BBC Digital Cities ‘Future Working’ at The Sharp Project

BBC Digital Cities ‘Future Working’ at The Sharp Project

This event takes place on: Nov 17 at 12:00 in The Campus

BBC Digital Cities

Future Creative Working | Friday November 17th

To celebrate BBC Digital Cities 2017, The Sharp Project is hosting an afternoon of workshops and interactive demos exploring the theme of ‘future working’.

Led by a selection of our amazing content creating tenants we will host a range of workshops looking at the future of broadcasting, gaming, forensics, education, music making & more…

There will also be interactive kit demos in The Campus throughout the afternoon as we showcase how our tenants are leading in future working innovation, from AI to mobile to transport.

The afternoon is for anyone interested in how digital our cities are becoming and what new technology is driving this. It’s also a chance to meet and find out more about the amazing businesses that are based here at The Sharp Project and the latest projects they are working on.

You can register for the afternoon via Eventbrite here & as well as onto the specific workshops too.

The workshop schedule is:

Future of broadcasting with Sparklab Productions

Join Sparklab as they demo and showcase how they bring together a mix of talent to create inventive, surprising and entertaining content for radio and other platforms.

Sparklab make a wide range of audio docs, features, short-form and drama from our Manchester base. This workshop will start at 1pm.

UPDATE – the first workshop has now sold out so SparkLab will be running a second one at 3pm – register here.

Register for workshop | SparkLab website

Making Music for Gaming with I Make Audio

Jamie Finlay established I Make Audio in 2015 after ten years of working in music production and sound design. His work has spanned multiple disciplines; from games, interactive design and VR to film, advertising, art and installations.

Jamie has recently created the music and sound for Sharp Project tenants Odd Bug Studio’s ‘The Lost Bear’ and Fabrik Games’ ‘Filthy Lucre’

This workshop will see Jamie demonstrating how he creates original soundtracks for the ever changing world of contemporary gaming. This workshop will start at 2pm.

Register for workshop I Make Audio website | Fabrik Games

The Future Courtroom with Evidential

Evidential are a world leading Expert Witness service and specialists in the Electronic Presentation of Evidence (EPE) in the UK and Internationally.

This workshop will look at how Evidential have brought VR and 3D mapping to a wide rage of recent high profile court cases and how this is revolutionising the traditional courtroom. This workshop will start at 3pm in their own curated VR space.

Register for workshop Evidential website

Plus there will be live interactive demos in The Campus from:

4D Immersive

4D will open their office space out to demo their immersive experience and show the ground breaking work they do in schools and hospitals.

4D Immersive website

Fabrik Games

One of the North West’s most exciting indie game developers and publishers, Fabrik will be demo-ing a range of their latest titles.

Fabrik Games website

MCR Greater present The Fruit Orchestra

The team behind the new creative digital educational listings website for Greater Manchester, MCR Greater will be inviting guests to play games and create music via the medium of bananas, apples and Makey Makeys!

MCR Greater website

Playground Squad

PlaygroundSquad UK we offer apprenticeships with an aim for our students to get a job in the games industry. They will demo-ing games created across their three apprentice courses – Game Art, Game Design and Game Programming.

Playground Squad website


Inspyro improve educational outcomes through the introduction of well-supported technology. Experience their cutting edge VR technology live at Digital Cities.

Inspyro website


Pro Motion Hire

Having recently expanded their high end kit hire business here at The Sharp Project, Jess & Alain from Pro Motion will be exhibiting the latest in camera designs and giving guests a chance to try them.

Plus they’ll be talking through the latest innovations in camera tech and how they are used to create ground breaking content here at The Sharp Project.

Pro Motion website

Drop in session with Manchester Tech Trust

Manchester Tech Trust will be onsite to talk to Digital Cities guests and businesses at The Sharp Project about the support then can provide to creative digital companies in Manchester, by providing constructive advice and connections to their wide network of supporters, mentors and investors.

Manchester Tech Trust website

‘This is The Place, Choose Love Manchester’ exhibition

& last but certainly not least we are proud to present an exclusive exhibition of the artwork created for the ‘This Is The Place – Choose Love Manchester’ book, curated by The Sharp Project tenants DoodleDo Motion.

60 Manchester creatives collaborated, each taking a line from Tony Walsh’s poem to inspire unique pieces of art, illustration, design and photography. The roll call is extensive including world renowned agencies and designers like Peter Saville (New Order, Joy Division, Factory Records designer) and Malcolm Garrett (Buzzcocks designer)

We’ll also be screening a documentary about the book’s creation.

You can order the book from here

This Is The Place website

MMU Business School drop in session

The Manchester Metropolitan University are looking to speak with businesses that are interested in accessing a fully funded business programme, worth over £10,000.

The programme is a combination of best practice workshops, facilitated group discussions and one to one coaching, delivered by the MMU Business School.

The programme content builds upon the cornerstones of best practice and the key elements are Finance for Growth, Innovation and Risk, Leadership, Marketing/Sales and Culture/ Change.

Additional details on the programme can be found here.

MMU website

Plus there will be a special BBC Digital Cities food menu, end of week refreshments (alcoholic or not), music, showreels, tours and a chance to find out more about The Sharp Project and the content creators that call it home.


The Sharp Project
Thorp Road
M40 5BJ
United Kingdom