Robots you could touch, music you could taste and the world's first neurological thrill ride

14-15 March 2015 at Vinopolis, London


Highlights of FutureFest 2015 included a festival-wide Google hangout between Edward Snowden and Vivienne Westwood; Owen Jones and Baroness Helena Kennedy speaking on the future of democracy and power; funk legend George Clinton discussing creativity in his music career and also taking a ride on the world’s first neurological thrill ride.

2015 line-up included...

Adam Harper, Adam Price, Adrian Cheok, Adrian Wooldridge, Andre Spicer, Anna Dumitriu, Austin Houldsworth, Ayodele Arigbabu, Barry Eichengreen, Birgitta Jonsdottir, Breffni O'Conner, Brendan Walker, Brett Scott, Bumi Thomas, Chagall, Colette Hiller, Cosmo Sheldrake, Dan Williams, Daniel Mulhern, Dave Boyle, Davide Barillari, Edward Snowden, Emma Barrett, Eva Pascoe, Fabian-Carlos Guhl, Fabrizio Sestini, Fran Boait, Francesca Bria, Francine Bennett, Geoff Mulgan, Geoff Ryman, George Clinton, Ghislaine Boddington, Hannah Redler, Helen Goulden, Helen Lewis, Baroness Helena Kennedy, Ian Brown, Ije Nwokorie, Jaakko Kuosmanen, Jally Kebba Susso, Janis Jefferies, Jaromil, Jess Tyrrell, Joana Seguro, Joe 3D and Max, Johann Hari, John Lanchester, Jon Cruddas, Jon Ronson, Jorge Timón, Leo Cohen, Louis-Philippe Demers, Luciano Floridi, Maggie Philbin, Martin Hans Schmitt, Matthew Falla, Matthew Herbert, Michael Osborne, Michel Bauwens, Miguel Arana Catania, Morgaine Gaye, Mr Lyan, Natalie Bennett, Noah Raford, Oliver Quinlan, Olly Arber, Ore Disu, Owen Jones, Pat Kane, Paul A. Young, Paul Dolan, Paul Martin, Peter Pomerantsev, Primavera De Fillippi, Ryan Shorthouse, Sophia Al-Maria, Sophie Scott, Spoek Mathambo, Stacy Herbert, Stef Lewandowski, Steve Cross, Stevie Wishart, Stian Westlake, Tegan Bristow, Thomas Aquilina, Uma Subramanian, The Venus Bushfires, Vitalik Buterin, Vivienne Westwood.

Contributing organisations included Arup, Billetto, BitterSuite, the British Council, body>data>space, Charge Point, Clever Franke, Convergence, Ithaca Audio, Microsoft Research, Minimaforms, Oxford Martin School, Signal Noise, Transport for London and Women Shift Digital.

Hotly debated topics included the future of thrills, 21st century political movements and whether robots will take our jobs. Original commissions included BitterSuite’s Sensory Score, which invited audiences to feel, smell and taste live music. 

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Watch some of the great talks at FutureFest including Edward Snowden, Owen Jones, Vivienne Westwood, Jon Ronson and Baroness Helena Kennedy.


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In this series of podcasts we feature talks, ideas, discussions and performances from FutureFest 2015 as well as interviews with the people behind them.