Speaking

(Starting with a hack - FutureEverything 2015)

(Create Something Every Day - Do Lectures 2014)

I do a fair amount of public speaking and I enjoy inspiring people with the things that I care about - creativity, technology, innovation, startups, prototyping, code, hacks and my work around inspiring kids to be creative with technology.

I aim to speak to as wide an audience as possible by using jargon-free plain English, humour and personal stories as well as throwing in an unusual surprise. Like demoing a live artwork that visualises all of the devices they are carrying. Or doing my talk in my randomised and risky "deck roulette" format where the computer decides what happens!

When I use slides, I limit myself to either an image or a single line of text. I'm not a big fan of "death by Powerpoint"!

Recently I've spoken at FutureEverything, NESTA FutureFest, UX Munich and privately for a number of internal events with companies.

If you're interested in inviting me to speak, moderate or be the host at your event please get in touch with me directly or via Speaker's Corner.

Other recent talks

Teach Your Kids to Create as Well as Consume Games

Kidcrafters 2014 (video)

A 20x20 Pecha Kucha lightning talk (I'd never used this format before!) including how to be a robot dad and how to play with Scratch.

Sketching with Data

Import.io Data Summit

A 15 minute talk about the "hackableness" and malleability of data, and some of the sketchy, playful hacks I've been doing in my spare time that perhaps point towards an opportunity to improve how playful we can be with data.

Colour

Creative Mornings 2014

An improvised talk about creativity using my Deck Roulette format. A series of randomised slides based on a set of images and slide titles. Whatever the computer chooses next is what you have to talk about!

Hack, Play, Learn

Hacker News London

What we're learning by building play, failure and parallelism into the Makeshift process.

Hack, Make, Shift

Open Innovation Conference, Cardiff, 2013

An overview of our stage-gate process for evaluating new ideas

Hacking an Island

Mareel in Shetland (video)

About my hacker residency on the island of Eigg