A free one-day event in Birmingham on the topic of “City as a Platform“. Keynote speech by Jon Kingsbury, Director of the Creative Economy Programmes at NESTA, on “The future for the creative industries?”

17th February 2011, 10am — 5.45pm, at the Aston University Business School and Conference Centre (coming from New St. Station: walk to the top of Corporation St, and cross over the main road).

Speakers and panellists include:

Neil Crockett – MD Public Sector, Cisco
Toby Barnes – Mudlark
Matt Walsh – Maverick / NHS Local
Robert Annable – Axis/BE2Camp
Simon Whitehouse – Digital Birmingham
Brian Gambles – Library of Birmingham
Aine McGuire – Scraperwiki
Nick Booth – Podnosh
Dave HarteBirmingham City University

The impact of the UK’s digital creative industries reaches far beyond the economic. In an era of public sector cuts and greater emphasis on local engagement, what happens when a city opens out its public infrastructure, technologies, data and buildings to digital media content developers? A bigger society … this is an approach that is increasingly gaining traction in the world’s most forward thinking and innovative cities, and Birmingham is no exception. The results have the potential to totally transform the way in which citizens and communities shape and interact with the machine that is the city. [ and also have a ] significant impact on the local digital and creative industry SMEs, opening up new markets and opportunities, stimulating innovation and fostering new partnerships across the private and public sectors.

‘Building on the City’ was a Platform event that took place during the Conservative Party Conference 2010, [ and ] this [ follow-on ] full day of panels and breakout sessions will explore these issues and opportunities, presenting case studies including Maverick Digital’s groundbreaking NHS Local project and the Screen WM/Channel 4 supported ChromaRoma, which uses the London Underground Oyster Card system as a playing piece in a city-wide social game.

Panellists will explore the contours of these emerging “urban operating systems” and consider the implications for society and the built environment through sessions including:

Open data: the challenges and opportunities

Contracting: navigating the public sector procurement map

Make it local: developing public services

Library as a platform: opening up archives

Transport: playing the daily commute

Healthcare: bringing greater benefits through digital

To confirm your attendance at this free event please register by Friday 28th January 2011. For further information please contact Tom Braithwaite at Rewired on 0121 236 2132 or email tom@rewiredpr.com