Lily Cole has been building and leading a team to develop a social giving network, impossible.com, since graduating with a double first class degree in Art History from Cambridge University in 2011.
Lily Cole has been building and leading a team to develop a social giving network, impossible.com, since graduating with a double first class degree in Art History from Cambridge University in 2011. Lily returned to Cambridge in May 2013 to beta launch the platform, and Impossible will be launching in other regional territories thereafter. The platform was discussed in Davos World Economic Forum this January with Professor Muhammad Yunus (Nobel Laureate for micro-finance and Social Business), and Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia), who are advisors to the project. The platform has been built through gifts of time and money from the contributing team, and the Cabinet Office will support its first year of growth.
Alongside studying, Lily’s background working in fashion led her to look at economic structural solutions to problems, rather than orthodox philanthropic models. She is a patron of The Ethical Justice Foundation who call attention to issues in production chains such as cotton, co-founder of ethical knitwear line The North Circular, and ambassador for the WWF/Sky initiative looking at the rubber trade for the Amazon. In 2012 Lily was asked to be ambassador for the UN-affiliated organization Beauty4Empowerment and is also the first ever Global Brand Advocate for pioneering beauty brand The Body Shop.
Lily’s interest in film has led to her to work with notable directors including Terry Gilliam, Sally Potter and Mary Harron. March 2013 saw the release of ‘Art Matters’, a Sky Arts series on contemporary art that Lily wrote and presented, and a short film for WWF which Lily directed.
As a model she was booked for her first British Vogue cover at 16, and remains a respected fashion industry figure, speaking at last yearʼs Vogue Fashion Festival. Lily was an ambassador for the British Government’s Olympic campaign and was one of the international icons in Vogueʼs catwalk show at the Olympics Closing Ceremony.
Robin Ince is an English Award winning stand-up comedian and science enthusiast, actor and writer.
Robin Ince is an English Award winning stand-up comedian and science enthusiast, actor and writer. He is best known for presenting the BBC radio show The Infinite Monkey Cage with physicist Brian Cox. Among his shows on stage: ‘Happiness through science’ and recently ‘The Importance of Being Interested’.
Alice is the founder of 3D doll-printing company Makielab.
Alice is the founder of 3D doll-printing company Makielab. Her company uses game technologies to create objects which can then be transmogrified into 3D-printable toys complete with internal working joints.
Which all means – she can model toys then manufacture them, overnight.
Alice spent 16 years building multi-award winning digital products, mainly for children and teens, for Channel 4, the BBC, Nickelodeon, Warner Bros and more.
Professor Charles Spence is the head of the Crossmodal Research Laboratory at the Department of Experimental Psychology, Oxford University.
Professor Charles Spence is the head of the Crossmodal Research Laboratory at the Department of Experimental Psychology, Oxford University. He is interested in how people perceive the world around them. In particular, how our brains manage to process the information from each of our different senses (such as smell, taste, sight, hearing, and touch) to form the extraordinarily rich multisensory experiences that fill our daily lives. His research focuses on how a better understanding of the human mind will lead to the better design of multisensory foods, products, interfaces, and environments in the future. His research calls for a radical new way of examining and understanding the senses that has major implications for the way in which we design everything from household products to mobile phones, and from the food we eat to the places in which we work and live. He is currently working on problems associated with the design of foods that maximally stimulate the senses with a number of the world’s foremost food providers, including both chefs (e.g., Heston Blumenthal, Ferran Adrià) and food companies. His work appears regularly in the international press.
Charles has acted as a consultant for a number of multinational companies advising on various aspects of multisensory design, packaging, branding, marketing, and atmospherics over the past decade, including Unilever, Elopack, Takasago, Procter & Gamble, LG Electronics, ICI, McDonalds, Starbucks, Quest, Firmenich, Britvic, Neurosense, Neal’s Yard Dair; Baiersdorf, Starbucks, Mother, JCPR, Thorntons, The Communications Group, Toyota, BMW, and The Fat Duck restaurant.
Charles has published over 450 articles in top-flight scientific journals over the last 15 years. He has been awarded the 10th Experimental Psychology Society Prize, the British Psychology Society: Cognitive Section Award, the Paul Bertelson Award, recognizing him as the young European Cognitive Psychologist of the Year, and, most recently, the prestigious Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany.
Ben Hammersley will debate on information and bottom-up power.
