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CO.LABORATIONS | Partnerships in Media and Culture


24 October 2017
11:00 - 17:00
Natlab, Kastanjelaan 500, 5616 LZ, Eindhoven

Conference “A City as Smart as its Citizens” 24 Oct. 2017 @NatLab, Eindhoven (Dutch Design Week/World Design Event).

International conference with keynote speakers as: Drew Hemment (FutureEverything), Maya Indira Ganesh (Tactical Technology Collective) and Usman Haque (Umbrellium)

As part of MCWs ongoing partnership with Het Nieuwe Instituut, we collaborate in this event in the context of Dutch Design Week:

How do we go beyond the “smart city” and build a smart society? The DATAstudio has spent three years studying how citizens and neighbourhoods can benefit from data and technology. The international conference Finale: A City as Smart as Its Citizens will present the project’s findings and results in the Dutch and international contexts. Speakers will include Drew Hemment (FutureEverything), Maya Indira Ganesh (Tactical Technology Collective) and Usman Haque (Umbrellium).

We will also challenge city officials, designers, data specialists, students, researchers and citizens to work together in smaller groups in design sessions. We’ll address two pertinent questions at the conference. First, how can data flows in public space be made more visible and legible so they can become the subject of public discussion and public applications? Second, how can citizens get more input and influence with regard to issues in the city that concern them through access to relevant (and legible and usable) data?

In a concluding talk and discussion, we’ll attempt to sketch a realistic yet ambitious picture of how we might move forward toward a smart society.

The event is moderated by Michiel de Lange (Co.Laborations Expertise Centre, Utrecht University Media & Culture Studies department).


Please register in advance and show on facebook you’re attending the conference.
The conference is part of the Embassy of Data [20 – 29 October] which takes part during the World Design Event

DATAstudio is part of The State of Eindhoven, a project of the city of Eindhoven and Het Nieuwe Instituut.

Co.Laborations has collaborated with Het Nieuwe Instituut on multiple occasions in t.