In the Eyes of the Animal by Marshmallow Laser Feast and Abandon Normal Devices AND Festival 2015 Credit: Luca Marziale

First speakers confirmed for Museum Tech 2017

Rebecca Atkinson, 19.04.2017
Suhair Khan from Google Arts & Culture will deliver keynote
The Museums Association (MA) has announced the first speakers for Museum Tech 2017: A Digital Festival for Museums, a one-day conference celebrating new and emerging digital technologies that are helping to shape the way audiences experience museums and their collections.

Museum Tech 2017 takes place on 29 June at the Museum of London, and will feature case studies, keynotes and practical demonstrations that will shed light on how technology can be used in many diverse areas of museum practice. Delegates will have the opportunity to try out new digital tools and devices, as well as discuss the challenges and opportunities surrounding using digital technology in museums.

Suhair Khan, who leads on Google Arts & Culture, will deliver a keynote on the day, sharing how the technology giant is working with cultural institutes to share collections and stories with a wider audience.

Gabrielle Jenks, the director of Abandon Normal Devices, will discuss In the Eyes of the Animal, a virtual reality experience created for the Forestry Commission England's Forest Art Works. As well as sharing how different communities were engaged during the design process, Jenks will look at sustainability issues around virtual reality and online viewing.

Andrew Larking, the creative director, and Ronald Ashri, the technical director at digital agency Deeson, will jointly discuss the different ways that museums are using chatbots to engage audiences and enhance the visitor experience.

As well as sharing some prototypes they are developing for museums, Larking and Ashri will talk about the technical process involved in setting up chatbots and the challenges of developing content for them.

Elsewhere, Jon Pratty, the creative network programme manager at Ideas Test, will discuss how museums can make the most of free, open-source software opportunities to develop exciting digital projects.

And Foteini Aravani, a curator at the Museum of London, will share some of the digital developments she and her colleagues have been developing for forthcoming exhibitions.

Simon Stephens, the head of publications and events at the MA, said: “Museum Tech 2016 was sell out event and we are looking forward to another inspirational and exciting day.

"Expect lots of practical tips, thought-provoking demonstrations and examples of how the sector can innovate and experiment.”


Booking information for Museum Tech 2017