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Futurium: Seeing and shaping the future

Lightning talks, fast-forward workshops, the Future Fab Lab… Futurium aims to inspire visitors to CeBIT with new, interactive formats.

07 Dec. 2016
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The Futurium will open its doors to visitor participation in the summer of 2017 on the bank of Berlin’s Spree River.

The Futurium will open its doors to visitor participation in the summer of 2017 on the bank of Berlin’s Spree River. The purpose of this exhibition, experimentation and event forum is to bring "government, science, business and civil society together to exchange ideas and discuss the future."

The main task of the Futurium is to arouse interest and create a desire to participate in shaping the future. The Futurium team will launch its activities in March at CeBIT in order to "give visitors a look at the technological future," explains Nicole Schneider, Commercial Director of the Futurium. Its appearance at CeBIT launches the Futurium’s opening year in 2017. "This trade show is our first event," adds David Weigend, Head of Participation and Education. New formats will be tested in an "interactive workshop and experience space" which will inspire participants to discuss the future. These new interactive formats include lightning talks. In science slam style futurologists, scientists, designers, and artists will hold short talks on the sheer unlimited potential of IT. Four lightning talks are scheduled for each day of the trade show.

The fast-forward workshops will take about 30 minutes, allowing visitors the chance to become acquainted with methods used to creatively design the future. No prior knowledge is necessary to take part in these daily workshops. The topics are "Future Foresight: Three basic tools for strategic future planning", "Future Prototyping: Build the products of the future today", "Design Thinking: Develop the services of the future in a creative team" and "Road Mapping: Your plan for the future".

"We want our participants to take the knowledge they have learned home with them," explains David Weigend. Those who want to use their freshly gained know-how on the spot can do so in the Future Fab Lab. Here visitors can develop "prototypes for tomorrow’s world."

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