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06.16 | LDN | Jerome Maurey-Delaunay

VR. Applications and techniques

Jerome Maurey-Delaunay from pioneering VR company Neutral Digital presents an overview of the future of immersive engagement in VR. Using both live prototypes and examples, Jerome discusses the types of virtual reality tools and techniques and their use in different fields according to the type from Mobile VR, room scale VR and cinematic VR.

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05.16 | LDN | Nelly Gocheva

Branding Meets Content

Native advertising, aka branded content, is growing sharply as a result of the shift in digital audiences and consumption to mobile devices. By 2020, the native advertising spend across Western Europe is expected to almost triple to €13 billion, with both publishers and advertisers moving rapidly to exploit the opportunity.

In Nelly's talk she'll look at how publishers strive to create quality content for advertisers and help them tailor their voice via bespoke multimedia programs. What are the challenges of effectively conveying the brand message to target readers and that ultimately maximize audience engagement? How could media outlets push native advertising further through great storytelling and unique experiences? Plus best practices in the media and marketing landscape in Europe and beyond. 

www.tbrandstudio.com

THE RISING INTERVIEW

Where are you right now?

The New York Times HQ in NY, 19 th Floor South-West corner

Where do you go when you need inspiration?

Anywhere I can relax really, ideally by the sea. A new road trip always helps too. I love a good road trip!

Idleness. A gift or curse?

Idleness is great in moderation. I need to keep myself busy all the time, but honestly chilled weekends and late mornings in are the best.

To Bitcoin, or not to Bitcoin?

Haven’t Bitcoin-ed thus far.

Liberal Democracy or Democratic Liberalism?

Neither.

Carpe Diem or nosce te ipsum (know thyself)?

Know thyself.

Last app opened?

Uber.

Last book read?

Just finished rereading Gay Talese’s selection of essays, Frank Sinatra Has a Cold.

Favourite Album?

Changes all the time, earlier in the year I was revisiting Bowie’s Diamond Dogs and lots of Prince. Now I have the new Róisín Murphy on repeat and Strange Little Birds by Garbage who I finally got to see live in London in June.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?

Dance like nobody’s watching and don’t give a *chocolat (still learning to do that)

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever bestowed?

Don’t wear that skirt.

If you could be anywhere, where would it be?

I hear Tokyo’s great this time of the year.

If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?

Haven’t done it yet.

In the next three years what innovation will have the greatest impact on technology/business/culture?

Virtual reality will become a seamless part of our lives… it has already started.

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02.16 | LDN | Stacey Cotter Manière

The Culture of Consumption: How will our conscience affect our future

Co-founder of luxury clothing label (re)vision society, Stacey Cotter Manière discusses conscious consumption and how we can all play an integral role in designing a hopeful future.

www.revisionsociety.com

The Rising Interview

Where are you right now?    

In my studio in London Fields working on the design for our next project.

Where do you go when you need inspiration?    

I find inspiration wherever I am, my mind is always racing with new ideas, I have to make dedicated time to slow it down to rest.

Idleness. A gift or curse?    

A gift. The art of nurturing it is a skill in itself and the path to truly grasping its benefits requires considered effort.

To Bitcoin, or not to Bitcoin?    

The intention for it to be a new, decentralised form of money was a great concept. The fact it is no longer democratic, transparent or an open community is disappointing.

Liberal Democracy or Democratic Liberalism?    

If you mean Direct Democracy in regards to Democratic Liberalism then its a question we ask ourselves regularly in the studio. I think the onset of organisations such as 38 Degrees are helping to reshape the political landscape allowing informed citizens to have a say and join together to create change. Ive seen first hand the positive impact that this has had in the local community and at large but also how quickly that power can be used to drive personal intentions. I would like to confidently say Direct Democracy as a choice. However, I think that understanding the land between it and Liberal Democracy as we watch it unfold may naturally unveil the "right" choice. Bringing 19th century democracy up-to-date with the 21st century is something that needs to happen for sure, it seems out of sync that you can make a payment for buying a house on a mobile banking app yet you need to physically go to a polling station to cast a vote.

Carpe Diem or nosce te ipsum (know thyself)?    

I put forth Carpe Diem and you shall nosce te ipsum. By seizing the day, making mistakes, exploring life instead of sitting back and watching it go by then you shall learn to know yourself.

Last app opened?    

Goal Map. A new app started by a friend of ours where you can record things you want to do in life whether big goals or daily habits.

Last book read?    

Womankind magazine from cover to cover.

Favourite Album?    

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Green River because it reminds me of watching my parents feet dancing away whilst sitting under the table making a tipi as a child.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?    

"Are you on the path". Words of wisdom bestowed by my father which meant, are you inline with your intuition, does it feel right, are you walking your journey. Its guided me ever since. 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever bestowed?    

That's a hard one. I think I will leave that answer for someone whom Ive bestowed advice to, only they know whether it was good or not. Everyone's path is different in life but I do love sharing what I've learnt because if it can help others in any possible way that makes me happy.

If you could be anywhere, where would it be?    

Right here now writing the answers to these questions.

If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?    

“I’ve learnt that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” -Maya Angelou. This is one of my favourite quotes. I try to live by this daily, its important to me how I make people feel.

In the next three years what innovation will have the greatest impact on technology/business/culture?    

Artificial Intelligence. Its coming for better or for worse and I have hope and faith in humanity that it will be used for good.

01.16 | LDN | Benjamin Wild

Heritage : A paradox and a potential 

Dr Benjamin Wild will consider the appeal of Heritage for companies and consumers throughout luxury and how to create it in a contemporary context.

 

The Rising Interview

Where are you right now?    

At my dining table. Pens, papers, portable technology and gin and tonic all within  reach (on the last point, it has gone 6pm).

Where do you go when you need inspiration?    

My bookshelves.

Idleness. A gift or curse?    

The biggest curse. To squander talent, time and resources is a wicked waste.

To Bitcoin, or not to Bitcoin?    

Most definitely not. Still yet to get my head around this.

Liberal Democracy or Democratic Liberalism?    

Liberal democracy.

Carpe Diem or nosce te ipsum (know thyself)?    

The latter facilitates the former, surely?

Last app opened?    

Honestly, probably Spotify or DomiNations.

Last book read?    

Pretty much simultaneously: Tuula Karjalainen, Tove Jansson: Work and Love and Joanne Finkelstein, The Fashioned Self.

Favourite Album?    

Difficult. I tend to pick and choose from Spotify, but I return a lot to Sufjan Stevens, Illinoise and Neko Case, Middle Cyclone.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?    

Not really advice, but my favourite quote - which if kind of similar, from Leopold von Ranke: Neither blindness nor ignorance corrupts people and governments; they soon realise where the path they have taken is leading them, but there is an impulse within them, favoured by their natures and reinforced by their habits, which they do not resist. He who overcomes himself is divine. Most see their ruin before their eyes, but they go on in to it.  

