Andy's a bright mind working at one of London's brightest tech startups, BERG.
Starting out studying music, he then spent time with the groundbreaking Rom and son interaction design practice in London and Benetton's FABRICA research lab in Northern Italy before completing an MA in Interaction Design at the Royal College of Art.
Alongside creating hardware and software for the BBC, exhibits for the Science Museum and his collaborations with the Bartlett School of Architecture, he's also been working with the Helen Hamlyn trust on video creation and sharing for school students and teachers.
We can't think of a better speaker to open Rising Minds for 2014.
The Rising Interview
Where are you right now?
In the BERG studio near Old Street.
Where do you go when you need inspiration?
Anywhere. Location isn't that important, however, being on a bike is.
Idleness. A gift or curse?
To Bitcoin, or not to Bitcoin?
Not for me, not yet.
Liberal Democracy or Democratic Liberalism?
Flawed, but the former.
Carpe Diem or nosce te ipsum (know thyself)?
I seem to oscillate between the two.
Last app opened?
Last book read?
Ways of Seeing by John Berger. Been going through the books I should have read held at the library at the end of my road. It's typeset almost entirely in bold which is fairly off-putting.
Most recently, Stone Flower by Antonio Carlos Jobim.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
Sometimes you just have to take the risk.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever bestowed?
Stop faffing around, just start.
If you could be anywhere, where would it be?
If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?