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Despite all our technological advances and the hype and billions worth of investment in AI and other disruptive technologies, we still only make good use of a fraction of our collective intelligence when thinking about how to solve some of society’s biggest social challenges.

Over the last year, Nesta’s Centre for Collective Intelligence Design have explored how to address such challenges through better design of how we tap into the collective wisdom of a place, organisation or market, and how new combinations of human and machine intelligence can help do this at scale.

This conference will be an opportunity for academics and practitioners to come together and share knowledge, hear about and discuss cutting-edge research, establish partnerships, and work on a way forward for collective intelligence.

Who is this event for and why should I come?

This one-day event is for anyone interested in connecting with cutting-edge research and practice on collective intelligence design. We welcome researchers interested in exploring how bringing together different disciplines can help us advance the field of collective intelligence design. For civil servants and other public sector policy leads as well as entrepreneurs and innovators in charities, the event will be an opportunity to learn about new methods and tools for solving complex social issues. The event will also be of interest to funders of social innovation interested in understanding how best to invest in and support the use of collective intelligence.

What’s on offer?

The day is packed with practical sessions on how best to design for collective intelligence. Whether you are interested in learning from great talks and discussions or taking part in interactive workshops and contributing your insights there is something on offer for you.

We will explore some of the big questions we have identified over the last year, including how artificial intelligence can enable collective intelligence, the role of crowds in addressing bias in data and how best to design for collaboration between crowds and institutions. The people behind the Nesta funded collective intelligence experiments will share early lessons from their work on applying new tools and methods such as machine learning to areas ranging from monitoring human rights violations and citizen science.

Alongside taking part in the debate there will be plenty of opportunities to get your hands dirty and explore questions about the design of collective intelligence through interactive theater, playing a visionary card game and learning what slime mould can teach us about collective behaviour.


Speakers will be announced over the course of the summer. Please note that the programme is subject to change.

Registration opens at 8:30AM with the event starting promptly at 9:00AM. The event will close at 5:00PM.