Opening – 9.30 – 10.00
Opening FutureEverything conference 2015, Drew Hemment, Founder and CEO of FutureEverything and Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council.

The advent of the digital has had a profound impact on our sense of identity, and has shifted the shape and volume of our memories. What does it mean to remember and how is it possible to forget when our experiences are being indexed, stored and monetized, and in the hand of systems we don’t fully understand? Which is our real self online, the one we build intentionally with our tweets and posts, or the one that is created unconsciously when every single one of our actions online is measured and analysed?

This session will feature data artist Jer Thorp, privacy expert Gemma Galdon-Clavell, “Truth and Beauty Operator” Moritz Stefaner, Director of Storythings and digital storyteller Matt Locke, and the New York Times R&D Lab Creative Director Alexis Lloyd and Executive Director Matt Boggie.


Session One – 10.00 – 11.50
In this session data artist Jer Thorp presents how his projects, spanning art, science and technology, are creating new, beautiful, tools for understanding the data around us. Privacy expert Gemma Galdon-Clavell is interested in getting us to meet our “data doubles”; the portrait of ourselves that is produced by our interactions online, bought and sold by data brokers. “Truth and Beauty operator” Moritz Stefaner will present how his interactive visualisations have caused us to reassess our assumptions of national and personal identity, place and culture. We’ll also have a Lightning talk from one of the teams behind the many experiments sprung from FutureEverything Moscow. Touchback, who will introduce their project exploring feedback in public spaces.

10.00 – Lightning Talk – Touchback

10.10 – Jer Thorp – Keynote

10.50 – Gemma Galdon-Clavell

11.10 – Moritz Stefaner

11.30 – Panel with Jer Thorp, Gemma Galdon-Clavell and Moritz Stefaner

Session Two – 12.10 – 13.00
The session begins with two different presentations exploring how these shifts are transforming the way we tell stories, and how we need to develop new forms for explaining reality. Matt Locke, from Storythings, is the premier expert in the UK in new forms of storytelling, whether in the shape of apps, websites or events. Alexis Lloyd and Matthew Boggie are in charge of shaping the future of one of the great global newspapers. Leading the R&D Lab of the New York Times, their work involves identifying trends and technologies that will emerge in the next three to five years.

12.10 – Matt Locke

12.30 – Alexis Lloyd & Matthew Boggie