The fifth MediaCity conference reflects on a social smart city.

The conference addresses the approaches and the corresponding design responses that meet the challenges of social, citizen-centred, smart cities and communities. It will offer reflective, high quality theoretical and design-based responses to the question of how media and ICTs create can alternative responses to current societal challenges.

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Conference

The conference will use the host city as a site of experimentation for the duration of the conference to explore how the media city approach can have value and impact for the local citizens and organisations.

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Urban Interventions

The Exhibition will develop these themes by integrating a data trail of interventions and commissions around the city. These interventions will use data harvested from the City infrastructure through an ‘Urban API’.

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Keynotes

We are pleased to confirm Saskia Sassen and John Thackara as the MEDAICITY 5 keynotes


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What is Mediacities?

The conference was initiated as part of the EU funded MEDIACITY project at the Bauhaus-Univerität, Weimar, with the first event with invited speakers in 2004, and a second open conference in 2006. Following this initial success, and a third conference in Weimar in 2008, it became a roving event taking place every two years in different cities around the world. The third MediaCity conference was hosted by at University of Buffalo in May 2013