We’re very excited to have such a great line up of speakers at this year’s conference. Together they represent some of the most experienced and creative minds in the industry
Game Designer – Hide and Seek
Tom Armitage is a Game Designer at Hide & Seek. Prior to this, he was a Creative Technologist for two years at the design consultancy Berg, where he wrote both code and words. Other toys and distractions include noticin.gs (with Tom Taylor) and a series of curiously popular Twitter bots, most notably twitter.com/towerbridge . He has a degree in English Literature, and ended up making software on the internet via a path involving online journalism and publishing. He has spoken on technology, games, and and social software at conferences in both Europe and the US including ETech, Reboot, Develop, the NLGD Festival of Games, and GameCity. Having run weblogs since early 2001, he currently writes at infovore.org.
Director – VID
Paul is the Chair of Bristol Media CIC, supporting the creative industries in the city and also Director of VID, a media consultancy currently working with BBC, Toshiba Labs, Wildscreen & Bristol University on collaborations in multiplatform media, innovation and sustainable production. His aim is to facilitate the engagement of the knowledge-bases in the Bristol area, connecting and supporting media SMEs and engaging them with the micro-electronics and knowledge sectors. He is a BAFTA-winning series producer, mainly focussing on the relationship between people and wildlife. He worked at the BBC Natural History Unit for 28 years, including 20 as a series producer, and 10 creating multiplatform projects with the likes of Graham Norton and David Attenborough.
Digital Director – Manchester City Football Club
Variously described as a digital stalwart, wheat-from-chaffer, grey-beard-only-it’s-actually-red, guru, pioneer and veteran – all by people who should know better – Richard is an unusual hybrid of content and commercial expertise. A lot of being in the right place at the right time means he has rare experience of the internet’s impact across media: from radio and tv journalist to launching BBC News online in ’97; running Tiscali’s award-winning portal for 7 years; managing gong-laden production company Magic Lantern; launching the Guardian’s video service; controlling Trinity Mirror’s network of regional news websites … it’s been a varied career. Now running digital teams for a rock band and a premiership football club, as well as advising the BFI, Richard will give his view on the secrets of surviving, and thriving, in the digital r/evolution. He has no kids (yet) and does not live in Surrey. (Twitter: @richardayers Linked In: linkedin.com/in/richardayers)
CEO – Peacefullfish
Thierry is founder and CEO of peacefulfish. He offers 15 years experience in the communication and entertainment industry. He is bringing together a strong business consulting background, a very good understanding of the content industry worldwide and a passion for innovative creative projects. After graduating in Paris, he worked in London as a business consultant for entertainment companies and telecom operators, then in France and Germany in Business Development for Vivendi and for ARTE (Franco-German TV station) in Strasbourg. He then completed an MBA at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy and at UCLA in Los Angeles, where he specialized in film financing and e-commerce. He then worked on film projects in the USA with Mandalay Entertainment before becoming Head of Strategic Development for the Studio Babelsberg in Potsdam, near Berlin. He is in charge of the business development of the company and is Project Director of many peacefulfish projects including CanalWeb, Europe Online, Norwegian Film Commission, Lapland Centre of Expertise, Estonian Film Foundation, Dubai Media City and Barcelona. He is developing different financial models for the content industry involving private and public investment in different regions of Europe. He is part of the digital Cinema Expert Group of the European Commission. Thierry is currently working on major projects with Abu Dhabi Film Commission, Madeira and Azores Film Centres, Croatian Government and the MEDIA Production Guarantee Fund together with Madrid bank Audiovisual SGR. He is also Chairman of a European Media Investment Network called Media Deals that is offering Master classes to investors in Europe and training as well as pitching opportunities for mediatech companies.
