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FutureEverything Conference 2012

Thursday 17th and Friday 18th May 2012

FutureEverything Conference 2012

The FutureEverything Conference takes place on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th May 2012 at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester.

The conference (and associated workshop events) brings together around 500 delegates from across the creative industries, new technologies, innovation, arts, public sector and academia.

FutureEverything was recently rated by the Guardian as one of the top ten international ideas festivals, alongside TEDx, 99% and South by South West.

This year’s conference looks at the next lurch into the unknown brought about by a new participatory culture that is changing our world. We see profound changes in the digital and creative sector, as well as in society at large. The conference presents the future-thinkers who enable us to see the possibilities of such connectivity.

Conference topics include:

  • Participatory Media
  • Arab Spring
  • Future Cities
  • Mass Observation
  • London 2012 Data Art

The FutureEverything Conference also hosts a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Mass Observation Movement and the UN International Year of Co-operatives – presented with a unique contemporary twist by artists and designers working in these new media.

This year’s headline speaker is Birgitta Jónsdóttir, the Icelandic MP, activist, artist and spokesperson who was an active volunteer for Wikileaks and has advocated making Iceland a haven for press freedom. She will discuss her involvement in the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative, crowd-sourcing the new constitution and experimentation in direct democracy in Iceland.

Three of the keynote speakers (Carlo Ratti, Rohan Gunatillake and César A. Hidalgo) are from Wired Magazine’s The Smart List 2012: 50 People Who Will Change The World.

Additional speakers include Bilal Randeree (Al Jazeera English), Juha van‘t Zelfde, Juliana Rotich and more to be announced.

Confirmed speakers and panelists are Andy Miah, Farida Vis, Laura Harper, Dr. Ian Brown, Loz Kaye, Fiona Courage (Mass Observation Archive), Moritz Stefaner, William Heath, Jeremy Newman, Ed Vaizey MP, Rufus Pollock, Bill Thompson, The John Peel Centre, DIYBio, Adrian Hon, Sanaz Raji, and Animal Systems.

The conference brings together the latest debate and visionary ideas from around the world to present timely, inspiring and sometimes provocative views on the latest developments in digital culture.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.