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever bestowed?    

Probably along the lines of, Never wear that again.

If you could be anywhere, where would it be?    

In a situation where I feel more valued and where I can use my time and experience more effectively.Otherwise, sitting down to a hearty meal with friends and family.


If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?    

Just one thing: Integrity. Other things: making the most of the time, talent and resources I had access to. And, no less importantly, remembered for being well-dressed and well-presented.

In the next three years what innovation will have the greatest impact on technology/business/culture?    

The ease with it is now possible to part with money you may not possess will have all manner of social and cultural consequences. As Frederic Jameson has written, people's conception of self and society is often wrapped up in their conception of money and the more fluidic this becomes, the more blurry our identities tend to become.  

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11.15 | LDN | Jonny Drewek

Heart of Daftness: Why The World Needs More Fools 

Jonny takes us on a journey through the rich history of idiot wisdom, and a look at why culture needs stupidity to thrive. Also exploring how light-hearted thinking can make life better for everyone.

 

The Rising Interview

Where are you right now?  

I'm in a trendy workspace in Kreuzberg, Berlin. I just met a lovely Hare Kristnah who told me sleep paralysis is caused by ghosts.

Where do you go when you need inspiration?    

David Byrne had it right when he said 'stop making sense'. Sometimes I put a pizza in the oven and just sit and watch it burn.

Idleness. A gift or curse?    

It's a curse, but if you acknowledge it early on you can force it into amazing shapes.

To Bitcoin, or not to Bitcoin?    

Direct transitions of sustainable currency is a wonderful idea, but it sounds complicated and I'm quite busy at the moment.

Liberal Democracy or Democratic Liberalism?    

Liberal Democracy

Carpe Diem or nosce te ipsum (know thyself)?    

Carpe Diem

Last app opened?    

Google Translate - You can make weird poems by using the microphone in the wrong language.

Last book read?    

I read Animal Farm on a creaky train from Belgrade to Budapest. We rolled past all these huge derelict tower blocks and I thought 'oh you silly pigs'

Favourite Album?    

In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?    

Questions are for answering, Answers are for questioning. - Sam Morley  

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever bestowed?    

Home is where your house is

If you could be anywhere, where would it be?    

Soho on a summer evening

In the next three years what innovation will have the greatest impact on technology/business/culture?    

It's nice to see robots finally making a name for themselves. I'm interested to see what happens when someone inevitably marries one.

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10.15 | LDN | Leslie Owusu-Appiah

"Sorry but this video is unavailable from your location" 

Does it sometimes feel that the technology you own, ends up owning you?

Leslie Owusu-Appiah, former developer for Sandpit Labs turned entrepreneur, dev for the like of Visa and founder of development agency Blank Works a, will provide some practical solutions to these technical limitations masquerading as error messages.

 

The Rising Interview

Where are you right now?

At a desk in Soho contracting.

Where do you go when you need inspiration?

Meatspace: Outside (possibly browse old books and magazines)  
Cyberspace: http://news.ycombinator.com/ and http://www.phrack.org/ 

Idleness. A gift or curse?

...

To Bitcoin, or not to Bitcoin?

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Liberal Democracy or Democratic Liberalism?

I'm sorry, is one the American English way of saying it? Like lift vs. elevator?

Carpe Diem or nosce te ipsum (know thyself)?

Si Hoc Legere Scis Nimium Eruditionis Habes?

Last app opened?

"A". It's an app I made to check my security cameras.

Last book read?

Masters of Doom. Just started The Cathedral and the Bazaar. Eric S. Raymond may have highly controversial views, but; it's still a great read.

Favourite Album?

Impossible; this is an impossible question. Countries have gone to war over this question.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?

"Stay weird".

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever bestowed?

"Everyone poops, so don't be too afraid of anyone".

If you could be anywhere, where would it be?

Malta.

If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?

Making people laugh.

In the next three years what innovation will have the greatest impact on technology/business/culture?

Mesh networking. Quote me.

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09.15 | LDN | Chris Bamford

A Luddite's Tale – Electric Yarn

Chris has 15 years experience in the comms industry, with a fair few as a broadcast journalist at Aunty (The BBC) preceding that.

The past nine years he’s been at freuds where he is a Director of Strategy + Creative. During this period he’s weaved (he doesn’t like the word spin) many a yarn, for many a brand, organisation and individual from Lexus to Diageo. He plans to use his talk as an act of 'comms + computer’ catharsis.

 

08.15 | NYC | Dave Seliger, Co-founder of Civic Service at Parsons DESIS Lab

NYC 2020: The People's Government

How do we use innovative design to make government better? Technology is often hailed as the way to fix government, however, government is really about people: it's by the people, for the people. Design offers opportunities to rethink how people work together in government.

Dave Seliger, who co-founded Civic Service and currently works in city government, will speak about his vision for NYC in 2020 in an international context, and discuss opportunities available for citizens to work with government today.

@DaveSeliger | LinkedIn  | daveseliger.com


 

The Rising Interview 

Where are you right now?

Downtown Brooklyn.

Where do you go when you need inspiration? 

I take long walks around the city when I need inspiration. Just the act of walking seems to trigger creative thoughts - but all the great architecture, stores, and people help too!

Idleness. A gift or curse? 

It starts off as a curse. I try my best to turn it into a gift and take advantage of any downtime at work.

To Bitcoin, or not to Bitcoin? 

I'm agnostic on Bitcoin.

Liberal Democracy or Democratic Liberalism? 

I never took any government classes - and only one philosophy class - in college, and yet I find myself grappling with democracy a lot these days.

Carpe Diem or nosce te ipsum (know thyself)?

Carpe Diem - mainly for Robin Williams.

Last app opened? 

Yelp trying to find a decent sandwich in Downtown Brooklyn. It's pretty hard.

Last book read?

Spinfluence. Currently reading City By City and Brave New World.

Favourite Album?

High Violet by The National is often on repeat on my Spotify.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?

"Big ego, no ego." It's a family saying of some kind. I spend a lot of time trying to understand what it means.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever bestowed?

That remains to be seen!

If you could be anywhere, where would it be? 

Detroit or London.

If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?

Getting local government to recruit young people.

In the next three years what innovation will have the greatest impact on technology/business/culture?

Usually I default to just saying robots, but this time I'll say alternative forms of education will continue to gain popularity and shake up what it means to be "educated."

 

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08.15 | LDN | Bruce Pon

Digital Futures, or what it means to own in a digital world.

Bruce Pon spent the past decade building "bread and butter" retail banks in 12 countries to increase financing options for the underbanked. Transferring the concept of property and ownership from physical to digital, Bruce is a co-founder of ascribe.io, a company that helps creators to protect and manage their valuable works.

