FutureEverything explores impact of technology on cities

More than 500 delegates are expected to attend the FutureEverything Summit of Ideas & Digital Invention conference to discuss topics such as smart city design and sharing data in public spaces in Manchester later this month.

Keynote speakers include Dan Hill, chief executive of Fabrica, Benetton Group's communication research centre; Anthony Townsend, research director at the Institute for the Future; Natalie Jeremijenko, an internationally renowned artist; and Steve Crossan, director of Google Cultural Institute.

Delegates will also be able to take part in debates and workshops featuring representatives from Google, Kickstarter, Vimeo, BBC, Open Data Institute, Intel, and Arup.

The role of technology in urban environments, sharing data to improve public services and improved engineering to create so-called smart cities will be among the topics on the agenda.

The conference will also be one of the first occasions to explore the Digital Public Space, an ambitious international plan to give everyone everywhere unrestricted access to culture and knowledge. The chief protagonists include Google, BBC and Europeana; all argue that Digital Public Space will enable broadcasters, businesses, museums and art galleries to create a new dimension to the ways people experience and interact with culture and heritage.

Alongside the debates new artworks will be created, and the first publication on the Digital Public Space will be released.

A session chaired by Laura Harper, partner and creative industries expert at law firm Ward Hadaway, will be examine the pros and cons of different digital business models and explore the emerging issues around IP and the expanding differences between physical and digital products.

  • The FutureEverything Summit of Ideas and Digital Invention Conference, Thursday 21 to Friday 22 March 2013 is taking place at Four Piccadilly Place, Manchester M1 3BN. Tickets are still available at £100 from the FutureEverything website.

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