Our summer highlights

With last weekend’s fireworks above the castle signalling the end of the summer festival season we thought we’d reflect on our highlights over the summer. And in traditional excitement-building style, why not do it as a countdown! 5. Press coverage. It may sound vain but it was great to get a bunch of different press [...]

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Zen and the art of digital development

In the Zen contemplative tradition there are things called koans – impossible questions which are used as devices by meditators.  You’ve probably heard of a couple of them such as “what is the sound of one hand clapping?” or “if a tree falls in the forest and no-one is there to hear it…yadda etc”. For [...]

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The #edgelands provocations

Last weekend I was lucky enough to take part in Edgelands – a day long conversational event hosted by Andy Field (Forest Fringe) and Hannah Nicklin (Hannah Nicklin). It was an event mainly for makers and producers in the performing arts and revolved around four questions: What is digital innovation in the arts and why [...]

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The Turing Festival this weekend

This weekend sees the inaugural Turing Festival – alternatively titled the Edinburgh International Technology Festival.  There’s a fascinating roster of speakers including David McCandless, Tom Chatfield and Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde.  And we’re delighted to be taking part in one of the Friday morning panels ourselves. And while the Facebook Developer Garage is now [...]

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What’s your idea?

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Announcing the Ideas Challenge

ideas.edinburghfestivals.co.uk For the first time ever, the Edinburgh Festivals will be inviting the public to share ideas on how to make the festivals an even more amazing experience for everyone involved, by asking performers, audiences and organisers to take part in the Ideas Challenge, particularly to raise ideas for how to make the festivals greener, [...]

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From 24hr hack to world-class festival mobile site

Although we are somewhat biased, this project is probably one of the best innovation stories in Edinburgh this year. Jim Newberry spends his days working remotely with a large London company from his Edinburgh flat and came along to Culture Hack Scotland back in May and in 24hours built a terrific hack using book festival [...]

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Two Great Mapping Projects for 2011

There have always been good maps associated with the Festivals but this year we see two new exciting projects – one of which uses our API – to help people discover new performances at the Fringe Giggle Maps from realise.com | www.gigglemaps.co.uk   Sounds of Fringe from SoundCloud | www.soundsoffringe.com

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