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Keynote speaker on Mon 4 Nov

Ian Livingstone is one of the founding fathers of the UK games industry.

He co-founded iconic games company Games Workshop in 1975, launching Dungeons & Dragons in Europe and the Games Workshop retail chain.

He co-created Fighting Fantasy gamebooks in 1982, which have sold over 17 million copies to date. His Blood of the Zombies marked the 30th anniversary of the series.

He designed Eureka, the first computer game published by Domark in 1984, and joined the company in 1992 as a major investor and director, overseeing a merger that created Eidos plc in 1995, where he served as Executive Chairman until 2002. At Eidos he launched major franchises including Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

He co-authored the Next Gen review in 2011 published by NESTA, recommending changes in ICT education policy to bring computer science into the national curriculum as an essential discipline.

In the Wired 100 list for 2012, he was ranked the 16th most influential person in the UK’s digital economy.

He is an Angel investor in UK Indie games studios including Playdemic, Mediatonic, PlayMob and Midoki.

He is currently Life President of Eidos, Vice Chair of UKIE, Chair of Playdemic, Chair of PlayMob, Chair of Skillset’s Video Games Council, Chair Next Gen Skills Committee, Member of the Creative Industries Council, Trustee of GamesAid and an advisor to the British Council.

He was appointed OBE in 2006, and has also received a BAFTA Special Award, a British Inspiration Award, the Develop Legend Award, an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by Bournemouth University and an Honorary Doctorate of Technology by Abertay University, Dundee for his contribution to the UK computer and video games industry.

He was appointed CBE in the 2013 New Year Honours list.

Twitter: @ian_livingstone

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Keynote speaker on Tue 5 Nov

Irene Ng is a Professor of Marketing and Service Systems and the Director of the International Institute for Product and Service Innovation at WMG, University of Warwick. She is also an adjunct Professor at the National University of Singapore and College Research Associate at Wolfson College, Cambridge.

Irene studied physics, applied physics and computer programming as an undergraduate and became an entrepreneur and practitioner for 16 years before switching to an academic career.

During her time in industry she occupied a number of senior positions in industry rising to become CEO of SA Tours and Travel group of companies (Singapore, Malaysia, China and UK) and founded Empress Cruise Lines, a company with an annual turnover of USD250m which she sold in 1996.

A business (IO) economist through her doctoral training, Irene’s research lies in the trans-disciplinary understanding of value and new business models.

Irene is one of the 6 UK Advanced Institute of Management (AIM) research Services Fellow and also the ESRC/NIHR Placement Fellow.

Both an entrepreneur and an academic, Irene is passionate about the link between practice and research. She is an advisor to startups on new pricing and revenue models in digital businesses.

Twitter: @ireneclng

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Keynote speaker on Wed 6 Nov

Dame Wendy Hall, DBE, FRS, FREng is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton, UK, and is Dean of the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering. She was Head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) from 2002 to 2007.

One of the first computer scientists to undertake serious research in multimedia and hypermedia, she has been at its forefront ever since. The influence of her work has been significant in many areas including digital libraries, the development of the Semantic Web, and the emerging research discipline of Web Science. She has published over 440 papers and is frequently invited to speak at high profile conferences and events.

With Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Nigel Shadbolt she co-founded the Web Science Research Initiative in 2006 and she is currently the Managing Director of the Web Science Trust, which has a global mission to support the development of research, education and thought leadership in Web Science.

In addition to playing a prominent role in the development of her subject, she also helps shape science and engineering policy and education.

She became a Dame Commander of the British Empire in the 2009 UK New Year’s Honours list, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in June 2009.

She was President of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) from 2008-2010; the first person from outside North America to hold this position. Other significant posts she has held include Senior Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, founding member of the European Research Council, member of the EPSRC Council, President of the British Computer Society and EPSRC Senior Research Fellow. She was Chair of the European Commission’s ISTAG 2010-2012. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on Robotics and Smart Devices.

