PICNIC Festival 2011

PICNIC Festival is an annual three-day event that blurs the lines between creativity, science, technology and business to explore new solutions in the spirit of co- creation. And we got a 20%-off-code for you.

PICNIC Festival 2011

As we mentioned in our week notes, we’re going back to Amsterdam (after our CoCities Salon) to give a workshop at the great PICNIC Festival 2011. We’re getting really excited about this. Not only about the topic, but also about the festival in general. This is shaping up to be a great get-together of smart minds thinking about the future of cities and connected topics. Among the line-up are such people as:

  • Media artist Scott Snibbe, lead developer of Bjork’s ground-breaking app album Biophilia
  • Doc filmmaker Lucy Walker (“Wasteland”)
  • Leading authority on urbanization Saskia Sassen
  • Benoit Jacob, head of BMW-i Design, looking at emission-free mobility
  • Journalist and technologist Ben Hammersley
  • Robin Chase of BuzzCar, leading the car-sharing revolution
  • Lemz co-founder Mark Woerde, how brands can be a force for good

Here’s the skinny:

PICNIC Festival is an annual three-day event that blurs the lines between creativity, science, technology and business to explore new solutions in the spirit of co- creation. This year’s theme is Urban Futures, with a focus on sustainability, infrastructure, society, design and media. PICNIC Festival 2011 takes place from 14 to 16 September at NDSM Wharf in Amsterdam.

We’ve joined forces with David Bausola (@zeroinfluencer) for our workshop on Quantified Cities, which will be held on Wednesday, the 14th at 1:30pm. We’re collecting material for our workshop on this tumblr. Here’s the official description:

There are two bodies of data in a city: the physicality and the people. Both are generating huge amounts of data that is being shared publicly. For example, buildings broadcast their energy efficiency much as a human records their sporting achievements.
But where these data dimensions overlap produces a space that could be a cause for concern or an opportunity to sculpt.
Who and what is an occupant of a city of data? Are we facing the creation of data ghosts in the city of data?
Using methodologies from the Quantified Self community and City Planning to examine this phenomena, we will blend the self and city together in a special hands-on workshop to produce a working model of this situation.
Three 10-minute introductions to the topics will be made by the team at the start of the session and then we dive into the workshop for an hour. We’ll be recording the process as a video – so come an be part of the exploration in the new frontier of urban living.

We would love you to join us in Amsterdam. If you haven’t bought a ticket yet, use the coupon code 3rdWPIC20 at check out.

Disclosure: Igor is on the advisory board of PICNIC.

Author: Johannes

Johannes is a strategist and consultant for digital communications. His work is informed by his experience of working with brands like Deutsche Telekom, MTV, Postbank, Maggi and Nike and by his insatiable appetite for finding the bigger patterns behind current developments in technology and science. Holding a diploma in Media System Design, Johannes is a regular speaker at web and marketing conferences like Republica and the Social Media Summit.