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Save the date - 16th April 2016 @ 2pm

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We return on the Saturday 16th of April 2016 with an extraordinary line of speakers. This year’s conference theme is "Infinite Possibilities". The origin of this theme came about from the thought of creating a platform for ideas that challenges the norm and going beyond ordinary expectations. We were also drawn to the fact that it is of a very ambiguous nature, and that it signifies hope and highlights the possible potential that lies within each and every one of us.

Our one-day conference will be immersive and engaging, bringing a diverse roster of speakers from different disciplines, professional and educational backgrounds. We aim to bring bright individuals who are pioneers in their fields to come and inspire, share and provoke conversations that matter from a wide range of subjects. We are operating under a licence of TED, a platform devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading through short and powerful talks striving to inspire thoughts, creativity, wonder and foster learning.

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We're releasing speakers gradually in the run up to the conference. Check back regularly for updates.

Shiv Tulsiani (conference host)

Shiv is currently studying his final year in Management. He is passionate about helping the local community, especially the homeless. He has done this through setting up project RENU, which helps teach homeless people skills such as working with furnitures and artworks in order for them to have higher chances of getting a job.

He has proudly represented the Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS) in numerous business competitions and even came in 3rd place whilst representing AMBS in the National Apprentice Challenge 2015!

Fun fact: He even won the Commanders award during his time as the coast guard for Singapore’s national service! He adores eating, football and loves making new friends and we are sure that he will try to make many more at the event as well.

Steve Rawling

“I can show you how to be more creative. Whatever you do, I can teach you to find new ideas, build stronger ideas and sell your best ideas to the people who matter most”.

Steve will be sharing ideas from his 25 years of experience in the media industry - teaching the audience that there exist infinite possibilities behind other people’s stories … enabling us to become infinite storytellers!

Steve has spent over 25 years in the media industry, working as a journalist, editor, programme developer and producer before becoming a creative leadership programme trainer for the BBC. He was also heavily involved in major events throughout his career. For example, in 2010, he was part of the team that created ‘Frankenstein’s Wedding'!

At this present age, he is a creativity trainer as well as a consultant who regularly trains broadcasters, business and social enterprises in storytelling and creative techniques. He also helps those who want to discover, develop and sell their ideas as well as demonstrate how to inspire, motivate and influence the target audience to believe in those ideas.

Maria Joan Hyland

We are delighted to announce that M.J. Hyland, a renowned author of multi-award-winning novels: How the Light Gets In (2004), Carry Me Down (2006) and This is How (2009) will be present at the event to share her ideas and experience on how Multiple Sclerosis (MS) has affected her life and career as novelist - Hyland hopes that this will help empower MS patients as well as shed light on the condition which affects more than 100,000 people in the UK alone.

Hyland was diagnosed with MS in 2008 and is currently a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Manchester. Her stance against the misconceptions concerning the neurological condition portrayed in her award-winning books of both fiction and non-fiction has made her a highly-respected individual in her field of research.

Over the years, she has also written numerous pieces of academic works (including autobiographical pieces), which have been published internationally and have even sparked debates concerning the treatment, diagnosis and symptoms of the condition. She has also made more than two dozen appearances on national and international radio and has been a guest of nine major literary festivals.

In 2011 and 2012, she was shortlisted for the BBC Short Story Prize at this present day, regularly writes for The Guardian, The Financial Times, the LRB and Granta.

Ash Dyke

We are delighted to announce that the UK Adventurer of The Year (2015), 2 times world record holder and 2 times Welsh Adventurer of the Year, Ash-DykesA.K.A ‘the Lonely Snow Leopard’ is the 3rd speaker for our event!

Ash has travelled across the globe successfully completing adventures unknown to mankind. Some of which almost costed his life! 2 years ago he spent 78 days alone walking 1,500 miles across Mongolia, whilst pulling a 120kg homemade trailer. In early 2016 he became the first person ever to traverse Madagascar’s length – he was even nearly washed away in a crocodile-infested river!

The famous English explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes praised Ash saying his journey in Mongolia is “an example of great determination” whilst FHM named him as "one of the world’s most fearless outdoors men”. Apart from being an adventurer, he is also a Muay Thai Fighter and a scuba diving instructor.

These 2 incredible adventures are just examples of numerous journeys he has undertaken. We are excited to learn more about Ash, the stories of his incredible adventures, his ideas and the life-lessons he learnt from his adventures during the event.