Research interests: Web Science, Digital Libraries, Web Technologies, Semantic Web, Social Machines

Twitter: @DameWendyDBE

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Session speaker ‘BBC and the Future of Media’ on Mon 4 Nov

Adrian is Head of North Lab, BBC R&D where he leads delivery of the creation of a new kind of world class R&D facility.

Since January 2012, Adrian has been responsible for BBC Connected Studio. The Connected Studio has a fund of up to £1Million available to invest in both early stage concepts and public-facing pilots. More information available at: www.bbcconnectedstudio.co.uk

Previously he was Head of Innovation Culture for BBC Research & Innovation ? leading a small team focused on supporting open innovation programmes such as Backstage, BBC AHRC Knowledge Exchange, Innovation Labs and other strategic research collaborations. His research focus is exploring the changing relationships between content, audience and technology in the emerging multi-genre & multi-platform environment.

Twitter: @adew

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Mike Smith
Session speaker ‘BBC and the Future of Media’ on Mon 4 Nov

Mike Smith is Group Engineering Manager for Mobile (TV&Mobile Platforms) and responsible for the teams building Mobile iPlayer, Mobile iPlayer Radio and media playback including BBC Media Player. During his time at the BBC he’s also been the tech lead for the award winning Olympics application and the Antiques Roadshow Dual Screen Play Along. Mike’s career in mobile started in the days of Nokia’s 7650, since then he has worked at all levels of the stack from the baseband up. He’s passionate about incremental delivery of working tested software and writing habitable code.

Jon Howard
Session speaker ‘BBC and the Future of Media’ on Mon 4 Nov

Jon Howard is the Executive Product Manager for Future Development for CBBC & CBeebies. In this role he works closely with Interactive/TV producers, User Experience designers, the BBC Research and Development department and many of the world’s best digital agencies to promote innovation and set strategy for the games portfolio on UK’s most successful children’s websites.

Over the years Jon has designed, developed and been tech-lead on hugely successful games for major UK and international kid’s brands ? including Tree Fu Tom, Scooby Doo, Rastamouse, Shaun the Sheep, Charlie & Lola, Dick & Dom, Horrible Histories, Sarah Jane Adventures, Scorpion Island, and many more.

Jon takes a keen interest in game design developments, is a creative coder, a prolific game prototyper, and an enthusiastic mathematician/statistician with a great passion for BBC Children’s, rich media, innovation and technology.

Twitter: @swingpants

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Session speaker ‘BBC and the Future of Media’ on Mon 4 Nov

Tom Bradley is Creative Director UX&D (Knowledge and Learning) for the BBC, which is really just a fancy way of saying ‘designer’. He has spent most of his career helping to create digital learning experiences, so understands and can navigate the tensions that arise when time is tight and the definition of quality is subjective.

Tom starts with the audience, then uses design thinking and creative facilitation to collaboratively find better ways to serve them.

Tom has refused any publicity photos since the mid 1980′s.

Jon Corner
Session speaker ‘The SME experience at MediaCityUK’ on Mon 4 Nov

Jon is CEO at The Landing MediaCityUK heading up a £24m project in cutting edge technology and innovation delivery. He has successfully positioned The Landing as a future driver of business collaboration at MediaCityUK, engaging a wide range of commercial stakeholders and clients. He has created a unique business proposition for SMEs which will enable The Landing to attract global media organisations including designers of interactive media, engineering, software specialists and content producers, while at the same time ensuring that The Landing complements and enhances the activities of the major broadcasters ? BBC and ITV ? at MediaCityUK

Jon is also the Chairman of RiverMotion Group, the digital evolution of the highly successful production company River Media, which he founded in 1998.

As a Creative Director and producer Jon has successfully delivered a multitude of national and international film and rich media projects for such clients as The Home Office, The British Council, UNESCO, BBC, CBS and Shanghai World Expo amongst many others. His detailed knowledge and expertise spans broadcast, post-production, interactive and advertising.