Founding Partner – Tenshi Ventures
Ian is a founding partner at Tenshi Ventures. He has been growing and leading businesses in the games and technology sectors since 1989. This has included a 4 year spell as CEO of 300 man game developer Kuju Entertainment, an IPO on the AIM market, several trade sales of businesses and various fund raising exercises. Operationally, Ian led Kuju’s creative and business development expertise for many years, acquiring in-depth knowledge of marketing and brand development in the creative sector. Ian graduated from Bristol University with an Honours degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 1985. Outside of his commercial roles, Ian was Chairman of TIGA, the UK games developers’ trade association, for 4 years. He is a Director of the South East Media Network organisation, a member of the Game Developers Conference Advisory Board and a Director of the One Big Game charity initiative. Ian is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the British Computer Society.
Executive Producer – Kindle Entertainment
Anne Brogan’s career started at BBC Education where her credits included the award winning Shakespeare Shorts and Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. She became Controller of Granada Kids in 2003, leading a thriving production business making the multi -award winning kids comedy My Parents are Aliens as well as the challenging drama,The Illustrated Mum for C4 which won the International Emmy and two BAFTAs. In 2007, Anne founded Kindle Entertainment together with Melanie Stokes. In just over four years, Kindle have produced My Spy Family for Turner Kids, RTS winner Big and Small for CBeebies, Jinx for CBBC and the International Emmy award-winning single dramaDustbin Baby for the BBC. Most recently Kindle have made a single drama for the BBC, for young adults, Some Dogs Bite, which includes an online interactive drama extension to the story. Kindle have established a reputation in the market place for fresh, innovative content with a twist of comedy.
Director – Somethin’ Else
Photo credit Matt Locke
Paul Bennun is a Director of Somethin’ Else, a digital content design agency and production company. As well as being a major interactive content producer, Somethin’ Else is the UK’s largest radio independent and a TV entertainment indie. Paul leads the Company’s digital output and future product / business strategy. He holds internationally recognised awards in games, radio, mobile technology and interactive broadcasting such as BAFTA Awards, Sony Radio Academy Awards and the GSM Association Awards. A long-running BAFTA video games juror he’s also a trustee of arts commissioner Artangel and the Longplayer Trust, co-authored a British Government’s report on digital music, and is an artistic collaborator with several Artangel artists, writer John Berger, Theatre de Complicite and Rotozaza. Paul also presents science, technology and usability programmes for the BBC.
Matthew Bird is an award winning drama producer with 25 years industry experience. He’s produced primetime series, serials and single dramas ranging from the acclaimed Jimmy McGovern series The Street through popular single pieces like ‘Worried about the Boy’ to high budget international co-productions such as Boudica and Anna Karenina. Most recently he produced Living’s highest rated drama, Bedlam, and is currently setting up death in Paradise for Red Planet to be seen later this year on BBC1. Throughout his career he has always looked for innovative ways to create and develop projects.
Director – SeeStep
Pete is a veteran of digital media from before it was even called digital media. He first came across the Internet in 1981, and once knew the TCP/IP stack pretty well. He built his first website in 1993, while working for a new media startup, and then went on to help with several important electronic firsts including BBC News Online and the birth of interactive TV. Pete is passionate about the value of conscious communication especially in groups; and the role of small business in improving our world. He is now currently deeply involved in bringing communication skills and knowledge into media businesses, for example, as Chairman of NixonMcInnes, one of the UK’s largest specialist social consultancies.
Course Co-Director – Innovation Academy
Professor Paul Coughlan joined Trinity College Dublin (TCD) in 1993 and is currently Course Co-Director at the Innovation Academy, an alliance between TCD and UCD, the two top-ranked Irish universities. Following an early career in engineering management, Paul completed a PhD in the area of product development at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. On graduation he joined the operations management faculty of the London Business School before moving to TCD. Throughout his career, Paul has been research-active in the areas of operations improvement, new product development and commercialisation of university research. He has served as a director of a TCD campus company, Magnetic Solutions Ltd, as it evolved into a competitor in the international market for semiconductor process equipment.