Richard Ramchurn

Richard is a Creative Director who graduated in Illustration and Animation from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2000. He first started working in the digital realm where he created live visuals for club nights and experimental music events. After a while, he combined his knowledge and skills to create ‘AlbinoMosquito’ in 2002– a creative agency based in Manchester. They specialise in producing digital creative content across both the UK and Europe.

Richard’s company has produced projects for a wide range of clients: these include the BBC and Arts Councils and Tanks at Tate Modern.

At the event, Richard will be presenting his ideas on ‘Scanners’; a new interactive visual arts installation that bridges the gap between digital arts and neuroscience! Scanners create an experience that uses wireless brain scanners that allows the user to manipulate a digital art installation and the user can also project their feelings onto the film that they are seeing!

Watch the link to learn a bit more about Scanners! https://vimeo.com/112687389

Jennifer Arcuri

Jennifer is the founder of Hacker House - the world’s first cyber security space: gathering, training and educating young kids who have started to breach code. Her vision is to bring together law enforcement with cyber criminals , harness hackers' raw talent and bring them inside of the entrepreneur eco-system and create an environment where digitally adept young people can use their talents for commercial and social good. Hacker House™ is also set to launch a series of security products by the end of 2016- including a set of cyber badges to be accredited for schools in educating kids in ethics around hacking ad cyber hygiene.

She also founded InnoTech, renowned for being one of the UK’s leading technology business events. The event attracts leading political, financial and business representatives from around the world to discuss how innovative technologies apply across public sector. She is also entranced by the paradigms of digital distribution and why some films succeeded and others don’t. As a result, she created Ubroadcast - a live stream video distribution platform that allowed aspiring filmmakers to interact and engage with their audience.

She is also the founder of Pinksheet Database - a network of the finest professional female voices combatting the old mantra of “no women in tech” and is also an advocate for women all around the world to develop technology skills.

Furthermore, Jennifer is also an advisor to Hackers and Founders in Silicon Valley and is now a certified ethical hacker herself.

Hassan Iqbal

“I’ve watched Hassan grow as a young entrepreneur who is on a mission to inspire and motivate other young people. Given the severity of youth unemployment and much negative press around young people Hassan is a shining example of how the creativity and enterprising spirit of young people can achieve great things” - Adam Bradford

At only the age of 8, Hassan already began his entrepreneurial journey! He regularly repaired computers and by the time he was 13; he started his own business; a computer-repair company!

Earlier this year, he won the National Edge Challenge and his dedication to the field has earned him numerous attention and honours, including the ‘Young Digital Entrepreneur of the Year finalist’.

In January 2014, he opened his own award winning creative agency called ‘CreativePixels’. The company offers creative services such as website design, search engine optimisation to boost website profiles, as well as branding & animation to small businesses without breaking the bank. All of these services allows small businesses to compete against the biggest names in business.

At the event Hassan will talk about his entrepreneurial journey and the vital lessons he learnt from it, how success can be achieved by seizing opportunities and breaking out of the norm as well as how success isn't defined by materialistic things.

David Kam

David Kam is an international dance artist and yoga teacher based in London. Inspired by the cultural richness of his home country, the prolific Malaysian embraces a multidisciplinary work approach on the basis of his architectural degree and formal dance training from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

David’s academic pursuits sparked his curiosity to study the connection between place and self, establishing a practice of placemaking within performance. He has therefore developed a particular interest in site-specific work, often of an autobiographical nature. David’s inclination towards bridging disciplines has also led him to specialise in Dance-Specific Yoga.

Over the years, David had the privilege to work with Transitions Dance Company, Tony Thatcher, Melanie Clarke and Dr. Valerie Preston-Dunlop, all of which contributed to his diverse and international performing experience across the UK, Asia and Europe.

At present, David is a member of Natalie Su Company, sharing its vision of celebrating cross art-form collaborations through a process-driven approach. He will be sharing his research and pedagogy at the Undisciplining Dance Symposium this summer, hosted by Choreographic Research Aotearoa in the University of Auckland.

During the event, David will share a live multidisciplinary exchange with choreographer Natalie Su Robinson, illustrator Joanna Layla and violinist player Henry Webster. With special thanks to projection artist Graham Robinson.

Will Baker

Will's talk, entitled 'Mirror to Power' will be discussing the extraordinary role that ordinary people can play in holding power to account.