Jon was previously appointed Director of MediaCityUK for the University of Salford in 2010 and spearheaded the fit-out and technology platform of the University’s iconic campus at MediaCityUK. He was responsible for delivering this unique, 103,000sq ft, teaching, research and business hub at MediaCityUK, and for establishing the commercial partnerships to enhance engagement with industry which form the heart of its Digital Futures programme.

In 2006 he worked directly with Peel Holdings’ project team to help shape the original concept of MediaCityUK, bidding to attract the BBC.

From 2009-2012 he was non-exec Director at Liverpool Vision supporting its groundbreaking regeneration and cultural programme.

Twitter: @TheLandingMCUK

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Session speaker ‘The SME experience at MediaCityUK’ on Mon 4 Nov

Paul Newman is Director of Communications at The Peel Group, and holds a similar position with the Group’s MediaCityUK development in Manchester. Paul joined Peel five years ago from the Liverpool Culture Company, where he was Communications and Public Affairs Director for European Capital of Culture 2008. Paul also had a three-year stint as Director of Communications at The Football Association.

Prior to The FA, Paul spent 20 years as a television news correspondent for the BBC, ITV and Sky News, including three years as sports correspondent for the BBC’s Six O’clock News. As well as being a non-executive director with the NHS in Salford, Paul also sits on the General Assembly of The University of Manchester

Twitter: @MediaCityUK

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Paul Austin
Session speaker ‘The SME experience at MediaCityUK’ on Mon 4 Nov

Paul Austin is Head of Post Production & Content at dock10, one of Europe’s leading digital media service providers. Paul joined dock10 a year ago following a two year stint as Managing Director of Clear Cut Pictures and ten years in the senior management team at BBC Studios and Post Production.

Operating at the heart of MediaCityUK, dock10’s clients have access to HD TV studios, digital post-production, cloud media management services and advanced connectivity options. dock10 also run the post production hub at The Landing, working to offer all local SME’s the opportunity to access innovative workflow technology and expertise.

dock10 oversee all stages of the content lifecycle, from creation to archiving, including making the move from tape-based to digital distribution simple and straightforward. Moreover we ensure our clients have the connectivity and technology to create and deliver content on any digital platform, across any format, simply and cost effectively.

Clients include: BBC, ITV, Wall to Wall, Shine, RED, Endemol

Twitter: @Dock10_

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Andy Lovatt
Session speaker ‘The SME experience at MediaCityUK’ on Mon 4 Nov

UK Managing Director Mediasmiths

Andy Lovatt has working in and around creative businesses for 30 years. His training company The White Room merged with Mediasmiths in 2012.

Mediasmiths International are a media technology and training company working at the forefront of digital transformation in the media industry. With offices in London, Manchester Stockholm and Sydney they provide a digital business strategy, software development and implementation. Mediasmiths help companies make the business case for investment, work with clients on technical design, develop software and deliver training and change management.

Mediasmiths also run the Digital Media Innovation Labs(DMiL) at The Landing. Working with the range of partners including Adobe, BT, ERA and Vidispine, delivering a range of labs, workshops, events and hacks for companies in the business of making and moving media. Forthcoming projects include the Adobe Genius Lab and Rapid Prototyping workshops.

Current clients include: Discovery, BSkyB, ITV, BBC, Foxtel, IKEA, Sky New Zealand and News International

Twitter: @Mediasmiths

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Session speaker ‘The SME experience at MediaCityUK’ on Mon 4 Nov

Business Director, Carbon Digital

Gemma joined Carbon Digital as Business Director in November 2013. She has since seen the move of the company to its new home at MediaCityUK. She has since gone on to win the company major contracts with the BBC, Barclays and other agencies here at MediaCityUK.

Working as part of the senior management team, she prides herself on providing first class account direction and strategy. She maintains excellent working relationships with clients and is passionate about the VFX work the company produces.

Gemma is very much an advocate of what is happening at MediaCityUK and the creative industry in general.

