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Aug 21 2017

Brittany Bir

Chief Operations Officerat 42 USA

Brittany BirBrittany Bir runs a coding college which operates without teachers or lectures. New coding colleges have ditched the lecture in favour of peer-to-peer learning and project-based learning, in which students work together on real-world projects like building a website or a computer game.

“42 – The Tuition Free University”


In detail

Brittany grew up in Temecula, California. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish with a minor in Global Studies from California State University, Monterey Bay before completing a Master’s degree in European Studies at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris, France. Simultaneously working as an English conversational professor and administrative assistant in The Paris Graduate School of Digital Innovation, she discovered a passion for coding.Immediately intrigued by 42’s innovative pedagogy, she completed the program along with the first, incoming, graduating class in Paris, France.42’s name is a reference to the science fiction book ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ written by British author Douglas Adams: in the book 42 is the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything.


What she offers you

Brittany says 42’s graduates will be better able to work with others and discuss and defend their ideas – an important skill in the “real world'” of work.This is particularly important in computer programming, where individuals are notorious for lacking certain human skills.


How she presents

Brittany has participated in numerous speaking opportunities, through different conferences, events and press relations such as the Reimagine Education Conference and recently the 10 Aniversario de Plan Ceibal in Uruguayon 42’s role in the Maker Culture, with regards to hands on learning curriculums.

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Aug 02 2017

Will Francis

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Creative Director and Founder @ Vandal London

Will FrancisWill Francis is a digital and social media specialist who’s been creating swipe-stopping content and innovative digital campaigns ever since his days as Editor of MySpace in the noughties. He has now started his own advertising agency, winning clients from Samsung to Penguin.

“A Specialist in digital design and innovation”


In detail

Will has worked in the world of social media for longer than the term has been widely used. He has worked with a vast spectrum of artists from Justin Bieber and Russell Brand through to pub bands and film students. With first-hand experience of how technology dramatically affects culture he is developing documentaries on this subject of a constantly changing cultural landscape. Will’s decades of experience in digital and deep understanding of the latest consumer technologies allow him to unlock opportunities for clients through well-informed creative thinking and strategy. Whether the objective is to drive innovation, or use existing platforms to grow core business metrics he delivers pragmatic and results-focussed work that moves the needle.


What he offers you

Will’s career is largely built on his ability to explain complex concepts in simple and compelling ways. This comes out best in his live work, helping professionals to gain new insight and knowledge in an entertaining and memorable format.


How he presents

Will deliversin a friendly style, he uses presentations on a screen where possible, utilising imagery and diagrams as needed but never reading bullet points off slides. To Will, presentations are merely a backdrop to a well delivered talk.

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Jul 31 2017

Jamie Bartlett

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Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos

Jamie BartlettJamie Bartlett is the author of ‘The Dark Net’, an examination of the hidden corners of the internet, its strange subcultures, and the protagonists that inhabit it – from trolls, Bitcoin miners, political extremists and members of the hacktivist group Anonymous, computer scientists and neo-Nazis.

“A lot of people say extreme, offensive, threatening stuff online. A tiny slither really mean it” Jamie Bartlett


In detail

As the director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos, a leading UK think tank, Jamie is currently involved in projects on crypto-currencies, surveillance and counter-surveillance methods and ISIS’s use of social media for propaganda and recruitment. Previously, Jamie conducted field research in Pakistan and Bangladesh. He is a vocal columnistand commentator. Jamie also writes on technology for the Telegraph and for several other publications on how the internet is changing politics and society.Jamie’s next book ‘Radicals’ explores in the last few years how the world has changed in unexpected ways. The power of radical ideas and groups is growing. What was once considered extreme is now the mainstream. But what is life like on the political fringes? What is the real power of radicals?


What he offers you

Jamie offers knowledge beyond the familiar online world that most of us inhabitwhere a vast network of sites, communities and cultures lies; where freedom is pushed to its limits. A world that is as creative and complex as it is dangerous and disturbing.


How he presents

Jamie’s tailored presentations are filled with a wealth of useful information delivered in an engaging and well thought out style guaranteed to inspire audiences.

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Jul 06 2017

Dhiraj Mukherjee

Co-Founder of Shazam & Entrepreneur

Dhiraj MukherjeeDhiraj Mukherjee is an experienced digital business executive and entrepreneur, with a proven track record in both corporate and start-up environments. Dhiraj was previously Head of Banking Innovation at Virgin Money, where he was responsible for developing and implementing disruptive new digital banking products, propositions and partnerships.

