Smart Oxford Playable City

The Smart Oxford Playable City Commission shortlist has been announced. From mysterious creatures appearing on city streets eager to make new friends, to forbidden buttons that connect the curious of Oxford.

Artists, designers, technologists and creative practitioners were challenged to propose distinctive ideas that put people and play at the heart of Oxford. Responding to the theme of Shared City, applicants proposed using smart city technology in innovative ways to create opportunities for connection between the diverse populations who live, visit and work within Oxford.

The six shortlisted ideas were selected from 80 entries received from 28 countries around the world. Open for public comment until July 18th, feedback will be shared with the judges as part of their considerations.

Show Us Your City | Thomas Buchanan and Gavin Strange, UK
Star Light, Star Bright | Guerilla Dance Project, UK
Do Not Press |Playful Anywhere CIC, UK
Knock Knock |Bottle, UK
LitKNIT Gateways | Graf + Tobier, Vienna & USA
Love Thy Neighbourhood| Bimble ,UK

A stellar judging panel including Usman Haque from Umbrellium and young Oxford writer Asima Qayyum will be chaired by Lord Heseltine.

The winning idea will receive a £30k R&D commission and unveil their project in Oxford in November.

Details on the six shortlisted projects are here: http://wshd.to/smartoxfordshortlist

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