FutureEverything's Artistic Director and founder Drew Hemment is speaking at a TEDx event in Regents Park, London on Thurs 30 July 2009.

Announcing TedxRegentsPark!

The Hub, Regents Park, London
4pm - 8.30pm, Thurs 30 July 2009

FutureEverything's Artistic Director and founder Drew Hemment is speaking at a TEDx event in Regents Park, London on Thurs 30 July 2009. TEDxRegentsPark is organised by the CITIN Knowledge Transfer Network.

The Speakers

Drew Hemment - "Bringing The Future Into The Present: Mass Participation, Weather Forecasting, and the Future of Everything"

Dr Jeremy Silver - "Death of a business model: How the music Industry is grieving and growing"

Stefan Agamanolis - "Slow Communication"

Followed by a Networking BBQ.

What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

About TED

TED is an annual event where some of the world's leading thinkers and doers are invited to share what they are most passionate about. "TED" stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design -- three broad subject areas that are, collectively, shaping our future. And in fact, the event is broader still, showcasing ideas that matter in any discipline. Attendees have called it "the ultimate brain spa" and "a four-day journey into the future." The diverse audience -- CEOs, scientists, creatives, philanthropists -- is almost as extraordinary as the speakers, who have included Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Frank Gehry, Paul Simon, Sir Richard Branson, Philippe Starck and Bono.

TED was first held in Monterey, California, in 1984. In 2001, Chris Anderson's Sapling Foundation acquired TED from its founder, Richard Saul Wurman. In recent years, TED has expanded to include an international conference, TEDGlobal; media initiatives, including TED Talks and TED.com; and the TED Prize. TED2010, "What the world Needs Now," will be held Feb 9-13, 2010, in Long Beach, California, with a simulcast event in Palm Springs, California. TEDGlobal 2009, "The Substance of Things Not Seen," will be held July 21-24, 2009, in Oxford, UK and TEDIndia will be held in November 2009.

About The Speakers

Drew Hemment 

Drew Hemment is an artist, curator and researcher working in Art, Environment and Social Technologies. He is Director and founder of the award winning FutureEverything festival and the Social Technologies Summit, and is Associate Director of ImaginationLancaster, a major new creative research centre at Lancaster University rated 3rd in the UK for research in art and design. His work has been covered prominently by New York Times, BBC and NBC, and he was awarded an Honorary Mention at Prix Ars Electronica 2008 for Loca: Set To Discoverable, an artwork on pervasive surveillance which premiered in San Jose. He was instrumental in the emergence of the field of Locative Media, and helped to establish the Pervasive and Locative Arts Network (PLAN), funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. He curated the first major art exhibition on mobile and locative media (Mobile Connections, 2004) and the first major art exhibition on social networking (Social Networking Unplugged, 2008). He has pioneered work in mass participation through the Environment 2.0 project (2006-ongoing) working as an artist and weather forecaster. His mobile phone DJ performance on a Baltic cruise during the ISEA2004 art festival was a world first and was covered by the New York Times, and he was a key figure in early UK electronic dance music culture in the late 1980s. He completed a PhD at Lancaster University in 1999.

Jeremy Silver 

Jeremy Silver is a digital media thought-leader who has focussed on the music industry for the last fifteen years. He is currently providing advisory services to the UK Technology Strategy Board on its work with the creative industries and its Digital Britain Test Beds project. He is also acting-CEO of the newly created Featured Artists Coalition. Previously he was CEO of Sibelius Software (a music notation software company) which he led for five years and sold to Avid Technology in 2006. He then also took on responsibility for Avid’s global education strategy across its audio and video divisions. Previously, Silver was worldwide Vice President of New Media for EMI Music Group in London and relocated to Los Angeles.  Silver went on to run the ground-breaking, playlist- sharing music service, Uplister Inc, based in San Francisco. Previously, Silver was Director of Media Affairs at Virgin Records where he worked closely with many artists including Genesis, Meat Loaf,  Brian Eno, Massive Attack and the Future Sound of London.  Silver serves as Deputy Chairman of Futurelab – an education technology think-tank chaired by Lord David Puttnam. Silver has presented talks and chaired panels on music and digital media at many conferences and seminars around the world including at Midem, Thinking Digital, and In The City. Silver has a PhD in English Literature. His blog appears at www.mediaclarity.com 

Stefan Agamanolis

Stefan Agamanolis heads Distance Lab, a creative research initiative bringing together technology, design and the arts to redefine and overcome distance.   In addition to conducting academic research, Distance Lab works with briefs from industry and governmental partners, providing advice, generating ideas and building prototypes that inspire and can lead to new innovative products and services. Stefan has over 10 years of experience inside the MIT Media Lab, first as a student and later as one of the founding research directors at Media Lab Europe, its former sister lab in Dublin, Ireland. There he led the Human Connectedness group, an interdisciplinary team that explored the future of human relationships as mediated by technology.  His work and that of his researchers has won a number of awards and has been exhibited in diverse venues including Ars Electronica (Austria), the Osaka National Museum of Art (Japan), the Victoria and Albert Museum (UK), and the Wired NextFest (USA).  He speaks and consults internationally on a variety of digital media topics.  He holds Masters and PhD degrees in Media Arts and Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science from Oberlin College. He was born and raised in the state of Ohio in the United States.


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