“Recognised by the Financial Times as one of Europe’s Top 50 technology entrepreneurs in 2015”


In detail

In 2000, Dhiraj co-founded billion-dollar company Shazam, the world’s first mobile phone-based music recognition service. He was a Director of Shazam from 2000-2004, and raised £600,000 in seed funding and over £10m in venture capital investment over three rounds. Dhiraj has been a Board observer for Shazam since 2004, and is actively engaged in shaping overall product and corporate strategy. Previously, Dhiraj has worked in strategy and innovation roles within disruptive and high growth companies, including Bauer Media, Infosys Limited, ?What If!, Reuters and Save the Children. Dhiraj is also an active angel investor, mentor to emerging technology start ups, and advisor to venture capital firms.


What he offers you

Dhiraj shares with audiences the story of Shazam, one of pure innovation, foresight, and friendship. He speaks about the early days and the corresponding ups and downs and how he co-created one of the best known brands in music.


How he presents

Dhiraj is an inspirational entrepreneur who motivates audiences with his entrepreneurial spirit. He is a popular speaker at events around the globe.

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Jun 12 2017

Sarah Wood

Co-Founder and CEO Unruly

Sarah WoodSarah Wood is the Co-Founder and CEO of digital video content company Unruly,where she ensures the company delivers the most awesome social video campaigns on the planet. She has grown the business from three to over 300 staff, with offices around the world.

“An expert on bringing emotional intelligence to digital advertising”


In detail

Sarah is a London tech ambassador, an associate lecturer at the University of Cambridge, and co-founded City Unrulyversity, a free pop-up university in London with a mission to inspire the next generation of Tech City entrepreneurs.Amongst various awards, Sarah has been named VeuveClicquot’s Business Woman of the Year, City AM’s Entrepreneur of the Year, and the Europas Awards’ Best CEO. She’s a regular voice on broadcast media commenting on the tech sector and business. Having grown Unruly from an idea charting the popularity of viral videos to a global online video advertising company sold to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp for over £100m, Sarah has been perfectly positioned to see the rise of the UK tech sector.


What she offers you

In her presentation, Sarah looks at the future of technology and the companies behind it, and the huge opportunities, as well as the reasons for concern in areas like AI, voice and the commercialisation of personal data. She also addresses issues around women in business and in technology.


How she presents

Sarahis a charismatic speaker who considers the power of online brand and marketing, what companies often misunderstand about the medium, as well as the future of the digital world.

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Jun 01 2017

Shivvy Jervis

Award-winning Futurist, Europe’s Top 30 Women in Digital

Shivvy JervisShivvy Jervis has been voted as one of the ‘most creative thinkers in tech’ and a thought leader ‘making digital Britain tick’. Shivvyis a futurist and video series creator uncovering ground breaking advances that affect us all.

“Shivvy is the winner of Britain’s Asian Women of Achievement Award”


In detail

Shivvy is particularly known for her work as the creator and host of a long-running online video series Digital Futures that has tracked up over 10 million views to date. In it, she curates fast-paced dialogue on the impact of emerging technologies with industry heavyweights and new founders alike.Shivvy champions the notion of ‘tech-for-good’ and purpose-driven innovation, the sheer power of the digital and tech arena to drive meaningful and sustainable impact. As a former business journalist, she has a sharp sense for not only what is newsworthy, but critically what will make headlines in the future.


What she offers you

Shivvy immerses herself in future technologies, the digital economy and on-line trends, making sense of these for both corporations and consumers. Shivvy demystifies some of the concepts that will radically reshape sectors, industries and ultimately our day-to-day lives


How she presents

Professional and truly powerful, this award winning speaker has many high profile credits and is an ideal choice whether speaking, or facilitating events.

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May 26 2017

Ravi Kalakota

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CEO of E-Business Strategies and Author

Ravi KalakotaRavi Kalakota is CEO and cofounder of E-Business Strategies. An early pioneer in the area of e-commerce, he uses his research to help start-ups and large companies alike create and execute corporate digitization initiatives and next generation business models.