During his talk, Bruce will take a look forward to our technological future, explain why the rights of digital creators must be a central focus moving forward, and he'll suggest ways to ensure this.


05.15 | LDN | Katie Baron, Stylus

New Era Luxury: Rites, Rituals and Culture Clubs and Virtual Added Value.

Head of Retail at Stylus Media Group and author, Katie Baron will be taking us through the future of retail and engagement across physical and online and what the new era of luxury, and the cultural clubs that make it, look like.

Formerly a fashion producer, she is a prolific London-based journalist, brand strategist, author and creative consultant with extensive experience within the fashion, retail and design industries having worked with Habitat and Liberty as well as holding the title of fashion features editor for Volt Magazine.

Laurence King published her first book, Stylists: New Fashion Visionaries, in March 2012. Her second book, working title Fashion & Music: The Fashion Creatives Shaping the Music Industry is scheduled to publish in early 2016.


05.15 | LDN | Will Alderwick, Spring Studios

Communicating Futures

William Alderwick, editorial director at Spring Studios, will explore content and communications in a 'post-internet' age.

Formerly publisher of Under/current magazine and editor at NOWNESS, Alderwick will trace his journey from print, through digital to integrated multichannel campaigns and live event activations.

Through the lens of editorial, he will explore the role of content in telling brand stories and consider future trajectories in communications.


 

05.15 | NYC | Daniel Perlin, Droga 5

Listen Closely

Communication as design strategy

Daniel Perlin, Director of UX at Droga 5, discusses how solving design problems requires us to listen closely.

Daniel is an artist and designer who has worked with Google, Vito Acconci, Maya Lin, Errol Morris, Todd Solondz, IBM, Domus Magazine, The Whitney, PS1 the Cooper Hewitt and The New Museums.

The Rising Interview 

Where are you right now?

In New York

Where do you go when you need inspiration? 

Anywhere.

Idleness. A gift or curse? 

Impossible. There's no idleness.

To Bitcoin, or not to Bitcoin? 

To Blockchain or not to Blockchain. Blockchain, yes. Bitcoin is a subset, a nascent beginning of an economy.

Liberal Democracy or Democratic Liberalism? 

Niether. I believe in democracy, I believe in the setting up of rules and criteria. I think there needs to be a critical level of understanding for it to be effective and work. So I belive that people need to be able to listen well and understand each other as best as they can, and understand that that is the project, and that itself can be done in civil society, most effectively in smaller civil societies, and then they can negotiate with each other. In theory, liberal democracy, but unfortunately the concept of liberal democracy is formed most under the concept of representative democracy, which doesn't interest me as much. I'm much more interested in a level playing field.

Carpe Diem or nosce te ipsum (know thyself)?

YOLO.

Last app opened? 

Text.

Last book read?

'What we see when we read' by Peter Mendelson.

Favourite Album?

Brasil (1974)

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?

Don't listen to me.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever bestowed?

Don't listen to me.

If you could be anywhere, where would it be? 

Right where I am.

If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?

"That Daniel, he's a pretty nice guy", or that I made the world suck slightly less than it does now.

In the next three years what innovation will have the greatest impact on technology/business/culture?

Wind or Solar.


04.15 | LDN | Delphine Reynaud, Traackr

The Rise of Influencer Marketing

Development strategist Delphine Renaud (Traackr, Courvoisier The Future 500) with a background specialised in experiential and engagement helps us navigate the rise of the influencer, who they are, and how to engage with them.

With the advent of the social web, marketing is facing its biggest challenge yet at the junction of technology and humanity. Engagement is no longer an option and establishing relationships key to marketing success, especially with the individuals who have gained credibility and authority. Modern marketers need to equip themselves with tools, skills and processes but most importantly with the right mindset to benefit from an opportunity like never before to engage and build loyalty.

 


 

04.15 | NYC | Chad Jackson, Squarespace

Rise of the Mobile Web

By 2020 as a result of the increased use of smart phones 1 billion more people will come online. This is remarkable considering in many parts of the world there are more users of mobile phones than there are those with regular access to electricity.

This talk will discuss the impact of the increased use of mobile phones to access the internet, both in developing and developed countries, and what this means to today's tech startups and content providers.

Chad is a creator and product manager of mobile and web apps. Chad started his first online marketing company in 2000 and has since cofounded several successful dot coms including Superfuture, Love the 88, Sellout, and Sendicate. Chad is currently Product Manager at Square Space, NYC.

 



 

THE RISING INTERVIEW

Where are you right now?
Roman’s, in FortGreene, Brooklyn.

Where do you go when you need inspiration?
Somewhere where i immersed in natural beauty.

Idleness. A gift or curse?
Curse.

To Bitcoin, or not to Bitcoin?
Obviously Bitcoin, as both a currency and a protocol.

Liberal Democracy or Democratic Liberalism?
A little bit of both

Carpe Diem or nosce te ipsum (know thyself)?
Carpe Diem.

Last app opened?
Kindle.

Last book read? 
“Super Intelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies” by Nick Bostrom - recommended reading by Elon Musk about the approaching AI singularity. 

Favourite Album?
Prince, Purple Rain.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
Do what makes you happy.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever bestowed?
I give terrible advice...

If you could be anywhere, where would it be?
In space.

If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?
Being a good dad.

In the next three years what innovation will have the greatest impact on technology/business/culture? 

Global access to the internet.

03.15 | NYC | Jon Santos

The Design of Experience

How can design influence social interactions?

Jon Santos, founder of Common Space, will share works that create a context for relational aesthetics. In these projects, design goes beyond traditional media and plays an important part in the way we interact, understand creativity, and build community.

Common Space is a multidisciplinary design studio that works on commission and authors it's own work. Notable projects include The Last Weekend, NADAwave, Social Mirroring and Hearsay of the Soul created for Werner Herzog’s 2012 Whitney Biennial installation. Santos is an adjunct professor at Pratt Institute and exhibits his work internationally.

The Rising Interview

Where are you right now?
Different merging paths are aligning... 

Where do you go when you need inspiration?
To the Pratt (Institute) library where I teach, a bookstore, upstate for fresh air, and going for a run is amazing for inspiration 

Idleness. A gift or curse?
in my life it's a gift because everything is moving really fast. I tend to understand things better when they're moving. 

To Bitcoin, or not to Bitcoin?
I would say no to Bitcoin... as you grow older you force yourself to reconcile factors... but at he same time I take chances a lot, and I enjoy taking risk... remind me again how bitcoins work?

Liberal Democracy or Democratic Liberalism?
Liberal democracy 

Carpe Diem or nosce te ipsum (know thyself)?
Know self as recent understanding of my own personality, I've tended to Carpe Diem through my career...

