Bristol Data Dome Workshop

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Bristol now has a 3D immersive data dome in the At Bristol Planetarium in Millennium Square. REACT has offered South West Data 10 places at an afternoon workshop to explore the potential of this exciting new environment for your company and for communities in the city.

This will be an opportunity to learn more about how the technology works, meet other local creative companies and discuss ideas for creating high impact audience experiences. There will then be the chance to pitch for two development commissions to be produced in June this year. Lunch will be provided and there are drinks afterwards.

If there are more than 10 members who RSPV Yes then South West Data organisers have been asked to select applicants who best fit the criteria below and so when you RSPV you will be asked for a very brief description of your interests in this work. Given the short notice, please don't be put off applying if you are unsure about meeting the criteria - everyone in SWD Meetup would be able to contribute something useful or get something useful from this event.

Bristol is Open (, At Bristol ( and Future Cities Catapult ( are keen that technology companies, research organisations and other enterprises are able to utilise the capabilities of the upgraded Planetarium. It will enable audiences to visualise huge and complex sets of data in new and insightful ways, from full 3D design models to real time weather forecasting maps. The Data Dome utilises ‘active’ 3D technology, with shows projected in 4K resolution (Ultra High Definition) from two projectors onto the 12-metre diameter dome, and 7.1 surround sound, creating a fully immersive experience.

Bristol is working towards a healthy, playful, productive, green and resilient future. We hope to use the workshop as the first in a series of opportunities to investigate the dome’s ability to engage people with this vision by interrogating and enlivening the city’s data in extraordinary ways. The teams who have been working with the dome until now will share their experience and present the available data sets. The day will also give you the opportunity to meet other technologists, designers and artists with whom you may collaborate to develop your ideas.

There are up to three development commissions available to produce prototype works that will profile the potential of the dome for Bristol audiences. The estimated total budget for all the commissions is £60k. After the workshop, teams will be invited to complete a short and simple proposal document and attend a pitching session on or around Tuesday 2nd June when the commissions will be awarded.

We will be choosing teams on the basis of the following criteria:

• Original and creatively exciting approach

• Use of Bristol City Council open data plus other publicly available open data sets

• Idea to engage an audience with relevance to the locality of Bristol

• Relevant experience for the development of content of a similar nature

• Technical capability and experience

• Ability to deliver to turn high quality prototypes around in a short timeframe

Full details of how teams will be selected will be detailed in the proposal document.