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The potential of digital technology for parks, open spaces and heritage sites is hotly debated. In the right circumstances digital technology can help reach new audiences, better understand site use and user preferences and raise income. Though digital technology is not a panacea, and there are circumstances in which these interventions can be costly distractions.

This Nesta event explored the benefits as well as caveats around using digital technologies and approaches across parks, open space and heritage sites. Guests heard from digital experts and innovators within the parks, heritage and other sectors about their experiences and insights of developing and implementing these technologies.

This event was of interest to green space, parks and heritage/arts site managers, parks and heritage charities, local authority managers, public sector officials with an interest in the potential of new technology for making the most of our public and heritage assets. And to those who want to understand the context for creating imaginative digital content for parks and open spaces, such as creative producers and arts organisations.

Speakers

Mark Holloway

Trustee, Bournemouth Parks Foundation

Simon Poulter

Associate Curator for Metal

Ruth McCullough

Senior Producer, Abandon Normal Devices

William Makower

Founding Trustee, The National Funding Scheme

Ian Goodman

Programme Manager, MyParkScotland

Scott Sullivan

Director, SBSA