Layered Realities Weekend 5G Showcase

Please note: this finished in March 2018
Layered Realities Weekend, 5G Showcase

Be part of the future before it happens - Watershed and the Smart Internet Lab at the University of Bristol invite you to explore the future potential of the next generation wireless connectivity (5G) with this weekend of free events in Millennium Square and We The Curious.

There will be spectacular 3D-like projections, a gorgeous virtual reality dance piece, a guided tour on which you take a walk through time, and a programme of talks and demonstrations that are open for everyone. We need your help to take part in this research and experimentation to really engage with the opportunities (and challenges) that 5G technology presents.

We’ve asked artists and creatives to really test its capability and potential - in response they have created some brilliant, meaningful experiences that we would like you to come and try out for us. As part of the Layered Realities Weekend 5G Showcase we are also presenting two of our Playable City Commissions; Stop Smile Stroll and Shadowing which play with the idea of Layered Realities and the ways technology can bring new life to our cities. So if you want to be ahead of the curve (5G is due to be fully rolled out by 2020) then please come and take part.

As well as the events/experiences listed here, there will also be other activities and demos running in Millennium Square from 12:00noon on both Sat and Sun. You can choose to make a day of it or just turn up for one of the experiences in the weekend’s programme. Check in at the temporary Box Office in Millennium Square on the day to get further details.

Tickets

Online ticket sales for the Layered Realities - 5G Showcase Weekend have now closed. There will be a limited number of free tickets for all ticketed events available at the temporary Box Office in Millennium Square (to the left of the entrance of We The Curious) during the weekend. Please visit between 11:30 and 17:00 on Saturday and Sunday to enquire.

What is 5G?

5G is a reinvention of the internet for an always connected, interactive world. Above ground, it will include the next generation of wireless connectivity - offering massively increased speed, capacity and reliability compared to 3G and 4G. In addition, 5G represents a range of interconnected technologies which will supercharge the internet, offering a huge increase in bandwidth, allowing more things to connect at once, and reducing latency (the delay or lag in between request and response). This will enable near real-time interactivity across home, work and public spaces, adding up to a smarter internet where data is gathered and analysed locally as well as in the cloud. Read more about what 5G might mean in the future.

Layered Realities Weekend 5G Showcase programme

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Tim Kindberg - Experiences for Crowds 5G Fellowship Talks

Talk Tim Kindberg - Experiences for Crowds

Sat 17 March 12:00

Tim Kindberg considers what types of experiences people can have when using mobile phones simultaneously, en masse: how they are designed, what people are prepared to do, and what type of coordination is involved.

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Tim Kindberg - Experiences for Crowds 5G Fellowship Talks

Talk Tim Kindberg - Experiences for Crowds

Sat 17 March 12:00

Tim Kindberg considers what types of experiences people can have when using mobile phones simultaneously, en masse: how they are designed, what people are prepared to do, and what type of coordination is involved.

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ginger coons - 5G for Social Good 5G Fellowship Talks

Talk ginger coons - Ubiquitous Monsters

Sat 17 March 13:00

ginger coons will explore what might happen to privacy and (in)equality in a 5G future, imagining how these issues could be exacerbated in a future of 'ubiquitous computing'.

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Jake Applebee - What is the future of music as a cultural experience? 5G Fellowship Talks

Talk Jake Applebee - What is the future of music as a cultural experience?

Sat 17 March 14:00

Jake Applebee, co-founder of Crack Magazine, discusses the possibilities 5G might present in the music industry, from live-streaming to virtual reality, augmented reality and more.

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Stuart Nolan - Reaching out - Touch and 5G 5G Fellowship Talks

Talk Stuart Nolan - How does the future of touch link with 5G?

Sat 17 March 15:00

Stuart Nolan explores and questions how 5G can impact our sense of physical, mental and emotional connection: what does it mean for imagination, synchronicity, empathy, knowledge and touch?

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Dimitra Simeonidou - Bristol 5G Testbed: Opportunities for Digital Transformation 5G Fellowship Talks

Talk Dimitra Simeonidou - Bristol 5G Testbed: Opportunities for Digital Transformation

Sat 17 March 16:00

In this talk Professor Dimitra Simeonidou, Director of the Smart Internet Lab at University of Bristol, will explore questions such as: what is 5G? Why do we need it? And what will the 5G future look like?

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Smart Internet Lab Demonstrations

Drop-in Smart Internet Lab Demonstrations

Sat 17 - Sun 18 March

In addition to the Layered Realities 5G Showcase Weekend programme, The Smart Internet Lab, led by Professor Dimitra Simeonidou, has also created a series of experimental demonstrations which showcase an array of trailblazing 5G technologies.

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Playable City Commissions

Event Playable City Commissions

Sat 17 - Sun 18 March

As part of the Layered Realities Weekend 5G Showcase we are presenting two of our Playable City Commissions; Stop Smile Stroll and Shadowing which play with the idea of Layered Realities and the ways technology can bring new life to our cities.

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Billennium Square (After Ballard)

Event Billennium Square (After Ballard)

Sat 17 - Sun 18 March

Imagine the future of Millennium Square in this theatrical guided tour where you can take a walk through time, watching as future architecture appears before your eyes and hearing what different worlds may sound like.

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From the light of the fire, our dancing shadows

Event From the light of the fire, our dancing shadows

Sat 17 - Sun 18 March

Choose to be a witness or a player and explore two sides of a beautiful, poetic VR world in Kaleider's experimental experience.

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Millennium Constellations

Event Millennium Constellations

Sat 17 - Sun 18 March

This fantastic projected spectacle of 3D-like visuals, projected on to a screen of water, explores the way technology changes our perception of the world. Come and experience it as night falls...

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About The Bristol 5G Test Network

The Bristol 5G test network is led by the Smart Internet Lab at the University of Bristol and the Layered Realities Weekend is part of this research and testing.

Smart Internet Lab has secured funds to establish ‘5GUK Test Networks’ a national asset, funded by the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) ‘5GUK Test Networks’. The Layered Realities weekend, 5G showcase brings together the University of Bristol’s Smart Internet Lab and Watershed, We The Curious, BT, Nokia, Zeetta, Cambridge Communications Systems, PureLiFi and BiO.

The Layered Realities Weekend, 5G Showcase is produced by Watershed on behalf of the Smart Internet Lab, University of Bristol.