Culture Hack North – Speakers Wanted! (Updated)

Updated: Tuesday 18th October

Thanks for all of the brilliant submissions. I’ll be announcing the talks list this week and opening the ticketing. Meanwhile, if you still have a great idea for a talk but just didn’t have time to send it in, drop me a line on and I’ll see if I can squeeze you in!


I’m organising the talks strand for Culture Hack North, which is on Saturday 12th November at the Old Broadcasting House in Leeds. Culture Hack North is about bringing arts and technology together in new and interesting ways – an opportunity to make stuff and meet new people, while also helping to shape the future of the arts in the UK.

The talks will be open to anyone who wants to attend, but they will be most interesting to you if you work in or with the arts or technology. We’re looking for ways in which the two can start to overlap more – what can open data do for museums? how will smart objects change archives? how can glanceable technology change performance? That sort of thing. The sign-up for the event will go live next Monday, so save the date now, but don’t try and sign-up yet.

Anyway, I don’t live in Leeds, I live in London. Luckily, through the magic of the Internets, I know some very cool people who do live in Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield* – but when I started pulling together the agenda for the talks, I realised most of them were men. So I put a call out on Twitter for inspirational women in Leeds/Manchester/Sheffield who work in technology and the arts and got completely overwhelmed. SO, rather than doing it like that (because I’m definitely going to miss someone amazing), I’m going to do it like this:

I’ve got 6 spots to fill (out of a total of 9) at the Culture Hack North talks. If you (man or woman) would like to speak for no more than 7 minutes on a topic to do with art-meets-technology, then send a short synopsis to by 12pm on Monday 17th Oct. *All of the talks* (with no exception) will need to answer a question that starts with the words “What if…?” This is emphatically not an opportunity to talk about your portfolio, pitch your website or your agency – it’s a chance to say “What if the world was completely different and we did things like this?” And there’ll be a chance to talk about it afterwards with a load of completely brilliant people. Oh, and send a brief biog too, just to give some context.

And if you want some inspiration, then the talks from the London Culture Hack are all online.

ALSO, if you’re interested in running a workshop on the Sunday morning – some kind of collaborative making thing, whether it’s Arduino, paper prototyping, collective storytelling – then drop a line to the same address. Would be brilliant to have you.

At the moment, we don’t have any budget to cover travel costs, but if you know anyone who would like to sponsor the talks, then let me know and we might be able to sort that out! There will, however, be some beer. And possibly tea. And lots of brilliant people who will make it all worthwhile.

And thank you in advance. I have a feeling this will be awesome.

(*There’s going to be a separate Culture Hack North East, just so you don’t think I’m being regionalist.)


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