Last app opened?
Redbooth... project management software

Last book read? 
Point and line to plane - Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky, Russian constructivist 

Favourite Album?
Ariel Pink and the Haunted Graffiti - Yesterday's Tomorrow

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
Good things come to those who wait

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever bestowed?
Stop texting and wait to talk to them in person

If you could be anywhere, where would it be?
The Philippines

If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?
Making people happy

In the next three years what innovation will have the greatest impact on technology/business/culture?

My personal interest is in technology that helps people organize themselves for group activities

 

02.15 | Dr. Chris McGinley

Empathy: Understanding the messiness of everyday life

A designer's empathy for their audience is critical to the success of the products and services they design. Chris McGinley is an expert in the people-centred design techniques that can help build empathy between designers and those for whom they design. Over the course of 30 minutes, he'll share what he's learned about the messiness of our everyday lives, and how that helps us create a better, more accommodating world.

THE RISING INTERVIEW

Where are you right now?
At my desk, typing frantically before I jump on my bike and head home.
 
Where do you go when you need inspiration? 
The shower.
 
Idleness. A gift or curse? 
Sounds like a gift, but I’m sure I’d consider it a curse if it made up a large part of my life.
 
To Bitcoin, or not to Bitcoin? 
Not (but they could be onto something)
 
Liberal Democracy or Democratic Liberalism? 
Vote YES ;)
 
Carpe Diem or nosce te ipsum (know thyself)?
Carpe noctem
 
Last app opened? 
Spotify
 
Last book read?
Heart of a Dog by Bulgakov. Unless you count reading to my son last night, in which case - Only One You by Linda Kranz
 
Favourite Album?
Impossible. I can tell you my most recent gigs – ‘The Damned’, ‘Billy Idol’ and ‘King Creosote’ - make of that what you will.
 
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
Perfection is boring
 
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever bestowed?
Don't underestimate the power of perseverance
 
If you could be anywhere, where would it be? 
Pretend fishing over my folks staircase with my toddler son; or Rock Bar Mother, Tokyo.
 
If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be? 
80s movie knowledge? Really I don't know. I’m trying to work that out for myself.

 

 

01.15 | Kevin McCullagh (Plan)

The Future Of Wearables

The launch of Android Wear is behind us and Apple's much-feted Watch is not too far away, Plan's Kevin McCullagh looks beyond the hype to ask the critical question: what are wearables for?

 

12.14 | Emily Vernon

The tech battles of east and west

Emily Vernon // Team Lead at Google Creative Labs


Emily is a marketing strategist with over eight years of cross-functional experience, specializing in software products and services. Noted partners include Twitter, Jawbone, Tumblr, Amex, GE & The Economist. 

Emily will explore the affect of offline community on digital innovation, comparing the tech explosions of San Francisco and New York.

 

THE RISING INTERVIEW

Where are you right now?
Fort Greene, Brooklyn. 

Where do you go when you need inspiration?
On a run.

Idleness. A gift or curse?
GIFT! 

To Bitcoin, or not to Bitcoin?
To Bitcoin.

Liberal Democracy or Democratic Liberalism?
Liberal Democracy.

Carpe Diem or nosce te ipsum (know thyself)?
Know thyself.

Last app opened?
Instagram.

Last book read? 
Yes Please by Amy Poehler.

Favourite Album?
LCD Sound System, This is happening.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
Take your time.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever bestowed?
Hurry up.

If you could be anywhere, where would it be?
Napa.

If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?
Fucking hilarious.

In the next three years what innovation will have the greatest impact on technology/business/culture?

Self-driving cars.  Even if they're not legalized in three years, in the foreseeable future, a whole industry will be being to be built off unmanned vehicles, affecting real estate markets, healthcare and countless other markets.

11.14 | Debbi Evans

Bootstrapping a media brand

Debbi launched Libertine in April 2013 after years of frustration with women's media. One year on and mid-pivot, she'll be talking about the challenges of launching a media brand on a shoestring and the importance of a resourceful, experimental approach to carving out new revenue streams. 

THE RISING INTERVIEW

Where are you right now?
Desk. I've been without mobile data for two months and it's the best thing ever.
 
Where do you go when you need inspiration? 

Wimbledon common with the dog. He gives me all my best ideas.
 
Idleness. A gift or curse? 

A curse.
 
To Bitcoin, or not to Bitcoin? 

To Bitcoin if you can understand how.
 
Liberal Democracy or Democratic Liberalism? 

Democratic Liberalism.
 
Carpe Diem or nosce te ipsum (know thyself)?

Nosce te ipsum but I would never say that to anyone with a straight face.
 
Last app opened? 
Spotify.
 
Last book read?
Flash Boys by Michael Lewis, about the origin of high frequency trading. Reads like a thriller but it's terrifying because it's true.
 
Favourite Album?
Ugh, too many. Gaelle, Transient or Prince's Sign of the Times.
 
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?

If you're trying to justify whether to put something off: will this particular piece of procrastination impact your life in five years time? If it will, just get on with it already.
 
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever bestowed?

If it takes less than five minutes, do it now (especially if it helps someone else) (am very mindful of how late this interview is as I type this).
 
If you could be anywhere, where would it be? 

Rifling through inventions at the MIT Media Lab. Or the St Vincent jazz festival.
 
If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?

Rebranding feminism.

 

11.15 | NYC | Ed Keller

Future Cities and Post Planetary Design.

If science fiction inspires science, what will cities look like in 1000 years? Join us for Ed Keller's discussion of design on a post-planetary scale. 



 

THE RISING INTERVIEW

Where are you right now?
Upstate NY. Home office, studio. Hub in the circuit between NYC and other locales around the planet.

Where do you go when you need inspiration?
Six Memos for the Next Millennium, by Italo Calvino. 

Idleness. A gift or curse?
Both, obviously. It depends on context. 

To Bitcoin, or not to Bitcoin?
I’m not 100% equipped to make that decision, but in the crypto currency space, 
ethereum seems like a fascinating outpost. Their whitepaper is well worth reading. 
https://www.ethereum.org/pdfs/EthereumWhitePaper.pdf

Liberal Democracy or Democratic Liberalism?
Juxtaposing those terms doesn’t make sense to me, especially given the range of interpretations they are subject to. The overall performance of government is so dependent on an educated population, but even given a well educated population, is subject to so many external variables- and increasingly, AGI systems and non-human agencies will perturb our ability to self govern. Preparing for that ‘pre-singularity’ landscape seems to be the most important move we could make. Also recognizing our place in a much vaster system [a cosmopolitics, if you will] so that our definitions of ‘human’, ‘governance’, etc., can all keep up with reality. 

Carpe Diem or nosce te ipsum (know thyself)?
Nosce te ipsum. 

