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Living legend James Burke might be a science historian but he’s still very much in the present, despite him saying “No-one under the age of fifty has heard of me and everyone over the age of fifty thinks I’m dead.”
He’s also an author and a TV presenter. But calling James Burke a TV presenter is like calling Mozart a busker. His talk from 2012 Admiral Shovel and the Toilet Roll, is one that will stay with us forever.
Aleks Krotoski (is a Polish-American broadcaster, journalist and social psychologist, resident of the United Kingdom who writes about technology and interactivity. She presents The Guardian podcast Tech Weekly and contributes to guardian.co.uk. She formerly contributed occasional stories to The Guardian's now defunct Online print section (which was later renamed Technology), and was one of the core contributor's to the Guardian's original Gamesblog
Adam Offord Buxton is an English comedian, writer and actor. He forms one half of the duo Adam and Joe, with filmmaker Joe Cornish. The pair presented Adam and Joe on BBC Radio 6 Music, whilst Buxton also presented his own show on 6 Music on Sundays, called Adam Buxton's Big Mix Tape. In 2012–2013 Buxton presented another radio show for BBC 6 Music, co-hosting with Edith Bowman. When not presenting on radio and television or recording podcasts, Buxton hosts Bug, a humorous exploration of music videos through YouTube comments, which also had a televised version in 2012.
Amber Case studies the interaction between humans and computers and how our relationship with information is changing the way cultures think, act, and understand their worlds. She is currently a fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and a visiting researcher at the MIT Center for Civic Media.
Amber is the author of Calm Technology, Design for the Next Generation of Devices. She spoke about the future of the interface for SXSW 2012’s keynote address, and her TED talk, “We are all cyborgs now,” has been viewed over a million times. Named one of National Geographic’s Emerging Explorers, she’s been listed among Inc. Magazine’s 30 under 30 and featured among Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology. She was the co-founder and former CEO of Geoloqi, a location-based software company acquired by Esri in 2012. In 2008, Amber also founded CyborgCamp, an unconference on the future of humans and computers.
Dr. Don Norman is the author or co-author of fourteen books, with translations into sixteen languages, including: The Design of Everyday Things, Things That Make Us Smart, and The Invisible Computer. Business Week has called this the bible of the ‘post PC’ thinking.
His book, Emotional Design: Why we love (or hate) everyday things marks the transition from usability to aesthetics, but with the emphasis on a well-rounded, cohesive product that looks good, works well, and gives pride to the owner. The well-rounded product, says Don, will enhance the heart as well as the mind, being a joy to behold, to use, and to own.
Mandy Brown is a wordsmith. She takes other people’s words and hammers them into shape.
Mandy edited Frank Chimero’s The Shape Of Design. She has edited articles for A List Apart and books for A Book Apart (including the particularly handsome first book).
Warren Ellis is a writer. He is not the violinist in the Bad Seeds.
Some of the things he has written have pictures in them, like Transmetropolitan, Planetary, and The Authority. Some of the things he has written are constructed entirely from words, like Crooked Little Vein and the best-selling Gun Machine.
Gun Machine is currently being developed for television. His book Red was adapted for the big screen in 2010. We shan’t hold it against him.
Hannah Donovan is an entrepreneur, product/design leader, and public speaker. She’s been working in entertainment tech for over a decade.
Hannah is the founder and CEO of an early stage VC-backed venture called TRASH, building predictive editing for video using computer vision. Before that she was the General Manager at Twitter-owned Vine; led the team and product at Expa-backed music startup Drip (acquired by Kickstarter); was VP Design at Ripcord (a product incubator funded by MTV); co-founded the song-sharing service This Is My Jam while leading R&D design for The Echo Nest (acquired by Spotify) and was part of the original leadership team at early music streaming service Last.fm (acquired by CBS) where she led design.
She’s spoken at numerous conferences worldwide and lectured at top universities including Imperial College London, Princeton, Parsons, and as faculty (visiting lecturer) at Cornell Tech. Her work has been featured by media such as the Guardian, the New York Times, Forbes, Variety, and the Today Show.
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