Alasdair Allan is a Scientist, Author, Hacker, Tinkerer and Journalist who has been thinking about the Internet of Things, which he thinks is broken.
He is the author of a number of books, and from time to time he also stands in front of cameras. You can often find him at conferences talking about interesting things, or deploying sensors to measure them. He recently rolled out a mesh network of five hundred sensors motes covering the entire of Moscone West during Google I/O. He’s still recovering.
As the VP Business Development for Teradata in EMEA Mikael Bisgaard-Bohr is responsible for identifying new trends and directions in the market for BI, Analytics and Big Data. He interacts with the largest and most sophisticated users of Teradata’s technology as well as leading minds in the industry to gain a better understanding for how technology is changing how organisations are run, products consumed and how organisations and consumers interact in the future. He frequently shares that insight with Teradata customers and prospects as well as at leading conferences across the EMEA region. Mikael has been working with BI for the last 18 years and prior to his current role he was a thought leader and business consultant focused on the retail industry.... Read More.
Kenneth Neil Cukier the data editor of the The Economist, and
co-author of “Big Data: A Revolution that Will Transform How We Work,
Live and Think” to appear in early 2013. Previously, he was the
paper’s Tokyo correspondent and before that, its technology
correspondent in London. From 2002 to 2004 Mr. Cukier was a research
fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he worked on
the Internet and international relations. Additionally, Mr. Cukier
serves on the board of directors of International Bridges to Justice,
a Geneva-based NGO promoting legal rights in developing countries.
Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino is an interaction designer & entrepreneur. She is the founder of Good Night Lamp, a family of internet-connected lamps.
She also leads Designswarm an “internet of things” design studio & consultancy and works with clients who want to design next generation connected products. She also uses her expertise to help shape early business ideas around smart products. Her work has been exhibited at The Victoria & Albert Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
From 2007 to 2010, she co-founded and ran Tinker London, a smart product design studio. Focused on creating connected product experiences that linked the digital to the physical, Tinker was the first distributor of the Arduino platform in the UK, ran... Read More.
Edd Dumbill is a technology analyst, writer, and entrepreneur based in California. He’s helping drive businesses with data as VP Strategy for Silicon Valley Data Science.
A startup veteran, Edd was the founder and creator of the Expectnation conference management system, and a co-founder of the Pharmalicensing.com online intellectual property exchange.
An advocate and contributor to open source software, Edd has contributed to various projects such as Debian and GNOME, and created the DOAP Vocabulary for describing software projects.
Edd has written four books including O’Reilly’s Learning Rails. He... Read More.
George is a historian of technology whose subjects have included the development (and redevelopment) of the Aleut kayak (Baidarka , 1986), the evolution of artificial intelligence (Darwin Among the Machines , 1997), and a path not taken into space (Project Orion, 2002). His recent Turing’s Cathedral (2012) illuminates the transition from numbers that mean things to numbers that do things in the aftermath of World War II.
Ben is a best-selling author, broadcaster, medical doctor and academic who specialises in unpicking dodgy scientific claims from drug companies, newspapers, government reports, PR people and quacks. Unpicking bad science is the best way to explain good science.
Bad Science (4th Estate) has sold over 400,000 copies, is published in 18 countries, and reached #1 in the UK paperback non-fiction charts. His book exposing bad behaviour in the pharmaceutical industry will be published in 2012 by 4th Estate.
Ben has written the weekly Bad Science Column in the Guardian since 2003. It’s archived on this site along with blogposts, columns for the British Medical Journal, and other writing.
John Graham-Cumming is a computer programmer and author. He studied mathematics and computation at Oxford and stayed for a doctorate in computer security. As a programmer he has worked in Silicon Valley and New York, the UK, Germany, and France. His open source POPFile program won a Jolt Productivity Award in 2004. John is the author of a travel book for scientists published in 2009 called The Geek Atlas, and has written articles for The Times, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, New Scientist, and other publications.
He can be found on the web at jgc.org and on Twitter as @jgrahamc.
If you’ve heard of him at all, it’s likely because in 2009 he successfully petitioned the British Government to apologize for... Read More.
