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Ten further speakers announced for WIRED Live 2017

WIRED today announces ten further confirmed speakers for its annual flagship innovation festival, WIRED LIVE, to be held on November 2 and 3 at Tobacco Dock… View Article


Ten further speakers announced for WIRED Live 2017

WIRED today announces ten further confirmed speakers for its annual flagship innovation festival, WIRED LIVE, to be held on November 2 and 3 at Tobacco Dock in London, UK.

WIRED today announces ten further confirmed speakers for its annual flagship innovation festival, WIRED LIVE, to be held on November 2 and 3 at Tobacco Dock in London, UK. Bringing the WIRED world to life, WIRED LIVE will showcase 50+ influencers changing the world and challenging the status quo, plus the latest technology and innovative products to experience in the WIRED Test Lab. With Accenture as the headline partner, the event will welcome hundreds of brand and agency executives, technologists and startups.

Speakers joining the international line up include:

  • Nico Rosberg, 2016 Formula One world champion. With a racing record of 23 career wins and 30 pole positions, former Formula One racing driver Nico Rosberg has a lifetime of experience in competition, training and winning.
  • Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer of England, Department of Health. As the chief medical officer of the UK government, Dame Sally Davies acts as its principal medical advisor on all issues relating to public health.
  • Marcus Engman, Head of Design, IKEA. IKEA’s focus on democratic design is at the heart of its continued success. Marcus Engman’s team creates engaging, borderless customer experiences through its products.
  • Mary Lou Jepsen, founder, Openwater. The co-founder of One Laptop per Child and former alumni of Facebook, Oculus VR and Google, Mary Lou Jepsen founded of Openwater, which hi-resolution, affordable, wearable MRI scanners.
  • Mo Gawdat, author of Solve for Happy and Chief Business Officer, Google X. Entrepreneur, remarkable thinker and chief business officer of Google’s elite team of engineers, Mo Gawdat used his training and background to create the equation for happiness.
  • Michael Acton Smith, co-CEO and co-founder, Calm. With over ten million downloads, audio program app Calm alleviates mental health issues including stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia.
  • Brian Mullins, CEO, DAQRI. Augmented reality company DAQRI has created professional-grade Smart Helmet to enhance human capabilities. Most recently, DAQRI has collaborated with the US Navy to use the Smart Helmet to train its Navy gunners.
  • Marcus du Sautoy, FRS, OBE, Professor of Mathematics, University of Oxford. Simonyi professor and mathematician Marcus du Sautoy shares his unique perspective of the world through prime numbers, symmetry and patterns.
  • Geberal Sir Richard Barrons, KCB, CBE, former Commander Joint Forces Command, UK Armed Forces. As one of the six “Chiefs of Staff” leading the UK Armed Forces, General Sir Richard Barrons’ career has spanned military operations from Bosnia to Kosovo to Afghanistan. He currently focuses on cyber strategy and applying disruptive technology to business, society, government and defence.
  • Tony Conigliaro, Creative Director, The Drinks Factory.

Drinks creator and pioneer Tony Conigliaro uses his encyclopaedic knowledge of spirits and flavor to change the rules of cocktail-making and taste-fusing, which are featured in his award-winning venues, “Bar With No Name” and “Bar Termini”.

Speakers already confirmed for the main Conference Stage are as follows:

  • Lisa Feldman Barrett, University Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Northeastern University; director, Interdisciplinary Affective Science Laboratory. The Interdisciplinary Affective Science Laboratory studies what emotions are and how they work using experiential, behavioural, psychophysiological and brain-imaging techniques.
  • Behshad Behzadi, senior engineering director, Google Assistant. Behzadi leads a team of more than 100 engineers focused on developing Google Assistant, which uses AI to help people get things done through natural, two-way conversation.
  • Sue Black, director, Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification, University of Dundee. Scottish forensic anthropologist and human anatomist Black has worked on identification initiatives after the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, in criminal cold cases and forensic work in Kosovo.
  • Ed Boyden, professor, Media Lab and McGovern Institute; co-director, Center for Neurobiological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As the senior author among MIT researchers and investigators at BIDMC and the IT’IS Foundation, Boyden’s recent studies uncovered a non-invasive approach to deep-brain stimulation – an alternative to risky and complex neurosurgery and a potential treatment for brain disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy and depression.
  • Matt Brittin, president, EMEA business & operations, Google. A former World Rowing Championships medallist, Brittin is now Google’s senior lead on strategy, opportunities and response to conditions across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
  • Richard Browning, Founder, Gravity.  Real life Iron Man Richard Browning is pioneering authentic human flight. As head of aeronautical engineering startups Gravity, Browning is challenging perceived boundaries to human aviation and inspiring new generations.
  • Carrie Goldberg, founding attorney, C. A. Goldberg. A pioneer in the field of sexual privacy, Goldberg litigates for victims of online harassment, sexual assault, blackmail and anti-abortion terrorism. She fights against non-consensual pornography and educates people on how to protect themselves.
  • Asem Hasna, 3D printing expert, Refugee Open Ware.  Asem Hasna is a Syrian paramedic turned prosthetic technician. Having lost a leg in a shell attack, Hasna is supporting crisis-affected areas with his expertise in 3D printing.
  • Beth Healey, Polar scientist and medical doctor scientist Beth Healey researches human health in extreme environments to prepare us for space travel and interplanetary colonisation.
  • Elias Knubben, head of corporate bionic projects, Festo. Knubben is responsible for the conceptual design and project management of the bionic projects at Festo, which takes principles from nature and applies them in technical applications and industrial practice. Its projects include the AirPenguin, the BionicOpter and eMotionButterflies.
  • Romy Lorenz, Cognitive neuroscientist, Imperial College London.  Specialising in brain-computer interfaces, Romy Lorenz is building an AI neuroscientist. Using artificial intelligence, Lorenz expects to increase the speed and reliability of brain scans, in real time. 
  • Herman Narula, Co-founder & CEO, Improbable.  Narula is building the firm that could create the Matrix. Enabling large-scale, complex simulations, Improbable uses virtual worlds to understand more about how we work, play, think and act.
  • Ilkka Paananen, CEO, Supercell. Supercell is the Helsinki-based mobile games developer behind Clash of Clans, Hay Day, Boom Beach and Clash Royale. Since its founding in 2010, Supercell’s games have amassed 100 million daily players and remain in the global top ten years after launch – in June 2016, it became the first European technology startup to reach a valuation of $10 billion.
  • Anil Seth, Co-director, Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science.  Seth hopes to map consciousness. A professor of cognitive and computational neuroscience, Seth’s search for the biological basis of consciousness has implications for what it means to be human.
  • Charles Spence, Experimental psychologist.  Charles Spence concocts dream-like food, drink and fragrances. He established the Oxford University’s Crossmodal Research Laboratory, and collaborates with mixologists, baristas, chefs and perfumiers on multi-sensory experiences.
  • Eleanor Stride, Professor of Engineering Science, Oxford University.  Stride is boosting cancer therapy and lessening treatment side-effects by using targeted drugs housed in microbubbles.
  • Margrethe Vestager, EU Commissioner of Competition. Holding one of the most powerful positions in Europe, Vestager is responsible for creating jobs, promoting growth and enforcing competition rules. Her decisions could change the way technology giants such as Google, Apple and Amazon operate.

Further pioneering speakers from around the world appearing at the event and the agenda will be announced the coming weeks.

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