Tickets are selling fast for how to: Change The World 2017, the extraordinary day-long conference that gives you a panoramic view of the future. Book now to secure your seat!

This year, we are partnering with The New York Times to make How To Change The World an even more compelling event to attend, with correspondent Katrin Bennhold from The Times’s London bureau introducing the speakers and topics.

Presenting leading experts on:  emotion-reading computers, the Blockchain Revolution, tackling Alzheimer’s disease, instant charging batteries, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, breakthroughs in refrigeration, renewable fuels, the circular economy, microbiology and antibacterial resistance, the exercise pill of the future and more.

Now in its fourth year, the one-day how to: Conference will provide an unparalleled insight into the innovations that will change our lives in the near (and distant) future – presented through engaging 15-minute demonstrations by the people at the forefront of their development.

 

Speakers

Katrin Bennhold

presenter

Katrin Bennhold

New York Times

Katrin Bennhold has been a correspondent for The New York Times since 2004. Based first in Paris and now in London, she has been writing on a range of topics from European politics and terrorism to gender and immigration.

 

Previously, Ms. Bennhold was an economics writer for Bloomberg News and presenter on Bloomberg Television.

 

Ms. Bennhold was a Nieman fellow at Harvard University in 2012 and 2013. She has received various awards, including the Premio Luchetta in 2016 for her reporting on child migrants, and The New York Times Publisher’s Award in 2008 and again in 2010.

 

Ms. Bennhold received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from the London School of Economics. She was born in Germany and spent most of her career in Paris. She currently lives with her husband and three children in London. 

Sophie Hackford

Tech Round-up of 2017

Sophie Hackford

Sophie is currently on a self-designed underground research program to discover extraordinary tech breakthroughs and the social contexts in which they are built and used. Her aim is to map these technologies over shifting demographics, economics and geopolitics to provide a richer understanding of the challenges and opportunities ahead. Sophie previously launched and ran WIRED magazine’s consulting business, spent two years in Silicon Valley working at Singularity University, and brought more than $120m of investment to the Oxford Martin School.

Professor Theo Gevers

Computers that read emotions. Facial Analysis Technology

Professor Theo Gevers

SightCorp

Theo Gevers is a Professor of Computer Vision at the University of Amsterdam. He is the founder of Sightcorp and 3D Universum. His main interest is in Artificial Intelligence, Computer vision and Machine learning. Sightcorp is revolutionizing how companies all over the world understand, interact and engage with people. Using special algorithms and AI, Sightcorp has created Face Analysis Technology to make real-time measurements of facial expressions combined with age, gender, ethnicity, head gaze and precise eye tracking functionality.

Professor Tim Whitley

Omniscience in an ultra-connected world

Professor Tim Whitley

BT Labs

Professor Tim Whitley is a distinguished Engineer and serves as Managing Director of Research and Innovation for BT worldwide and heads the BT’s R&D Campus in Suffolk, which has over 3000 employees and houses over 100 tech start-ups.  

 

Starting his career in BT as a field apprentice at 16, he eventually gained a PhD in Optical Fibre Systems and became pivotal in the development of BT’s superfast broadband strategy, which sees the UK top many of the international benchmark metrics. 

 

He is accountable for all aspects of BT’s Global Research and Innovation activities, which includes applied research, technology scouting and was appointed as a member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) by the UK Government.

 

Katrina Dodd

How Brands are trying to change the world

Katrina Dodd

Contagious

Katrina Dodd is a senior strategist at the London office of Contagious, a consultancy dedicated to helping brands and advertising agencies around the world understand and adapt to shifts in marketing, consumer culture and technology. Their quarterly magazine has become a global benchmark for creative excellence, with a longstanding reputation for separating the signal from the noise in a marketing landscape that gets louder and more cluttered every year. A founding member of the Contagious Insider consultancy team, she works with brands including LVMH, BBC Worldwide, Sony Music, and Nike. Katrina has a long a history of writing about what happens when creativity and commerce collide, a house full of Vogue magazines, and a lingering fascination for music videos.

 

Professor Josef Kallo

The Electric Air Taxi

Professor Josef Kallo

German Aerospace Centre

Professor Josef Kallo is the Coordinator of Energy System Integration in the Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics at the German Aerospace Centre. He is also the Project leader for the HY4 Project, this is the world’s first four-seater passenger aircraft powered solely by a hydrogen fuel cell system and electric propulsion. Electric aircraft propulsion could change the way of using air transportation. In combination with low noise propulsions, city and regional transportation becomes realistic. From a 2-seater to a 40 seater aircraft new concepts rise on the horizon. 