Twitter: @Gemma_Ackerley1 @Carbon_Digital

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Cathy Cross, creative director, 4D creative
Session speaker ‘The SME experience at MediaCityUK’ on Mon 4 Nov

Cathy trained in Theatre Design and has spent her career working in community theatre and education. Projects include work for Action Transport Theatre, The Youth Service, Creative Partnerships and Cheshire Drama Advisory Service.

Over the last few years Cathy has combined the breadth of her experience to inform her role as a change maker, creativity consultant and professional ‘den’ maker!

Cathy co-founded her own company in 2010. 4D creative design interactive immersive spaces that help teachers transform the way they engage young people in education. As Creative Director, Cathy’s role is leading her team of designers in how they create immersive experiences and establishing 4D creative in new sectors. Cathy has also contributed articles to The Guardian, Huffington Post and Head Teacher Update and was recently awarded an EVA business award.

Twitter: @Cathy_Cross @4DCreative

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Evening reception guest speaker on Mon 4 Nov

Partnerships Director for the Connected Digital Economy Catapult Centre

Chris has worked at the forefront of the UK design, media and technology landscape since he joined D&AD in 2001 where he stayed as Director of Education and Professional Development until 2007. He then joined Ravensbourne where he developed the industry engagement strategy, corporate partnerships and SME engagement programmes that were pivotal to its successful London Relocation in 2010. In 2011 he set up his own company, Gray Digital Limited, through which he developed many new industry-education partnerships, digital business modeling labs and innovation projects. Chris is a strong advocate of user centred design, creative excellence and the power of technology and creativity coming together through joined up thinking to create joined up solutions.

Twitter: @cgthompson @CDECatapult

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Session speaker on Tue 5 Nov

Drew Hemment is an artist, curator and academic researcher. He is Founder and CEO of FutureEverything, and a Dundee Fellow, Reader at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee.

Over 20 years, his work in digital culture and innovation has been covered by New York Times, BBC and NBC and recognised by awards from the arts, technology and business sectors, including Lever Prize 2010 (Winner) and Prix Ars Electronica 2008 (Honorary Mention). Projects include the emoto data visualisation of the London 2012 Olympics and Open Data Cities / DataGM, the Greater Manchester Datastore.

Drew is a member of the Manchester Innovation Group and the Editorial Board of the Leonardo journal of art, science and technology. In 1999, awarded a PhD at Lancaster University, in 2009 elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (UK), and in 2010 an Eyebeam resident (USA).

Twitter: @toodrew @FuturEverything

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Rachel Cooper
Session speaker on Tue 5 Nov

Rachel Cooper is Professor of Design Management at the University of Lancaster, where she is Chair of the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts, co-Director of ImaginationLancaster, and co-Director of HighWire (Digital Economies Innovation Doctoral Training Centre). She is also President of the European Academy of Design, Editor of The Design Journal, and a trustee of the Research and Development Management Association (RADMA). She has recently become a member of the EU Design and Innovation Leadership Board, and has undertaken several advisory roles to national and international universities, government and non-governmental organisations.

Professor Cooper’s research projects have all been in collaboration with industry, working both nationally and internationally. She is currently working on Urban Futures, a four-year research project (2008-2012) developing alternative scenarios for sustainable regeneration, specifically addressing design decision-making and urban density. She has written over 100 papers and several books in the field, most recently: The Handbook of Design Management (Berg, August 2011).

Twitter: @RachelFDCooper @cxhub

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Naomi Jacobs
Session Speaker on Tue 5 Nov

Naomi is a Senior Research Associate in ImaginationLancaster. Her general research interests include knowledge exchange, interdisciplinarity, and experimental psychology; the latter area being the field of her PhD which looked at the role of hand gestures in conversational speech.

She is currently working as part of the The Creative Exchange, a £4 million AHRC Knowledge Exchange Hub in the Creative Economy, facilitating engagement between arts and humanities academics, and professionals and businesses in the creative economy.

Before joining Lancaster University, Naomi was Project-Co-ordinator for an EPSRC funded ‘Bridging the Gaps’ project to facilitate interdisciplinary research.

