Max Amordeluso is Chief Evangelist for Amazon Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) in Europe. His main mission is to introduce Alexa to European developers, and demonstrate how they can build natural and delightful voice experiences for customers. Max has held several technical leadership roles during a career spanning over 15 years—prior to his current role he led the teams that brought Alexa Skills Kit to United Kingdom and Germany, and spent the previous two years leading the Solutions Architects team for Amazon Web Services in Europe. Max is passionate about topics including Human Computer Interaction, the Internet of Things and the materialization of science fiction predictions.
Franki leads a double life as a Creative Director at Saatchi & Saatchi London and as Exec Producer at Western Edge Pictures and the Gennaker Group – a group of independent Feature Film Production and Finance Companies. In her first company, Franki&Jonny, she pioneered early integrated content and social media campaigns and won many awards, including a BAFTA interactive and a bunch of D&ADs. Franki was recently was named by the prestigious awards outfit the FWA as a ‘Digital Pioneer’ for her work in this period for Warner Bros, Disney, Skype and Film4.
In 2013 she joined Saatchi & Saatchi London, bringing unique digital expertise and storytelling skills to an integrated advertising role working across clients such as Marie Curie, Asda, and Deutsche Telekom. In 2016 Franki won 9 Cannes Lions for "Sea Hero Quest" – the world’s first game to plug into Dementia research, which was named as one of the top 10 campaigns of 2016 by Creative Review and Campaign. In 2017 she was a Judge at the Cannes Lions, and also won 4 Lions, including one gold, for her latest work for DT “Magenta Unleashed”– a partnership with the band Gorillaz.
Iain Tait is Executive Creative Director at Wieden+Kennedy London. He works across all clients including Honda, Nike and Three, and was instrumental in helping the independent agency win landmark accounts such as Sainsbury’s (2016) and Pokémon GO creator Niantic (2017). Prior to joining W+K London, Iain was ECD at Google Creative Lab in New York. He helped launch Chromebook, introduced Google’s first ever accessories line and created Chrome Experiments to showcase the capabilities of modern web browsers. Personal highlights include the Giorgio Cam, a mobile game sound-tracked by legendary producer Giorgio Moroder.
Before Google, Iain was Global Interactive ECD at Wieden+Kennedy Portland. Notable work includes the Old Spice ‘Responses’ campaign, which created 1.4bn impressions online, making it one of the fastest-growing and most popular advertising campaigns in history, helping grow sales by 125% year-on-year.
Iain’s various accolades include being named in the Creativity 50, Ad Age's Media Mavens, Fortune Magazine's 40 Under 40, Creative Review’s Creative Leaders and AdWeek’s Top Creative Minds in Digital. He was inducted into the AAF Hall of Achievement in 2011. He’s also judged awards for the likes of D&AD, Cannes Lions, Clios, ANDYS and One Show and is an active board member of New York’s One Club for Creativity.
I´ve start young to develop and design garment, first as professional athlete and then working with athletes to improve and develop new solution for technical equipment.
I´ve translated my knowledge and my learning in technical garments into classic sportswear concept in ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA group, to create new way for urban sportswear and athleisure concept.
Always looking to sustainability and to final customer needs,I´ve used my experience to create iconic outerwear pieces in ZEGNA SPORT and Z ZEGNA, melting my knowledge in electro technic with high performance luxury garments starting in 2006, dropping on the market new technology never saw before in the world.
Recently I´ve joined HUGO BOSS AG also to innovate and continue to create “first in the world” concepts, evolving sustainability into next level of integration in design-thinking, with passion and willing to continue my professional grow.
As part of the Sky Sports Operations team, Mike runs the group responsible for seeking out new and emerging technologies, and working with suppliers to develop both the technology and business plans to the point they can be brought into live use on Sky Sports multi-platform offering.
Samsung NEXT Ventures is an early stage venture capital arm of Samsung, focusing on Seed, Series A and B stages. We are headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley, with offices in New York, Korea and Israel. I focus on emerging technology areas - such as Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning and AR/VR
Some of my investments include:
AI: Vicarious (vicarious.com), Bonsai (bons.ai), Kngine (Kngine.com) etc.
AR/VR: 8i (8i.com), Baobab Studios (baobabstudios.com), Survios (Survios.com), Sliver (Sliver.tv), Wevr (wevr.com) etc.
Nerina Ramlakhan PhD
Nerina Ramlakhan PhD is a physiologist who has specialised in maximising individual and organisational performance for over two decades. After completing her post-doctoral training and research into the effects of lifestyle interventions on the alleviation of mental disorders, she spent five years in corporate health screening before studying organisational psychiatry and psychology at Guys Hospital and beginning organisational consultancy, workshop facilitation and coaching.
As the original founder of BUPA’s Corporate Wellbeing Solutions, she is a regular speaker at many City groups. In April 2000, she set up her own consultancy and has worked in various industries including sport (Chelsea Football Club), legal, insurance, accountancy, management consultancy, various sections of the police services, media, investment banking, telecommunications, healthcare and pharmaceutical, oil, TV, defence, engineering and IT.
Nerina’s work with individuals and organisations includes motivational and leadership programmes at Ashridge Business School, Wellness and Energy programmes, return to work coaching following long-term sickness absence and burnout prevention. Nerina works with the Nightingale Psychiatric Hospital in London on their sleep, energy & physical health programmes that are designed to support mental wellbeing. She also runs regular sleep/energy workshops for women recovering from cancer at the Haven Centre in Fulham.
