A Minecraft version of Brighton Pier

Experiencing Data // 8th November

Data-Driven Cities using Minecraft™

Fri, 8 November 2019 – 14:30 – 17:30
Brighton Youth Centre

21st century cities produce endless data. Can we use data to build new cities?

Focus events from DRIVA arts DRIVA are longer workshop sessions, enabling people to manipulate, visualise, challenge, shape and make real all kinds of data – using readily available tools.

In this free, hands-on event, you can spend time re-thinking what data can do with Minecraft™, one of the most successful computer games in history. BlockBuilders have designed a process of bringing mapping data into Minecraft™ to allow accurate 3D models of cities that anybody can interact with, so residents can design and shape their cities.

Imagine what you can build with big data.



BlockBuilders is a social enterprise, founded by University of Brighton students Megan Leckie and Joseph Palmer in 2014 to bring more young people into urban planning processes. Since then they have used mass-market tools, like Minecraft™ to engage over 8,000 young people in their communities across the UK.

In January 2016 they won Innovate UK’s Innovation in Urban Spaces contest, which allowed them to look into new ways of using geospatial data to engage residents in the planning process. Their unique platform can take any 3D data and create an accurate model of a city in Minecraft™.

What is DRIVA arts DRIVA?

DRIVA (Digital Research & Innovation Value Accelerator) is a £1.3m University of Brighton research project funded by the European Structural Investment Fund and Arts Council England that aims to provide technology SMEs, creative arts practitioners and cultural organisations unprecedented access to Gatwick Airport’s big data.

We believe that the super-fusion of data-driven innovation and creative practice with access to artistic and scientific expertise can drive economic productivity, community impact and place-making in our region.

By unlocking the commercial, creative, social and/ or critical, value of data of from Gatwick Airport, and generating insights into the 50 million people who depart and arrive on our doorstep each year, we can accelerate the development of an untold range of new data-driven products, services, artworks and experiences.

Over the next two years, we’ll be providing free, intensive support, access to facilities, resources and expertise alongside cash awards to bring together hundreds of creative and technology organisations and practitioners to make the most of data as both material and currency.

Find out more, and explore, at www.drivaartsdriva.com


Who is running these events?

These events are designed and developed by projects and place-making consultancy always possible in partnership with the University of Brighton and a range of expert cutting-edge data-driven practitioners from the worlds of business, tech, the arts and academic research.

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