Brookes sponsors global competition aiming to create a more connected Oxford

Monday, 15 May 2017

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Oxford Brookes University is sponsoring a global competition that aims to create a more connected and collaborative Oxford.

The Smart Oxford Playable City Commission has been newly launched by Oxford City Council and challenges creatives from around the world to produce a project that will capture the imagination of those who live, visit and work in and around Oxford. 

Applicants from across the globe are invited to respond to the theme ‘the shared city’ by 20 June with the winner being awarded £30,000 to develop their idea. 

This is an exciting opportunity to harness creative ideas based in the digital economy to raise awareness of Oxford’s aspirations to become the “go to” place where smart city technologies can be developed and implemented.

David Hartley, Commercial and Knowledge Exchange Director, Oxford Brookes University

Artists, designers, architects, technologists and creative practitioners who can demonstrate a history of delivering high-quality, innovative practice are invited to propose distinctive ideas using smart city technology. 

David Hartley, Commercial and Knowledge Exchange Director at Oxford Brookes University, who also sits on the Smart Oxford board, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to harness creative ideas based in the digital economy to raise awareness of Oxford’s aspirations to become the “go to” place where smart city technologies can be developed and implemented in a living laboratory encompassing an entire city.”

Former deputy prime minister and chair of the Haymarket Group The Rt Hon. the Lord Heseltine CH, will lead the panel of judges and will be joined by renowned designer and founding partner of Umbrellium Usman Haque.

Sebastian Johnson, Vice-Chair of Smart Oxford and Principal Economic Development Officer at Oxford City Council said: “We are partnering with Playable City during 2017 to deliver this flagship project to help people understand the opportunities and benefits that can be achieved through the combination of technology, data and communities.”

Applications are open now until 4.00pm 20 June 2017. Shortlisted projects will be published in July 2017 and the successful commission announced in August 2017. Information on how to apply and the application pack can be found online.

Smart Oxford is the strategic programme of a wide range of city partners, including Oxford Brookes University, working together to develop and promote Oxford as a smart city. Smart Oxford’s vision is of a city where innovative ideas, active citizens and aligned stakeholders come together to co-create a better Oxford, one that is stronger, sager and both economically and environmentally sustainable.