Television Development Producer turned Technology Entrepreneur. Ten years in broadcast television: full cycle experience from commercial licensing, to production, to format development (quiz and game show) - to digital IP format extension and commercialisation (mobile WAP & web).
Co-Founded Mobile Impossible (www.mobileimpossible.com) in 2006 to produce branded and user-generated video content for mobile.
Left to launch Education Games Network Ltd in 2008: a Michael Birch-backed company (of Bebo.com success), developing new types of online learning and education environments.… Read more
Peter Barron has been Google’s Director of External Relations for Europe, Middle East and Africa since January 2011. He joined Google in 2008 and was previously Director of Communications and Public Affairs for North and Central Europe.
Before joining Google he was editor of BBC2′s Newsnight programme from 2004-2008 and worked in TV News and Current Affairs for nearly twenty years. He has also been deputy editor at Channel 4 News and Tonight with Trevor McDonald and devised and edited the BBC Current Affairs drama-documentary series If…
In 2007 he was advisory chair of the Edinburgh Interna…Read more
Author, journalist and broadcaster Michael Brooks holds a PhD in quantum physics. He is a consultant at New Scientist, a weekly magazine with over three quarters of a million readers worldwide, has a weekly column for the New Statesman and is best known as the author of Free Radicals: The Secret Anarchy of Science and the bestselling non-fiction title 13 Things That Don’t Make Sense.
His writing has also appeared in the Guardian, the Independent, the Observer, the Times Higher Education and the Philadelphia Inquirer, amongst other publications, and he has lectured at New York University, The …Read more
Graham Brown-Martin is the founder of Learning Without Frontiers (LWF) a global platform for thinkers and practitioners from the education, digital media, technology and entertainment sectors to explore how affordable disruptive technologies are radically improving learning and equality of access.
Prior to this Graham has enjoyed a career spanning the education and entertainment software industries, having built a number of creatively and technologically innovative enterprises that were sold to larger corporations including Philips Electronics and Virgin Interactive. Before starting his own c…Read more
Noam Chomsky was born on December 7, 1928 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received his Phd in linguistics in 1955 from the University of Pennsylvania. During the years 1951 to 1955, Chomsky was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard University Society of Fellows. The major theoretical viewpoints of his doctoral dissertation appeared in the monograph Syntactic Structure, 1957. This formed part of a more extensive work, The Logical Structure of Linguistic Theory, circulated in mimeograph in 1955 and published in 1975.
Chomsky joined the staff of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1955 an…Read more
Keri is Professor of Education at the Education and Social Research Institute, MMU, where she specialises in digital cultures, social justice and radical educational change. Formerly Research Director at Futurelab, Keri led the Beyond Current Horizons Programme for the UK government looking at long term socio-technical change and its implications for education.
Keri’s new book ‘Learning Futures: Education, technology and social change’ was published in March 2011. She is now working to realise the wholesale rethinking of education envisaged in that book through a range of collaborations. Thes…Read more
Debbie Forster is the Interim CEO at CDI Europe and has led on the national roll-out of Apps for Good in the UK. The Apps for Good programme teaches young people problem-solving using cutting-edge technology, enabling them to create mobile and Facebook apps that change their world. The programme is currently being delivered in over 40 centres and to over 1500 young people.
Debbie has 20 years of educational experience, working in a range of schools in the UK and the US, most recently serving for six years as headteacher. While in education, Debbie worked with a range of employers and organi…Read more
Francis Gilbert was educated at Sussex University, Cambridge University and completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University Of East Anglia, studying under Malcolm Bradbury and Rose Tremain. Since the early 1990s, he has taught in a variety of comprehensives in London. He gave up teaching in 1998, but resumed his teaching career in 2001; shortly afterwards he became Head of English, a post he held for six years before stepping down to devote more time to his family and writing. He currently teaches part-time English and Media at a comprehensive and has just published a novel, The Last Day…Read more
Stephen’s “eyes on the horizon, feet on the ground” approach, coupled with a vast portfolio of effective large scale projects over three decades, have established him internationally as a widely and fondly recognized leader in the fields of learning, new media and technology.