Last app opened?
Positive Grid’s ‘BIAS’ guitar amp modelling software. iPad and now desktop. Amazing tool, sounds fantastic, and a history lesson on guitar amps, too-

Last book read? 
Echopraxia, by Peter Watts. One of the best hard scifi writers alive today. Dark and brilliant.
His books are required reading in my Post Planetary Design seminar at Parsons: 
http://post-planetary.tumblr.com/syllabus

Favourite Album?
Impossible question. There are dozens. How about one from my top 100, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, Byrne and Eno. One of the most amazingly produced records; brilliant use of found material; unrelenting love of the quality of sound, texture, rhythm… a deep sense of the surreal, the invented, the beautiful, the sublime, the horrific;  and politically resonant. 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
Many years ago my mother told me that, if one planned to live in the forest, far from the madding crowd, it’d be best to have a big project. 
She spoke from experience, and she was right.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever bestowed?
For years I have asked my students to see as many great films as possible, and to pay attention to detail and hidden patterns. In the films, and in the world at large.

If you could be anywhere, where would it be?
Right here, but with a bit more breathing space and time.

If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?
“… did his best to balance skepticism and a deep sense of wonder."

10.15 | NYC | Sabine Seymour

Computational Fashion - The next generation of wearable technology

Wearable technologies are the next great leap for the integration of human and machine.

We now have glasses to augment our vision and wristwatches to monitor our health. Sabine will bring insight into what these dynamic interfaces mean for us today, and tomorrow.



 

THE RISING INTERVIEW

Where are you right now? 
New York

Where do you go when you need inspiration? 
Everywhere

Idleness. A gift or curse?
It's more like a curse


To Bitcoin, or not to Bitcoin?
Too early to tell.


Liberal Democracy or Democratic Liberalism?
Very much depends on where you are


Carpe Diem or nosce te ipsum (know thyself)?
Know yourself. If you know yourself you know what you're really good at and what you're really bad at.


Last app opened
Swell 


Last book read?
'Why a man should be well-dressed' by Adolf Loos


Favourite Album?
Run DMC's debut album.


What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
Do what you're really good at. Don't do what you're not good at. Don't micro manage, let people do their thing, it will make you a better manager. 


What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever bestowed? Get out of your comfort zone

If you could be anywhere, where would it be?
At a beach with surf, where you can turn around and go snow boarding, and eat fresh fruit.


If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?
For my work in computational fashion, augmenting our second skin to enhance ourselves and to make us feel more beautiful.

10.14 | LDN | MICHAEL SALU


Designer Writer Artist : How to be none yet all



 

THE RISING INTERVIEW

Where are you right now?
In a caffeinated frenzy.
 
Where do you go when you need inspiration? 
Abroad.
 
Idleness. A gift or curse? 
It depends. As long as one isn't cognitively idle.
 
To Bitcoin, or not to Bitcoin? 
Follow the Yellow Brick Road...
 
Liberal Democracy or Democratic Liberalism? 
Its time to shake the dust out of the doormat.
 
Carpe Diem or nosce te ipsum (know thyself)?
nosce te ipsum
 
Last app opened? 
VSCOcam
 
Last book read?
How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America by Kiese Laymon
 
Favourite Album?
Impossible question to answer, but I will. Aquemini.
 
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
nosce te ipsum
 
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever bestowed?
nosce te ipsum
 
If you could be anywhere, where would it be? 
Nowhere for too long. My stimulus is movement.
 
If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?
That he wasn't remembered for one thing.

 

09.14 | NYC | Tania Yuki

You can't monetize what you can't measure

Inside the black box of social media analytics

The rise of social media has changed the landscape of public engagement.

Consumer behavior now entails a web of meta data and performance metrics. Tania Yuki, CEO and founder of Shareablee - a social media analytics application with clients including Bloomberg and the Economist  - will shed light on what content is helping or harming brands, whether prime time exists on the social network, and who you are sharing your fans with.



 

THE RISING INTERVIEW

Where are you right now?

Kaffe 1668, Tribeca 

Where do you go when you need inspiration? 

I go up to my roof, and I go alone.

Idleness. A gift or curse? 

A beautiful gift when used with caution. 

To Bitcoin, or not to Bitcoin? 

It really depends on how much time you have to think about it - I'm obsessed with the concept but haven't dug in. But with infinite time...

Liberal Democracy or Democratic Liberalism? 

I don't know, it sounds like a play on words... Just be a good person and keep an open mind.

Carpe Diem or nosce te ipsum (know thyself)?

If i have to pick one, defintitely Carpe Diem - but hopefully seize the day while knowing yourself, or you could encounter some serious problems.

Last app opened? 

Shine, by Misfit labs 

Last book read?

'Thinking, Fast and Slow' by Daniel Kahneman 

Favourite Album?

Dummy by Portishead

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?

Don't worry about the money, don't worry about the title, just do what feels right for you and what interests you. You will naturally evolve to your strengths.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever bestowed?

Don't worry so much. If you have many options in life, or you're at a crossroads, just pick one - you wont break anything.

If you could be anywhere, where would it be? 

Right here in New York. 

If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?

For always trying to expand things. I'm a natural extender, when I see situations I want to help them evolve.

Lucie Sarif | LadyGeek

09.14 | LDN | Lucie Sarif

Why you don’t have to play corporate hard-ball to get ahead

What if businesses were as concerned with empathy as they are with data and statistics?

Currently the business world is an “empathic wasteland” in need of rehabilitation. Empathic organisations are more creative, productive and most importantly more profitable. Empathy Pays.

Join Lucie Sarif, Head of Strategy and Planning, at Lady Geek as she explores how your business can avoid being left out of the empathy revolution.



 

THE RISING INTERVIEW

Where are you right now?
Lady Geek HQ

Where do you go when you need inspiration? 
Online - favourites include Design Taxi, TED, Forbes and The Verge (& Buzzfeed).

Idleness. A gift or curse? 
Put it this way - if you want something done ask a busy person.

To Bitcoin, or not to Bitcoin? 
Undecided. The dark side to Bitcoin concerns me.

Liberal Democracy or Democratic Liberalism? 
I’ve become frustrated by political stances - once people gain power they all become the same.

Carpe Diem or nosce te ipsum (know thyself)?
Ideally both.

Last app opened? 
Uber - I’m obsessed.

Last book read?
#TheMoment - by Twitter.

Favourite Album?
Do people still listen to albums?! I love Mixcloud - the modern day mixtape!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
Surround yourself with people who inspire you.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever bestowed?
Accept feedback as a gift.

If you could be anywhere, where would it be? 
At the top of my game.

If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?
Being part of leading the Empathy Era campaign, which is revolutionising the world of business.

08.14 | Nikolaj Belzer

Nikolaj Belzer is a young film director based in London. 

