What kind of future do you want to live in? How important is technology in our future? Why do we use technology? Is it helping or hindering us?

Join us on Wednesday 22nd February, to have your voice heard on the future of Manchester and CityVerve, a project which aims to set an example for the way Internet of Things (IoT) technology is used in the city we live, work and play in.

In this evening workshop, we’ll give you an introduction to the world of the Internet of Things (IoT) and explore the possibilities for Manchester by imagining what the future might look like in 2-5 years time. We’ll be looking at how we, as inhabitants of Manchester, interact with technology and how this might change. How dependent are we on technology and is this the same for everyone in Manchester?

You don’t need any technical expertise or previous knowledge of IoT to participate, we’re just interested to hear your thoughts on what you would like your city could look like. We want to have a range of different people in the room, from those who have no idea about Smart Cities through to experts. We want to hear your thoughts, feelings and opinions about Manchester and technology, to help influence the future of the city.

This workshop will help inform the next steps of CityVerve’s aims to develop technology that is beneficial to residents and visitors. You’ll have the opportunity to have in depth discussions and playful chats that can help influence decisions about the shape of tomorrow. You’ll be put in the role of the decision maker, looking at the way technology has impacted your life.

If you’re interested in thinking about the future, and how IoT could be used to improve the lives of people in the city, sign up!

You can see the outcomes from our past community forums here.

Please note there will be videography and photography at this event, let us know if you have any concerns. Hot food will be provided.