Drew Hemment joins UK trade mission to Pacific Asia as official Manchester Export Champion
Innovation lab and digital culture festival FutureEverything are flying the Smart Cities flag for Manchester this week in Taiwan as part of the global Smart City Summit in Taipei.
Drew Hemment, founder and Creative Director of FutureEverything, is speaking at the event, and will be delivering two conference talks on how cities can be creative and liveable as well as smart, and how creativity and grassroots innovation can contribute positively to the development of Smart Cities.
Drew will share FutureEverything’s trademark creative and citizen centred approach, recently endorsed by the Singapore Government, which contrasts with the more accepted model of a centralised, top-down approach to large scale Smart City initiatives and investment programmes.
While visiting Taiwan, Drew, who was recently appointed an official Export Champion for UKTI, is also taking part in a major UK trade mission to Asia-Pacific. This follows on from his role on the Northern Powerhouse mission to Singapore and Malaysia last July, where FutureEverything was praised in a speech by David Cameron as a shining example of how Manchester is exporting creative talent and skills to key international markets.
It also comes after FutureEverything Singapore, which took place last October, marking the island-state’s 50th anniversary. Over 200,000 Singaporeans and visiting tourists were exposed to the festival.
Drew’s insights being shared with delegate in Taiwan are drawn from over 20 years of working within the digital sphere, including FutureEverything’s internationally recognised digital culture festival and conference.
Hemment said: “Our involvement in the Northern Powerhouse mission to Singapore last year proved to be incredibly valuable. 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 , we were able to deliver a milestone digital culture festival and conference, reaching tens of thousands of Singaporeans.
“We hope that the Taiwan mission will extend our presence in the region. Taipei has been awarded World Design Capital status, so we feel FutureEverything has a lot to offer with its unique art and design led approach to citizen focussed smart cities.
“It’s only a week to go before we host the annual FutureEverything festival in Manchester, so as well as flying the flag for the North West in Asia there remains plenty of project commitments and festival production underway at FutureEverything HQ on Manchester Science Park.”
“This year’s festival theme ‘Less and More’, looks at how we can rethink resources in a rapidly changing world. Manchester’s recognition as European City Of Science makes this year’s FutureEverything theme a timely one. Festival delegates will learn from experts in areas as diverse as artificial intelligence and lab-grown meat, whilst our focus on digital culture remains as strong as ever. The ideas we share explore the bleeding edge of science and technology through the lens of art, design and participation, which helps us to humanise the challenges posed by new developments. We are also honoured to be joined by Claire Braithwaite, Technology Advisor to Manchester Growth Company, and Manchester’s own Lemn Sissay MBE, who be joining us to reflect on the diverse topics in the conference.”
For details of this year’s FutureEverything Festival visit