Into 2012

As the Christmas break approaches I’ve been looking back to the highlights of 2011 and forward to some fantastic projects which are set up into 2012.

Some real highlights of 2011:

Producing on Media Sandbox 3, with the added interest of combining Open Data provided by Bristol City Council into the project. Overlay’s Hills Are Evil and Nudesine’s Alphasphere stood out as projects with incredible potential.

Content Across Continents 2011 repeated the unique co-development project between Singapore and Bristol. Whilst bumpier than last time the partnership with the Media Development Authority of Singapore remains strong and Interactive Video (UK) and Very! (Sg) will take “Heavenly Mysteries” to market shortly.

My role with the Creative Industries KTN focused on workshops around the country looking at the proposition of the UK as an innovation hub, plus a great event in Milan on designing connectivity. The highlight however was the hugely successful Connecting Digital Start Ups event staged in Berlin with Medianet, SIN and UKTI.

Towards the end of the year I won a contract as Creative/Digital Media adviser for UK Trade & Investment, more on that below but its not often your first event in a new role is at Buckingham Palace (even a republican like me was quite impressed)

Looking forward there are some incredible projects for delivery during 2012:

The work with UKTI will really start in earnest, supporting international companies to invest into the UK. Trips to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, SxSW Interactive in Austin and visits to Los Angeles and Berlin are already in the diary.

For Watershed I will producing a strand of activity for the European Capital of Culture 2012, Guimarães in Portugal. Focused on Open Cities, and defining openness as ranging for the personal to the political, innovation to infrastructure, this will be a series of commissions throughout 2012 – and some discussions already underway are extremely exciting.

The Creative Industries KTN relationship continues and in partnership with the UK Science Innovation Network we have plans for events on Digital Start-ups in Amsterdam, Copyright and IP in Milan and User-centred Design in Helsinki as part of Helsinki World Design Capital 2012.

With Paul St George I am helping develop a major interactive public art project, a massive meeting in January could kick start something truly worthy of the word landmark in London in 2013.

And there’s also the Heritage Sandbox to help iShed with too….

Looks busy….but can’t wait (well, need some rest and family Xmas first)


Happy New Year

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