Noel Sharkey is a Professor of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence with a career spanning psychology, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, computer science, engineering and robotics. He holds a PhD in psychology/cognitive science and has an honorary science doctorate DSc. Noel is best known to the public for his frequent appearances in the media as a robot expert. His current research passion is on the ethics of robot applications including care, policing, military, crime, sex, transport and medicine.
Professor Roger Graef OBE is an award winning film-maker, criminologist, broadcaster and writer. He is best known for his unstaged observational films in normally closed places like government ministries, corporation board rooms, international institutions including the EU and UN, as well as prisons, probation, special schools, and social work.
In the late 90's James imagined an alternative model of lifelong digital engagement that would be free and open to all, and would develop a wide range of skills and abilities at a minimal cost. The do-it-yourself media lab that emerged from that vision, Access Space, opened in 2000 and is still running today. It combines recycled computers, free software and the collective intelligence of a peer learning community to build a powerful platform for developing skills and enterprise. Access Space develops confidence, capability, creativity and connections, and seeks to spread its holistic approach.
In May 2012, Jack won the Intel Science & Engineering Fair. His joyous reaction to the news went viral via social media. Since then he has appeared onstage at the TED Conference in Long Beach and most recently at Google Zeitgeist and Thinking Digital.
Angga is the creator of the Hantu Collective, a worldwide collective clothing brand and opened Yorkshire Tee, t-shirt printing social enterprise. He's also co-founded and performed as part of a nationally touring Hip-Hop theatre company Rationale, co-founded the Commission for Youth Social Enterprise and ran a fair few fashion shows throughout the UK along the way.
On New Years Day 2009 Graham Hughes, set off on an epic journey from his hometown of Liverpool. His plan was to travel to every country in the world without the use of a plane. He used buses, taxis, trains and his own two feet to travel 160,000 miles and 201 countries in exactly 1,426 days - all on a shoestring of just $100 a week. His TEDx Talk will reveal some of the highlight and lowlights of his epic journey.
Dr Daniela Petrelli is a Reader in Interaction Design at the Art & Design Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University. Her current research brings together the material and digital worlds in the context of personal memories and cultural heritage. Daniela coordinates the meSch project (Material Encounters with Digital Cultural Heritage), a 4-year, 12-partner European project aiming at developing technology to allow curators, designers and artists to make smart exhibits and spaces to better engage visitors with cultural heritage. For her work, Daniela has received a number of awards and recognition from both academia and industry. She has a diverse background in fine art, computing, and social research. She publishes regularly at international conferences and journals, and has presented her work in several international venues.
Brigidin has filmed all over the world from Tokyo to Silicon Valley, creating campaign stories on diabetes, the Human Genome project and the impact of technology in transforming lives. As Director of Developing Creativity she led a programme designing access routes into the creative industries for young people from challenging backgrounds; in 2012 she filmed refugee stories for the JET support project offering education and training to those escaping war and trauma. She has a Masters in International Cinema and is currently completing a novel for her MA in Writing.
Nancy Schwartzman is a filmmaker, media strategist, and human rights activist who believes that storytelling and technology can create safer communities for women and girls. She is the director of the documentaries “The Line” about sexual consent, and “xoxosms” about digital intimacy and 21st century love between two lonely teenagers. With the Circle of 6 mobile app, her team won the White House "Apps Against Abuse" technology challenge. Circle of 6 is designed to empower young people to prevent sexual violence.
Pam is a co- founder of the Incredible Edible Todmorden initiative, which encourages ordinary people to take control of their communities and their surroundings through civic engagement and food. She is a former chair of the UK Forestry Commission and has served as a member of the Board of Natural England. She was awarded CBE in 2005 for services to the environment.