FUTUREEVERYTHING SINGAPORE AT ARTSCIENCE MUSEUM

17 - 18 October 2015

Established in 1995, FutureEverything is an award-winning innovation lab for digital culture and annual festival. For 20 years, it has been exploring the meeting point of technology, society and culture which lies at the heart of the digital debate. This year, ArtScience Museum will be collaborating with FutureEverything to present key activities as part of its first major digital festival in Singapore. Exploring themes of a Smart Nation, and examining the possibilities this holds for citizens and governance, art, design and technology, the festival will encourage participatory conversations on the development of Singapore’s digital culture and is expected to draw thousands of Singaporeans, tourists, international artists and global thought-leaders to its myriad of conferences, live events and interactive sessions.

FutureEverything Singapore is a partnership between FutureEverything, an award-winning innovation lab for digital culture and annual festival established in Manchester, and Singapore's Infocomm Development Authority (IDA). The festival is under the umbrella programme, the Festival of Tech.

 

10 – 18 October 2015

Talk to the objects in this near-future interactive urban experiment which encourages everyone to rediscover their local environment, share memories of their city and uncover the stories that others have left behind. Look out for the Hello Lamp Post signage across the city including the waterfront promenade around ArtScience Museum. Visit the Hello Lamp Post Info Point at the ArtScience Museum lobby to find out more.

See Hello Lamp Post at the FutureEverything website.

FutureEverything Singapore: Signals of Tomorrow Innovation Lab

Saturday - Sunday, 17 - 18 October 2015 | 10am - 7pm
ArtScience Galleries, Level 4

From Saturday to Sunday, ArtScience Museum will host a series of early prototypes for participatory art projects that seek to involve citizens in a playful, creative dialogue around the Singapore they imagine. These prototypes are the early-stage results of FutureEverything Singapore’s Signals of Tomorrow Innovation Lab, which aims to devise imaginative ways to engage the public in envisioning the future of technology and a Smart Nation.

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FutureEverything Conference: Signals of Tomorrow

Saturday, 17 October 2015 | 10:15am - 7pm
Expression Gallery, Level 4

What is a smart nation, and what does it mean to be a smart citizen? How are artists, designers, futurists and civic innovators playing with the technology that is weaving itself into the fabric of our cities, economies and infrastructure? The FutureEverything Conference will look at how life, work and play have been fundamentally transformed by technology, and will stimulate a national conversation in Singapore on the place of smart technology in society and culture. 

Speakers: Usman Haque / Dan Hill / Sara Watson / Scott Smith / Andrea Nanetti / Cheryl Chung / Tong Yee / Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino / Ayesha Khanna.

 

SPEAKER PROFILES:

Scott Smith

Scott Smith

Futurist Scott Smith is the founder of Changeist, a lab and research consultancy created to identify and make sense of weak signals of change. Before founding Changeist, Scott served as director of research applications and futurist at Social Technologies, a futures and innovation company whose clients include Nokia, Ford, Motorola, Nissan, BP and Cadbury. Scott’s unique insight on the many potential futures we are creating stems from 20 years’ experience making sense of social, cultural and economic trends. Using narrative design and storytelling to explore the unanticipated and unseen consequences of connected objects, big data, the sharing economy and foresight, Scott works with designers, artists, and writers worldwide to fabricate potential scenarios.
Dan Hill

Dan Hill

Dan Hill is Executive Director of Futures at the UK’s Future Cities Catapult. A designer and urbanist, he has previously held leadership positions at Fabrica, SITRA, Arup and the BBC. He writes regularly for the likes of Dezeen, Domus and Volume, as well as the renowned blog City of Sound. Throughout a career focused on integrating design, technology, cities, media and people, Dan has been responsible for shaping many innovative, popular and critically acclaimed products, services, places, strategies and teams.

Previously, he was CEO of Fabrica, a communications research centre and transdisciplinary studio based in Treviso, Italy, and part of the Benetton Group.

Sara Watson

Sara Watson

Sara M. Watson is a technology critic and a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Her work explores how we are learning to live with, understand, and interpret our personal data and the algorithms that shape our experiences. She investigates the ways that corporations, governments, and individuals use data from wearable sensors, the internet of things, and other digitally processed systems. She engages and influences public discourse on technological change in popular culture. Sara immerses herself in emerging technologies to understand its personal impacts firsthand. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Al Jazeera America, Wired, Harvard Business Review, and Slate.
Usman Haque

Usman Haque

Usman Haque is founding partner of Umbrellium and Thingful, a search engine for the Internet of Things. Earlier, he launched the Internet of Things data infrastructure and community platform Pachube.com, which was acquired by LogMeIn in 2011. Trained as an architect, he has created responsive environments, interactive installations, digital interface devices and dozens of mass-participation initiatives throughout the world. His skills include the design and engineering of both physical spaces and the software and systems that bring them to life. As well as directing the work of Haque Design + Research he was until 2005 a teacher in the Interactive Architecture Workshop at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London. He received the 2008 Design of the Year Award (interactive) from the Design Museum, UK, a 2009 World Technology Award (art), the Japan Media Arts Festival Excellence prize and the Asia Digital Art Award Grand Prize.
Cheryl Chung