Stephen has worked, and is working, with governments around the world, with international agencies, Fortune 500 companies, with schools and communities, with his PhD students and with many influential trusts and organisations.
In recognition of all this work, along with just 51 others including Damien Hirst, Jarvis Cock…Read more
Gerard has been with TSL for over 20 years and has been Editor of the TES since June 2008. He has held a variety of posts, including Editor of the Times Higher Education (THE), which he re-launched as a magazine in January 2008. He was named Editor of the Year [Business] at the PPA Awards in 2011. Most recently, he was responsible for a complete revamp of the TES as a magazine, with an iconic new design, a radical new format and significant amounts of new content. As a member of the TSL Executive team, Gerard is responsible for Editorial and Circulation and ensures they are fully developed in …Read more
Jim Knight was the longest serving Schools minister in the last Labour government; he also served as Rural Affairs minister and Employment minister. He attended weekly Cabinet in the year running up to the 2010 General Election, and was made a life peer in the Dissolution Honours List after that election.
Jim’s main policy interests are education, employment, skills and digital technology. Having co-ordinated Ed Balls Leadership Campaign he is now Shadow Defra minister in the House of Lords. He works as a consultant specialising in advising on the use of technology in education and employment…Read more
Jacob Kragh is President of LEGO Education. LEGO Education is a division of the LEGO Group, based in Billund, Denmark. The division was established in 1980 in response to demands from childcare practitioners, and today it develops educational solutions for children and students from 1½ to 16 years and beyond. LEGO Education is committed to the development of children’s creative, problem-solving and teamwork abilities and its solutions are sold through specialized educational distributors in more than 50 countries around the world.
Prior to his position as head of LEGO Education, Jacob Kragh h…Read more
RAY KURZWEIL has been described as “the restless genius” by the Wall Street Journal, and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes. Inc. Magazine ranked him #8 among entrepreneurs in the United States, calling him the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison,” and PBS included Ray as one of 16 “revolutionaries who made America,” along with other inventors of the past two centuries.
As one of the leading inventors of our time, Ray was the principal developer of the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, …Read more
Computer scientist, composer, visual artist, and author
Jaron Lanier is a scientist, musican, visual artist, writer, and inventor. His book "You Are Not a Gadget" was released in 2010 and was named one of the 10 best books of the year by Michiko Kakutani in the NY Times. In 2010, Time Magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. His current interests include biomimetic information architectures, user interfaces, heterogeneous scientific simulations, advanced information systems for medicine, and computational approaches to the fundamentals of physics. He is best …Read more
Charles Leadbeater is a leading authority on innovation and creativity. He has advised companies, cities and governments around the world on innovation strategy and drew on that experience in writing his latest book We-think: the power of mass creativity, which charts the rise of mass, participative approaches to innovation from science and open source software, to computer games and political campaigning.
We-think was the latest in a string of acclaimed books: Living on Thin Air, a guide to living and working in the new economy; Up the Down Escalator, an attack on the culture of public pessi…Read more
Michelle is currently working with the Mozilla Foundation to create a web literate planet. She plans to teach the world how to become producers (and not just consumers) on the web, so that they can share ideas and express themselves to the rest of the world.
Before working at Mozilla, Michelle was a staff engineer at Google, and worked for the Citizen Lab, building tools to study internet censorship. She likes running, strength training, cooking and eating. (Why can’t eating be a hobby?) She currently lives in San Francisco with two kittens, Karma and Nox, who very muchso own the place an…Read more
Lisa Ma is a Speculative Designer & Researcher whose recent work is a kind of service design with a twist. Through an ethnographic research process she explores fringe groups that are largely ignored by society. Although finding insight in the extremes is a common approach within design, the research typically tends to focus on increasing mainstream utility in some way. Lisa’s projects uniquely emerge as services that look to create functional and mutually beneficial interactions between fringe groups and the mainstream populace. Her design methods become a platform for engagement, creating r…Read more
Dame Ellen MacArthur first hit the headlines in 2001 when she raced single-handedly non-stop around the world in the Vendée Globe when only 24 years old. After 94 days at sea, Ellen returned to a different life, she had come second in one of the hardest races in offshore sailing and the response was massive.