Ben Hammersley will debate on information and bottom-up power. The British writer and technologist, specialises in the effects of the internet and the ubiquitous digital network on the world’s political, cultural and social spheres. Wired’s editor-at-large and author of Approaching the Future: 64 Things You Need to Know Now for Then, he is also an international speaker on complex technological and sociological and a high-level advisor on these matters to governments and business. His other responsibilities include being the Prime Minister’s Ambassador to Tech City, London’s Internet Quarter; Innovator-in-Residence at Goldsmiths, University of London, a Fellow of the Brookings Institution, Washington DC, and an alumnus of the Trapeze School of New York’s Santa Monica campus.
Rachel is a sustainability innovator who investigates a new approach to building materials called ‘living architecture.’
Dr. Rachel Armstrong, Senior TED Fellow and Co-Director of AVATAR (Advanced Virtual and Technological Architectural Research) at University of Greenwich, London, is a Black Sky thinker, whose ambition and work pushes the boundaries of thought far beyond the blue sky.
One example of Rachel’s Black Sky work is as Project Leader for Persephone. Persephone is a crewed interstellar craft, to be assembled in Earth’s orbit, within a hundred years. Rachel is responsible for designing and implementing a giant natural computer that will form the interior of a space ship. The craft or ‘Worldship’ will feature a new approach to building materials called ‘living architecture’. Pioneered by Dr. Armstrong, it suggests it is possible for our buildings to share some of the properties of living systems.
Rachel has an international platform that spans academia and industry that enables her to connect with a range of audiences, sharing her broad knowledge and experience. She gives talks internationally in venues such as, LIFT13, TED, PICNIC. She was named as one of Chip Chick’s Top 9 Inspiring Women of 2012, and was featured as a pioneer in Red Bull’s ‘Momentum’ series covering Future Venice.
Adrian Hon is co-founder and CEO at Six to Start.
Adrian Hon is co-founder and CEO at Six to Start, specialising in gamelike stories and story-like games for the web, mobile, and real world, the latest being the international bestseller, “Zombies, Run!” Clients have included Disney, the BBC, Channel 4, and Penguin, and Six to Start has won multiple awards including Best of Show at SXSW.
Adrian also writes about technology for The Telegraph, is writing a Kickstarter-funded book and blog called A History of the Future in 100 Objects, co-organises the Hive Mind Challenge and is the founder of Transmedia London.
Pat Kane,49, is a writer, musician, consultant and activist, based in Glasgow and London.
Pat Kane,49, is a writer, musician, consultant and activist, based in Glasgow and London. He is the author of The Play Ethic (Macmillan, 2004), and has written for the Independent, the Sunday Times, the Observer and Scotland’s Sunday Herald, of which he was a founding editor in 1999.
The Play Ethic is also an innovation consultancy that has worked with organizations like Lego, BT, BBH, Nokia, NESTA, the UK Cabinet Office and The Scottish Government, among many others. Pat keynotes globally on the power of play, in the last 18 months presenting in New York, Washington DC, London and Istanbul. He has spoken to many educators in the UK, the US and Australia about the role of play in educational reform. His forthcoming “book-net” is Radical Animal.
He is still one half of the 80′s pop duo Hue And Cry. H&C have recorded with jazz, funk and soul luminaries like the Brecker Brothers, Ron Carter, Mike Stern, Tito Puente, Jon Faddis, Denise Williams, Tommy Smith, James Taylor and Jools Holland, and opened for U2, Madonna, James Brown, Van Morrison, Al Green, and Ray Charles. Their latest 2012 album is “Hotwire”.
Nick Harkaway is a novelist and commentator.
Nick Harkaway is a novelist and commentator. He is the author of the fiction novels The Gone-Away World and Angelmaker; and a non-fiction study of man’s relationship with the digital world entitled The Blind Giant: Being Human in a Digital World.
Mark Stevenson is a British author, comedian, businessman, public speaker and futurologist, as well as a former semi-professional musician.
Mark Stevenson is a British author, comedian, businessman, public speaker and futurologist, as well as a former semi-professional musician. He is Chief Operating Officer and a founder of Flow Associates, a cultural learning agency and a principal at ReAgency, a science communications agency. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.
Known by the press as “the most important gastronomic phenomenon in the world in recent years”, Andoni Luis Aduriz, will present the ‘Gastrodome’ a vision of the culinary future.
Known by the press as “the most important gastronomic phenomenon in the world in recent years”, Andoni Luis Aduriz, will present the ‘Gastrodome’ a vision of the culinary future. His restaurant Mugaritz has two Michelin stars and since 2006 has been among the ten best restaurants in the world. In April 2012, the British publisher Phaidon Press published Mugaritz – A Natural Science of Cooking.