He has directed and produced work for Lexus, Nowness, MINI Cooper, the Venice Biennale and released a number of award winning short films and documentaries. 

Nikolaj is one of the founders of filmmaking collective Everything is Okay as well as Dalston based post production house OkayStudio.

At Rising Minds he will talk about how films are often closer to the truth, why fiction is vital for everyone and how to apply that to work and life.



THE RISING INTERVIEW

Where are you right now?

At my desk

Where do you go when you need inspiration? 

To the cinema

Idleness. A gift or curse? 

A gift in disguise

To Bitcoin, or not to Bitcoin? 

Haha

Liberal Democracy or Democratic Liberalism? 

Self-determination

Carpe Diem or nosce te ipsum (know thyself)?

First the latter then the former.

Last app opened? 

Weather. August in London.

Last book read?

Depending on the mood I am making my way through three at the moment: “Herzog on Herzog”. As well as “Musashi” by Eiji Yoshikawa and “A naked singularity” by Sergio de La Pava. Both great gifts from good friends.

Favourite Album?

Impossible to answer.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?

Shut up and listen.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever bestowed?

Shut up and listen.

If you could be anywhere, where would it be? 

On set.

If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?

Hmmm....at all?

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07.14 | LDN | Flora Bowden

Using art to explain experience

Fascinated by how our experiences of environments change over time, Flora unpicks the relationship between people and places in contemporary culture. Speaking about her work on sustainability with the RCA, you’ll be treated to a demonstration of how she’s used art to help people explain how they experience the world around them.

 


 

The Rising Interview 

Where are you right now?

At home.

Where do you go when you need inspiration? 

For a walk.

Idleness. A gift or curse? 

A curse. I like being busy.

To Bitcoin, or not to Bitcoin? 

Not.

Liberal Democracy or Democratic Liberalism? 

Liberal Democracy

Carpe Diem or nosce te ipsum (know thyself)?

Both

Last app opened? 

Twitter

Last book read?

I'm currently reading The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert.

Favourite Album?

It changes all the time.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?

'Don't get a tattoo, you wouldn't wear the same pair of jeans every day for the rest of your life.' From my dad.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever bestowed?

You can do it.

If you could be anywhere, where would it be? 

At home.

If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?

Something I haven't done yet.

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06.14 | LDN | Jason Mesut

The future of user interface

If anyone can help your company work out what to do next, it’s Jason Mesut fromPlan.

He brings clarity to the front end of innovation: advising traditional physical product-based companies on how to embrace digital services, and for digital services companies how to develop physical products, to deepen their connection with their customers. He also helps organisations raise their game in design: helping build design capability, integrating it into organisations, and building cohesion in design teams.

An expert in what happens when the physical and digital worlds collide, this user experience powerhouse will take you on a tour of the design and technology trends you need to know about.



 

The Rising Interview 

Where are you right now?

I am Head of User Experience at Plan

Where do you go when you need inspiration? 

I try to keep on top of twitter and spend a lot of time in bed looking at flipboard and saving things (see my magazines here). My secret source of interface inspiration is a blog called Create Digital Music by Peter Kirn.

Idleness. A gift or curse? 

I don ’t get much time for idleness, but I remember a few years going away on a holiday between jobs and away from my partner, with the goal to get bored. SO in some ways it would be a gift to me.

To Bitcoin, or not to Bitcoin? 

That’s one thing in life I don’t truly understand, so not for me right now. It’s a form of gambling and I don’t gamble due to my addictive personality.

Liberal Democracy or Democratic Liberalism? 

I don’t really know. Just plain free speech, debate and lots of opinions

Carpe Diem or nosce te ipsum (know thyself)?

Both: know yourself and where you want to change, and take whatever opportunities come your way to extend yourself in the way you know you need to, despite the discomfort and pain you know you’ll have to experience

Last app opened? 

Facebook. But I don’t really use it any more (honest). My girlfriend just posted a comment and she is away with my kids at the moment.

Last book read?

I find myself not reading much any more despite my large book collection. The last one I actually read on a  Friday evening on the way home at the start of a new project was Marty Neumeier’s latest: 46 rules of genius. Light, uplifting and full of stuff I stand totally behind.

Favourite Album?

That’s tough. I’d love to say something cool (I do listen to lots of cool music) but possibly one of my favourite album’s of all time would be Michael Jackson’s Bad (or possibly The Prodigy’s Experience album). Off the Wall and Thriller have the best individual tunes, but Bad came at a time that was very formative in my life and for me it’s the most complete Michael Jackson album. 

In order to regain some cred, I am finding myself listening a lot to Darkside’s Psychic, and the Global Communication classic 76:14.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?

'Shit is fertilising’ from my boss at LBi, Marcus Mustafa. No matter what gets you down, it will help you in the long term.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever bestowed?

Done is beautiful 

If you could be anywhere, where would it be? 

There’s a beach in Ilha Grande a few hours from Brazil where the sand creaks like snow and it’s pretty quiet. I think i’d like to be there with a nutty problem to solve

If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?

Contributing to the field of experience focused design across physical products and digital services

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05.14 | LDN | Lewis Kyle White

TBC

Lewis Kyle White (aka LKW) is a young mixed media director based in the heart of London's creative hub.

His wide-ranging experience has taken him through an array of visual media, from a strong background rooted in graphic design and motion graphics which has lead him to collaborate with the likes of Chris Cunningham, make videos for Nokia, Barclaycard, Magnum Ice Cream, Daniel Avery and Erol Alkan, title sequences for TV & film, tour visuals, music videos, adverts and digital content. 

Lewis is an ongoing collaborator with 2ManyDj's, and for a number of years has been a part of many of the animations seen on the 'Under the Cover's Tour'. He is among the main directors & animators involved with the groups other Visual Project - Radio Soulwax. 

Lewis will appear at Rising Minds at Shoreditch House on May 29, 2014. Doors open at 8:30am for a 9:00am start.

The Rising Interview 

Where are you right now?

London, at my studio

Where do you go when you need inspiration? 

Never really considered needing to go anyway, but I guess going for a good bike ride or having a long shower will do the job! Anywhere I can relax really.

Idleness. A gift or curse? 

Well that depends on the contex. Doing nothing on a weekend is a gift, repeating that notion on a job is a curse.

To Bitcoin, or not to Bitcoin? 

Still not sure why we need to re-invent money.

Liberal Democracy or Democratic Liberalism? 

No answer. 

Carpe Diem or nosce te ipsum (know thyself)?

Considering i just had to look both these up, not sure i have got an answer 

Last app opened? 

Does mail count? 

Last book read?

i have proudly never read a book cover to cover.

Favourite Album?

Always changes, but MJ 'Off The Wall' was my first 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?