Dr. Ulyana Shimanovich

Conquering Degenerative Disease

Dr. Ulyana Shimanovich

Weizmann Institute of Science

Dr. Ulyana Shimanovich joined the faculty of the Weizmann Institute of Science in June 2016. She is fascinated by the ultrafine fibers formed by proteins that affect the brains of those with advanced Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Her research has shown that learning to control formation of these nano-scale fibrils can be useful for applications such as creating protein-based microreactors to encapsulate time-release medications, or nanofibrils with antibacterial properties to resist infection. She hopes to discover the mechanisms for creating useful protein fibrils and for breaking down harmful ones. She has several patents and pending applications for innovations in nanoscience and nanomedicine.

Timothy Walsh

How Microbiology Can Avert a Post-Antibiotic World

Timothy Walsh

Cardiff University

Prof. Tim Walsh has been studying AMR mechanismsfor over 20 years and publishes regularly in Nature and Lancet journals. He is director of BARNARDS, the lead Gates Foundation project on AMR, examining the burden of neonatal sepsis in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Rwanda, South Africa, Nigeria (Abuja and Kano) and Ethiopia. This project thus far has enrolled 26,000 mothers and analysed 2000 sepsis cases. BARNARDS is funded to 2022.

Walsh is also PI of DETER-XDR-CHINA, a study examining the spread and burden of AMR in public health sectors and hospitals in 11 provinces in China.

Dr. Michal Leskes

The Inner Life of Batteries

Dr. Michal Leskes

Weizmann Institute of Science

Dr Michal Leskes is a chemical physicist working in the Department of Materials and Interfaces at the Weizmann Institute of Science. After working with Prof. Shimon Vega to develop advanced nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) methods, Dr Leskes has applied her training in NMR techniques to study the lithium–air battery and the evolution of electrochemical products and their charging and discharging efficiency. In 2013, Dr Leskes won a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship from the European Union and has conducted postdoctoral research at Cambridge University. 

Priya Lakhani OBE

Artificial intelligence in the Classroom

Priya Lakhani OBE

Century Tech

Priya Lakhani is the Founder CEO of CENTURY Tech, an artificially intelligent learning platform for teachers and students. CENTURY provides algorithm-based personalised learning journeys to students on a content agnostic platform and offers real-time insights and predictive analytics to educators. Priya has been a member of the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills’ Entrepreneurs’ Forum, an advisory board member to several educational/skills organisations. Lakhani was awarded Business Entrepreneur of the Year by the Chancellor in 2009 and Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2014.

Dominic Collins

The Future of Virtual Reality

Dominic Collins

Jaunt VR

Jaunt is a Palo Alto start-up that makes 360-degree cameras for filming in virtual reality and the software to stitch VR video together. Dominic Collins is responsible for Jaunt’s business and operations across the EMEA region, managing activity from the two European centres in London and Amsterdam. Additionally, Dominic is focused on partnering with creative content and production companies, as well as brands and agencies, to create immersive cinematic VR experiences for global distribution. Prior to joining Jaunt, Dominic held a variety of key positions with European telecom and digital companies

David Sanders

Breakthroughs in Refrigeration

David Sanders

Dearman Technologies

David Sanders is the Commercial Director of Dearman Technologies, which uniquely harnesses liquid nitrogen to deliver zero-emission power and cooling. David Sanders has over 25 years’ experience in strategy consultancy, corporate advisory and as a technology entrepreneur with a focus on energy, clean technology and telecoms. David has co-founded several technology businesses in food production, composite materials, internet telephony, and mobile telephony software. He has an MBA (Finance) from Wharton and a degree in Mathematics from New College, Oxford.

Professor Ron Milo

Living on Air, Learning from plant’s Secrets

Professor Ron Milo

Weizmann Institute of Science

Ron Milo is a Professor in the Department of Plant Sciences at the Weizmann Institute of Science. After a degree in Physics and a Master’s in Electrical Engineering, Milo became mesmerized by living matter. His PhD at the Weizmann Institute dealt with building blocks of biological networks. Today, his lab is trying to understand the cellular highways of energy and carbon transformations known as central carbon metabolism in quantitative terms. This employs a combination of computational and experimental synthetic biology tools. 

Professor Ali Tavassoli

Compound 14. A Pill to make Exercise Obsolete.

Professor Ali Tavassoli

University of Southampton

Ali Tavassoli is a Professor of Chemical Biology at the University of Southampton, leading an interdisciplinary team of scientists whose efforts are focused on the development of novel therapeutics for a variety of diseases.

 

Ali has been chair of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Chemical Biology and Bioorganic Group (2012-2015), and a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s “Chemistry and Biology Interface Division” council (2012-2016).