“A globally-recognized expert on e-business”


In detail

Ravi’s company, E-business Strategies, specializes in e-business and mobile best practices, technology architecture, B2B, CRM and Supply Chain processes. Focused on the next generation of enterprise applications, the company offers contract research, customized consulting services, speaking engagements, executive workshops, and in-depth research reports.Prior to E-Business Strategies, Dr.Kalakota was the founder, chairman and CEO of hsupply.com, a B2B e-procurement company. He was also one of the founders of a mobile venture capital firm, Isherpa Capital. He also served as the Georgia Research Alliance (GRA) Chair Professor of Electronic Commerce and Director of the Center for Digital Commerce at Georgia State University in Atlanta.


What he offers you

As a leading researcher and author whose powerful formulation of the e-business fundamentals has made him well known, Ravi helps companies navigate their future options, explaining the business implications as well as the infrastructure, customer, and economic issues – clearly, concisely and without ambiguity.


How he presents

Authoritative and in depth, Ravi is in demand for keynote lectures, workshops and strategy sessions in which he provides practical tools and insights for making the critical transition from strategy to execution.

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May 17 2017

Nathalie Nahai

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Web psychologist and author

Nathalie NahaiNathalie Nahai is foremost expert in web psychology. She helps businesses apply scientific rigour to their website design, content marketing and products. Nathalie has worked with Fortune 500 companies, design agencies and SMEs, including Google, eBay, Unilever to name a few.

“Nathalie will change the way you think about marketing, advertising and communications online”


In detail

Nathalie Nahai is a web psychologist, international speaker and author of the best-selling book, ‘Webs of Influence: The Psychology of Online Persuasion’. Nathalie lectures internationally on the digital application of behavioural sciences, hosts Guardian podcasts, and contributes to national publications, TV and radio on the subject of online behaviour. Nathalie is also the founder of Humanise The Web (a conference that explores both how the internet influences our behaviours, and how businesses can harness persuasive technologies for good), and sits on the Social Media Week advisory board and Ogilvy Change experts’ panel.


What she offers you

From workshops to keynotes, Nathalie teaches businesses how to apply scientific rigour to their website design, content marketing and products.


How she presents

Nathalie is charming and witty. Anyone listening to her speak can become a better version of their marketing self, using the psychology of persuasion to delight and empower their customers in an ethical way.

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May 12 2017

Conrad Wolfram

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Physicist, Mathematician& Technologist

Conrad WolframConrad Wolfram is Strategic Director and European co-founder/CEO of the Wolfram group of companies. Described as the “Computation Company” and uniquely operating at the intersection of computation, data and knowledge.

“Playing the wrong game badly is hardly smart. Let’s lead in rewriting the rulebook and succeed at the right game.”


In detail

The Wolfram Group is driving innovation across data science, modelling and maths through technology and solutions, including Wolfram|One and Mathematica software, the Wolfram|Alpha knowledge engine (powering knowledge answers for Apple’s Siri), Enterprise Private Cloud computation hub and the Wolfram Language. Conrad is also widely known for his thought leadership in reforming education using modern technology. He founded computerbasedmath.org to fundamentally rethink and rebuild the mainstream maths education curriculum, introduce computational thinking and combine with coding now computers can be assumed. The resulting major change is now a worldwide force in re-engineering STEM.


What he offers you

For more than 20 years, Conrad’s business and technical leadership has been central to the rise, spread and democratization of high-level computation particularly through the use of automation and interactivity. He is also the world’s leading advocate for a fundamental shift of math education to be computer-based, laying out the rationale and roadmap in his widely acknowledged 2010 TED and founding computerbasedmath.org to drive implementation of the change.


How he presents

Conrad regularly appears in the media and is an accomplished speaker. He delivers interactive and thought-inspiring presentations to explain his radical ideas to audiences the world over.

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Apr 12 2017

Mikhail Naumov

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Co-founder, President and Chief Strategy Officer, DigitalGenius

Mikhail NaumovMikhail Naumov is an entrepreneurial leader with an international background, who develops solutions in artificial intelligence and natural language processing and is passionate about growing value-driven companies with scalable and disruptive business models.

““Forbes 30 Under 30” list for Enterprise Technology”


In detail

Mikhail is President and Chief Strategy Officer of DigitalGenius, a global supplier of artificial intelligence technologies to Fortune 500 companies, governments and banks.At DigitalGenius, his team enables companies to automate repetitive intelligent labour by creating conversational automation solutions in customer service and experience, and then expanding to other key areas.


What he offers you

Mikhail brings emerging technologies to life and is passionate about building and growing values-driven companies with scalable and socially responsible business models.


How he presents

Mikhail’s highly informative presentations are insightful and eloquently delivered.

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