Producer – Cross Day Productions
Pippa Cross (producer) has been active in the UK film industry as a financier, executive producer, producer and mentor for 20 years. Since 2004 she has been producing at CrossDay Productions,where credits include the BAFTA nominated Shooting Dogs and Philip Ridley’s Heartless, starring Jim Sturgess and Noel Clarke, and released by Lionsgate in2010. Chalet Girl, which stars Felicity Jones, Ed Westwick and Bill Nighy, is released by Momentum in the UK on16 March 2011. She is a Board member of Screen South, the regional film agency supporting the moving image in the South of England and recently retired from Board of the UK Film Council. Pippa started her film career as Production Executive on Jim Sheridan’s first two feature films, the Oscar winning My Left Foot and The Field . She was then appointed Head of Film at Granada where her credits include Tim Sullivan’s Jackand Sarah , Girl’s Night , Terrence Davies’ House of Mirth, teen horror The Hole , Oscar nominated GhostWorld and Paul Greengrass’s mould-breaking Bloody Sunday
CEO and Founder – faberNovel
Stéphane Distinguin is a French entrepreneur and an activist in the field of new technology and innovation. In 2003, he created faberNovel, an innovation agency specialized in designing new products and services. faberNovel also releases its own products and promotes a development model based on “excubation” with companies like af83, digitick, Chugulu Games, C4MProd, DoYouMultimedia, eXoPlatform. Stéphane has founded La Cantine, a co-working and famous innovation place in Paris. He also initiated new kinds of events in France such as BarCamps, MobileMondays, CleanTech Tuesdays, TEDx Paris… and is regularly invited to talk in famous conferences such as SXSW, Picnic Network, Lift, LeWeb, etc. Having leaded Silicon Sentier (an association bringing together 150 French high-tech SMEs) during seven years, Stéphane is now its Honorary Chairman. Stéphane is also chairman of Futur en Seine and co-chairman of Atelier Français.
CEO – D-Media Network
Coming to convergence in digital media from a background in engineering, feature film production, and public sector policy implementation. She has spent time on the emerging relationships between traditional media, new technologies and telecommunications and has advised international media companies, financing organisations, creative content producers and public sector agencies. Being a busy person she is also an active film producer, is the Chief Executive of the digital content sector consortium ‘South East Media Network’ (SEMN), founded the UK Film Council’s regional screen agency Screen South, is on the advisory committee for Digital Hollywood and is a member of BAFTA. SEMN is a founder of the national network of digital clusters ‘Onedigital’ and of the European network the ‘EU Digital Think Tank’ Gina also contributes to the EU Media Program’s company support initiative at MIPTV and MIPCOM.
Investment Manager – Edge Investment Management
David Fisher is a venture capital specialist who is an Investment Manager at Edge Investment Management. David has over 10 years experience of venture capital investing in innovative UK companies in the technology, business services and new media sectors. With a background in Strategy Consulting and Corporate Finance at Deloitte and KPMG between 1993 and 2000 David moved into venture capital fund management at Elderstreet Investments. In 2004 he joined the South East Growth Fund where he invested in similar small enterprises. He invested in a range of media technology companies in areas such as embedded advertising in video and mobile content management for the music industry. David joined Edge in November 2010.
Business Development and Marketing Director – Mediaventura
Barry has been delivering solutions in all areas of digital media, mobile and technology around innovation. For the last 15 years he has been working on global marketing communications solutions, digital and mobile projects with a variety of clients ranging from start up’s to Multi Nationals (Vodafone, Cisco, Intel, Hitachi, Nike) in Europe and the Middle East. Barry is currently responsible for building up Mediaventura’s partnerships as well as the global network of clients on the sellside, buyside and investor side. This covers fast growing Companies mainly in the Ad-Tech, Social Media, Digital Publishing, Mobile and Social Gaming sectors as well as global Publishers, Media Houses and the Investment Community, especially Venture Capitalists, Private Equity and High networth individuals. He’s currently crowdsourcing digital case studies for inclusion in the soon to be released new book entitled ‘The Best Digital Campaigns in the World’ by Kogan Page and the Chartered Institute of Marketing due for publication later in 2011. Barry is a regular speaker and blogger in the digital media space and has just returned from the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and has been looking more closely at the explosion of new tablets, NFC, mobile advertising and gaming as well as the ongoing mobile applications revolution and the emergence of the mobile cloud.