Lise Honsinger

The Circular Economy

Lise Honsinger

Skipping Rocks Lab

Lise is the Chief Commercial Officer of start-up Skipping Rocks Lab whose mission is ‘to make packaging disappear’. The company has developed Ooho, a fully biodegradable flexible packaging made from seaweed extract, that intends to replace plastic bottles in consumption on-the-go market. Prior to Skipping Rocks, Lise worked in private equity investing in renewable energy, helping build more than 100MWs of grid connected solar in the Philippines. She has degrees in environmental science from Oxford University and Imperial College London.

Azeem Azhar

Exponential Change

Azeem Azhar

Exponential View

The world is getting faster. Now what? We are at the Nexus of not just one technology Change, but a convergence of many technologies each improving exponentially. This heralds a time of rapid societal and business change. What can we expect and how should we handle it?

 

Azeem Azhar is a strategist, product entrepreneur and analyst. Azeem is known for one of the most respected newsletters in tech industry, Exponential View. The weekly publication offers insights into exponential technologies and their influence on the society. Among more than 21,000 readers are investors, academics, CEOs and journalists from around the world. Azeem is member of the editorial board of the Harvard Business Review.

 

Azeem built a successful startup: his venture-backed startup PeerIndex which applied machinel earning to large-scale social media graphs to make predictions about web users was acquired by Brandwatch in 2014. As an investor he invests in tech startups, particularly in the AI sector.

 

Previously, Azeem held corporate roles at Reuters and the BBC, and served as an editor at The Economist and The Guardian.

Giles Duley

The Power of Storytelling to Change the World

Giles Duley

Legacy of War

Giles Duley, Hon FRPS, worked as a successful fashion and music photographer for ten years. However, having become disillusioned with celebrity culture, he decided to abandon photography and left London to begin work as a full-time carer. It was in this role that he rediscovered his craft and its power to tell the stories of those without a voice. In 2000, he returned to photography, personally funding trips to document the work of NGOs and the stories of those affected by conflict across the world. In 2011, Duley lost both legs and his left arm after stepping on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Afghanistan whilst photographing those caught up in the conflict. He was told he would never walk again and that his career was over. However, characteristically stubborn, Duley told his doctors “I’m still a photographer”, and returned to work in Afghanistan less than 18 months later.

 

Duley has since documented stories in Lebanon, Bangladesh, Colombia, Iraq and Jordan amongst others His return was the feature of the award-winning documentary, Walking Wounded: Return to the Frontline. His work has since been featured in numerous papers and magazines, and he has talked about his experiences on television, radio and at several international and national events. His TEDx talk was voted one of the top ten TED talks of 2012. Duley is a Trustee for the Italian NGO Emergency and ambassador for Sir Bobby Charlton’s landmine charity Find A Better Way. In 2013, he won the May Chidiac Award for Bravery in Journalism and the AIB Founders Award for Outstanding Achievement, and was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society.

 

In 2016 he was commissioned by the UNHCR to document the refugee crisis across Europe and the Middle East, the result of which was the book I Can Only Tell You What My Eyes See.

 

By June 2017 Duley had already travelled to over a dozen countries in the continuation of his Legacy of War project, a project his sees as his defining work.

 

Monika Bielskyte

Designing fictional futures - for real cities, countries, continents, earth

Monika Bielskyte

ALLFUTUREEVERYTHING

As the co-founder of ALLFUTUREEVERYTHING, Monika Bielskyte is an instrumental force for integrating immersive media technologies and AR/MR/VR into global business plans and large-scale projects. Her ongoing consulting work bridges technology and creativity on projects that span entertainment (Ridley Scott Associates, GHOST IN THE SHELL/DreamWorks, Alex McDowell ), technology (CERN, Intel, Telefonica), design (Rick Owens, Aston Martin) and more.

Philip Sheppard

Closing Musical Keynote

Philip Sheppard

Royal Academy of Music

Philip Sheppard is a composer, virtuoso cellist, public speaker, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences member, Royal Academy of Music professor, electric cello pioneer and creative innovator. Philip has composed 60+ film, television and theatrical scores. Philip performs with Odesza, Pretty Lights and UNKLE and was a guest artist for music legends, including, Scott Walker, Jimmy Page, Jeff Buckley, David Bowie and Jarvis Cocker. Philip produced music for the Beijing and London Olympics, Tour de France, Rugby World Cup and COP21Paris. Philip’s stage works include Daydreaming With Stanley Kubrick, Sacred Monsters, In-I starring Juliette Binoche, One Drop for Cirque du Soleil and Sarabande, Alexander McQueen’s Spring/Summer 2007 PFW show. Philip created, Compose Yourself, a game featured in Time Magazine for Kids, WSJ and Newsday.

 

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