Drew Hemment is Associate Director of ImaginationLancaster. His research explores the connections between people, emerging technologies and possible futures. This work is outward-facing, and Hemment acts as an intermediary, creating connections across the creative and digital economy spanning arts, policy, industry, research and various communities. Areas of research interest include Art Curation, Open Data, Social Technologies, Urban Interface, Digital Innovation, Knowledge Exchange, Locative Media, Open Source Culture. Co-Director of the MA in Professional Contemporary Arts Practice.
Current projects include The Creative Exchange, an AHRC Knowledge Exchange Hub in the Creative Economy, and CaTalyST Citizens Transforming Society: Tools for Change (EPSRC). He is Founder and Director of FutureEverything, a non-profit organisation that runs year-round innovation labs and the UK's leading event showcasing and driving emerging trends in new media. Shortlisted for Big Chip 2011, Winner of Lever Prize 2010, Shortlisted for Big Chip International Award for Innovation 2010 and Arts & Business Award 2010, Runner Up Lever Prize 2009, Honorary Mention at Prix Ars Electronica 2008 for the artwork Loca: Set To Discoverable.