Drew Hemment, Founder and Creative Director of FutureEverything, says cities can be creative and liveable as well as smart.
He thinks creativity and grassroots innovation can contribute positively to the development of Smart Cities.
Vikas Shah has been named as FutureEverything’s new Chair of the Board.
FutureEverything is an award-winning innovation lab for digital culture and annual festival, established in Manchester in 1995.
Vikas Shah, founder of consultancy Thought Strategy and CEO of global textiles and trading business Swiscot Group and Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship with the MIT Sloan School of Management, has been named as FutureEverything’s new Chair of the Board.
Shah said: “This is a profoundly important time in the relationship of people with technology; not just in terms of how we (as individuals) use technology, but rather how the digital culture emerging from science and technology interfaces with society, economies, art, governance and more.”
Recently the Singapore government has endorsed FutureEverything’s creative and citizen centred approach.
This approach contrasts with the more accepted model of a centralised, top-down approach to large scale Smart City initiatives and investment programmes.
Recognising Hemment’s unique ideas he was appointed as an official Export Champion for UK Trade & Investment UKTI). It is a UK Government department that is working with businesses based in the country to assist their success in international markets.
Prime Minister David Cameron praised FutureEverything as a shining example of how Manchester is exporting creative talent and skills to key international markets.
“Our involvement in the Northern Powerhouse mission to Singapore last year proved to be incredibly valuable,” Hemment said.
Working with the Singapore Government and with the help of UK British agencies such as the Foreign Office, UKTI, British Council and Chamber of Commerce, FutureEverything was able to deliver a milestone digital culture festival and conference, reaching tens of thousands of Singaporeans, he said.