[artinfo] Call for ideas: Open hardware fellowship

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Call for ideas: NEXT THINGS 2014 - PERSONAL

Global art & technology challenge
Open hardware fellowship

Submision deadline: January 16, 2014


Telefónica R&D and LABoral are proud to organize 
NEXT THINGS 2014 - PERSONAL, the third global art 
& technology challenge.

The goal of the challenge is to bring together 
art and technology, artists with technologies, 
and to unleash the huge potential of mixing the 
creativity and perspective of artists with the 
nowadays powerful open hardware technologies.

NEXT THINGS 2014 - PERSONAL pursues innovative 
and breakthrough ideas on the internet of things 
in the context of art and technology.

In this edition we focus at the personal level, 
trying to go beyond the implications of personal 
data, understood strictly as data and software.

Participants are invited to explore the extent 
and implications of the existence, collection, 
use and distribution of personal data, also from 
the point of view of physical devices-internet of 
things and M2M.

In particular we want to explore the balance or 
imbalance, symmetries or asymmetries between 
privacy and control of personal data. 
Participants are encouraged to question and 
amplify the very definition of "personal data" 
itself. Participants are encouraged to explore 
the management of personal data in centralized or 
distributed fashions and the balance, 
confrontation or collaboration in this area 
between public and private approaches. Also the 
relationships between transparency and control, 
including the personal and collective management 
of personal data. The relationship between 
opportunities opened up by protecting or sharing 
personal data is also a field of exploration. 
Participants are invited to explore these 
dimensions with respect to the actions and 
reactions around technology (including the 
internet of things) that can be actively 
developed by individuals themselves considered as 
isolated entities or as organized groups or 

It is important to reflect on these frameworks 
and to explore the impact that the internet of 
things, and interactions machine to machine (M2M) 
can have on the lives of people, on a scale that 
spans from individual to whole societies.

It will be appreciated in the proposals:
-That may be converted in manufactured objects, 
employed by people and societies.
-Connected wirelessly to the internet.

The call is open to all creators in the space 
between art and technology. The selected project 
will be awarded with a six-month artist 
fellowship, split between LABoral Centro de Arte 
y Creación Industrial (through Plataforma 0. 
Production Centre) in Gijón for two months and 
Telefónica R&D (Telefonica's technology research 
and development arm) in Barcelona for four 
months. The goal of the fellowship is to enable 
the fellow to bring the chosen idea to life. The 
fellowship will start on April 1, 2014.

The artist will receive 12,000 euros gross as 
fees and a grant of up to 2,000 euros gross for 
travel, accommodation and expenses at LABoral. 

Please send a one-page idea proposal, a one-page 
visual description and a CV in PDF format to 
<mailto:produccion at laboralcentrodearte.org>produccion at laboralcentrodearte.org 
before January 16, 2014. The proposal should 
outline the project and describe-on a high 
level-the building blocks required to make it.
for the rules.

For any additional information or queries on the 
call <mailto:produccion at laboralcentrodearte.org>produccion at laboralcentrodearte.org.

Telefónica is one of the world's leading 
operators in the integrated telecommunications 
sector. With presence in 24 countries, the 
company provides infrastructure and 
communication, information, communication and 
entertainment to over 315 million 
customers. Telefónica Digital is a global 
business division of Telefónica. Its mission is 
to seize the opportunities within the digital 
world and deliver new growth for Telefónica 
through research & development, and digital 
services. Telefónica R&D is within this division.

Telefónica R&D is the research and development 
company of the Telefónica Group. Founded in 1988, 
its mission is to contribute to the Group's 
competitiveness and modernity through 
technological innovation. To achieve this aim, 
the company applies new ideas, concepts and 
practices in addition to developing products and 
advanced services. It is one of the first private 
R&D centres in Spain as regards activity and 
resources, and is the first company on the 
continent by number of European research projects 
in which it participates. The main asset of 
Telefónica R&D is its staff, which is 97 percent 
composed of university graduates from 18 
different nationalities. 

LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial is 
an open platform for research, production, 
dissemination and interpretation of emerging 
cultural forms that result from the shifts 
brought by the creative use of new technologies. 
Inaugurated 30 March 2007, the Centre is located 
in Gijón (Principality of Asturias), within the 
framework of Universidad Laboral-today, Ciudad de 
la Cultura [City of Culture]. 

Plataforma 0. Production Centre
LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial has 
put its Production Centre. Plataforma 0, at the 
disposal of the cultural sector for the 
production of projects in the intersections of 
art, science and new technologies with the 
intention of facilitating the production of 
artistic projects and their introduction into 
professional circuits.

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