Derry 2.0 - Culture Tech Festival launches

This summer’s Culture Tech festival was officially launched last week with the promise of four days of music, gaming, speakers, workshops, digital arts installations, film screenings and general digital madness - all taking place in the city centre from August 29 - September 1st, 2012.

At the heart of the event there is a core conference, with a growing line-up of top notch speakers. Tickets for the conference are currently on sale for £49, which includes both the conference and the music line-up.

There is also a large programme of free events which will take place throughout the city centre over all four days, culminating on the Saturday, when everyone is invited to come down and check out new games, music performances, animation workshops, digital buskers and dozens of other events.

For the next few months, there will be new speakers and music acts added every day at www.culturetech.co and we’ll be profiling some of them here:

Tom Chatfield - Author and Speaker

We are super-excited to be joined by TED Global speaker and author Tom Chatfield. Tom Chatfield is a British writer and commentator. The author of four books exploring digital culture – most recently “How to Thrive in the Digital Age” (Pan Macmillan) – his work is published in over a dozen territories and languages.Tom has worked as a writer and consultant with companies including Google and Mind Candy, and spoken at forums including TED Global and the World IT Congress. A fortnightly columnist for the BBC, he also writes fiction, plays jazz piano, and tweets at @TomChatfield. For further details, seetomchatfield.net

REID - Electronica producer

Yet another young Irishman making potent, swoon-worthy electronica, REID launched his solo project a little quicker than most, playing his first-ever live show at Electric Picnic last September. Since then, he’s released a debut EP, Genesis, and rustled up some really lovely remixes of tracks by Twin Sister, Owensie and Come On Live Long. REID will be playing live on the Thursday night.

“Some rather lovely ambient-infused electronic productions from Cork’s Eoghan Reid” - Nialler9

“Latest Irish electronic producer to hit the block alongside Moths and Toby Kaar is Eoghan Reid, a 22 year-old Corkman with a brilliantly instinctive feel for finely tuned electronic pulses and deeply effective hooks” - Jim Carroll (The Irish Times)

“These two new tracks from the young producer show just how diverse his sound can be, whilst remaining grounded amongst atmospheric surroundings” - Crack In The Road (UK)

Adrian Hon - Games Designer

Adrian Hon is co-founder and CEO at Six to Start, specialists in gamelike stories and story-like games for the web, mobile, and real world.

Clients have included Disney, the BBC, Channel 4, and Penguin, and Six to Start has won multiple awards including Best of Show at SXSW. Their latest project is the bestselling “Zombies, Run!” running game and audio adventure for smartphones.

Adrian also writes about technology for The Telegraph, is writing a Kickstarter-funded book and blog called A History of the Future in 100 Objects, co-organises the Hive Mind Challenge and is the founder of Transmedia London. More at www.sixtostart.com

Phil Campbell - Games Designer

Phil Campbell has been designing interactive entertainment for over 20 years – as an architect, writer, game creator and freelance designer - and will be speaking at Culture Tech on the Thursday.

Formerly the creative director on blockbuster interactive franchises James Bond, The Godfather and Tomb Raider, Phil is now the co-founder of “Inlifesize”, a company dedicated to “Creating Digital experiences that fit your REAL life…”

Phil specializes in “kick-starting the design process”, using a unique visual methodology to create and develop ideas. Working directly with companies such as Lego, Electronic Arts, Sega, Marvel, Paramount, Sony, Glu Mobile and MTV, Phil has created concept and game designs on everything from entire buildings to smart phones.

Mark Nagurski is Derry’s Digital Champion, based at the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce. You can contact him by email or by visiting www.digitalderry.org