Never get too attached to your work! it's all throw away at the end of the day.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever bestowed?

not sure i have achieved this yet!

If you could be anywhere, where would it be? 

Not here! but seriously i have been tempted by New York or even L.A. recently, but i think London is where i need to be.

If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?

Good dance moves! i don't know, i am not this self-indulgent

 

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04.14 | LDN | Lee Sankey

Dialling down the "d"

What do you get when you combine an industrial designer with a supreme blues harmonica player?

Lee Sankey, Design Director for innovation at Barclays, that’s what.

This month at Rising Minds, Lee talks (and perhaps plays) about design, innovation and creative empathy within one of the world’s most recognisable banking brands.

It's sure to be a spectacle.



The Rising Interview 

Where are you right now?

At my kitchen table, in London.

Where do you go when you need inspiration? 

At home, the harmonica. Outside, the Japan Gallery at the V&A. Work, my team colleagues are brilliant. Online, twitter.

Idleness. A gift or curse? 

Idle with a purpose is essential. I.e. you need down time for lots of reasons. For example, reflection, letting your 'big mind' surface its magic and simply enjoying the simple things in life like some tapas with friends. Is it realistic to be ‘on it’ all the time? More than that, I don’t want to live that way.  It’s a big, beautiful and fascinating world. 

To Bitcoin, or not to Bitcoin? 

I’d frame it differently. Crypto Currency or not to crypto currency. Definitely crypto currency. 

Liberal Democracy or Democratic Liberalism? 

Hmmmm, I’d say democratic liberalism on the basis that ‘democracy' requires being open to the possibility of non liberal ideas. 

Carpe Diem or nosce te ipsum (know thyself)?

Know thyself.  

Last app opened? 

Spotify. Also use Uber a lot these days. 

Last book read?

Paper Promises by Philip Coggan. It combines a history of money with an overview of the financial crisis starting in 2008.

Favourite Album?

Oh so hard. If I could only listen to one again it would be "Kind of Blue" by Miles Davis. 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?

Try to align your behaviour to your intentions. 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever bestowed?

It’s not about playing the notes, it’s about playing what the notes mean.

If you could be anywhere, where would it be? 

Buenos Aries with my wife.

If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?

That’s unclear at the moment…. hopefully something awesome.

 

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03.14 | LDN | Peter Gregson

The Instagram of music

It's fair to say that Peter Gregson has a bit of the magic about him.

We watched him segue from Bach cello sonata to his own sublime composition, telling an impassioned tale about why he wants to shift the classical music game, along the way.

We've heard the remarkable symphony he used Twitter to create, and the equally remarkable story that sits behind its creation.

And he does a good line in rewriting a film script to account for Kate Winslet's 7-second blink. 

Yes, an audience with Peter is always just a little bit magic. We hope you can join us for the show.



The Rising Interview 

Where are you right now?

I'm in Nude Espresso in Soho, but I'm supposed to be in the studio.

Where do you go when you need inspiration? 

I go for late night walks; it's the perfect way to clear your mind and think things through.

Idleness. A gift or curse? 

A reality. 

To Bitcoin, or not to Bitcoin? 

I don't Bitcoin and doubt I will anytime soon.

Liberal Democracy or Democratic Liberalism? 

Sure.

Carpe Diem or nosce te ipsum (know thyself)?

I did Latin at school, I knew that! Carpe Diem. 

Last app opened? 

Uber. It's my guilty pleasure in these turbulent tube strike times.

Last book read?

PG Wodehouse "A Pelican at Blandings".

Favourite Album?

"Rush of Blood to the Head" by Coldplay. I'm tired of anti-Coldplay nonsense. They're fantastic - each album is a total departure from the previous one, but Rush of Blood to the Head is home to some stunning vocals so I'm going with that. The Schubert Cello Quintet recording by Rostropovich and the Emerson Quartet is brilliant, too, but it's not really an album in its own right. 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?

Don't be afraid to ask questions.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever bestowed?

I wisely talked a stranger out of buying a gingerbread latte at Starbucks a few weeks ago.

If you could be anywhere, where would it be? 

Probably New York, but London is pretty brilliant, too.

If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?

I'm quite happy with people having their own opinions about me so long as I can get on with my own thing. 

 

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02.14 | LDN | Neil McFarland

Playing to the end

Neil McFarland is director of games at London design studio ustwo ltd, industry leaders in user experience and interaction design, where he has been helping the studio produce its own successful IP since 2009. 

Neil has helped shape ustwo's app store launches, ranging from a children's book, an experimental multi-media literature platform to the massively popular casual game Whale Trail, which is he currently shaping into a children's television property.

A core gamer, illustrator and coach livery enthusiast, Neil wants to make games that people play all the way through and be the first cartoonist on Mars. You can be disappointed by his ridiculously infrequent tweets @parishair and experience the same underwhelming feeling of irregularity at parishair.com

Neil will appear at Rising Minds at Shoreditch House on February 6, 2014. Doors open at 8:30am for a 9:00am start.



The trailer for Monument Valley, ustwo's latest game.

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The Rising Interview 

Where are you right now?

ustwo™ HQ, The Tea Building, Shoreditch.

Where do you go when you need inspiration? 

If I knew that I’d go there more often. I try and surprise myself by performing distracting non-inspirational tasks and hope it will strike like lightning out of the . (Somewhat enigmatically, Neil left the end of this answer. Inspiration ain't free. Ed.)

Idleness. A gift or curse? 

In my experience it’s both. Somehow it leads onto necessity (of stopping being bored) being the mother of invention…

To Bitcoin, or not to Bitcoin? 

Just wish I had bought in earlier but when I heard about them they were inextricably linked to the Silk Road and dark internet. Now you can probably buy them at Tesco.

Liberal Democracy or Democratic Liberalism? 

The second one.

Carpe Diem or nosce te ipsum (know thyself)?

Well I often fail to Carpe Diem and generally also at nosce te ipsum, where does that leave me?

Last app opened? 

Our new game Monument Valley, before that the Nickelodeon app.

Last book read?

Currently dipping into a Zelda Walkthrough but the last ‘real’ book I read was Odd Couples: Extraordinary Differences between the Sexes in the Animal Kingdom, some remarkable facts in there.

Favourite Album?

If you’re forcing me to make the impossible choice then Music has the right to Children by Boards of Cananda.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?

Mind the gap.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever bestowed?

You’d have to ask someone else for that one.

If you could be anywhere, where would it be? 

Independently travelling across the universe at multiple light speed.

If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?

No being dead.

 

Credit: Timo Arnall

Credit: Timo Arnall

01.14 | LDN | Andy Huntington

The making of Little Printer

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.

Oh, and he oversaw the prototyping and manufacture of this little guy, Little Printer, and the services that sit behind him.

