Posts Tagged ‘FutureEverything’

Open Data Manchester

Monday, January 14th, 2013
Open Data Manchester

Open Data Manchester

Title: Open Data Manchester
Location: MadLab
Description: Open Data in Manchester
Date: 26-03-2013
Start Time: 18:30
End Time: 20:30







The next Open Data Manchester is a special event tying in with FutureEverything taking place from the 19th – 24th March.

An Open Data Future is an open debate that aims to look under the hood of the open data movement.

Over the past few years open government data has evolved from a niche concern to one that has been embraced by national government, European Commission and other states and organisations around the globe.

It has been advocated that Open Government Data will expose the inner workings of state institutions and thus enable an environment for greater understanding, accountability and efficiency.

The release of open government data has also been seen as an opportunity to add value to national economies through the creation of new services, new intelligence and a more networked economy through the free flow of data.

But ultimately what are the drivers behind this movement, who are the winners and losers and what should a society based upon open practices look like?

Jo Bates – Academic at University of Sheffield
Tim Davies – Researcher and Activist
Javier Ruiz – Campaigner for the Open Rights Group
Tom Slee – Canadian writer and commentator, author

Chaired by Yuwei Lin.

This event is free but likely to reach capacity so registering here is essential

Manchester Hackathon

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

The Manchester Hackathon

Title: Manchester Hackathon
Location: MadLab
Description: Calling all hackers, coders and creative collaborators – Manchester needs you to shape the future of the digital city.
Date: 17-11-2012
Start Time: 09:00
End Time: 19:00
Tickets: Book here





For the first time ever, the City of Manchester invites you to dig underneath its digital skin. FutureEverythingOpen Data Manchester and Manchester City Council are looking for experts and innovators to hack, code, programme and experiment with the city’s sets of open data to build new applications and develop future services.

Utilising the open data sets from DataGM made available by Manchester City Council and public sector partners, participants are welcome to produce anything they wish - develop applications to help people find their way around, stay safe, discover new experiences and everything and anything in between. All data is released under the Open Government Licence.

Taking place at MadLab in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter on Saturday 17th November, the Manchester Hackathon is set to be an intense, productive and exciting collaboration between the brightest minds in software development and data processing. Entries from both teams and individuals are welcome, and there are cash prizes to be won for the best product at the end of the session, including;

  • Grand Prize - £4,600*
  • Best Under 21′s Creation - £600
  • Best Visualisation - £600
  • Best Locative Application - £600
  • Developer’s Prize - £600
  • Best Solution for an Identified Problem - £600
* £1000 prize & £3,600 development funding


The prizes will be selected by a panel of independent industry experts, including Dave Carter (MDDA) and Lou Cordwell (magneticNorth).

The Hackathon takes place on Saturday 17th November 9am – 7pm, with a warmup and networking session beforehand at MDDA (Lower Ground Floor, 117-119 Portland St, Manchester, M1 6ED) onFriday 16th November 6.30 – 8.30pm.

The event is completely free to enter and open to all. | | @FuturEverything | #futr |


FutureEverything was founded in 1995, it is Manchester’s award winning internationally respected festival of ideas and digital invention. It is hailed by The Guardian as one of top ten ideas festivals in the world (February 2012).

FutureEverything brings the future to Manchester with inspiring live experiences and industry events, engaging a wide audience and affiliating its partners with the very best in digital innovation. For almost twenty years FutureEverything has been at the heart of the digital debate, inspiring thinkers, city makers, developers, coders, artists and musicians to experiment and collaborate.

The next FutureEverything festival will be Thursday 21 – Sunday 24 March 2013.




The Manchester Hackathon is partially funded under the ICT Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP) as part of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme by the European Community.

Post FutureEverything

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

It’s been wonderful to be part of FutureEverything, the award winning global festival of art, music and ideas.

We presented a session about DIYBIO (a Wellcome Trust funded project with MMU), showed off some interactive installations at Victoria Bath‘s Handmade Digital DIY event (which saw us land on the front page of the BBC news website) – if you missed it, here’s a little film, and held an artist salon about the “wider implications of software culture” on Sunday.

Handmade at FutureEverything from Madlab on Vimeo.

We loved being a part of this festival, and can’t wait for next year!

Listening to Firefox

Friday, May 20th, 2011

The “Listening to Firefox” discussion event on Sunday 15th of May aimed to open up a space for new discussions specifically related to social, political and economic aspects of creative practices which embrace and include technology – all under the banner “Wider Implications of Software Culture.” It was also an experiment in hosting a different kind of dialogue across the various groups and practices which meet at MadLab in Manchester.


MadLab at FutureEverything Festival 2011

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

MadLab are very proud to be part of FutureEverything, the award winning global festival of art, music and ideas held for the last 10 years in Manchester. We’ve been in involved last years GLOnet, where 2 of our directors have been sent to San Paolo and Istanbul. This year, we are parcitipaing on the in Manchester with three events.