Originally trained as a solicitor, Will is an experienced independent monitor of the treatment of people held in immigration detention. This voluntary role includes monitoring the deportation process, accompanying detainees and escorts to countries such as Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. He works extensively as a trainer and consultant and also worked or volunteered in areas including witness care in the criminal justice system and youth restorative justice.

Together with Nick Hurley, Will created The Human Project, an organisation utilising design, technology and creative thought to advance human rights and promote positive social change. Their recent projects have been in the fields of digital democracy, youth democratic engagement, electoral fairness and safety in the Caribbean and human rights and equality training for young people. The Human Project aims to combine creative ideas with informed activism, attaching equal weight to the importance of subject matter and design. In 2016 The Human Project will be launching hackathons in Manchester and Jamaica, bringing together people from multiple disciplines to explore the ways ordinary people can monitor the exercise of power and better hold authority to account. This talk was developed with Nick Hurley, Co- Founder of The Human Project. Nick is a digital designer, developer and artist and a Young Producer at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester

Sumit Sarkar

Sumit is a visual artist whose artwork takes various forms such as digital & analogue paintings, sculptures as well as animation.

The content of his work ranges from characters from his own world ‘Sumit’s KrikSix’ to ‘Ananta’ to ‘Kers’. Ananta combines his modern interpretation of the Hindu Gods with a more traditional representation as seen in temples and other places of worship whilst Kers includes sculptural graffiti work.

Sumit is funded by the Arts Council of England to research and develop 3D printing as well as scanning and motion capture techniques which have led to ‘Sevenesque III’: an exhibition of digital sculptures, paintings and video.

Sumit also works as an AV director, animator, illustrator and workshop leader, and is involved in various live art events around the UK - from aerosol art and drawing battles to live digital painting and sculpture.

At the event, you can expect to hear about Sumit's artistic practise as well witness the creation of a live digital 3D sculpture!

Marcus East

Marcus is a dynamic technology director with over 20 years experience of working with major brands to drive enterprise-level digital transformations and electronic commerce, creating shareholder value and lasting change through the use of digital technology.

He has a consistent track record of success developed on three continents, and most recently worked in Silicon Valley for Apple, where he led eCommerce solutions delivery for the company’s worldwide online business, and also drove the adoption of agile software delivery; he returned to the UK at the beginning of 2016 to join retailer Marks and Spencer, where he is the director responsible for driving the company’s digital transformation.

Marcus is a strong, motivational leader with experience of managing teams and resources in excess of 1000 people, and with annual budgets in excess of $100m. He is an expert in Agile transformations, with real experience of driving the adoption of Agile in major organisations like Comic Relief and Apple, and is one of a small number of people certified as an expert in the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and with actual hands-on experience of implementing Agile at scale — together with the war stories and scars earned in the process.

In addition to his expertise in delivering value for commercial organisations, he also has a passion for the use of technology to drive positive social change, and spent two years building and leading Comic Relief’s technology function, during which time he drove the delivery of award-winning technology and digital products, including the record-setting donations platform that supports Red Nose Day.

He is also heavily involved in ‘Social Tech’ in his spare time, and was a director and trustee of Nominet Trust, and has sat on the board of several charities and social enterprises and actively seeks to help charities and social tech organisations to embrace the digital age.

Having lived and worked in the UK, Asia and America, he has a uniquely international perspective on the challenges facing organisations and societies today, and how technology affects them — both positively and negatively — and has strong views on social exclusion, diversity in technology, managing technology talent and how large corporations should react to the challenges and opportunities that the advent of the digital age brings.

His time living in Silicon Valley has also allowed him to develop deep knowledge of the approach to innovation and digital technology, there and his experience at Apple has helped to give him perspective on the importance of both developing compelling customer experience in the digital age, and the secret sauce that has allowed Silicon Valley to become the powerhouse of the Tech Industry.

Where is it being held?

At Rise Manchester!

231 Deansgate
M3 4EN

The organising committee

The 2015-2016 committee is made up of two co-founders and five departments - External Relations, Marketing, Administration, Finance and Event, each fully dedicated and working hard towards the conference on the 16th April 2016.


Emrana Khatun
Liz Tiong Li Chen

Executive team

Derek Liew
Damian Elsässer
Kah Heng
Kelly Alica Liman
Thủy Phamova


Malcolm Ian Stothard
Debbie Ciara Osimen
Daniel Ireson
Yash Shah
Howard Li
Zaidi Hamid
Srishti Issrani
Norman Ghanty

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