the globe and reducing air travel.
We are delighted to announce that FutureEverything is Winner of the Lever Prize 2010, one of the UK's most prestigious awards.
FutureEverything is leading the charge to make Manchester an Open Data City. We are championing a global movement calling for the opening up of publicly held datasets.
Festival Passes are now available at 33% off the standard rate - this special advance offer is available till 31st January 2010.
You are now invited to nominate work for the FutureEverything Awards, or submit your own work to be included in the FutureEverything 2010 Festival and Conference.
Join the artists Heather Ackroyd of duo Ackroyd & Harvey and Helen Evans of Paris-based HeHe in a discussion of their work in the Environment 2.0 art exhibition.
FutureEverything is collaborating to host a EcoMap Lab at PICNIC09, and FutureEverything's Director, Drew Hemment, has been invited to present a main stage talk.
FutureEverything is pleased to announce the establishment of The FutureEverything Award. The FutureEverything Award recognises outstanding achievement for innovation in the arts, music, society and technology. It celebrates creative projects in any medium which offer a new and unique way to experience or see the world and help to bring the future into the present.
The Music Launch for the FutureEverything 2010 festival features ZU & Kong live at Islington Mill
The Art Launch for the FutureEverything 2010 festival is the Environment 2.0 art exhibition by FutureEverything at LICA
The Conference Launch for the FutureEverything 2010 festival and Social Technologies Summit is TEDxManchester
The EVNTS Launch for the FutureEverything 2010 festival an EVNTS Network Meeting at Band on the Wall, Tuesday 3rd November 2009.
FutureEverything will be launching a series of big bang events throughout the Autumn leading up to the inaugural FutureEverything festival in May 2010.
Drew Hemment, the Director of FutureEverything, has been invited to speak at three prestigious international events during August and September.
FutureEverything's Artistic Director and founder Drew Hemment is speaking at a TEDx event in Regents Park, London on Thurs 30 July 2009.
FutureEverything is participating in a number of events in Berlin in July. An Upgrade! Berlin event on 27 July follows a Transmediale workshop, and a discussion on Environment 2.0 by Kulturstiftung des Bundes, the German Federal Cultural Foundation.
FutureEverything is a part of a new consortium of contemporary visual arts organisations called Contemporary Art Manchester (CAM). Contemporary Art Manchester is presenting its inaugural exhibition in association with Manchester International Festival 2009.