14-15 March 2015

Vinopolis, London

What might the world be like in decades to come?


FutureFest is Nesta’s flagship weekend event of immersive experiences, compelling performances and radical speakers to excite and challenge perceptions of the future. The most recent festival took place on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 March 2015 at Vinopolis, London. Updates
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Programme

SAT & SUN

Edward Snowden

Former NSA contractor

Note: Mr. Snowden will be appearing via web link on Saturday and as an edited re-broadcast on Sunday.

Speaker
SAT

Vivienne Westwood

Fashion Designer & Activist

End Vulture Capitalism / In Conversation with Edward Snowden

Discussion / Speaker
SUN

George Clinton

Musician and Founder, Parliament Funkadelic

P-Funk Up Your Government - Presented by Convergence

Speaker
SAT & SUN

NEUROSIS

By Professor Brendan Walker's Thrill Laboratory

Experience the world's first neurological thrill ride.

Installation
SAT & SUN

Jon Ronson

Author, 'The Psychopath Test' and 'The Men Who Stare at Goats'

Humans 0, Machines 1 / Humans 1, Machines 0

Speaker
SAT

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC

Head of Mansfield College, Oxford University

The Future of Democracy: Raising the Challenges

Speaker
SAT

Matthew Herbert

Musician

Country X - Presented by Convergence

Speaker
SAT

Ije Nwokorie

CEO, Wolff Olins

The Future of Creativity (In An Age of Automation)

Speaker
SAT & SUN

BitterSuite & Tanya Auclair

The Sensory Score

Smell, taste, feel and hear live music in new ways.

Performance
SUN

Natalie Bennett

Leader of the Green Party of England & Wales

Caught In the Net Yet? UK Politicians Respond

Discussion
SAT & SUN

Pat Kane

Musician, Author and Lead Curator, FutureFest

A Room Without A Roof? / More (or Less) Extreme? The future of intense thrills / Infinite Music: The Spiral of Hi-Tech and New Sounds 

Discussion
SAT & SUN

Dr. Morgaine Gaye

Food Futurologist

Sweetshop of the Future / The Future of Confectionary

Demonstration / Speaker
SUN

Owen Jones

Journalist and Author, 'The Establishment – And How They Get Away With It'

The Politics of Hope

Speaker
SAT & SUN

Ghislaine Boddington

Creative Director of Women Shift Digital and body>data>space / Associate Curator, FutureFest

Toast In The Machine? The Fate Of Human Skill and Sensibility Under Radical Automation / The Gender Setting: Flexible Technology, Narrow Sexuality

Discussion
SAT & SUN

Emporius: Sweetshop of the Future

By Dr. Morgaine Gaye & Paul A. Young

Come on in, we'd like to give you a taste of the future…

Demonstration
SAT & SUN

Stevie Wishart

Hurdy-Gurdy Interventions

Composer, Performer & Improviser

Discussion / Performance
SUN

Spoek Mathambo

Musician and Filmmaker

Future Sound of Mzansi - Presented by Convergence

Speaker
SUN

Birgitta Jonsdottir

Poetician for the Pirate Party in the Icelandic Parliament / Chairman for IMMI (International Modern Media Institute)

Networks, Movements and Parties: D-Cent and the challenges of net-era politics

Discussion
SAT & SUN

Mr Lyan

Award-winning mixologists Ryan Chetiyawardana & Iain Griffiths

Stay Healthy - Drink Alcohol / Toast To Your Health... in 2050

Demonstration / Speaker
SAT

Chagall & Daniel Mulhern

Mi.Mu Gloves Wearable Tech

Demonstration / Performance
SAT & SUN

Emotive City

By Minimaforms

Interact with robots in an intelligent, responsive play space.

Installation
SUN

Uma Subramanian

Director of European Operations, TaskRabbit

All Together Now: Is Our Next Economy Collaborative? Cooperative? Sharing? Peer-to-Peer?

Discussion
SUN

Sophia Al-Maria

Artist, Writer, and Filmmaker

Gulf Futurism

Speaker
SUN

Maggie Philbin

CEO, TeenTech CIC

The Gender Setting: Flexible Technology, Narrow Sexuality

Discussion
SAT

Ore Disu

Executive Director, Nsibidi Institute

Lagos 2060: Futures Not Fiction

Discussion
SUN

Jon Cruddas

Policy Co-ordinator for The Shadow Cabinet

Caught In the Net Yet? UK Politicians Respond

Discussion
SAT & SUN

African Imagineering

By Thomas Aquilina

Exhibit
SAT

John Lanchester

Author, 'How to Speak Money'

Speaker
SUN

Eva Pascoe

Director, Omnichannel and Retail Futures at TheRetailPractice.com

Program Or Be Programmed: How Code Literacy Can Bring Our Machines To Heel

Discussion
SUN

Brett Scott

Author & Financial hacker

Blockchain: How Encryption Will Shape The Economics and Politics of The Future

Discussion
SUN

Tegan Bristow

Interactive Media Artist and Lecturer at the Digital Arts Division of the Wits School of the Arts, Johannesburg, South Africa

Post African Futures - Presented by the British Council

Speaker
SAT & SUN

Blind Robot

By Louis Philippe Demers

Installation
SAT

Adrian Wooldridge

Management Editor, The Economist

Does The Future Need Elites?