Cheryl Chung

Cheryl believes that everyone is responsible for making the world a better place and it is this belief that has led her to make a career in strategy and futures. For the last 8 years, Cheryl has led futures projects across several ministry portfolios in the Singapore Government. Her work focusses on futures research in the intersection of technology, economic and regulatory policy as well as capability development in futures thinking for policy makers. She stumbled into futures work in 2007 when the Ministry of Trade and Industry was looking for staff to form the pioneer team for their new Futures Group. After MTI, she moved to the Strategic Policy Office, under the Prime Minister’s Office, and then to the Ministry of Transport where she helped to start the Ministry’s futures work and led the development of their policy framework for Autonomous Vehicles. Cheryl recently transitioned to the education sector where she heads the strategic planning department at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Outside her day job, Cheryl consults for the social sector as a Project Director at Conjunct Consulting. She is also one of the co-founders of Quad Research, a non-partisan collective that believes in expanding the space for data-driven discourse and assisting in better collective decisions for Singapore’s future.
Andrea Nanetti

Andrea Nanetti

Andrea Nanetti is a historian by training (Medieval and Renaissance studies). He received his Laurea Degree and his Ph.D. from the University of Bologna. He has also studied at the Universität zu Köln, Paris I-Sorbonne, Paris X-Nanterre, the National Hellenic Research Foundation (Athens), the Universität Wien, and at Brown University in the US. His main research interest is in innovation and change in heritage interpretation processes. As a scholar he applies interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary methods to the study of regional man-heritage-landscape systems, national art-heritage-politics relationships, and global histories of intercontinental heritage networks. Andrea Nanetti now teaches as Associate Professor at Singapore Nanyang Technological University and is Deputy-Director (International Relations) of the International Research Centre for Architectural Heritage Conservation at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Ayesha Khanna

Ayesha Khanna

Ayesha Khanna is an education, technology and urbanization expert with over 15 years of experience at the leading edge of innovation from smart city development to brand strategy. She is the CEO and Co-Founder of The Keys Academy, an innovative enrichment hub whose unique model of “externships” with leading companies provides secondary school students the opportunity to apply their skills to critical 21st century industries. Ayesha is Chairman of Applied Skills, a provider of digital platforms and e-learning content for corporations. The company’s flagship platform SmartWork provides cloud-based vocational training curricula. Ayesha previously co-founded the Hybrid Reality Institute, a research and advisory group established to analyze emerging technologies and their social, economic and political implications. Ayesha is the Founder of 21C GIRLS, which provides free coding and robotics classes for girls in Singapore. She is on the Board of Advisors for Humanity+, a Fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Strategic Foresight Initiative at Atlantic Council.
Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino

Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino

Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino is an interaction designer, product designer, entrepreneur & international speaker focused on the Internet of Things. She was named 2nd in Top 100 Internet of Things Thought Leaders (Onalytica, 2014) and included in the Top 100 Influential Tech Women on Twitter (Business Insider, 2014) and Top 10 IOT Influencers you need to know about (Dataconomy, 2015). She was co-founder and CEO of Tinker London, a smart product design studio. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and galleries around the world. Alexandra’s work with connected objects has sought to bring human connection to the forefront of design, with projects like Goodnight Lamp, a simple means for loved ones to stay in touch from miles away. As a leading voice in enabling connected innovation, Alexandra has been uniting the design and engineering community and has contributed to the national growth of grassroots innovation.
PAN Studio

PAN Studio

PAN is an experience-production studio that consists of a group of designers, developers and engineers with interests and skills in two overlapping fields; creating stimulating experience events and installations and designing user-centric products, systems and services that are intuitive, effective and rewarding to interact with. The studio’s leaning towards playful civic engagement came with the success of its collaborative Hello Lamp Post project, the winner of the inaugural Playable City Award, an initiative that aims to reward creative ideas for public space.
Tong Yee

Tong Yee

Tong Yee started out teaching General Paper at Nanyang Junior College. In 2007, after setting up a community outreach programme to provide tuition for repeat students in Singapore, he co-founded School of Thought to continue to promote innovation in education and civic learning in both the private and public sectors. Tong Yee dreams of driving social innovation through civic learning to nurture the next generation of thought leaders and youth change-makers. School of Thought has since evolved to become The Thought Collective. With a growing group of 5 social enterprises, they are reputed for building social and emotional capital and are at the forefront of social innovation in Singapore.
Drew Hammett

Drew Hammett

Drew is an artist, curator and academic researcher. He is Founder and Creative Director of FutureEverything, and a Dundee Fellow, Reader at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee. Over 20 years, his work in digital culture and innovation has been covered by New York Times, BBC and NBC and recognised by awards from the arts, technology and business sectors, including Lever Prize 2010 (Winner) and Prix Ars Electronica 2008 (Honorary Mention). Projects include the emoto data visualisation of the London 2012 Olympics and Open Data Cities / DataGM, the Greater Manchester Datastore. Drew is a member of the Manchester Innovation Group and the Editorial Board of the Leonardo journal of art, science and technology. In 1999, awarded a PhD at Lancaster University, in 2009 elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (UK), and in 2010 an Eyebeam resident (USA).Joeli Brearley | Project Manager.