Conferences & Festivals

Great Exhibition Of The North

Carbon was invited to join a working group developing the City Of Bradford’s bid to host the Great Exhibition Of The North in 2018. The two-month festival would showcase the best of art, culture and design across the North of England. Along with its intimate knowledge of northern cities and particularly Bradford itself,  Carbon brought its skills in design fiction, tech hubs and creative cultures to a series of
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Our machines dress us, and undress us

As part of the inaugural Leeds Digital Fashion Week in October 2012, Carbon was commissioned to write a piece exploring the relationships between digital culture, technology and fashion. The work, titled Our machines dress us, and undress us, introduced a range of emerging technologies, from algorithmic design, 3D printing, surveillance culture, clothes-as-a-service, wearable devices and synthetic biology. The narrat
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Live At Leeds

As part of outreach activities with Leeds Met University, Carbon periodically mentors undergraduate students, setting a brief for an innovative project or research problem and overseeing their work throughout their final year. In late 2011, working with the Live At Leeds festival, Carbon co-authored a brief to develop a mobile app for music fans experiencing the festival weekend in May 2012. Over the course of six mo
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Life Online

Tracing the history of the internet, the National Media Museum’s Life Online was the world’s first gallery dedicated to exploring the social, technological and cultural impact of the internet. In late 2011, Imran was asked to join the advisory board for the gallery, contributing to the discussions that would shape the gallery’s content and a series of launch events in Spring 2012. As part of its spi
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Carbon was commissioned by Manchester’s FutureEverything festival to appoint Imran as Conference Director for the 2011 edition, bringing our knowledge of emerging technologies and adjacent cultures to one of the world’s leading idea festivals. Carbon was tasked with programming and curating the conference element of the festival, developing narrative themes, recruiting speakers and panellists, evaluating
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eComm: Emerging Communications Conference

Carbon’s Imran Ali was invited to join the advisory board of the inaugural eComm conference in 2008 and 2009, building on prior contributions to O’Reilly Media’s Emerging Telephony conferences. Hosted at Silicon Valley’s Computer History Museum, eComm’s mission was to provide a platform for discussing radical transformation of the trillion dollar telecoms sector. Imran’s role on eC
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LSx was Carbon’s first spin out venture, with a mission to cohere Leeds’ tech sector around discussions of emerging technologies and also to develop relationships with the broader, global cultures of technology. LSx’s focus was on community development, curating and producing a series of events, conferences, meetups, screenings and festivals – ranging from BarCamp unconferences and OpenCoffee
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Emerging Telephony 2007

O’Reilly Media invited Imran to join the advisory board of the second edition of their O’Reilly Emerging Telephony conference, in Spring 2007. Imran’s role drew from the burgeoning culture of Web 2.0, curating promising technological and commercial disruptions for the ETel audience. Notably, these included projects from the Interactive Telecommunications Programme, at NYU’s Tisch School of the
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