Discussion
SUN

Michel Bauwens

Founder of the Foundation for Peer to Peer Alternatives

The Peer-to-Peer Civilisation / All Together Now: Is Our Next Economy Collaborative? Cooperative? Sharing? Peer-to-Peer?

Discussion / Speaker
SAT

Adam Price

Public Innovation Lead, Nesta

Does Future Needs Elites?

Discussion
SAT

Dr. Michael Osborne

Co-Investigator, The Oxford Martin Programme on Technology and Employment

The Future of Employment - presented by The Oxford Martin School

Speaker
SUN

Helen Goulden

Executive Director - Innovation Lab, Nesta

All Together Now: Is Our Next Economy Collaborative? Cooperative? Sharing? Peer-to-Peer?

Discussion
SAT

Fabian-Carlos Guhl

Founder & MD, AMPION Africa

All Aboard The Venture Bus! Digital Innovation In Emerging Markets

Speaker
SAT & SUN

Tenison Road

By Microsoft Research

Exhibit
SAT & SUN

Professor Adrian David Cheok

Professor of Pervasive Computing, City University London

Everysense Everywhere Communication / More (or Less) Extreme? The future of intense thrills 

Demonstration / Discussion
SUN

Primavera De Filippi

Researcher Fellow, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law

Freenet or Skynet? An Orwelian Vision of the Present

Speaker
SUN

Jorge Timón

Co-founder, Blockstream

Blockchain: How Encryption Will Shape The Economics and Politics of The Future

Discussion
SAT

Johann Hari

Author, 'Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs'

The Future of Drugs - And The Drug War

Speaker
SUN

Francesca Bria

Senior Project Lead (European Project Coordinator), Innovation Lab, Nesta

Networks, Movements and Parties: D-Cent and the challenges of net-era politics

Discussion
SAT

Luciano Floridi

Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information, Oxford Internet Institute

From Things to Ings / In Conversation with Edward Snowden

Discussion / Speaker
SUN

Joana Seguro

Creative Producer and Curator, Artists and Engineers

Infinite Music: The Spiral of Hi-Tech and New Sounds

Discussion
SUN

Emma Barrett

Honorary Researcher in Psychology at Lancaster University & Co-Author, 'Extreme: Why some people thrive at the limits'

Human or superhuman: what does it take to thrive in extremes?

Speaker
SUN

Vitalik Buterin

Main Developer, Ethereum

Cryptoeconomics and the Machine Economy

Speaker
SAT & SUN

String Theories

By Signal Noise

Exhibit
SUN

Francine Bennett

Co-Founder, Mastodon C

Information is Dutiful

Discussion
SUN

Ian Brown

Principal Investigator, the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre, Oxford Martin School

Democracy in a Cyber Security Context - presented by the Oxford Martin School

Speaker
SAT & SUN

Cash Flow

By Ithaca Audio

Installation
SUN

Hannah Redler

Curator / Associate Curator in Residence, Open Data Institute

Information is Dutiful: How Can Visualisation Help Us Get The Best From Big Data?

Discussion
SUN

Dr. Jaakko Kuosmanen

Coordinator, Oxford Martin Programme on Human Rights for Future Generations

The Future Magna Carta - presented by the Oxford Martin School

Speaker
SUN

Helen Lewis

Deputy Editor, New Statesman

The Gender Setting: Flexible Technology, Narrow Sexuality

Discussion
SAT

Barry Eichengreen

Author, 'Hall of Mirrors: The Great Depression, The Great Recession, and the Uses and Misuses of History'

Speaker
SUN

Matthew Falla

Co-Founder, Signal Noise

God View - Mapping Our Digital Cities With Data

Speaker
SAT & SUN

My Robot Companion: Familiar

By Anna Dumitriu and Alex May

Installation
SUN

Adam Harper

Author, 'Infinite Music: Imagining the Next Millennium of Human Music-Making'

Discover how new technologies and their possibilities demand that we re-think music-making for the 21st century.

