The third TEDxManchester is coming soon. Vital details include…
|Date:||Sunday, 2 March 2014|
|Time:||Registration opens 9am|
|Place:||University of Manchester|
Here’s a provisional schedule…
- 09:00 - Registration opens (coffee/tea/biscuits on arrival)
- 10:00 - Doors Open
- 10:30 - TEDxManchester Begins
- 12:15 - Lunch
- 13:15 - Session Two
- 15:00 - Coffee & Cake Break
- 15:30 – Session Three
- 17:15 - Post TEDx Drinks & Snacks
2014 Speakers to be announced in January
Dr. Maria Aretoulaki
She's a voice user interface designer, computational linguist and in her spare time the CEO of DialogCONNECTION Ltd, a UK-based consultancy on language technologies and voice recognition applications. Let's just say she and Apple's Siri are close personal friends. Joking aside Maria has designed voice recognition systems for major corporates and governments. Originally from Greece, she has spent the last two decades between the UK and Germany. She holds degress from The University of Athens and The University of Manchester.
Tom Bloxham MBE
As the co-Founder & Chairman of Urban Splash, Tom needs very little introduction in Manchester. For those of you who aren't familiar, Urban Splash is a property regeneration company with a difference. They have been awarded over 300 times for their architecture, designs, regeneration and commercial successes. Starting out in Liverpool in 1993, the company's portfolio stretches to over 60 schemes involving thousands of homes, jobs & millions in commercial square footage. Outside of Urban Splash, Tom chairs the Manchester International Festival, is Chancellor of University of Manchester and is a Trustee of the Tate and the Manchester United Foundation. You can find more about Tom here.
The Next Web
With a particular interest in European startups, apps and the constant evolution of digital media, Martin Bryant is Managing Editor at The Next Web.
Based in Manchester, UK he co-founded the city's Social Media Cafe events that helped kickstart a lively cross-discipline digital community in the city.
A Broadcasting graduate, he is well-versed in the British media industry and moved into the digital content sector after having worked in education, helping children learn TV and radio skills.
Brendan Dawes is a UK based, MoMA exhibited artist, designer, author, maker, self confessed generalist and the founder of Beep Industries.
He has been listed among the top twenty web designers in the world by .Net magazine and was featured in the "Design Icon" series in Computer Arts. In 2008 his Cinema Redux project was acquired by MoMA in New York for the permanent collection. Last year his Doodlebuzz news interface was featured in the Talk to Me exhibition at MoMA in New York and won a D&AD for interface design. In 2010 he released The Accidental News Explorer - an iPhone app for serendipitous news discovery that was featured amongst the eighty projects in the Taschen book Mobile Case Studies published in 2011.
Dave Erasmus is the founder and CEO of social giving platform, Givey. Dave is passionate about the area of philanthropy and giving, serving as a founding member of the Ambassadors for Philanthropy and is part of The Big Society's Nexters scheme. Having travelled the world following the sale of Broadplace, an online SEO firm, Dave set out to ask business leaders what could be done to help improve the world. Dave worked with local entrepreneurs in South Africa to help them form their own company before moving back to the UK and starting to work on mobile projects. All of this led Dave to create Givey as a simple way to donate over social platforms such as SMS or Twitter.
BBC's R&D north lab
Ian Forrester works for the BBC's R&D north lab where he focuses on open innovation and new disruptive opportunities via lively engagement and collaborations with startups, early adopters and hackers. Ian use to head up the BBC's Backstage project, a developer/designer network like no other. His role as head of BBC Backstage includes working with internal and external developers/designers to express their creativity through BBC feeds and APIs.
Previously a founder of the dataportability.org group, social geek events, including London Geekdinners, BarCampLondon, Hackday, Mashed, Edinburgh TV Un-Festival and Over the Air; Ian has a proven track record for making the impossible happen.
Photography: Nick Eagle
Mary Anne Hobbs
Many of you will know Mary Anne spent 14 years presenting music on BBC Radio 1. She spent a year working with the lucky people of the Sheffield University Students Union and in July 2011 joined Xfm in Manchester where coincidentally she finds herself living in an Urban Splash flat. In addition to her radio career, Mary Anne has been a huge presence in music festivals such as the Leeds Festival, Sonar and Coachella among many others. She is equal parts inspiration, achievement, discipline, intensity, integrity & principle. And just to make us totally ill, she's approachable and just gosh-darn nice. You can find more about Mary Anne here.
University of Cologne / Philter Phactory
Dan O’Hara is a philosopher and literary critic, Lecturer in English and American Literature at the University of Cologne, and Head of Research and Development at Philter Phactory who makes weavrs. He is probably best known for kickstarting net culture in 1994-5 when he organized the "Glastonbury of cyberculture", an event called Virtual Futures. Not your standard academic, Dan has DJ’ed with the likes of A Guy Called Gerald and Asian Dub Foundation, and was a member of the art collective responsible for probably the first (and only) science-fiction techno-theory novel, called ‘Cyberpositive.’ HIs current philosophical research, and forthcoming book, deals with the concept of skeuomorphism which challenges our perception of the evolution of objects and ideas.
University of Liverpool
Tara Shears is a particle physicist and Reader at the University of Liverpool. She has spent her career exploring the smallest constituents of the universe with the aid of some of the largest pieces of scientific equipment ever constructed.
After earning her PhD at Cambridge University, Tara spent time researching at CERN near Geneva and Fermilab in Chicago. She returned to CERN where she now carries out research at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). As part of the LHCb experiment, she is investigating the mystery of why there is so little antimatter found in the universe today, an observation which has profound consequences for explaining the evolution of the universe and which is one of the biggest mysteries in particle physics.
TEDxManchester are collaborating with TEDxUniversityofManchester and we’ll be announcing a venue on the University campus in January 2014
The first TEDxManchester took place in 2009 at the BBC’s New Broadcasting House on Oxford Road. We took over the historic Studio 7 and converted the BBC Philharmonic’s rehearsal space into a conference venue and created what was then Europe’s largest ever TEDx event.
The second TEDx saw us collaborate with our friends at Cornerhouse. And in 2014 we’re adding the University of Manchester to the team. We look forward to bringing you the biggest and best TEDxManchester ever.
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