Highlights of Edinburgh's 2013 Turing Festival of technology talks and lectures

This article is from 2013

Turing festival

credit: Eoin Carey

Composer Tod Machover, Matt Mason of BitTorrent, Mike Hearn of Bitcoin and Brian Doll of Github

Tapping into the ‘Art and Digital’ theme of this year’s International Festival, the third outing of Turing is a more tightly focused affair than in previous years. Talks and events are taking place within the intimate surroundings of some of the city’s most elegant and historic venues such as Surgeons’ Hall, Old College and The Signet Library.

This year, Turing is split into a series of Fringe events and a conference element which brings together speakers from some of the most relevant technology firms today, and also includes meet-ups, investor events and an open Tech Jobs Scotland fair showcasing the country’s vibrant and flourishing tech community. What better place than the biggest arts festival in the world for a reminder of the science, technology and engineering innovations that form so much of the city’s identity?

Among the guests is American composer and music technologist Tod Machover, whose new ‘massively collaborative’ piece Festival City is premiered at the EIF. This ‘sonic portrait’ of Edinburgh will feature recorded contributions from the public (submit yours at eif.co.uk/festival-city) and is sure to reflect the composer’s firm footing in the tech camp: he’s based at MIT rather than a conventional music department, after all. With an array of instrument inventions to his name (hyperviolin, hyperbow, hyperpiano: you get the picture) he’s about as far from the three-chords-and-the-truth school of composition as you can get. Although, interestingly, he also helped develop the technology behind global smash Guitar Hero.

Other speakers include Matt Mason of BitTorrent, the powerful protocol which boasts ‘the world’s most efficient way to move media’, acclaimed game developer Jesse Schell, Mike Hearn of peer-to-peer electronic cash system Bitcoin talking about the future of money, Brian Doll of developer tool and code-centric social network GitHub, Vitaly Friedman of web design resource Smashing Magazine, and Edinburgh-based app developer Matt Gemmell.

Turing Festival, various venues, 23 & 24 Aug.


Turing Fest

Amidst the cornucopia of arts and culture events in Edinburgh during the month of August, the Turing Fest focuses on innovation, science and technology and can be relied upon for some appearances by big names from within the digital community.