[#reworktech 2013] The Future of Technology

The event series RE-WORK organized its first event RE-WORK TECH in London on 19th September 2013. It wants to look at missed opportunities by bridging the gap between academia, business, and entrepreneurs. This is a short recap on this marathon-like day.

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  1. 180 attendees ranging from academia, cosmetics, trend consumer forecast, VCs, and tech journalists - among others - gathered in the center of London to discuss the potential of technology and the latest trends in the application of tech. 
  2. 39 speakers and moderators touched on 3 general topics divided into 10 sessions, which revolved around three main questions:
  3. 1. The need for a crowd-sourced definition and open-source use of technology. Several speakers pointed out the urgent need to collaboratively define our values, needing to 'redefine our socio-technical literacies'. It's everyone's responsibility to engage with technology, from policy makers to educators, kids to parents, by changing the way we look at it and apply it on a daily basis. Technology has a tremendous potential to surprise us and work out lasting solutions for deeply rooted problems. The only limits are our own paradigms and freeing our imagination.
  4. 2. Less control, more creativity. Like smarter components that self-assemble organically, technology has the potential to lead us to unknown territories. We need to be more intuitive about the way we regard technology and accept to loosen our grip. 
  5. 3. The future is now, and it's all around. Innovation comes out of labs, community-based labs, and people's garages or kitchens. Some will end up in the trash, some may revolutionize a field. The mindset has changed, and it's no longer much about structured, controlled innovation, but rather 'trial-and-error', local innovation that answers everyone's unique needs. 
  6. "The future cannot be predicted, but futures can be invented" - Dennis Gabor.  http://instagram.com/p/eb4WoXPdY0/ Pdreworktechktech
  7. Google Solve for <x> Session

  8. To kick-off the event, the Google Solve for <x> team organized a session to think of new ways of looking at technology and where new opportunities may lay. Bruce Schlee, Rachel Armstrong and Skylar Tibbits presented various results in intelligent robotics, synthetic soils, and self-assembling smarter materials. Attendees separated in groups of 6 to look into one of the technologies that struck them most and discuss its potential, as well as point out as its impacts, and risks. 
  9. The Future of our Urban Landscapes

  10. DUS Architects drafted a temporary public architecture manifesto advocating for civic engagement in the shaping of our cities, buildings, and neighborhoods. Their practice believes in the power of architecture to bring together people. They establish a dialogue with the community, providing insightful inputs for designing buildings and public spaces. When are you going to crowd-source your local recreation area? 
  11. Wearable, Embedded Technologies & Design