Speaker
SAT & SUN

Everysense Everywhere Communication

By Professor Adrian David Cheok and the Mixed Reality Lab, City University London

Demonstration
SAT

Paul Dolan

Author, 'Happiness by Design: Finding Pleasure and Purpose in Everyday Life'

Speaker
SUN

Janis Jefferies

Professor of Visual Arts, Goldsmiths, University of London

Program Or Be Programmed: How Code Literacy Can Bring Our Machines To Heel

Discussion
SAT

Peter Pomerantsev

Author, 'Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia'

Russia Is The First Truly Postmodern Society

Speaker
SUN

Jess Tyrrell 

Director, Connecting Tech City

Program Or Be Programmed: How Code Literacy Can Bring Our Machines To Heel

Discussion
SAT & SUN

Robot World – A Meeting With Your Alternate Double

A Non-Verbal Film Essay by Martin Hans Schmitt

Exhibit
SAT

Fran Boait

Executive Director, Positive Money

Through a Glass, Darkly

Discussion
SAT & SUN

Stay Healthy – Drink Alcohol

By Mr. Lyan

What will our relationship with alcohol be in the year 2050?

Demonstration
SAT

Anna Dumitriu

Artist

Toast In The Machine? The Fate Of Human Skill and Sensibility Under Radical Automation

Discussion
SAT

Future of Money Design Awards

By Austin Houldsworth

Showcase of the 2015 Shortlist

Speaker
SAT & SUN

TalkViz

By CLEVER°FRANKE

Installation
SUN

Jaromil

Chief Executive of Dyne.org

Blockchain: How Encryption Will Shape The Economics and Politics of The Future

Discussion
SUN

Davide Barillari

Elected spokesman of citizens, Lazio Regional Council, MoVimento 5 Stelle

Networks, Movements and Parties: D-Cent and the challenges of net-era politics

Discussion
SAT

Talking Statues

Produced by Sing London and powered by Antenna Labs

Exhibit
SUN

Dave Boyle

Community Enterprise Specialist

All Together Now: Is Our Next Economy Collaborative? Cooperative? Sharing? Peer-to-Peer?

Discussion
SAT

Charles Spence

Professor of Experimental Psychology, Head of Crossmodal Research Laboratory, Oxford University

In Conversation with Bittersuite

Discussion
SAT

Noah Raford

Advisor in the Prime Minister's office, United Arab Emirates

Design Fiction At Scale: the Museum of the Future in Dubai

Speaker
SAT & SUN

Steve Cross

Intellectual comedian

My Other Future

Performance
SUN

Stacy Herbert

Co-presenter, Keiser Report & Head of Content for StartJOIN.com

Blockchain: How Encryption Will Shape The Economics and Politics of The Future

Discussion
SAT

André Spicer

Professor of Organisational Behaviour, Cass Business School

A Room Without a Roof

Discussion
SAT

Breffni O’Connor

President of Glasgow University Students’ Representative Council

In Conversation with Edward Snowden

Discussion
SAT

A Conversation with Edward Snowden

Geoff Mulgan (chair), Edward Snowden, Breffini O’Connor, Luciano Floridi, Vivienne Westwood

Discussion
SUN

Cosmo Sheldrake

Musician, Composer and Producer

Performance
SAT & SUN

Bumi Thomas

Singer-songwriter

Lagos 2060: Futures Not Fiction / Bumi Thomas, The Venus Bushfires + Jally Kebba Susso

Discussion / Performance
SAT & SUN

Garden Bridge

By Arup

Exhibit
SUN

Miguel Arana Catania

Co-founder, LaboDemo. Participation team of Podemos.

Networks, Movements and Parties: D-Cent and the challenges of net-era politics / Caught In the Net Yet? UK Politicians Respond

Discussion
SAT

Sophie Scott

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL

A Room Without a Roof

Discussion
SAT & SUN

The Venus Bushfires

Singer-songwriter, composer and performance artist

Bumi Thomas, The Venus Bushfires + Jally Kebba Susso

Performance
SAT & SUN

Jally Kebba Susso

Gambian Kora Master

Bumi Thomas, Venus Bushfires + Jally Kebba Susso

Performance
SUN

Ryan Shorthouse

Director of Conservative think tank, Bright Blue

Caught In the Net Yet? UK Politicians Respond

Discussion
SAT

Geoff Ryman

Senior Lecturer, the Centre for New Writing, University of Manchester

Lagos 2060: Futures Not Fiction

Discussion
SUN

Stef Lewandowski

Technologist, Artist and Startup Founder

The Gender Setting: Flexible Technology, Narrow Sexuality

Discussion
SAT

Stian Westlake

Executive Director of Policy and Research, Nesta

Through A Glass, Darkly: How Much Economic Turmoil Can We Predict or Prepare For?

