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A new micro-conference on science, technology, communication and fiction, organised by the Arthur C. Clarke Award

Write The Future is a programme of creative talks and presentations taking place on the afternoon of Wednesday 1st May this year, organised by the Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction literature and taking place at the Royal Society in London. 

We're launching this event on Kickstarter to help raise awareness and funds, and to offer the chance for all of you early adopters, creative-thinkers and future geeks out there to book super-discounted advance-priced tickets before the event is publicly announced. 

We've put together a great line-up of speakers, a fantastic and deeply historical venue in the Royal Society, and all we need now is you - an amazing audience - to help make this a truly inspirational event. 

What will Write The Future be like?

Write The Future is a micro-conference designed as a programme of creative short talks on the transformative power of science, technology, communication and speculative fiction - drawing parallels between these interconnecting disciplines and showcasing the power of the human imagination.

The concept is inspired by the life and work of science fiction author, inventor and futurist Sir Arthur C. Clarke, with each talk seeking to encapsulate a single inspirational and innovative idea from the fields of scientific research, digital disruption, creative communications and science fiction publishing. 

We're drawing our speakers from a deliberately eclectic range of disciplines and backgrounds, including Royal Society Fellows, senior publishing industry experts, digital innovators, renowned science fiction authors and filmmakers, and we will be updating all programme details here as soon as they're confirmed. 

The event will take place from 12.30pm - 5.30pm on Weds 1st May, and here's a taster of some of the ideas from our confirmed speakers so far: 

(Updated 09.03.13)

- Kinking Reality and Imagining the Future

- Botworld, a printer that prints its own face, and how the web won't stay trapped behind glass

- Wrangling Shamans, Snake Oil and Science Fiction

- The Bionic City of the Future  

- Don't Feed the Lizard Brain. Surviving the social media comedown 

- Free Your Words and Your Mind Will Follow: Language as Technology and Ludwig’s Talking Lion.

Who should come? 

If you work in the creative industries, publishing, social media, science communication, advertising or trend forecasting, this is the event for you.

If you're a science fiction writer who wants to know more about who your readers are, new ways to promote your work or the next big thing in science research, this is the place to be. 

If you like attending author talks, research presentations, museum and gallery events, science fiction conventions, experimental conferences, listening to new ideas and talking to like-minded people, we'd love to meet you. 

We want this event to be inclusive, inspirational and affordable, which is why we're keeping the price of tickets as far below typical conference rates as possible so it's easily accessible to both innovative individuals and curious companies. 

Why Kickstarter? 

One of the main reasons for launching on Kickstarter is the chance to gather early support while we're still building the event, and to be able to offer advance tickets at a greatly reduced price to those people who want to get in early. 

More importantly though we thought it would be lots of fun and a great way to make the experimental, start-up nature of the Write The Future idea as real as possible while plans were still in motion. 

The chance to run this event came together very fast, and now we're pulling everything together on a very tight timeframe. The concept is solid, the venue is booked, but we weren't keen to wait around until we had a proper website ready or each and everyone of our speakers confirmed before we started getting out there and telling everyone about our plans. 

A big part of our theme is the collision of inspirational ideas and experimental thinking, so launching on an innovative platform like Kickstarter felt like exactly the right place for us. 

Fables from the Fountain

Our Fables from the Fountain reward is an anthology of original fiction written as a homage to Arthur C. Clarke's famous short story collection, Tales from the White Hart, and we're delighted to be able to offer everyone who pledges their support a copy of this great collection. 

The book includes eighteen original stories by top genre writers including Neil Gaiman, Stephen Baxter, Charles Stross, James Lovegrove, Adam Roberts and Ian Watson, and is published by NewCon Press in partnership with the Arthur C. Clarke Award.

Thank you 

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The single main challenge for us to overcome if we're going to make this happen is simple: Time.

The future is right around the corner and this event is locked in for afternoon of Wednesday May 1st, 2013.

The Royal Society are 100% behind us on organising this project but we don't have long to get the word out and pull a programme together.

That said, it's all coming together very fast, but we wanted to move even faster which is why we've taken to Kickstarter to start asking for support now while we're still getting some of the key details in place.

Basically the more people we can encourage to sign up early, the better we can make the event for everyone.

The Royal Society is a fantastic venue, we're lining up some inspiration speakers, and we think we can make this a truly amazing event. Plus if we can make this one work they may even let us do another one next year.

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    SPECULATIVE SUPPORTER: Non-attender tier for people who'd like to pledge their support to the Clarke Award but aren't able to make the event. You'll receive our eternal thanks plus an ebook copy of the award anthology, Fables from the Fountain. We'll also offset your pledge against a future ticket purchase should you decide later on you would like to attend after all (subject to availability).

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    SF MASTER: You will receive all the benefits of the FUTURE VISIONARY tier plus hands-on support and consultancy from me in the areas of social media, marketing and pr to help promote your new science fiction project e.g. novel, comic, magazine, film or website etc. Includes one-to-one session via phone / Skype, plus market research and email support. Note: pledges on this tier are welcome from both new and established writers. See tom-hunter.com for credentials, and email me at clarkeaward@gmail.com with any queries.

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    PROMOTIONAL PARTNER: Receive up to five tickets to Write The Future, plus we'll work with you to help creatively promote your own science fiction project - new book release, small press launch, website project, sci-fi t-shirt line etc - as part of the event. A few ideas we had about how this could work include giveaways on the day, inclusion on our email newsletter and updates, links back to your website, and more giveaways. Basically we want to help promote everyone else who's busy writing the future too, and the more creative the promotional idea the better. Please do get in touch via this page if you'd like to discuss ideas first before pledging.

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    HEADLINE SPONSOR: Become the official sponsor of the Write The Future conference. Includes your company name in all media releases and announcements as official sponsor, your branding on all event materials and all benefits of the PROMOTIONAL PARTNER tier above. Please get in touch first if you would like to discuss available opportunities before pledging.

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