Pick and Mix at the SMC_MCR

Pick and Mix brought together six people who had either created a new digital product or where working in an emergent field. It was an opportunity to explore these innovations, ask questions and get under the bonnet of their creations.

Elliot Woods (@elliotwoods) demonstrated his pixel mapping and voxel technology that allowed people to map three dimensional spaces with light. The results such as the Lit Tree, demonstrated at FutureEverything this year with the aid of a Cornerhouse micro commission and 3D projections gave an insight into how the technology could be used for art as well as advertising.

Chris Northwood (@cnorthwood) showcased Molly Project a framework for developing mobile portals based around many different sources of open data, including public transport data, library catalogues and geographic points of interest, originally created by the University of Oxford. Chris who recently moved to Manchester demonstrated how the application mashed up these different sorts data to create a useable city guide.

Pete and Geth from Young (@weareyoung) – a small Northern Quarter based design company, talked people through ViewRL a web based viewing platform that simplifies Twitter URLs by showing them in an easy to read visual format. Originally touted as Twitter for people who can’t read, ViewRL allows month’s worth of tweets can be scrolled through in a matter of seconds allow identification of trends and easy sharing of content.

Tekin Suleyman demonstrated Crowdfm (@crowdfm) A platform that takes the pain out of listing your events across the web and social media. The intelligent event platform -yet to have a public launch – allows events organisers to easily plan events and publicise them through multiple social media channels simultaneously.

Sarah Hartley (@foodiesarah) guided us through n0tice (@n0tice) a community noticeboard for online and mobile that allows participants to report and view news items based upon their locality. The platform, still in Beta, has been developed by the Guardian Media Group

Andrew Disley (@andrewdisley) New venture NeedHQ answers the problem of companies finding freelance developers an freelance developers finding work. The site uses peer referral so that companies and freelancers have confidence that the appropriate match will be made.

Big thanks to all who who showcased their stuff and despite the noise made the event a success.

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