Co-Founder – Speak-It Productions
Marc Francis is an award winning filmmaker whose films have been shown throughout the world. Together with his brother, Nick Francis, he was chosen by Harper’s Bazaar magazine as one of their top “Forty Under 40; household names of the future”, and named by the Observer newspaper as one of Britain’s “Rising Stars”. His films have been released in cinemas and broadcast on TV including BBC, Channel 4, PBS, Al-Jazeera, and NHK. His films have received support from the Sundance Institute, the Channel 4 Britdoc Foundation, the UK Film Council and the European MEDIA Fund. Marc’s most recent film, ‘When China Met Africa’ was a co-production with BBC Storyville and ARTE France. Prior to that, he directed and co-produced ‘Black Gold’, an award-winning feature documentary about one man’s struggle to save his Ethiopian coffee farmers from bankruptcy. The film premiered at Sundance and was released in over 40 countries receiving worldwide critical acclaim. Marc is also the co-founder of Speak-it Productions, which in addition to film production, develops innovative digital media campaigns to mobilise audiences around their films and inspire social action campaigns.
Head of Climate Change Programmes – Intellect
Emma Fryer is Head of Climate Change Programmes at Intellect, the trade association for the UK technology industry. She has a degree in English from Durham University, a degree in Environmental Science from London University and is currently finishing an MSC in Environmental Decision Making with the Open University. Emma started exploring the topic of ICT and climate change in April 2007 when she took up the newly created post of Programme Manager, Energy and Environment for Intellect. Her first output was Intellect’s report “High Tech: Low Carbon – the role of technology in tackling climate change”. She has also developed a wide range of advocacy materials for the industry, including an extensive case study library that illustrates how the intelligent use of technology can deliver significant emissions reductions across the whole economy. Emma lives in North Yorkshire with her husband and son and enjoys reading, gardening and natural history.
Chief Creative Officer – Hall and Partners
Max Gadney is Chief Creative Officer at Hall and Partners, a global market research company. He oversees the creation of new research techniques and new ways to show insight. Prior to that he was Head of Design and Audience Insight at BBC News Online and part of the MultiPlatform Commisiioning team in BBC Vision. As well as. Max blogs at maxgadney.com and runs the annual Design of Understanding conference.
Founding Partner – Wyvern Partners
Anthony is a founding partner of investment bankers Wyvern Partners and is responsible inter alia for its media and technology sector focus. Prior to Wyvern Partners he held senior positions at Lehman Brothers and Flemings and specialised in mergers and acquisitions and financing including leveraged buyouts. At Lehman Brothers Anthony was responsible for coverage of the European Industrial Sector whilst at Flemings his role encompassed global coverage with substantial exposure to Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Prior to joining Flemings, Anthony worked in Corporate Finance at Charterhouse Bank and at National Westminster Bank. Anthony is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese. He has non-executive roles at Broadlake Capital (a Dublin-based family office) and The Global Partnership of Family Offices in London.
Executive Director – Laughter for a Change
(laughterforachange.org), a non-profit organization that uses improv comedy training to bring healing and positive communication to communities at home and around the globe (in places like Rwanda and with groups such as war veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and at-risk youth). Ed is an award-winning director of The Second City in Chicago and acted in the legendary San Francisco-based improv troupe “The Committee.” He has taught improv at UCLA, USC School for Cinematic Arts and Pasadena Community College. He also leads workshops for business and entertainment professionals around the U.S. and internationally with a focus on laughter, storytelling and enhancing communication skills.
Editor at large – Wired Magazine
Ben Hammersley is a technologist and writer, specialising in the effects of the internet on modern society. He is Editor at Large of WIRED magazine; has written five books and reported for four broadsheet newspapers and the BBC; he invented the word “Podcast”, and speaks and consults around the world. He is currently writing a book on ideas of Post-digital Geopolitics, and the internet’s effect on international relations.
