Exploring Ethical Tech | City-Led Smart City - Scoping Session

Join us in Exploring Ethical Tech with a focus on data rights and privacy on the first day of our Digital City Fringe Festival.

As a rapidly growing tech hub and socially progressive region, Greater Manchester has the potential to establish itself on a global stage as an examplar for tech ethics. The region has thriving tech for good scene embodied through pro-active community at Tech for Good Live, as well as establishing itself as a progressive centre for civic tech, with Salford planning to establish itself as a world-leading SmartCity, and two security hubs being established at the University of Manchester and Manchester Digital.

Collaboration, innovation and an inclusive economy are central to the region’s ambitions, and so designing, developing and deploying tech that goes beyond industry to consider people, communities, society and the environment is essential to the region’s future. Sponsored by the Co-op Foundation and Luminate, and building on The Federation’s work to educate and upskill organisations in responsible tech practice, the Exploring Ethical Tech fringe festival aims to bring ethical tech to the heart of the city’s Digital City programme, and engage Greater Manchester’s tech ecosystem in our work to bring the humanity back to tech.

A SmartCity is an exciting prospect, and the data captured and decisions made had the potential to profoundly impact the lives of the people and communities in those cities which benefit from the IOT they bring.

Building on the learning’s of Manchester CityVerve project and thinking ahead of Salford’s plan to make use of SmartCity technology, we have a opportunity to explore what connected city would look like from a community perspective.

From the priority issues and opportunities we’d like our regional SmartCities to address to our boundaries around data capture, consent and usage, we’re asking, what would a city-led Smart City look like for the people of Greater Manchester?

Reply is a research and design agency that works with individuals and organisations that want to create social change. That might be charities, social entrepreneurs, government, funders, trainers, co-operatives, social enterprises, or corporate social responsibility departments.

Our team has over twenty years of experience in research and design on world class, and award-winning, projects with household name clients.

We work to design the right products, initiatives and services for the right problems.


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