Thanks to everyone who came and took part. You all made it an amazing evening, full of ideas and imagination #smartcamb.
Find out what happened at Collusion's 'Could Cambridge be a smarter city' event on 30 October. View the presentations, crowd sourced ideas, photos, films, and the story on Twitter, #smartcamb.
At the 2013 Festival of Ideas, 250 people took part in the ‘Is Cambridge a smart city?’ debate, an event designed to provoke discussion about the potential for collaboration between Silicon Fen and the arts. 83% of attendees voted against the motion, deciding definitively that Cambridge was not a smart city. So, for 2014, Collusion’s live experiment challenged artists, technologists, academics and citizens to work together to find creative solutions to some of Cambridge's 'wicked' problems, aka, problems that are difficult or impossible to solve, e.g. transport, environmental issues, community cohesion.
The event, which was expertly chaired by technology writer and critic Bill Thompson (www.billlblog.com), started with a series of presentations exploring smart city projects from all over the world:
In part two, everyone worked together to develop some new ideas. How could art and technology help to tackle some of Cambridge’s difficult to resolve problems? To help us, Cambridgeshire County Council was on hand with a dossier of information with data related to some of the cities 'wicked' problems. You can find it here. All the ideas from the evening are here.
And, finally, CEO of Red Gate, Simon Galbraith launched the Maker Challenge. We're looking for artists and team members to join four teams who will work together at Makespace to turn ideas into prototypes over three Saturdays in December to February before presenting the outcomes at the Science Festival in March 2015. More info, including how to apply to join a team, is here.
View and contribute to the list of crowd sourced ideas at #smartcamb here
If you enjoyed 'Could Cambridge be a smarter city? maybe you should apply to join a team for the Maker Challenge? It's quick and easy to do, the deadline is 11th November 2014.
If you'd like to talk to Collusion about any of the ideas discussed or Maker Challenge or anything else, contact us.
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See the story of the evening on Twitter #smartcamb here.
Thanks to our colluders!
Collusion worked with Dane Comerford, Mark Cheverton and Makespace, and Bill Thompson on the development of Could Cambridge be a smarter city?, and with the Connecting Cambridgeshire team at Cambridgeshire County Council and with Cambridge City Council to develop the dossier of information about Cambridge to support the event.
It's fantastic to be receiving financial support for this project from