Discussion
SAT & SUN

The Future of Transport from TfL

By TfL

Exhibit
SAT

Dan Williams

Software Developer

Steve Cross and Special Guests

Performance
SAT

Toast In The Machine? The Fate Of Human Skill and Sensibility Under Radical Automation

Ghislaine Boddington (chair), Michael Osborne, Ije Nworkorie, Anna Dumitriu

Presented by The Long + Short

Discussion
SAT

Does The Future Need Elites?

Adam Price (chair), Adrian Wooldridge, Helena Kennedy, Owen Jones

Discussion
SAT

More (or Less) Extreme? The future of intense thrills

Pat Kane (chair), Dr Morgaine Gaye, Emma Barrett, Paul Martin, Brendan Walker

Discussion
SUN

Program Or Be Programmed: How Code Literacy Can Bring Our Machines To Heel

Oliver Quinlan (chair), Janis Jefferies, Jess Tyrrell, Eva Pascoe

Discussion
SAT

Through A Glass, Darkly: How Much Economic Turmoil Can We Predict or Prepare For?

Stian Westlake (chair), Barry Eichengreen, Fran Boait, John Lanchester

Discussion
SAT

A Room Without A Roof? After the Happiness / Wellness Agenda

Pat Kane (chair), Paul Dolan, Andre Spicer, Sophie Scott

Discussion
SUN

All Together Now: Is Our Next Economy Collaborative?

Helen Goulden (chair), Dave Boyle, Michel Bauwens, Uma Subramanian

Discussion
SUN

Information Is Dutiful: How Can Visualisation Help Us Get The Best From Big Data?

Olly Arber (chair), Francine Bennett, Hannah Redler, Matthew Falla

Discussion
SUN

The Gender Setting: Flexible Technology, Narrow Sexuality

Ghislaine Boddington (chair), Helen Lewis, Maggie Philbin, Stef Lewandowski

Presented by Women Shift Digital

Discussion
SAT

Infinite Music: The Spiral of Hi-Tech and New Sounds

Pat Kane (chair), Matthew Herbert, Joana Seguro, Stevie Wishart

Presented by The Long + Short

Discussion
SUN

Blockchain: How Encryption Will Shape The Economics and Politics of The Future

Jaromil (chair), Brett Scott, Stacy Herbert, Jorge Timón

Discussion
SUN

Lagos 2060: Futures not Fiction

Geoff Ryman (chair), Ayodele Arigbabu, Bumi Thomas, Ore Disu

Presented by The British Council

Discussion
SUN

Networks, Movements and Parties: D-Cent and the challenges of net-era politics

Francesca Bria (chair), Davide Barillari, Birgitta Jonsdottir, Miguel Arana Catania

Discussion
SUN

Reflections on Edward Snowden

Pat Kane (chair), Ian Brown, Primavera Di Filippi, Vitalik Buterin

Discussion
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With its unique position as the UK’s innovation foundation, Nesta uses FutureFest to gather some of the planet’s most radical thinkers, makers and performers together to create an immersive experience of what the world might be like in decades to come.


FutureFest is designed as a multi-format festival which gives visitors ample opportunity to take self-guided journeys. The programme spans talks, discussions, performances, installations and interactive experiences. Attendees are engaged as active participants, informed and challenged to explore and formulate their own vision of the future.

The event is staged every 18 months in London to help complement Nesta’s work as a research body, investor and programme funder as well as a producer of world-class events. The inaugural FutureFest was held in Shoreditch, East London, over the weekend of 28-29 September 2013. For a summary of the first FutureFest, visit the 2013 site. The 2nd FutureFest was held on 14 and 15 March 2015 at Vinopolis along London’s South Bank. Video and audio recordings from the 2015 festival will be online soon.

Support for FutureFest comes from Microsoft Research, the British Council, the Oxford Martin School, Convergence, Signal Noise, Clever Franke, Chargepoint and our exclusive ticketing partner, Billetto.

Curatorial Credits
Project Manager & Associate Curator – Josh McNorton
Lead Curator – Pat Kane
Associate Curator, Future Global – Jessica Bland
Associate Curator, Future Machines & Panels – Ghislaine Boddington
Associate Curator, Future Music – Glenn Max
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Vinopolis London SE1 9BU


FutureFest’s host venue was Vinopolis under the Victorian railway arches of London Bridge and adjacent to Borough Market.
  • Directions

  • On Foot Stoney Street, off Borough High Street
  • Underground Jubilee or Northern Lines to London Bridge
  • Bus Various routes to Borough High Street
  • Car Nearest Parking: London Vintry Thames Exchange, EC4R 3TB

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