Member of the Basque Culinary Centre Foundation Trust (Faculty of Gastronomic Science and Research and Innovation in Food and Gastronomy Centre), Andoni is also the creator/promoter of Kitchen Dialogues, a biannual international meeting organised by Euro-Toques with the aim of promoting the exchange of ideas between sectors in haute cuisine and high-end catering business together with different relevant consultants, thinkers, networks and various research.
Francesca Bria is a researcher and expert on innovation policy and management and social media.
Francesca Bria is a researcher and expert on innovation policy and management and social media. Francesca is now a PhD Researcher and Teaching Associate at Imperial College London, and is a member of the European Internet of Things Council.
Tamar Kasriel is listed by Wired Magazine among the world’s most influential futurists.
Listed by Wired Magazine among the world’s most influential futurists, Tamar Kasriel distills logic and creativity to understand what the landscape beyond the immediate future may be like, to help a wide range of companies and organisations. Tamar draws upon her experience at The Guardian’s New Media Lab and ten years at the Henley Centre, where she was a Director until she set up Futureal in 2007. She is a recognised public speaker and commentator on consumer behaviour, future trends and social change, and a columnist for Viewpoint magazine.
Professor Ian Goldin is Director of the Oxford Martin School and Professor of Globalisation and Development at Oxford University.
Professor Ian Goldin is Director of the Oxford Martin School and Professor of Globalisation and Development at Oxford University. Ian was previously Vice President of the World Bank and its Director of Development Policy after serving as advisor to President Mandela and Chief Executive of the Development Bank of Southern Africa. He has an MSc from LSE an MA and DPhil from Oxford. He has published 17 books, including Divided Nations (Oxford), Globalisation for Development (Oxford), Exceptional People on Migration (Princeton), and The Economics of Sustainable Development (Cambridge).
Professor Goldin has made wide ranging contributions to development, for which he has been knighted by the French Government and nominated Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. He is a Trustee of Comic Relief, the Overseas Development Institute and other charitable organisations.
Playify is one of three start-ups curated by Futurefest.
Playify is all about the power of play for a redistribution of agency in more intelligent game design, a start-up recognised by ReWired as “one to watch In 2014″. Playify was founded and is run anonymously, as playify is about the people it reaches rather than a charismatic leadership. It collaborates with an array of designers and thinkers in gameplay, who form its Opensprung Mindpress collective.
Playify started as a response to the excesses of the gamification movement. Gamification at its crudest is about businesses making games of engagement with customers to drive profit, its games typically tokenistic mash-ups of Skinnerian psychology. Playify takes a more enabling approach, educating people in the essential principles of game design and empowering them to recognise the games being played on them in their everyday lives,. It then asks them how they would like to change their game?
Playify is currently working with NGOs, fifth sector brands, and cellular broadcasters as well as offering online consultation services: so expect some serious interactervation soon!
Playify is one of three start-ups curated by Futurefest, collaborating in making the immersive performance Futureplay in association with Coney.
Steve is best known for his work in the field of ‘social epistemology’, – the study of the social dimensions [...]
Steve is best known for his work in the field of ‘social epistemology’, – the study of the social dimensions of information.
‘Social epistemology’ is also the name of a quarterly journal he founded in 1987 as well as the first of his nearly twenty books. His recent books include The Sociology of Intellectual Life, Science: The Art of Living and Humanity 2.0: What It Means to Be Human Past, Present and Future.
Fuller’s works have been translated into over twenty languages. He was awarded a D.Litt. by the University of Warwick in 2007 for sustained lifelong contributions to scholarship. Steve is Auguste Comte Professor of Social Epistemology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the UK Academy of Social Sciences and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.
Ghislaine works as a specialist in body responsive technologies and is recognised as a global pioneer in full body telepresence.
Ghislaine works as a specialist in body responsive technologies and is recognised as a global pioneer in full body telepresence. She has created live links between thousands of participants/audiences across the world for educational, performing arts and creative industries usage since the mid-nineties.
Ghislaine extends natural interface techniques, advocating the use of the entire body as an interaction canvas. Her work examines the representation of our physical selves and our identities in virtual environments and the hyper enhancement of our human senses through the digital transmission/reception of body data, such as touch, motion, biofeedback and gesture.
As a dramaturge she has led numerous interdisciplinary creation projects, experimenting with the convergence of the live body with virtual environments, telepresence, motion capture and sense/gesture tech.
She is Director of body>data>space, a design unit based in East London who prioritise first and foremost the living body at the centre of digital interaction. body>data>space commission, produce and curate international programmes of work exploring this blending of virtual physical space. They partner with organisations such as the National Theatre, FACT and EU institutions on large scale programmes of work, most recently “Robots and Avatars, our colleagues and playmates of the future”.
body>data>space create collaborative share spaces – pure physical, pure virtual and blended virtual/physical environments – for extended cohabitation and cooperation and to advance sensory richness and heighten global awareness. This work stems from a deep belief in the positive opportunities offered by connectivity to enable shared creation processes for co-solving global issues. The company also advocate the equal involvement of women in the creative industries and technology world, promoting and supporting the work of young women, female artists, producers and researchers.
