Ignite at Makefest Liverpool 29th June 2019

Call for proposals for Ignite Liverpool at MakeFest 2019

What might life be like in 2049?

Submission of proposals is now open.

Ignite Liverpool produces quarterly events where speakers are invited to talk on their favourite subject for strictly 5 minutes using only a 20 slide PowerPoint. Over the last 9 years we have had talks on many, many subjects and at Makefest this year, we are inviting proposals for talks on our themes.

Proposing for Ignite Makefest 2019

We’re looking for talks on the following themes answering questions as to what life might be like in 2049

  • Transportation and transportation systems

  • Medicine and Longevity

  • Architecture and the City

  • Society and Governance

  • The Environment and sustainability

The deadline for proposals is Friday 14th June 2019.


Talks will be presented in 5-minute slots (in plenary sessions) by theme, they will then be followed with an audience Q & A session.

What does the future hold – Your vision for 2049

We are looking for talks on what life might be like in 2049 so to help you along the way here are some questions

This event is will be taking place in a Library, so I wonder what they might be like in 2049, do we still visit libraries to take out books or are we merely going for the social aspects of working and using a space alongside other humans. Will we be able to access library books via VR headsets (Can we do that now?) If a library has no books as they are all scanned and available for viewing via our VR headset or available to watch on our implanted heads up displays does a library then become a museum purely to books.

If we’re travelling to the library – how do we get there, do we still use electric cars and buses calling one to our door via our implanted heads-up display. As our car travels to the city centre what does it travel through, are there tunnels or over-head roads or do we still use our existing roads network, are there pedestrians along the way, are they visiting stores or on there ways to parks. Do we pass by a zillion autonomous robots delivering our food supplies?  As we head towards the city centre what is the architecture like, is it much like today except a little more shiny and gleaming, have all older houses now gone, have schools and colleges become a thing of the past with everyone is using remote learning. Have hospitals expanded to cover older peoples care on their grounds where the older generations all live together with discos on a Monday night playing 1980’s discos music. Or has medicine been expanded so now there is no one who is frail, they stride through the streets using musclebound exoskeletons, or have they been recycled for food of the masses?

Do we even still have city centres, are they in slow decline as we have all started to work remotely. Are there any shops and stores or is it all bars, clubs and stylised themed experiences? Welcome to Beatles Land……. Does this greet tourists on the Hyperloop as they enter the city?

Or is Liverpool under water as the sea levels rise and the few who remain take to boats to visit their friends in neighbouring towers, getting stores and supplies from the mainland.

Who makes decisions for us? Do we vote every morning on the questions of the day posed to the nation or do we no longer have those rights, have they been taken from us by a sentient AI who guides the human race?

Hopefully this has sparked your imagination to talk about one of the following;

Transportation and transportation systems
Medicine and Longevity
Architecture and the City
Society and Governance



Use the form below to submit your proposal.

Deadline: 14th June 2019

Submissions are open to people of all ages.


Central Library, William Brown Street, Liverpool, L3

Date and Time:

Papers will be presented as part of Liverpool Makefest on Saturday 29th June. Before submitting you will need to be available to present on that day and at a time specified.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Hashtag: #LivMF19
Ignite Liverpool

Between each themed session there will be a break for coffee. Also for audience to wander away and new people to arrive and set up.

Liverpool Makefest



The whys and wherefores for Ignite Features…

We’ll be adding more information here for speakers and the audience at this event as time goes by.


Ignite Features… will take place between 10am and 4pm on the 29th June at Liverpool Makefest


As we get closer to the day then we will produce a timetable for the themed sessions.

Each session should take approximately 30 minutes.


These will follow the Ignite format of being 5 minutes long using exactly 20 slides.

Getting cover for your stand?

If you have a stall at Makefest then we will be able to arrange cover for it while you are attending.

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