Lawrence Wilkinson is Chairman of (H&C;), an investment and strategic advisory firm, and Co-Founder of scenario planning pioneer Global Business Network (GBN), both based in San Francisco. Through H&C, Lawrence is involved in venture formation work, and as a director and counselor to a number of companies that he helped create, including: Colossal Pictures, Wired, Oxygen Media, Design Within Reach, Ealing Studios, Mindswarms, and Public Bikes. At the same time, Lawrence continues to offer strategic counsel to a number of corporate clients and governments around the world with which he has worked for years, among them Capital Group, Wiley, The Walt Disney Company, Ford, BBC, CPB, PBS, NPR, IBM, Apple, Proctor & Gamble, the World Economic Forum, and the governments of the United States, the United Kingdom, and Singapore. Named a “Jedi Knight of Innovation” by Fast Company, Lawrence is a widely consulted/cited source and frequent speaker on strategic issues; he serves as a director of not-for-profits Landesa, Institute of the Future, Common Sense Media, Public Radio International, New America Media, Public Architecture, and Global Lives; he is an advisor to the Libraries at Oxford and Harvard Universities; he authors two blogs, (Roughly) Daily and Scenarios and Strategy, and can be found on Twitter at @roughlydaily.
Marc Shillum is a multi-disciplinary designer with a proven track-record for creating valuable brands and products. His 2012 paper 'Brands as Patterns' has become a foundational theory for global brand building in the digital age. The paper has been republished by FastCompany, Contagious Magazine and PSFK, and became two wildly successful panels at SXSW and is soon to be published as a book. Marc helped conceive, design and launch some of the worlds most successful products and brands including HBOGO, Nike Fuel, B&N nook, Discovery Digital Networks, RH, Nokia viNe and The Aston Martin Rapide. He also advises and invests in category redefining startups like Basis, SoftKinetic, Onlive and Canary. In his private practice he has helped the senior management of eBay, GoPro, Adobe, Discovery and Lego to reimagine creative leadership.
Michael Felber is founder of PASTPRESENTFUTURE , a New York based Brand Distillery & Interaction Design Company focused on sustainable cultural progress. Michael is known for adapting Swiss Modernist thinking to create interfaces to complex data. Examples include designing an interface to the known physical universe to the website and brand for the City of New York, still used today. More recent work includes creating a global peace agreement database for the United Nations and interface modalities
Prior, Michael was the Creative Director at OVEN, where his global team helped clients including Tiffany & Co, MoMA, Intel and The City of New York to develop their original web presence. He received three One Show Interactive gold awards and the New York Art Director’s Club Young Gun award for his work. Designed the Levi’s Strauss & Co SilverTab Soho store when working at Italian Architect Aldo Rossi’s office. He is a 1992 graduate of the Swiss School of Visual Arts
Robert Scoble gives his viewers a front door seat to the future. One of the world's best known bloggers and technology writers, Robert became famous with his popular blog, Scobleizer, which came to prominence during his tenure as a technical evangelist at Microsoft. Scoble joined Microsoft in 2003, and although he often promoted Microsoft products like Tablet PCs and Windows Vista, he also frequently criticized his own employer and praised its competitors like Apple and Google.
Robert currently works as an Entrepreneur in Residence at. Formerly Rackspace's Futurist, Scoble searches the world looking for what's happening on the bleeding edge of technology and brings that learning to Facebook and other places like his email newsletter and blog. Scoble is the author of five books, the most recent of which is "The Fourth Transformation" with Shel Israel, predicts the ways in which VR and associated technologies will indelibly change our futures.
Michael Tiffany is the CEO and Co-Founder of White Ops, a security company founded in 2013 to break the profit models of cybercriminals. By making botnet schemes like ad fraud unprofitable, White Ops disrupts the criminal incentive to break into millions of computers. Michael founded his first cyber business (a bbs) in 1992. Michael has designed and developed cyber security and connectivity solutions in high-speed fiber, U.S. Government, and banking industries. Michael is a founding member of the California-based hacker crew Ninjas.org.
Dave Edwards is the founder of Intelligentsia.ai, the leading AI research firm. His career has followed the course of predicting big technology trends starting with the Internet in the mid 1990s to cleantech in the mid 2000s and now artificial intelligence in the mid 2010s. He has been a research analyst at Morgan Stanley, a marketing lead at Apple, and an advisor to startups and major corporates.
His current work is on artificial intelligence and the human machine community, with a specialty in human machine interfaces. He writes on all fields of AI as well as offers consulting services in AI strategy. He is passionate about understanding this next great technology trend by combining big visions with detailed analysis to help investors and executives understand the magnitude of change as well as understand what to do about it.
Tony Parisi is a Virtual Reality pioneer, serial entrepreneur, author and angel investor currently heading WebVR for Unity Technologies. He has developed many of the critical international standards and protocols in the field and started and sold technology companies. I am currently a founder at a stealth virtual reality startup, and an angel investor specializing in immersive technologies (VR, AR, MR). Tony is the co-creator of the VRML and X3D ISO standards for networked 3D graphics, and the specification editor for glTF, the new 3D file format standard for WebGL and OpenGL applications for desktop and mobile, VR, AR and more. Tony has authored O’Reilly Media’s books on Virtual Reality and WebGL: Learning Virtual Reality (2015), Programming 3D Applications in HTML5 and WebGL (2014), and WebGL Up and Running (2012).
Mustafa Osman Turan is a career diplomat since 1992. He was assigned to a number of challenging posts including the Balkans (Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo) and Afghanistan. He also served in Turkish Embassy in Rome and Turkish OSCE Mission in Vienna. From 2011 to 2014, Mr Turan was Deputy Permanent Delegate of Turkey to the European Union in Brussels. Currently he is heading the Department on G20 outreach activities and engagement groups as a senior member of Turkey’s G20 Presidency Team.
Mr Turan studied international relations and graduated from Middle East Technical University in 1991. He holds a Masters degree on European politics from College of Europe in Bruges. He is a Ph. D. candidate on political science at Bilkent University in Ankara. As a volunteer, Mr Turan engages with non-profit sector and takes an active role in a project called InnoCampus which aims to serve as a mobile pre-incubation programme and a FabLab for young innovative entrepreneurs.
Todd Porter makes impossible possible by connecting important ideas with the people and networks they need to thrive. An expert in the fields of open innovation, ecosystem development, design thinking and entrepreneurship, Todd was the Founding Ambassador of TEDx Tokyo and co-founder of the IMPACT Foundation Japan, Prosperity Exchange, FabCafe, Galvani Studios (stealth) and the PAN Asia Network. In earlier parts of his career he worked with Imagine Media, Public Allies, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, Bain & Co. He also advises the Open University of West Africa. He earned his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Taylor Freeman is CEO of UploadVR, the leading news, events, and education provider in the VR space. UploadVR is dedicated to accelerating the growth of the immersive tech industry. UploadVR believes that Virtual Reality is going to reinvent the way we learn, interact, and understand the world around us. He and his team have built a community based on the conviction that immersive technology is the next major computing platform and will fundamentally transform the way we learn, interact, and understand the world around us.