Ghislaine has chaired and keynoted events/conferences in over 30 countries worldwide, most recently in China, USA and East Europe, talking to a diverse range of audiences about the future of virtual physical body interfaces. She is regularly featured on tv, radio and in the press, giving thought shifting inputs to BBC Business World, BBC Click and the New Scientist amongst others.
She is an author for IntelligentHQ, sits on the TDPT editorial board and is juror for international creative industries and digital arts competitions. She is invited as a key innovator to governmental briefings/conferences in UK and beyond. A co-director of the Creative Guild, she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and an Artist Research Associate at ResCen, Middlesex University since 1999.
Roz is a writer, thinker, poet, literary critic, trans activist, enthusiast, radical and sentimentalist.
Roz is a writer, thinker, poet, literary critic, trans activist, enthusiast, radical and sentimentalist. She’s known for her love of Martian poetry and for being part of the Midnight Rose collective. Her critical mind has ranged across Buffy, Battlestar Galactica, and Nip/Tuck, and she is a published poet and novelist. She’ll be taking part in the Sci-Fi Writers’ Parliament on Sunday morning with Robin Ince.
Ken is a Scottish Sci-Fi writer, zoologist, computer programmer and biomechanics expert.
Ken is a Scottish Sci-Fi writer, zoologist, computer programmer and biomechanics expert. He’s blended all his myriad interests into a compelling style of Sci-Fi that explores radically different political societies and branching futures. His books include The Star Fraction (1995), The Stone Canal (1996) and the Engines of Light Trilogy (2000-02). Ken will be taking part in the Sci-Fi Writers’ Parliament.
Eric Drexler is an Academic Visitor to the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology.
Eric Drexler is an Academic Visitor to the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology. Drexler is a pioneering nanotechnology researcher and author. His 1981 paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences established fundamental principles of molecular engineering and identified development paths leading to advanced nanotechnologies. In his 1986 book, Engines of Creation, he introduced a broad audience to the promise of high-throughput atomically precise manufacturing, a prospective technology using nanoscale machinery to guide molecular motion and bonding, thereby structuring matter from the bottom up.
Drexler’s research in this field has been the basis for numerous journal articles and for a comprehensive, physics-based analysis in his textbook Nanosystems: Molecular Machinery, Manufacturing, and Computation. In his publications and lectures, Drexler
Drexler served as Chief Technical Advisor to Nanorex, a company developing design software for molecular engineering. He also served as Chief Technical Consultant to the Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems, a project of the Battelle Memorial Institute and several participating US National Laboratories. Drexler’s most recent book Radical Abundance: How a Revolution in Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization will be published in July 2013, he also blogs at Metamodern.com.
Drexler was awarded a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Molecular Nanotechnology (the first degree of its kind).
Anders Sandberg is a James Martin Fellow in the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology and the Future of Humanity Institute.
Anders Sandberg is a James Martin Fellow in the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology and the Future of Humanity Institute. His research centres on societal and ethical issues surrounding human enhancement and new technology, as well as estimating the capabilities and underlying science of future technologies. Topics of particular interest include enhancement of cognition, cognitive biases, technology-enabled collective intelligence, neuroethics and public policy. He has worked on this within the EU project ENHANCE, where he also was responsible for public outreach and online presence. Besides scientific publications in neuroscience, ethics, and future studies, he has also participated in the public debate about human enhancement internationally. Anders also holds an AXA Research Fellowship.
Anders has a background in computer science, neuroscience and medical engineering. He obtained his Ph.D in computational neuroscience from Stockholm University, Sweden, for work on neural network modelling of human memory. He has also been the scientific produce for the major neuroscience exhibition “Se Hjärnan!” (“Behold the Brain!”), organized by Swedish Travelling Exhibitions, the Swedish Research Council and the Knowledge Foundation that toured Sweden 2005–2007. He is co-founder and writer for the think tank Eudoxa.
Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg is a designer, artist and writer exploring the social, ethical and cultural implications of emerging technologies, seeking new roles for design.
Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg is a designer, artist and writer exploring the social, ethical and cultural implications of emerging technologies, seeking new roles for design. She is Design Fellow on the international research project, Synthetic Aesthetics (Stanford University/ University of Edinburgh), investigating the shared territory between synthetic biology, art and design.