Kathryn Hurley recently joined Google as a Developer Programs Engineer for Fusion Tables. In this role, she helps spread the word about Fusion Tables by presenting at conferences and developer events. She recently worked on Google’s 2010 U.S. Election Ratings gadget. She received an MS in Web Science from the University of San Francisco and a BS in Genetics from the University of California, Davis. Prior work experience includes research in mobile and peer-to-peer computing.
Mark Madsen designs and build analysis and decision support systems, and data management and access infrastructure. His research focus is on analysis techniques, emerging technology, and practices in analytics, BI, information management, user experience for data access, and delivery applications. He speaks at a lot of conferences on anything data, with a bunch of history of science and technology mixed in.
Mark focuses on two types of work: using data to make decisions and manage organizations, and building data technology infrastructure. A big part of making decisions and using data in a corporate setting is ensuring that the right data capture and data delivery infrastructure is in place to manage the business. As a result, Mark does as much information strategy and IT architecture work... Read More.
Liam Maxwell is the Chief Technology Officer for HM Government. His team within the Government Digital Service (GDS) is responsible for equipping government with the right technology to deliver great digital services, through technology leadership, delivering common services and a cross-government approach to architecture.
Liam leads the spend control process for technology, part of the Cabinet Office’s Efficiency and Reform Group programme which works with government departments and saved £14.3bn in 2013-14.
Previously, Liam was Lead Member for Policy at the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead where his brief covered technology, sustainability and the council’s role as a “government lab” introducing innovative policies and delivering the lowest council tax in Britain outside London.
Liam is Visiting Professor in Electronics and Computer Science at... Read More.
Jake Porway is a machine learning and technology enthusiast who loves nothing more than seeing good values in data. He is the founder and executive director of DataKind, an organization that brings together leading data scientists with high impact social organizations to better collect, analyze, and visualize data in the service of humanity. Jake was most recently the data scientist in the New York Times R&D lab and remains an active member of the data science community, bringing his technical experience from his past work with groups like NASA, DARPA, Google, and Bell Labs to bear on the social sector. Jake’s work has been featured in leading academic journals and conferences (PAMI, ICCV), the Guardian, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and... Read More.
Kim Rees is a founding partner of Periscopic: http://www.periscopic.com, an award-winning information visualization firm. Their work has been featured in the MoMA as well as several online and print publications, including CommArts’ Interactive Annual, The Information Design Sourcebook, Print magazine, and numerous websites, blogs, and regional media outlets. Periscopic’s body of work was nominated for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards.
Kim is a prominent individual in the information visualization community. She has published papers in Parsons Journal of Information Mapping, was an award winner in the VAST 2010 Challenge, and is an advisor to the Congressional Budget Office. Kim has presented at several industry events including Strata, Wolfram Data Summit, Eyeo, VisWeek, and various data visualization groups among others. Recently she has also been... Read More.
Simon Rogers is editor of the Guardian’s Datablog and Datastore, an online data resource which publishes hundreds of raw datasets and encourages its users to visualise and analyse them. He is the author of Facts are sacred: the power of data available now on Kindle. Simon is also a news editor on the Guardian, working with the graphics team to visualise and interpret huge datasets. He was closely involved in the Guardian’s exercise to crowdsource 450,000 MP expenses records and the organisation’s coverage of the Afghanistan Wikileaks war logs. Previously he was the launch editor of the Guardian’s online news service and has edited the paper’s science section. He has edited two Guardian books: How Slow Can You Waterski and The Hutton Inquiry... Read More.
Jeni Tennison is the Technical Director of the Open Data Institute. As a developer, she specialises in open data publishing and consumption, including XML, JSON and linked data APIs. She trained as a knowledge engineer, gaining a PhD in collaborative ontology development. Jeni was the technical architect and lead developer for legislation.gov.uk and worked on the linked data aspects of data.gov.uk. She is author of several technical books and was appointed to the W3C’s Technical Architecture Group in 2011. She is also a member of the Open Data User Group and of the UK Government Linked Data Group.
Kaitlin is the director of the Mozilla Science Lab, a new open science initative at Mozilla to help researchers use the power of the web to change science’s future. She’s previously worked at Digital Science, a technology company out of Macmillan Publishers, as well as Creative Commons, where she managed their science program. She also advises the UK government on digital technology and data-intensive science and business, and is on the board of DataKind UK. You can follow her at @kaythaney.
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