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Are you a Digital & Cultural Innovator?

The British Council and FutureEverything are partnering to offer ten Digital & Cultural Innovators from the UK, UAE, Pakistan, Japan, South Korea, Ukraine and Nigeria the chance to take part in the 20th anniversary FutureEverything Festival taking place in Manchester, UK on 26-28 February 2015. The selected innovators will also take part in an exclusive international two day lab in the days running up to the Festival, as well as the chance to show work at FutureEverything. The lab presents a chance for this international group to work together and explore how technologies are imagined, used, built and controlled, and will be facilitated by research agency Strange Telemetry.

Festival passes, lab participation, travel and accommodation will all be covered for the selected participants.

Do you work at the intersection of technology and culture? Are you are a digital artist, producer or thinker? Are you an innovative creative entrepreneur?

To fit with the themes of the Festival, we are looking for people whose work reflects one or more of the following:

  • Smart Cities: Digital and cultural takes on urban development
  • The future of Internet: Internet of Things
  • Smart Mobility: Wayfinding and transport innovation
  • Digital and Social Innovation: Civic participation, community development and innovative use of data to benefit local populations
  • Creative Media: Developments and experiments – experience, identity, personalisation, etc

Successful applicants will get a chance to be part of the British Council’s new global network of digital and cultural innovators, and be part of one of the world’s leading arts and innovation-driven Festivals. They will have the opportunity to showcase groundbreaking concepts, products and services to commercial enterprises and the wider international design and innovation community, as well as Festival attendees and the general public. They will also be given an opportunity to develop international networks and to participate in the global discussions on the future of technology and culture.

How to apply
To apply, send a two page application to futureeverything@britishcouncil.org, with your country of residence in the subject line. Your application should be under 2MB. Your application should include:

  • A short professional biography (up to 500 words)
  • Information on your product or project, explaining how and why it fits with one (or more) of the themes outlined above (500-1000 words)
  • A paragraph explaining why you want to attend FutureEverything and how this will benefit you (up to 200 words)
  • Two visual examples of your project. You are welcome to provide links to Vimeo/YouTube/Flickr/etc where appropriate.
  • Photos and other supplementary visual resources are encouraged, although will not be considered without a detailed written application
  • Applicants should have English language skills to IELTS 5-6 or above (modest/competent user or above)
  • Groups/collectives can of course apply but they need to be represented by one of their members
  • We are only able to accept applications from people whose practice is based in the UK, UAE, Pakistan, Japan, South Korea, Ukraine or Nigeria

Application Timeline
12 January 2015, 9am GMT: Deadline for entries
19 – 20 January 2015: Interviews (via Skype / Hangout / Phone)
24 – 25 February 2015: Digital & Cultural Innovators Lab
26 – 28 February 2015: FutureEverything Festival

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