Twitter: @The_LadyLark @ImaginationLanc

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Georgina Follett
Session speaker on Tue 5 Nov

Principal Investigator and Director, AHRC awarded Knowledge Exchange hub ‘Design in Action’, £4,099,000 in partnership with the Scottish Colleges of Art and Design, Universities of St Andrews and Abertay and over 30 agencies and industrial partners. Georgina also identified, conceived and led the V&A at Dundee project, her portfolio also includes delivering an operational partnership between University and the V&A at Dundee.

Twitter: @georginafollett @DesigninAction

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Mel Woods
Session speaker on Tue 5 Nov

Mel Woods is an artist and researcher based at DJCAD, University of Dundee. She is interested in designing and communicating in digital and physical interfaces and her work has explored affect, disruption, visual communication, storytelling and creativity with people. Currently she is PI for the RCUK ‘SerenA ? Chance Encounters in the Space of Ideas’, PI for EPSRC ‘StoryStorm’ CCN+ and has recently joined AHRC Design in Action as Co-I.

Twitter: @i_serena

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Ian
Industry Panel speaker on Wed 6 Nov

Ian Forrester is a well known and likeable character on the digital scene in the UK. He has now made Manchester, UK his home, where he works for the BBC’s R&D north lab. He focuses on open innovation and new disruptive opportunities via open engagement and collaborations with startups, early adopters and hackers.

His current research is into the area of Future Narrative and Storytelling, with a technology he calls Perceptive Media. A new kind method of broadcasting, which pairs the best of broadcast with the best of the internet to create an experience like sitting around a camp fire telling stories. Interestingly this also crosses over into internet of things too.

A non-traditional background into interaction design which he has crossed over with development using XML & Semantic web technologies. He tends to live a few years in the future, and has a excellent eye for spotting the crossover opportunities of open technologies and business models. By watching what hackers and early adopters are doing to scratch their own itches now. Something he did successfully as the leader for BBC Backstage for 4 years.

Twitter: @cubicgarden

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Industry Panel speaker on Wed 6 Nov

Henning Kaltheuner, born 1961 in Hamburg, diploma in Psychology at University Cologne, specialized on Media Psychology, since 1984 freelance sound engineer in concert and broadcast productions, 2004-2010 Product Planning Manager at Yamaha Commercial Audio, since 2010 Head of Product Management at Riedel Communications. Member of AVnu Alliance.

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Industry Panel speaker on Wed 6 Nov

Fraser Burton leads BT’s strategic university research programme, with BT’s central Research & Innovation unit. This programme works with the world’s best Universities and Business Schools to access world class expertise and facilities, identify challenging new ideas, conduct research with a broader view and longer timescales, and build essential new skills. Fraser joined BT’s optics research team as a Physics graduate from Oxford in the distant past. He has since taken on a number of strategic, marketing, and commercial product roles, both in BT’s global and wholesale businesses. Fraser’s role is now to ensure BT derives maximum value-for-money from its university research investment, while simultaneously preserving the unique creative spark of collaborative research work

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Industry Panel speaker on Wed 6 Nov

Dr Peter Waggett leads IBM’s Emerging Technology Group based at the Hursley Laboratory. The group is responsible for developing new and innovative solutions to challenges facing its clients. Over recent years it has implemented Big Data solutions for a number of public and private sector clients and has been particularly involved in developing solutions to the challenges of uncertain data. In other parts of his role, Peter chairs the Dot.Rural steering committee and chairs or is involved with a number of national and international digital data standards groups.

Twitter: @Waggo
Industry Panel speaker on Wed 6 Nov

Maria Slowinska is Innovation Program Manager at Cisco Systems UK and Ireland, working on innovative technology solutions for public sector. Maria has a background in strategic communications and project development for the creative industries. Having studied in Berlin and at Yale University, she is also currently working on publishing her first book based on her doctoral thesis about the convergence of marketing and art.

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