The Smart Oxford Playable City Commission is a brand new commission, challenging creatives from around the world to produce an idea that puts people and play at the heart of the city of Oxford.

Smart Oxford will work with Playable City to select a project that will capture the imagination of those who live, study, visit and work in and around Oxford. Applicants can work in any field, but creative uses of smart city technology must be integral to the proposal. The commission invites you to propose ideas, which respond to the theme Shared City. 

The winning project will start new conversations, imagine new futures and make new connections - person-to-person, person to city.

The Commission includes:

Commission of £30,000 (to cover fees, development, delivery, testing and production costs of an idea)

Access to facilities and connection to a vibrant community of artists and creative technologists in Oxford and through the Playable City Network.

Who should apply?

We are looking for artists, designers, architects, urbanists, interaction designers, technologists and creative practitioners who can demonstrate a history of delivering high quality, innovative practice. Individuals or teams can apply.

One of the aims of Playable City is to broaden the constituency of people currently engaged in imagining city futures. We therefore particularly welcome applications from deaf and disabled practitioners and practitioners from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background.

For full details of what is on offer and how to apply, please visit 

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