Let's Get Real: Speaker Biographies

| 01 August 2011
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Tom Uglow


Tom is Creative Lead at the Google Creative Lab in Europe. He runs an increasingly large creative group of design-y video-y digital-y folk in London. He speaks graphics geek, a bit of web‑dev, some Python, a touch of digital strategy, remedial A/V and production management and really bad French.

He likes php, pen and ink, and carefully organised chaos. He's an ad‑hoc copy-writer, an off‑hand illustrator, a b‑grade coder, and (occasionally) an old‑fashioned book artist...

At the moment his "interests" list includes data visualisation, real‑time marketing, musical AR apps, 3D projection mapping, the future of books, and digital creative strategy...plus a few things that are less tech-geek like cardboard, knitting and yoga.

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Matt Locke

Matt Locke established Storythings to experiment with new ways of telling stories through consultancy and production on major projects with new and established talent, through events and annual conferences looking at storytelling in a wide range of contexts and media and through a series of objects and publications produced with some of the most innovative storytellers around.

Matt was formerly Head of Multiplatform Commissioning at Channel 4, responsible for multi-platform projects around some of Channel 4′s biggest brands, and developing a new commissioning strategy based on emerging audience behaviours. He has also been Commissioning Editor for Education at Channel 4, and Head of Innovation for BBC New Media.

In 2010 he was listed in both Broadcast Magazine's Hot 100 and Wired Magazine's Wired 100. Matt is on the Advisory Boards of the National Media Museum, The Edinburgh TV Festival 2011, The Children’s Media Conference and The Brighton Photo Biennial. He also sits on the BAFTA Children’s Committee and the BAFTA Learning & Events Committee.

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Jane Finnis

Jane is Chief Executive of Culture24 and responsible for their leadership, overall management and strategic development. She worked closely on their successful national campaign of late night openings, Museums at Night, and also conceived and has led the Action Research Project, How to Evaluate Online Success, the final report of which will be launched at the conference.

She is currently working with Google on a joint series of workshops for the cultural sector as well as planning further collaborative research across a range of cultural sector organisaiton.

Jane is the founder and Chairman of Culturemondo, the informal international network of people who are all developing, building and running online cultural services around the world.

Jane has worked in the arts professionally since 1989, starting in artist film and video production and commissioning digital arts, moving onto economic regeneration through the arts in her home of Brighton.

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Adam Gee

Adam Gee is Multiplatform Commissioning Editor (Factual) at Channel 4 and one of the most experienced commissioners in UK broadcasting of multiplatform interactive projects around TV.

Recent projects range from Big Fish Fight to One Born Every Minute, from Sexperience to Jamie's Dream School, from Embarrassing Bodies to Landshare.

Adam has won more than 70 international awards for his productions – including three BAFTAs, three RTS Awards, two Media Guardian Innovation Awards, a Design Council Millennium Award and the Grand Award at the New York International Film & Television Festival.

Adam has served on BAFTA’s Television and Interactive Entertainment committees and is a voting member of the European Film Academy. He is a trustee of Culture24.

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Anra Kennedy

Anra is Content and Partnerships Director at Culture24 and responsible for the development and delivery of their partnerships, content strategy and portfolio of websites.

This includes their editorial services and data aggregation for clients such as BBC, Parliament and Arts Council. She oversaw the specification, data structuring, taxonomy and UID of their www.culture24.org.uk site and led the thinking behind their award-winning www.show.me.uk site for children.

Originally a primary school teacher, Anra joined Culture24 in 2001 as an arts writer and education specialist. She's created a range of web and gallery-based digital and educational resources in the commercial and non-profit sectors.

Anra is also a founding trustee of the Kids in Museums charity and a judge of the Guardian's annual Family Friendly Museum Awards.

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Fiz Yazdi

As User Experience Director at cxpartners, Fiz leads a team of consultants to deliver projects. She is collaborative and inclusive in her approach and has an enviable track record of managing large and complicated UX projects to a successful outcome.

Fiz has been managing projects for more than 15 years and working in UX for much of that time; she completed a Computer Science MSc. in Intelligent Systems in 2000.

She has championed user-centered research and design for the Houses of Parliament, Microsoft, Mothercare, Nokia, Lastminute.com, Procter & Gamble and UCAS. Fiz enjoys working across platform - from web, to tablet, to mobile - and anywhere else she can put into practice her expertise.

A passionate technologist, Fiz is inspired by the digital arts (she has produced digital arts events such as SightSonic) and is currently having fun with responsive design.

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Mia Ridge

Mia Ridge is a cultural heritage technologist, and has worked internationally as an analyst, consultant and programmer at the Science Museum/NMSI, the Museum of London, the Catalhoyuk Research Project, Museum Victoria and in the commercial sector.

Mia's doctoral research at the Open University focuses on crowdsourcing the digitisation, aggregation and geo-location of historical materials. Mia has published and presented widely on her key areas of interest including: best practices for metadata games for crowdsourcing, the participatory web and the cultural heritage sector, public participation and access to digital heritage, human-computer interaction theories, and user experience design.

She tweets at http://twitter.com/mia_out and blogs at http://openobjects.blogspot.com/

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