Prototyping future pathways for tech-enabled cultural exchange.

As we navigate an epochal period of global flux and disruption, we find ourselves on the cusp of a seachange in technology.

Blockchain promises to decentralize the web, the metaverse wants to deepen our experience of the virtual, renewable energy hopes to stave off impending climate catastrophes, and advances in satellite internet could help close the digital divide. Forums for cultural exchange—where people come into contact with ideas, artifacts, and experiences different from their own—will transform in stride with these shifts. At this tipping point in our technological infrastructure, it is crucial that we promote safe spaces for meaningful interactions as a critical element of the digital world we want. Our shared future is not guaranteed; we need to build it, together.

Research & Development Lab

Artists and technologists are invited to submit original design interventions for the future of cross-cultural connection; accepted applicants will produce digital prototypes, expand their skill sets, and join a community of design futurists. Successful applicants will receive a $20,000 stipend to support the development of high-fidelity, interactive prototypes that effectively illustrate their ideas. Applicants from underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.


To reorient our digital futures, we need new visions of technological development. Every month, Signals broadcasts insights from visionaries at the forefront of engineering and design innovation about how emerging tech will impact cultural activity.