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Smart Oxford Playable City® Commission

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The newly created Smart Oxford Playable City Commission is now open for submissions. This brand new Playable City commission puts people and play at the heart of the city of Oxford, responding to the theme of 'Shared City'.

The Smart Oxford Playable City Commission is a new competition, challenging creatives to produce an idea that puts people and play at the heart of Oxford. Smart Oxford will work with Playable City to choose a project that will capture the imagination of those who live, visit and work in and around Oxford. This is the first time the Playable City model has been used in the UK outside of the annual Award. 

We are looking for artists, designers, architects, technologists, urbanists, interaction designers, digital performance designers and creative practitioners who can demonstrate a history of delivering high-quality, innovative practice are invited to propose distinctive ideas on the theme, using smart city technologies, that will make Oxford more liveable, hopeful and collaborative.  The call for applications will remain open until Tue 20 June.

In addition to £30,000, the commission offers dedicated practical support and guidance as well as access to local support to enable the winning team to realise their ideas. They will also become part of the vibrant international Playable City network, providing extensive opportunities for collaboration.

Oxford is small city with a global reputation, one of the fastest growing cities in the UK with a rich heritage that attracts seven million tourists every year. This brand new commission asks creatives to uncover, reveal and explore the less known parts of Oxford in new and exciting ways. How do we reveal the layers underneath? How can we use technology to encourage new connections in the city? How can the theme ‘Shared City’ reflect the diversity of experience, from visitors to residents?

Find out how to apply by reading the Applicant overview below.

Closing Date: Tuesday, 20 June, 2017 - 16:00