Founder & Director – Digital Hollywood
During the past two decades Victor Harwood has developed and produced over two hundred leading conferences and events for artists, professionals and top executives. In 1990, he coined the now ubiquitous expression “The Digital Revolution.” Mr. Harwood is considered a leading authority on the convergence of the entertainment and technology industries, founding and organizing such conferences as Digital Hollywood, Politics 2008: The Media Conference on the Election of the President, Media Summit New York, Building Blocks, Advertising 2.0, Digital Hollywood Europe in London, the Entertainment Globalization Initiative, Multimedia Expo, Production East at Lincoln Center, the International Business in Space Conference and the New York Writers Conference.
Co Founder and Chief Creative – Six to Start
Adrian is the Co-Founder and Chief Creative of Six to Start, an online games company that specialises in storytelling. Over the past three years, Six to Start has won three SXSW awards, including Best of Show for We Tell Stories, and Best Game for Smokescreen. Previously, Adrian was Director of Play at Mind Candy, where he designed and produced Perplex City. Some of the venues at which Adrian has spoken include TED, Google, GDC, Nordic Game and the Montreal Games Summit. Adrian previously studied neuroscience at Oxford, Cambridge, and UCSD, and currently writes about technology for The Telegraph.
Junior Fund Executive – Finance South East
Bradley is the Junior Fund Executive at the South East Seed Fund managed by Finance South East. The South East Seed Fund is a £7m early stage investment fund that looks to invest up to £250,000 on a matched basis in early stage high-growth SME’s and university spin-outs based in the South East of England. The fund has a portfolio of 14 companies with activities ranging from social media aggregation to wind turbine design and production. Bradley handles deal origination, all stages of the transaction lifecycle along with post investment management. He has a BSc in Management from the University of the West of England, Bristol
Managing Director – Wired Sussex
Phil is MD of Brighton-based digital, media and technology support agency Wired Sussex. Wired Sussex works with over 2,000 companies from TV producers to games developers to web designers helping them create, innovate and grow. Prior to Wired Sussex, Phil was worldwide managing director of the Extreme portfolio of media businesses (including 5 TV channels), a board member of MTV Poland and worked in strategy positions for News Corporation and US media giant Liberty Global. He has advised the EU on multiplatform content strategy and currently chairs the advisory board for the University of Brighton UCH Media Enterprise Centre.
Executive Director – RFK-LA
Jane Kagon is an international consultant in media and communications, focused on the intersection between digital media and education. She is a Senior Fellow at the USC Annenberg School’s Center for the Digital Future and previously was at UCLA, where she was the director of the post-graduate, professional training division for the entertainment industry. Jane is currently the Executive Director of RFK-LA Digital Media Lab and Archives, a non-profit digital media center at the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools in Los Angeles, dedicated to the social justice legacy of Robert F. Kennedy. She recently designed and help launched an accredited distance learning masters degree in Media & Communications for TUW, a division of Touro University NYC., where she teaches online courses in 21st century media and communications, storytelling and media law. Prior to her consulting and academic career, Jane was an entertainment lawyer and long time Hollywood film production executive. She lives in Malibu California with her husband, Ed Greenberg.
CEO – Agora Media Innovation (AMI), UK
Richard is also CEO of Publisher of Appmarket.tv – a popular online publication that’s focused on Social TV, TV Apps, Connected TV and Transmedia Formats. He’s a Canadian expatriate based in both the UK and The Netherlands and was Winner of 2010 Deloitte Tech., Media & Telcom (TMT) Predictions for Entrepreneurs in Holland for futurist views on Social TV and Media Convergence. AMI is a boutique agency that works with emerging technologies that enable broadcasters, cable companies, content creators, developers and CE manufacturers in delivering and consulting around the emerging convergence.
