Author Archives: markleaver

Hyderabad / Mumbai / Delhi

The inaugural India Gaming Show in Delhi (noisily) showcased a Games sector showing potential for fast acceleration from a low base point – driven by mobile. Console and PC hardware is still very expensive for many users but the acceleration … Continue reading

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Chicago / New York (and so it came to pass…)

A very strange few days in (admittedly liberal) America where an atmosphere of quiet despair and the shadow of political uncertainty infected everything and everyone. Any vain hope that the presidency would make the man more presidential evaporated as each … Continue reading

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2017

So I’ve been invited to a reception in Washington the weekend of the presidential inauguration…part of me finds the idea interesting and compelling, part of me wants to run a mile. Much like the prospect of 2017 really. For DIT … Continue reading

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San Francisco / Los Angeles

(To answer the question from the Helsinki blog, no-one talked about it, at all, like the whole of California has just decided to mentally block what comes next…) A really stimulating visit to San Francisco (including VRX 2016) and then … Continue reading

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Helsinki

A different (significantly colder) city and a very different show – even though ostensibly the area of focus was identical. Slush in Helsinki still manages to protect its founding student cooperative ethos, even as it reaches 17,000 people; it’s quite … Continue reading

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Lisbon

To Lisbon for the first iteration of Web Summit in the city. The event is now gigantic, c.50,000 attendees, but what was happening beyond the Summit was of most interest last week. As noted elsewhere I’ve become increasingly cynical about … Continue reading

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Playable City Award 2016 – winning commission

A belated note on the 2016 Playable City commission. With a working title of Stop Smile Stroll, the project will focus on pedestrian crossings – co-creating playful interventions with local residents (e.g. it might be a disco one minute, something … Continue reading

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Copenhagen / Malmo / Lund / Gothenburg

An accelerated round trip through Denmark / Southern Sweden punctuated throughout by examples of long term, design thinking: from the explicit future city focus of initiatives in Copenhagen like Design To Improve Life or Copenhagen Solutions Lab; to the more … Continue reading

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Technology & Playable City

We define Playable City as re-using the fabric of the city to create unexpected interactions, which surprise and inspire new thinking. We also aspire to create work which is as open and democratic as possible. There is nothing in that … Continue reading

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Playable City Award 2016/17

The 2016/17 Playable City Award is now open for applications, an international call for ideas with a specific focus on journeys. As cities grow and populations increase, how we get from A to B affects a city’s liveability, well-being, and … Continue reading

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