Nerina’s work has been featured in The Times, The Telegraph, The Independent, The Sunday Express, The Guardian, New Scientist, The Evening Standard, The London Paper, Woman & Home, Healthy Living, Red and Psychologies Magazines. She has talked about power napping on the Radio 2 Chris Evans show and has appeared on GMTV, CNN and more recently, SKY NEWS talking about technology addiction. She recently appeared on ITV’s This Morning show teaching the nation how to sleep peacefully. Nerina is the sleep advisor to the Silent Night bed company.
Nerina uses her academic background in physiology, philosophy and psychology to guide her teaching, but her approach is highly practical. She has a strong belief that everyone can live a healthy and more fulfilling life by tapping into and nurturing their deepest inner resources – even in these hectic, technologically driven times that we live in. Her work, both with individuals and organisations, is dedicated to helping people to create greater balance, vitality, meaning and peace.
On a personal level, Nerina has a 12yr old daughter and in her spare time climbs, runs and practises yoga and meditation. Her bestselling second book, Fast Asleep Wide Awake was released in August 2016 and is now widely available in bookstores and Amazon. Her books have been featured on ITV’s ‘This Morning’ show, Woman’s Hour and The Today Programme (Radio 4) and the Steve Wright Show (Radio 2) and she appears regularly on the This Morning show and Niki Bedi’s Sunday morning show on Radio London. Nerina writes a regular blog for The Huffington UK and USA and NetDr.
Benoit has been working in the consumer tech field for 20 years, often joining new ventures which are led by people who share his keen interest for adventure.
Benoit believes that a good product is the foundation of every new venture - but that's not enough. He has developed a strong expertise in making sure the offer meets the demand, by setting up robust and dense value-added distribution networks.
His specialties include: Board member and adviser in various early stage companies, strong negotiation skills at senior and board level, experienced manager and leader, senior spokesperson, product and technology oriented, new teams/legal entities/offices set up, excellent knowledge of distribution channels and micro economics in EMEA and LATAM.
Companies he has worked with include Ubisoft, Handspring, tomtom, Jawbone and since November 2016 Catapult Sports.
Unmade is the technology and manufacturing platform enabling the world's most innovative brands to offer customisable apparel via their e-commerce platforms. Linked to an automated production system, unique knitted garments can be made for the same unit cost and speed as mass production.
Whilst researching performance clothing for UK Sport, Ben Alun-Jones, Hal Watts and Kirsty Emery realised the untapped potential of industrial knitting machines. Combining their programming and engineering skills, they developed a new way to control them.
Founded in 2013, Unmade used their technology to launch a series of interactive knitwear products in collaboration with artists and designers. They’ve since worked on projects with the British Fashion Council, designed an award-winning catwalk collection with Christopher Raeburn, and built a concept store within Selfridges.
Rachel Arthur is an award-winning business journalist and speaker specialising in fashion and technology. She contributes to titles including Forbes, Wired, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and The Business of Fashion. She is also the founder of tech-focused news site Fashion & Mash and the vision behind the global #FashMash community.
An expert in all things digital, she otherwise acts as an innovation consultant within the fashion and luxury space, future-proofing businesses by bringing them first-to-market insights and bespoke solutions surrounding the evolving retail, technology and communications landscape.
Sadie Clayton is a luxury sculptural womenswear label launched in 2015. Sadie graduated from Kingston University in 2013 and has shown on the catwalk in London and Berlin, and exhibited as part of the Nick Waplington / Alexander McQueen: Working Process exhibition at Tate Britain, demonstrated her work on several occasions at Tate Modern most recently as part of Late at the Tate' in October 2016 when 600 people tried on Sadie’s sculptural pieces, presented as part of Artisanal Intelligence at AltaRoma January 2016, showcased at Art Basel Miami December 2016 and exhibited at the Museum of Art and Design as part of Singapore Design Week 2017.
Sadie Clayton’s works are inspired by headspace and the concept of time. Finding your headspace, the creativity and enhanced benefits of life in this creative mental environment and holding on to Time which is hard to keep.
Sadie believes strongly in collaborations working with many artists and photographers including cult British artist Andrew Logan, Mark Lebon, Ki Price and Darren Gerrish. Sadie also believes in pushing the boundaries with art and technology. For her S/S 2017 collection she worked with MHD Hologram to push the concept of time and headspace by presenting her collection as holographic videos at the Royal Academy of Arts and this season she presented at M&C Saatchi translating the process of creating her copper sculptures into an augmented reality experience. She continues her collaboration with Nixon watches creating a small bespoke range and at her A/W 2017 presentation unveiled the first of an ongoing relationship with Underground shoes. Sadie has also presented at the Café Royal, Royal Academy of Arts, and the Sanctum.
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Frank M. Ahearn
Since joining the group at Samsung NEXT, I’ve worked in its New York, Silicon Valley, and Seoul offices, engaging with startups through early stage investments and acquisitions. I received an MBA from MIT with a focus on entrepreneurship & innovation, and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Nottingham. I began my career as a finance/corporate lawyer at Dewey & LeBoeuf in London and Moscow.