After a successful run in the monohull Open 60 class, Ellen turned her attention to the multihull circuit. In November 2004, Ellen set off from Falmouth, UK on board the 75ft trimaran B&Q… she returned 71 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes, 33 seconds later, having sailed over 26,000 miles to …Read more
Kevin McLaughlin is a Primary school teacher, a Google Certified Teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator but adheres to his own advice that it's not the technology that creates great learning but the learning itself. He has won the Learning Technologist of the Year award 2010 which acknowledged the impact his use of technology has had on children's learning. You can discover more about his work in education by visiting his blog
Geoff Mulgan is Chief Executive of NESTA (National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts). From 2004-2011 he was the first Chief Executive of the Young Foundation, which became a leading centre for social innovation, combining research, creation of new ventures and practical projects.
Between 1997 and 2004 Geoff had various roles in the UK government including director of the Government’s Strategy Unit and head of policy in the Prime Minister’s office. Before that he was the founder and director of the think-tank Demos. He has also been Chief Adviser to Gordon Brown MP; a lecturer in …Read more
Emma Mulqueeny is a director of Rewired State , an entrepreneur and digital communications leader with a passion for building tangible, open networks for positive change through technology.
As a director, co-founder and crafter of transformational digital companies and initiatives, Emma mostly curates and stimulates developer led R&D around open data, digital platforms and software developers.
Having spent much of the last decade operating internationally across both public & private sectors, Emma provides board level guidance on digital strategy as well as connect people with a wide variety…Read more
The Schools Network
Dr. Alec Patton, Researcher and Project Coordinator Alec has been a key player in the Learning Futures programme, funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, which aims to get young people engaged actively and positively with their learning, achieving better outcomes and retaining a commitment to learning beyond school. He has written and edited the Learning Futures tools and publications, working closely with High Tech High in San Diego. He has also worked closely with the Learning Futures schools in the UK. Prior to joining the Innovation Unit, Alec worked as a research associate of the Learning…Read more
Anna is an independent communications and marketing consultant with over 10 years experience of working within education, tech and startups. Most recently, she was responsible for the PR and publicity at Startup Weekend Education London and also works with a range of startup businesses including Teachers Media. Previously she was Director of Marketing and Communications at Teachers TV and has also worked as a Director at CfBT.
Anna has always been interested in the ways in which digital technologies can support educators and engage students in learning. She is based in Brighto…Read more
David Puttnam spent thirty years as an independent film producer. His many award winning films include The Mission, the Killing Fields, Local Hero, Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express, Bugsy Malone, and the Memphis Belle.
He retired from film production in 1998 and now focuses on his work in education and the environment. He is Chancellor of the Open University. In 1998 he founded that National Teaching Awards which he Chaired until October 2008. He served as the first Chair of the General Teaching Council (2000-2002), and on a variety of other public bodies. He was founding Chair of the Nation…
Martin Rees has spent most of his working life as a university professor, his research interests being in astronomy and space science. He has lectured, written and broadcast extensively on these subjects, and has written several books for a general readership, including ‘Before the Beginning’, ‘Just Six Numbers’, ‘Our Cosmic Habitat’, and most recently ‘From Here to Infinity’, an expanded version of his 2010 BBC Reith Lectures.
He is currently Master of Trinity College at Cambridge University. He is also Astronomer Royal, and a Visiting Professor at Imperial College London and at Leicester Un…Read more
Mitchel Resnick, Professor of Learning Research at the MIT Media Lab, develops new technologies and activities to engage people (especially children) in creative learning experiences. His ultimate goal: to help people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, work collaboratively, and learn continuously.
His Lifelong Kindergarten research group developed ideas and technologies underlying the LEGO Mindstorms robotics kits and Scratch programming software, used by millions of young people around the world. He also co-founded the Computer Clubhouse project, an international network of 10…Read more
Sir Ken Robinson, PhD is an internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity and innovation. He is also one of the world’s leading speakers with a profound impact on audiences everywhere.
