Dan Hett is a BAFTA-winning creative technologist, and digital artist. His work has appeared in the likes of Computer Arts, the Guardian, BBC Click. He likes to build big, exciting, challenging things with technology. Interesting, tangible, noisy things that people can experiment with, play with, build new things with, or dance to.
The brother of Martyn Hett, one of the 22 murdered in the Manchester Arena attack, has been targeted by Twitter trolls (not just twitter, online and in real life!) after speaking out against extremism.
Jamie Bartlett is the Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think-tank Demos, where he specialises in online social movements and the impact of technology on society. He is author of Radicals (2017) covering the recent rise of political outsiders and The Dark Net (2014) about secretive internet subcultures. He is also a regular commentator on national and international media outlets and recently presented the two-part BBC documentary series ‘The Secrets of Silicon Valley’.
Kabantu - Band
Kabantu means ”of the people” and is an award-winning, five-piece music group hailing from Manchester but representing sounds from around the world. Vocal harmonies from South Africa coalesce with everything from Celtic reels and Brazilian samba to Balkan folk music and beyond.
Kabantu will be releasing their debut album in 2018 and have performed all over the UK including the BBC Proms, The Sage Gateshead, BBC Radio 3 In Tune and the Cambridge Folk Festival.
Lucinda Belle is a harpist, singer and songwriter. Much like her hero, Harpo Marx, Lucinda’s path has been an unusually curvy one.
From the stages of the UK’s greatest classical concert venues as a child harpist with the National Children’s Orchestra, she would eventually go on to work with some of the biggest names of the pop & jazz world such as Natalie Cole, Annie Lennox, Robbie Williams, Pet Shop Boys, Gregory Porter. Her music has been nominated for an Oscar and she has recorded two albums and one EP.
Max Joseph is a filmmaker who grew up in New York, lives in Los Angeles, and shoots all over the world. He is perhaps best known as the co-host of the MTV reality TV series entitled “Catfish: The TV Show” which investigates the murkier end of the online dating world. He has written, directed, and produced over 70 short films that have screened at Sundance, Telluride, and SXSW. Max’s short film “Follow the Frog” was featured as one of TED’s Ads Worth Spreading in 2013. He most recently co-wrote and directed the film WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS starring Zac Efron and Emily Ratajkowski. He is also a frequent collaboroter with YouTube filmmaker Casey Neistat.
Nadine Shenton’s performance career started on London’s West End where she appeared in a number of highly successful musicals such as ’Barnum’, ‘Sweet Charity’, ‘Cabaret’, ‘Charlie Girl’ and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s ‘The Wizard of Oz’ alongside industry leaders such as Kenneth Branagh, James Nesbitt, Cyd Charisse, Michael Crawford and Imelda Staunton among many other leading lights.
However, raising a family with 3 boys did not mesh well with the “office hours” of the West End. As such, Nadine turned her talents to the world of voicing and today she can be heard globally on a variety of media platforms ranging from radio and TV, to airplane safety and SatNav announcements.
Her work continues to enjoy industry recognition and she was an award winner most recently at the Vox Awards 2017.
Doctor / Author
Rachel Clarke is a palliative care doctor in the NHS where she specialises in caring for terminally ill patients and their families. She shot to fame in 2016 to protest the changes being proposed by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. Prior to becoming a doctor Rachel was a television journalist and she used those skills with great effect to rally the opposition. Her Sunday Times bestselling book, Your Life in My Hands, was published last year and revealed what life is really like for young doctors - and their patients - on an overstretched NHS frontline.
Professor Vikas S. Shah is an Honorary Professor of Business & Entrepreneurship at the University of Manchester Alliance Business School and Professor of Entrepreneurship for the MIT Sloan Lisbon MBA. His portfolio career includes being CEO of Swiscot Group (a diversified international trading business), a venture investor in numerous technology startups and businesses internationally, and co-founder of 53 Degrees North (a feature film studio). He is also the Chairman of Manchester’s FutureEverything.
Vikas’ online publication – Thought Economics – features his interviews with an incredible list of global talent including Will.I.Am, Buzz Aldrin, Noam Chomsky, Sir Richard Branson, F. W. de Klerk, Bear Grylls, Moby, Philippe Starck, Sir James Dyson, Garry Kasparov, Ai Weiwei, Maya Angelou, Usain Bolt, George Takei, Hans Zimmer, Jack Welch, Ed Catmull as well nearly 20 Nobel Prize Winners and the Presidents and Prime Ministers of nations including Mexico, Portugal and the Maldives.
Will Storr is part journalist, investigator, novelist and educator. Above all though he is a storyteller. He has been named New Journalist of the Year and Feature Writer of the Year, and has won a National Press Club award for excellence. His work has appeared in The Guardian Weekend, The Sunday Times Magazine, The New Yorker and Esquire among many other titles. He is the author of four critically acclaimed books and his latest book - Selfie: How We Became So Self-Obsessed and What It’s Doing to Us - was released recently in June 2017. In its review of Selfie, the FT described Storr as “an electrifying analyst of Internet culture.”