Curator – ITU Telecom World 2011
Katz is the curator of ‘ITU Telecom World 2011′ (International Telecommunication Union is a UN agency) She is a creative, a catalyst, a connector and an expert in co-creation. She is the brains behind the b.TWEEN phenomenon, UKs first cross-sector market place, a dynamic network where digital disruptors from companies big and small come together to figure out what they can do together that they can’t do on their own. She judges for various awards including SXSW Accelerator, British Council Young Creative Entrepreneurs and the Big Chip Awards. In previous lives she made music, wrote screen plays, built installations, curated international festivals and made screen-based products look nice. She sits on Sheffield’s Culture Board and is an RSA fellow
The Wall Street Journal calls Gerd ‘one of the leading Media Futurists in the World’. Co-author of the influential book ‘The Future of Music’ (2005, Berklee Press), of ‘Music2.0’ (2008) and ‘The End of Control’ (endofcontrol.com, 2007), Gerd’s background is in music; in 1985 he won the Quincy Jones Award and subsequently graduated from Boston’s Berklee College of Music (1987). Since 2002, following a decade as digital media entrepreneur and start-up CEO, Gerd speaks at conferences and seminars around the globe on the Future of Media, Content, Technology, Business, Advertising, Telecom, Communications and Culture. Gerd’s keynotes, presentations and think-tanks are renowned for his hard-hitting and provocative yet inspiring, motivational style. With engagements in 29 countries since 2003, Gerd has addressed over 25’000 professionals, and is considered a key influencer. His diverse client list includes Nokia, Google, Sony-BMG, Telkom Indonesia, Siemens, Kuoni, RTL, ITV, the BBC, France Telecom/Orange, Deutsche Telekom, The Financial Times, DDB, Omnicom, the European Commission, Nokia Siemens Networks and many others. Gerd is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (London), Visiting Professor at FDC Fundação Dom Cabral (Brasil), and resides in Basel, Switzerland.
Marketing Director – Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
Marketing Director for Sony Computer Entertainment UK. Joined in 1999 as a Product Manager and went on to work on major franchises including Formula 1, Gran Turismo and The Getaway. Became Marketing Manager in 2004 and Marketing Director in 2005. Since then Alan has overseen the launch and development of the PSP and PlayStation 3 platforms and is now planning for the launch of Next Gen Portable later this year. .
Managing Director – Fiction Works ApS
Pouline Middleton, writer and MD of Fiction Works ApS, a transmedia content publisher based in Copenhagen. Since 1995 she has worked with digital content as commissioning editor for the main Danish public service broadcaster DR, format developer for various tv and web production companies and MD of the digital content network Crossroads Copenhagen. “One Woman Three Men” is her first transmedia storytelling which is available online, in print, and soon to include feature film and tv.
Creative Director – Plug-In Media
Dom is Plug-In Media’s Creative Director. Following an apprenticeship in comic strip, Dom moved into television as an assistant director and an art director. He started working in digital media ten years ago and has been conceptualising, designing and animating interactive projects ever since. As well as producing his own unique brand of illustration and animation, Dom directs all of Plug-In’s projects, including both the BAFTA winning Big and Small and Zingzillas sites. He is involved with all levels of production including working with writers to develop storylines, directing voiceover and green screen studio shoots, and overseeing all the 2D and 3D illustration, design and animation. Dom is also a musician and has brought his musical talents to many of our projects: working directly with session musicians and composers to create original music and sound effects for games and interactive music applications. Dom has spoken on conference panels at Flash on the Beach and Showcomotion, and has lectured on game design at the New England Institute of Art.
Regional Premier Manager – HSBC
Sue is the Regional Premier Manager for the North East with HSBC and has worked in the Industry for over 30 years. She has undertaken various roles within HSBC, including Branch Manager, Area Manager, Divisional Employee benefits manager and more recently worked in the Premier Market which deals with the high networth clients. Sue has a team of 20 Managers across the North East. Sue is fully Diploma qualified in Financial Planning, and supports the Film Industry committee meetings.
CEO – MirriAd
Mark Popkiewicz is CEO of MirriAd. He was previously a director of companies like BBC Ventures, Mobile Media, Lucent and Eicon where he set up 30 operations around the world. Mark is an innovator and has grown and improved performance of both small and large businesses with various trade exits and IPO. Mark launched MirriAd in September 2007 with a view to revolutionize product placement for the digital era. MirriAd has since developed an end to end solution able to digitally place brand imagery into any video on demand and at scale. MirriAd’s digital placements have been extensively researched and proven to achieve excellent results for brands whilst positively impacting production values and the viewer experience on TV and online. MirriAd works with broadcasters, content producers and agencies around the world.