He works with governments in Europe, Asia and the USA, with international agencies, Fortune 500 companies and some of the world’s leading cultural organizations. In 1998, he led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the UK Government. All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education (The Robinson Report) was published to wide acclaim in 1999. He was…Read more
As Vice-President of Education for Microsoft Corp.’s Worldwide Public Sector organization, Anthony Salcito works with education institutions and partners globally to embrace technology to optimize learning environments and student achievement. In this role, Salcito oversees the worldwide execution of Microsoft’s vision for education and its partnership and technology outreach efforts via the Worldwide Partners in Learning, Partners for Technology Access, and Public and Private Alliances programs.
Previously, as General Manager of Education in the United States, Salcito had responsibility for …Read more
Marjorie Scardino is chief executive of Pearson, the international education and media business made up of Pearson Education, Penguin and the Financial Times Group.
Until January 1997, she was chief executive of The Economist Group (of which Pearson owns 50%), and, prior to 1985, she was a partner in a Savannah, Georgia law firm. With her husband, Albert Scardino, Marjorie founded and published the Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper, The Georgia Gazette. They have three children.
Marjorie is a non-executive director of Nokia Corporation and a member of a number of charitable and advisory…Read more
Prior to starting Schell Games in 2004, Jesse was the Creative Director of the Disney Imagineering Virtual Reality Studio, where he worked and played for seven years as designer, programmer and manager on several projects for Disney theme parks and DisneyQuest, as well as on Toontown Online, the first massively multiplayer game for kids. Before that, he worked as writer, director, performer, juggler, comedian, and circus artist for both Freihofer’s Mime Circus and the Juggler’s Guild.
Jesse is also on the faculty of the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University where he te…Read more
Stephanie is the VP of Web Strategy at Mozilla, a global non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the open web as a public asset. Stephanie’s focus is on increasing participation in Mozilla projects and programs, especially those dedicated to learning and mentorship. In her previous role as Vice President of Technology and Digital Strategy at Participant Media, Stephanie led the online campaign for the education documentary “Waiting for “Superman,” engaging audiences in public education reform and policy issues. She also launched the Members Project Program, helping charitable organizat…Read more
A community activist and technology executive of 20+ years, Mark currently serves as Executive Director at Mozilla, makers of Firefox and one of the largest social enterprises in the world. At Mozilla, he is focused on using the open technology and ethos of the web to transform fields such as education, journalism and filmmaking. Prior to Mozilla, Mark served as the Director of Telecentre.org, a $26M initiative to connect community technology centres around the world supported by Microsoft, Canada’s International Development Research Centre, and the Swiss Development Cooperation. Earlier in hi…Read more
Ed Vaizey MP is the UK Minister for Communications, Culture and the Creative Industries.
- Museums and Galleries
- Telecoms and Broadband
- Digital Switchover
- Creative Industries
Ed Vaizey MP was elected as the Member of Parliament for Wantage and Didcot in May 2005.
Born in 1968, Ed attended Merton College, Oxford. When he left university, he spent two years working for the Conservative Party’s Research Department, before training and practising as a barrister.
In 1996, he became the director of a highly successful public relations company based in London.…Read more
Jason Wishnow is the Film Director at Large for the TED Conference and has worked at the intersection of film and emerging technologies for over a decade. He has been called an “online-video virtuoso” (New York Times, 2009), the “enfant terrible of digital film” (The Guardian, 2000), and one of the ten most influential digital filmmakers of 1999 (RES Magazine).
Jason is the filmmaker behind TEDTalks, the award-winning video series viewed over half a billion times; the director of Oedipus, a cinemascope stop-motion epic starring fresh vegetables (premiered at Sundance and played 70+ additional…Read more
Conrad Wolfram, physicist, mathematician and technology visionary, is strategic director and European co-founder/CEO of the Wolfram group of companies. Described as the place where "Computation meets Knowledge" and the "The Math Company", the Wolfram Group specializes in pushing boundaries at the intersection of computation, math, and knowledge, including making Mathematica software, the Wolfram|Alpha knowledge engine and new Computational Document Format (CDF) standard.
For more than 20 years, Conrad's business and technical leadership has been central to the rise, spread and democratization…Read more