Alice Taylor is founder of MakieLab, an 'entertainment playspace for young people' that will invite users to download and print 3D dolls and accessories. She is former commissioning editor, Education for Channel 4, where she developed a number of informal learning projects involving ARGs, casual gaming and other interactive entertainment formats. Before this, she was the Vice President of Digital Content for BBC Worldwide. In September 2006 she was named one of the Game Industry's 100 Most Influential Women by Next Generation Magazine Online. She founded and edits the blog Wonderland.
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Mike Bracken is the Executive Director of Digital in the Cabinet Office, which sits at the centre of Government and has the overarching purpose of making Government work better. He joined in July 2011, and spent the first several months in Government creating the Government Digital Service. The GDS includes several parts of the Government’s digital estate: DirectGov, BusinessLink, Innovations, Digital Policy, the beta of GOV.UK and Digital Engagement. In addition, the GDS is developing the wider Government digital strategy, leading on developing transactional improvements and creating a performance framework for all Government services online.
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Previously the Global Consumer Planning Director at Nike Inc and currently Creative Lead at the Government Digital Service (where he has led the team responsible for 2013′s Design of The Year, the website GOV.UK), and a former Planning Director at the agencies Wieden+Kennedy and R/GA, Russell is frequently recognised as being one of the most influential strategists in the world.
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15 year old Amy Mather, a.k.a. MiniGirlGeek, has been making and coding for two years with the guidance and support of the community that she found at Manchester's MadLab and hackspace. Amy was the closing keynote speaker at the world's first Raspberry Jamboree event, speaking alongside Professor Steve Furber and Pete Lomas of the Raspberry Pi foundation. Amy also presented at the inaugural event RSA FutureMaker event at London's Somerset House, where she also ran a workshop introducing attendees to the world of sewable electronics.
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Ian Forrester is a well known and likeable character on the digital scene in the UK. He has now made Manchester his home where he still puts on geeky events like Werewolf, BarCamp and Relationships 2.0. He was once described as the "Wikipedia of Online Dating" in the Guardian. He has given advice and opinions about dating to many through national radio and his blog - cubicgarden.com.
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Tom is a Senior Lecturer in Computing Science at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Alongside his research, his interests span science policy, STEM education and skills/infrastructure for the digital economy. Tom recently chaired the Welsh Government’s review of the ICT curriculum, represents Wales on the UK Digital Skills Task Force (initiated by Ed Miliband and led by Maggie Philbin) and sits on the National Assembly for Wales Cross-Party Group on Science & Technology. He was a British Science Association Media Fellow with BBC Wales and blogs at Computing: The Science of Nearly Everything, or you can find him on Twitter: @DrTomCrick.
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Gordon Hollingworth is Director of Engineering at Raspberry Pi. He is also a hacker, dad and mountain-biker.
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Since he gave up playing with really big computers as a research scientist Chris has been trying to find more and more excuses to play with really big computers. He's the former CTO of Mind Candy who ran the team that built Moshi Monsters. He worked on The Guardian Open Platform and worked in the early days of both data.gov.uk and GOV.UK. Most recently he's been exploring 3D scanning and printing on a project to catalogue a historic steam locomotive.
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Matthew Somerville is a web developer living in Birmingham. With mySociety, he is involved in many of the UK's best known civic democracy websites, such as TheyWorkForYou and FixMyStreet. Finding that there didn't appear to be a comprehensive IMDb-style site for the theatre, he created Theatricalia, an online database of past and future theatre productions. His bookmarkable version of the National Rail website provides constant positive karma, and his live map of the London Underground was described as “what IT was invented for” and “possibly the coolest use of the internet”. He shares his workspace with one grumpy Netherland Dwarf rabbit. Outside of the internet and his house, he sings with the City of Birmingham Choir and Enchant, and plays violin in the South Birmingham Sinfonia.
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In 2013 Priya founded Design for Social Change (D4SC) - A studio for community operating systems to crowdpower smartercities. D4SC’s Changify has been featured in Wired, Ted City 2.0, shortlisted for MEFFYs and Zumtobel awards. Prakash enjoys creating new habits and behaviours with13 years design and leadership experience leading product development teams at BBC, Nokia and Hachette Filipacchi. An invited speaker at SXSW, O'Reilly ETech, TEDx, FOWA, visiting tutor at UCL, RCA, D&AD judge, Priya is a RSA fellow with a MA in Computer Related Design from Royal College of Art and holds patents for iPlayer and Nokia Asha.
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Phil has been helping organisations understand and adapt to "digital" since the early days of the web. He can remember when the internet was all fields, so he’s seen trends and fads come and go. This has helped him to understand how technologies impact society and how they might evolve. He’s an independent strategy consultant these days. Prior to that he was Head of Strategy & User Experience at Tribal DDB. Before that he was Head of Digital at The Marketing Store Worldwide. He’s also held Director positions at 23red, Blonde Digital, DC Interact/Altogether (now WCRS) and Exposure.
Herb Kim is chief executive of Sunderland-based digital media innovator Codeworks and founder and director of north-east England's annual Thinking Digital conference. Kim was formerly head of business development at O2 and UK managing director at QXL.com. His other previous roles include stints at Bertelsmann Online, Blackwell's online bookshop and IBM.
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Mazz Mosley is someone you've probably never heard of before and that's ok. Mazz doesn't believe in github being her cv and she's not (yet) an internet celebrity. She does however have over ten years development experience spanning many slices of the sector; advertising, digital agencies, e-commerce, art startup and previously a Tech Lead for the award winning GOV.UK platform team at the Government Digital Service. She has recently stepped out into the wild on her own as a freelance technologist where she is currently working with The ODI. Mazz has been in positions of seniority and leadership at very different shaped companies and she can code in at least 3 languages proficiently. She also likes to kill things on Xbox and sometimes spends time with other humans in the shape of her friends.
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Nick Appleyard is head of digital at Technology Strategy Board
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Founder of Huddersfield based web development outfit Offroadcode Ltd, Pete likes solving tricky problems. Specialising in web development and content management for various sectors including the travel industry, councils and heaven by proxy. His other business is Cutting Edge Knives an online retailer for rare and delicious Japanese kitchen knives. Out of hours he hosts a monthly local geek meet called HuddsDigitals and presents at tech meetups worldwide. The rest of the time he spends offline with his family, on his mountain bike or making things in his back garden workshop/shed listening to classic rock music.
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