Head of Emerging Platforms – W+K London
Roo Reynolds is Head of Emerging Platforms at W+K London. He helps identify creative, strategic and business opportunities to ensure the agency delivers integrated campaigns for its clients, making effective use of social media and other digital communications. He also attempts to keep an eye on what’s around the corner. Previously he was the portfolio executive for social media at BBC Vision, where he developed the BBC’s strategy in the fascinating intersection between social media and television, working with teams across the BBC to help shape and deliver a wide range of projects and initiatives. Outside of work, Roo co-creates Shift Run Stop, the popular weekly geek podcast which has featured as Time Out’s podcast of the week. Past guests have included an eclectic range of interesting people including comedians, writers, TV & radio presenters, particle physicists and astro-biologists. Roo lives in Southampton with his wife, dog and two chickens.
Torsten de Riese
Digital Director – CNBC
Torsten de Riese is a trained journalist from Germany with experience in print, radio and online. He read literature and linguistics at Hamburg University and University College London. After a stint as a freelance journalist in Hamburg, Torsten moved to London where he joined FT.com, first as a writer and then as an online editorial manager. During his time at the FT he was involved in a number of major projects, such as the newspaper re-design in 2003 and the development of a new publishing system for both print and online. In 2004 Torsten joined Guardian News and Media as Business Development Manager overseeing major print and online partnerships and syndication agreements worldwide. In November 2007, he successfully launched the Guardian and Observer Digital Archive, the first complete online newspaper archive in the UK containing more than 1.2m searchable pages. Later, as Guardian’s Mobile Business Manager he was part of the team launching award-winning iPhone and iPad apps. In August 2010 Torsten joined CNBC as Digital Director where he oversees the broadcaster’s web and mobile strategy for Europe and the Middle East.
Founder – Merism Capital
Merism is a seed fund investing in early stage social businesses which is in the vanguard of impact investment in the UK. The fund supports entrepreneurs who bring vision and creativity to solving social problems. Typically these businesses serve the bottom of the pyramid, stimulate community cohesion and promote transparency.
After 25 year running technology companies in Europe and the USA, Stephen became an angel investor in early stage IT companies. During this time he started mentoring entrepreneurs for NESTA and UnLtd and discovered the challenges and opportunities embodied by social enterprises.
Matthew Sheret works as Last.fm’s Data Griot, turning the listening data of millions of Last.fm listeners into stories that reveal contemporary music trends and trivia. These stories have manifested as press releases, radio scripts, live visualisations, music blog Last.fm Trends and ‘Best of…’, an annual franchise that reveals the most played artists of the global listening community. Matthew has also worked as a writer and editor for clients that include Thompson Reuters, NatMag Rodale and Channel 4, as well as publishing quarterly comics anthology Paper Science. Find out more at matthewsheret.com.
Group Director, Corporate Affairs – Pinewood Studios
Joined Pinewood in June 2008, as Group Director Corporate Affairs and is responsible for communications, public affairs, human resources and corporate responsibility. He is a member of the Film Skills Council. Prior to this, he acted as an adviser to Pinewood on issues such as film tax credit and state aids during his ten years as Managing Partner of The Policy Partnership.
Dr Richard Sykes
Global Advisory Board – Quickstart Global
Richard is an advisor in the strategic transformation of technology & business process sourcing, outsourcing and offshoring business models by new models based on direct sourcing of information technology & business process services, including through the agency of ‘the Cloud’. He serves on the global advisory board of Quickstart Global, which works to enable the globalisation process for younger tech ventures; chairs the TMMi Foundation, helping lead a key transformational initiative in software and systems testing: and is completing a three year term as an elected Board member at Intellect (the UK business association for the IT, Telecoms and Electronics industries). Richard chaired the Trustees of the De La Warr Pavilion (a major regional arts venture) through its major transformation during the last decade, and now chairs the Trustees of Cubitt Artists.
