FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) are breaking the bow for the International Festival of Business in a big way.

The International Festival of Business is happening in Liverpool 13 June- 1 July 2016 at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool. There plans to be countless opportunities to engage with projects and activities developed by FACT and partner organisations will be provided at a day of workshops and presentations on 28 June. Also, as part of Metal’s Beach Hut trail which creates a unique encounter between business and alternative thinking (11 June – 3 July), join them on a journey between FACT and the IFB2016 Beach Hut outside the Jury’s Inn with the mysterious artist, technologist and researcher collective Object Liberation Front (OLF), encouraging participants to explore their relationship with the objects that surround us.

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In partnership with the Enterprise Europe Network and the Creative Exchange programme, FACT will host a morning presentation and workshop on 28 June with expert design thinker Jeremy Myerson (Royal College of Art, Helen Hamlyn Foundation) exploring the idea of Catalysing Innovation for All. The workshop will be accompanied by key projects and products devised through The Creative Exchange, a four year transdisciplinary arts project. Attendees are invited to explore how designers, makers and artists have worked across public and private sectors to develop new concepts, products, services and infrastructures in an arts and cultural setting. The products temporarily on display at the IFB2016 are also included in the exhibition Designing Digital Now along with other works, on show in the FACT Connects space in the foyer at FACT between 17 – 25 June. Also on 28 June, FACT will host a series of presentations and discussions at IFB2016 with key thinkers and designers drawn from FACT’s creative industries network in Liverpool and beyond on the Blue Skies Stage, the public auditorium at the heart of the festival.

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Additionally, the Object Liberation Front (OLF), developed in FACT’s experimental co-design space FACTLab, will become visible for the very first time in public in the OLF Beach Hut, which is part of the Beach Hut trail curated by Metal. Using equipment from Google’s Internet of Things Research Program and a collection of makeshift machines, OLF have created a City Game which will challenge the public to piece together a series of clues which can be found between FACT and IFB2016, to discover more about their own relationship with the objects that surround us. To participate for free, visitors can venture into FACT or visit the OLF Beach Hut between 11 June – 3 July to download the app and get started. Partners are Google, the University of Liverpool, Red Ninja and Draw and Code. Sounds like fun to us!