Smart Oxford Playable City Shortlist Announced

Six exciting projects have been chosen as part of the Smart Oxford Playable City Commission shortlist.

The Smart Oxford Playable City® Commission is an exciting new commission, challenging creatives from around the world to produce an idea that puts people and play at the heart of the city of Oxford.  Over 82 applications from 28 countries around the world were invited to respond to the theme the Shared City.

Oxford is small city with a global reputation, one of the fastest growing cities in the UK with a rich heritage that attracts seven million tourists every year. This brand new commission asks creatives to uncover, reveal and explore the less known parts of Oxford in new and exciting ways. How do we reveal the layers underneath? How can we use technology to encourage new connections in the city? How can the Shared City reflect the diversity of experience, from visitors to residents?

To read the full list of projects, find out about our panel of judges, and leave a question or comment, please visit 

In addition to £30,000, the commission offers dedicated practical support and guidance as well as access to local support to enable the winning team to realise their ideas. They will also become part of the vibrant international Playable City network, providing extensive opportunities for collaboration.

The shortlist is open for comment until June 19 . The comments do not form a vote but will be taken into consideration by the judges on judging day. The winner will be announced on  August 02.