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The Futuresonic Conference: Social Technologies Summit, Manchester

Sunday, 29 March 2009 · by db

The Social Technologies Summit is the leading international conference that brings together 500 opinion formers, futurologists, artists, researchers and technologists to explore the latest upgrade affecting today’s digital culture.

Pioneering ideas will be presented, which will transform the way you and your organisation operate, innovate and interact. Combining keynotes, critical debates, demonstrations and experiences with open space and participatory sessions, it is an engaging, critical and essential event to attend.

The themes for the conference this year include Environment 2.0, Digital Futures, Identity and Trust, Mobile and Semantic Web: Cultural Algorithms.

Keynote speakers include inventor of the term ‘social tools’ and leading thinker on the social web Stowe Boyd; Jamais Cascio, co-founder of on social media and the environment; Rachel O’Connell, VP People Networks at on identity and trust; Adam Greenfield, expert on next-generation mobile and human-friendly interfaces; and Tom Ilube, Davos advisor and CEO of Garlick, on shaping the way business and society prepare for the Semantic Web.

Other world renowned contributors include James Marriott from PLATFORM; Helen Aspell, Head of Digital at Equality and Human Rights Commission UK; Grammy-nominated data visualiser Aaron Koblin; Roland Harwood, Director of Nesta Connect; Stefan Agamanolis, CEO of Distance Lab; international artists working with web and locative technologies Christian Nold, Tapio Makela and Jonah Brucker-Cohen; Dave Griffiths/FoAM, organisers of the influential Luminous Green events; Lee Bryant founder of Headshift; and Ewan Mackintosh, educationalist and Digital Commissioner at 4IP.

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