bloc // December 17, 2007

unConference: technological tinkering, the next 10 years, here and beyond… ⁄⁄

Date: 23 Oct 2009
Time: 9 am
Partner: British Council | http://www.britishcouncil.org/
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This event forms part of May You Live in Interesting Times, Festival of Creative Technology, Cardiff, which runs from 22-24 Oct 2009. For a full programme of activities visit the festival website: http://mayyouliveininterestingtimes.org.uk/
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What is the future of do-it-yourself technologies for creative practice and enterprise? What could WE do? What tools will WE need and what do WE have to offer? The Festival, in collaboration with the British Council, is hosting a one-day unConference at this year’s festival. This innovative event will explore the future possibilities presented by do-it-yourself technologies for artists and creative entrepreneurs working across cultures and disciplines. Unlike a conference, an unConference is user generated. The agenda is driven by participants and is an opportunity for you to share your ideas, projects and aspirations for the future!

This is a ticketed event. Tickets must be purchased in advance. See below for booking information.

Outline:

The unConference central theme asks us to think about what technological innovation might look like in Wales, and beyond its borders, over the next ten years. As do-it-yourself media-makers, developers and enthusiasts grow internationally, technological tinkering, experimentation and collaboration will continue to increase online and off, germinating new ideas amongst networks of like-minded
 people who seek creative solutions to global and local needs.

Will this future scenario shape a more creative and sustainable future? What role can artists and creative entrepreneurs play to encourage and facilitate creative spaces in which to experiment, develop and design their own off-the-shelf and over-the-net tools? As economic and environmental resources dwindle will do-it-yourself technologies be our only hope?

The unConference is open to artists, researchers, social scientists, local authorities, media theorists, programmers, technologists, curators and gallerists, designers, environmentalists and anyone interested in these themes:

– Artists and creative entrepreneurs using technology to generate creative ideas and solutions across cultural borders and disciplines
– Technological innovation and user-generated content
– Amateur enthusiasts working with creative technology
– Researchers, scientists interested in new perspectives and creative applications for technology
– Community organiser or local authority seeking to broaden public engagement in new and innovative ways
– Professionals who influence and develop policy and strategy for digital technologies and community regeneration
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The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. It is a unique organisation combining an unrivalled heritage, with an innovative approach to building international relationships and mutual understanding.

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