We can't think of a better speaker to open Rising Minds for 2014.

Andy will appear at Rising Minds at Shoreditch House on January 16, 2014. Doors open at 8:30am for a 9:00am start.



Credit: Timo Arnall

Credit: Timo Arnall

Credit: Timo Arnall

Credit: Timo Arnall

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? 

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? 

Strava.

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.

Favourite Album?

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? 

Lago de Atitlan.

If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?

Pragmatism.

 

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12.13 | LDN | Alice Taylor

Making Makielab

Alice Taylor founded Makielab, a new toys and games company based in Shoreditch, London, in February 2011. Within their magic midden, they’re making a new kind of future-smashing toy: customisable, 3D-printed, locally made, and game-enabled.

This latest adventure came after nearly four years commissioning games, apps and web TV shows for Channel 4 Education.

Previous to Channel 4, Alice was VP Digital for BBC Worldwide (LA), and previous to that, the brains behind another start up producing Java entertainment software – avatars, forums, chat apps.

Alice is an avid gamer, an innovator and an admirer -and dare we say it- the embodiment of of the indie spirit. Alice blogs at Wonderlandblog, and her personal tweets are at @wonderlandblog.

Alice will appear at Rising Minds at Shoreditch House on December 12, 2013. Doors open at 8:30am for a 9:00am start.



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The Rising Interview 

Where are you right now?

At my desk in my office in Shoreditch.

Where do you go when you need inspiration? 

The "garden" - our meeting room with astroturf. I ferkin love astroturf.

Idleness. A gift or curse? 

Curse, total curse.

To Bitcoin, or not to Bitcoin? 

Don't know. Feels like an MMO currency to me, a games thing, unreal, surreal. It'll go a bit William Gibson on us. It's going to be amazing. I love that it exists.

Liberal Democracy or Democratic Liberalism? 

Er. Can't be arsed to look up the difference. Probably the former, but not the current liberals we have, pfff. I'm definitely a leftie.

Carpe Diem or nosce te ipsum (know thyself)?

Carpe Diem. Because what you do today will change you a tiny bit, so you can never keep up with Nosce Te Ipsum, quod erat demonstrandum.

Last app opened? 

Toca Mini. 

Last book read?

Allegiant, Veronica Roth.

Favourite Album?

No idea.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?

Don't work beyond 9 to 5. The person didn't mean, be lazy, she meant, work well. Have a life. It's what makes you interesting. (The more I fail at this the less interesting I get). 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever bestowed?

Video everything in the 6 months after having a baby, because you won't remember a thing. The sleep deprivation prevents your laying down memories, so document the lot. Also: when freezing breast milk (HEY, YOU ASKED), morning milk has natural wake-up drugs in it, and evening milk has natural sleepy drugs in it. Label them, otherwise you'll give your baby morning milk at night at some point, and you won't sleep again. 

I only found this out 18 months after giving up breast feeding, AWESOME. 

If you could be anywhere, where would it be? 

The playa at Burning Man, tbh. Or lots of bits of California.

If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?

Bravery. You can hope. It's much more likely to be "big hair".

 

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11.13 | LDN | Ryan Chetiyawardana 

Drinking Innovation

Ryan Chetiyawardana (A.K.A Mr Lyan) has been involved in several of the UK's best bars for over a decade. He helped take the last four of these onto national titles and all featured in the Top 40 World's Best Bars for Drinks International. Personally he has been named UK bartender of the year twice and has won several national competitions. 

Ryan is also known as an innovator having given talks in the US, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Azerbaijan, Sri Lanka and Russia on pioneering drinks practice. He was also named 'Hot Stuff' at the Imbibe Awards 2012, and was nominated as Innovator of the Year at the 2013 awards. 

He has recently opened two 'Mr Lyan' bars - Henry at the Hudson hotel in New York, and White Lyan in London. 

 

 

 

 

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The Rising Interview 

Where are you right now?

Back in sunny London! I've been running back and forth to the States, but it's great to be back in London, and back behind the bar of White Lyan. 

Where do you go when you need inspiration? 

The shower! Inspiration for me comes from everywhere - you're constantly taking in information - I just need somewhere to think. To me, a long, hot shower is my perfect point of contemplation. 

Idleness. A gift or curse? 

A curse! Time and breathing space is important, but busy breeds busy!

To Bitcoin, or not to Bitcoin? 

I'm not informed enough on the phenomenon, but I believe the Internet to be the tool to save civilisation! Anything that progresses for the greater good, rather than for the preservation of existing institutions for the sake of it, is a good thing. 

Liberal Democracy or Democratic Liberalism? 

The power should never lie in the hold of a select few. Even if intentions start well, there is no reliable form of succession. Power must lie with the people! We just have to educate the masses to ensure they can make better informed decisions. 

Carpe Diem or nosce te ipsum (know thyself)?

Don't believe the hype! Reflection over misinformed arrogance any day. If you know yourself better, you'll make the most of a day anyway. 

Last app opened? 

Google maps. I have the most atrocious sense of direction. Maps saves me on a daily (hourly!) basis. 

Last book read?

Unfortunately, factual books have dominated by time of late. The drunken botanist by Amy Stewart was my last read, and thankfully it is enjoyable as well as informative. 

Favourite Album?

One?! It will change so often, but I think it's hard to fault "Ziggy Stardust and the spiders from mars" as one of my very favourites - and probably the most accomplished album of all time!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?

Measure twice, cut once. 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever bestowed?

Jump!

If you could be anywhere, where would it be? 

At dinner with family and friends. 

If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?

My ability to make the perfect cup of tea/bacon sandwich 

 

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10.13 | LDN | Jonty Sharples

NotDesign

Currently UX Design Director at Albion and previously with Tobias & Tobias, Jonty Sharples has over 12 years experience in branding, user experience design, and look & feel across all digital channels.

Jonty joined us for a discussion on ‘NotDesign’ and the interesting effect that imperfection has on designers and their work. This masterclass is aimed al all capable thinkers and problem solvers who want to take a deeper look at the design process.

 

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09.13 | LDN | Vlad Tenu

Interactive Architecture

Vlad Tenu is an architect based in London. He has studied architecture in Iasi, Lisbon and in London at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, where he has been awarded a Msc. in Adaptive Architecture & Computation and a Certificate in Advanced Architectural Research. His ongoing research focuses on the integration of computation, science and technology in the design process, involving generative computational methods, digital fabrication techniques and interactive design.

His project – Minimal Complexity, the winner of the Tex-Fab REPEAT 2010 competition, has recently been exhibited at the London Festival of Architecture 2012 and the London Design Festival 2012, as part of the International Architecture and Design Showcase 2012. Minimal Complexity has also been awarded an AIA Houston Design Award for ‘Divine Detail’ in March 2012.