Founder/Technologist – Artfinder
Chris is never sure what to say in biographies and tends to introduce himself as someone who makes things, often with code, always powered by tea. Previously he’s worked on projects as diverse as video archives of Nobel Prize winners, putting contemporary art on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, building best-selling social worlds for children, a developer platform for The Guardian and open data projects with the UK government. He’s a co-founder and technologist at Artfinder, a startup which is aiming at being the place to find art anywhere the network touches.
Conservative Member of Parliament for Wantage and Didcot
Ed Vaizey MP was elected as the Member of Parliament for Wantage and Didcot in May 2005. Born in 1968, Mr Vaizey attended Merton College, Oxford. After university he spent two years working as a political researcher, before training and practising as a barrister. From 1996-2004 he was director of a public relations company. In 2004 he became a political speech writer. Mr Vaizey was Shadow Culture and Creative Industries Minister 2006-2010. He married Alex in September 2005. They live in Sparsholt and London with their son Joseph and daughter Martha.
Interactive Producer – BBC
Matthew Williams has been a BBC producer for 10 years. During this time he has pioneered many new approaches to delivering interactive experiences to the public including the first use of green-screen filming and 3D virtual sets for online, and recently has been working to develop the next generation of IPTV where broadcast and internet platforms are merged to create new levels of engagement within learning, drama and entertainment. Having a background in scriptwriting and composing for film and TV as well as technical innovation means he has been able to bring his passion for compelling narrative and storytelling to audiences in new ways.
Founder – Hybrid State
Andy Wilson is a Nordic entrepreneur based in the Øresund Region of Scandinavia who loves living in beta. He specialises in developing creative communication, collaboration and innovation tools and processes to leverage collective intelligence. His unique methodology emerged from the analysis and implementation of successful open innovation models and strategies for and between private and public organisations. Since the turn of the millennium, he has worked with Deep Future research in the fields of design, technology and processes for business development. He has collaborated on several large scale projects for the Nordic Council of Ministers, and the EU’s radical Future and Emerging Technologies IST Initiative. Andy thrives best when working with global challenges involving interaction, scalability and speed-to-market. He embraces complexity and dynamics as central themes in all of his ventures.
Founder – Dogwoof
Andy is the Founder of Dogwoof, the biggest film distributor for Documentary and social issue films. Films include Restrepo, Food inc, Gasland, Age of Stupid etc
Previously Andy worked at eBay, and ensures that Dogwoof is on top of technology developments, eg Dogwoof launched the UKFC Digital Screen Network.
Dogwoof invests a lot in digital innovation and maximises the Outreach of their film campaigns through social media and interactive campaigns.
Managing Director – Me For Health
John was an early pioneer in interactive and online creative development, setting up his first interactive media company in 1994. He started Worth, a digital marketing and communications agency, in 1996 with a specialism in health and environmental projects that promote behaviour change. The company has won numerous major awards including BAFTAs, the IVCA Grand Prix and NMA Effectiveness. John is a passionate speaker on the fast-changing healthcare landscape and is especially interested in technologies that promote and enable patient empowerment and involvement. In 2010 he started Me For Health, a company producing software that helps people participate in their healthcare and manage their long-term conditions.
Director, Innovation Solutions – Ogilvy
Nicole’s career began 25 years ago working for two of London’s most prestigious creative agencies, Simons Palmer and GGT. In 2000 Nicole joined Ogilvy with a brief from the chairman to “bring the agency into the 21stcentury”. Nicole’s first four years saw her overhaul the agency’s broadcast and video-editing facility, taking them from analogue to digital with the creation of RedWorks Broadcast. Ogilvy London now leads the agency’s global network in the management and broadcast of digital assets. In 2005, Nicole’s drive for innovation grew to encompass the agency’s new media campaigns, ranging from encouraging Adventure Ecology to flood Second Life to raise awareness of global warning; to Fanta to develop a mosquito-sound mobile application for kids. In July 2008, Ogilvy London’s Digital Innovation Lab was founded, thus pushing the agency’s innovation activities, building partnerships between industries and across media channels to fuel unprecedented creative campaigns, and educate, both within the agency and beyond.