Dr. Drew Hemment is Founder and CEO of FutureEverything, the UK's award winning digital culture festival and innovation lab, Deputy Director of CX 4M Creative Economy Knowledge Hub (AHRC), and Associate Director of ImaginationLancaster at Lancaster University. Over 20 years his work around the world in digital culture and innovation has been been recognised by awards from the arts, technology and business sectors, including Lever Prize 2010 (Winner) and Prix Ars Electronica 2008 (Honorary Mention), and covered by New York Times, BBC and NBC. Current projects include emoto data visualisation of London 2012 Olympics and 1.9M Catalyst tools for social change (EPSRC). The Open Data Cities project led open data policy in Greater Manchester and DataGM (Greater Manchester Datastore). Member of the Manchester Innovation Group, the body which advises the Local Economic Partnership (LEP) on innovation, the Editorial Board for Leonardo journal of art, science and technology (MIT), and has served on many international Art Juries including UNESCO DigiArts. In 1999, awarded a PhD at Lancaster University, in 2009 elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (UK), and in 2010 an Eyebeam resident (USA).

Current projects

visualising the emotional response to London 2012 A unique data art project that visualises the online emotional response to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The UK's award winning digital culture festival and innovation lab.

CX - The Creative Exchange
The Creative Exchange is a Knowledge Exchange Hub for the Creative Economy developing new experiences, services and research with creative companies in the digital public space funded (4m) by AHRC.

Open Data Cities
A project exploring how cities would evolve if all data was open that led to the creaton of DataGM, the Greater Manchester Datastore.
Open Data Cities on futureeverything.org