Programme

A sneak peek into the schedule
Day 1
18 Jun 2015
8:15 - 9:00

REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST

Welcome

Nathalie Nahai will open the day with a brief opening talk, introducing the idea behind the event, and each of our fantastic speakers.
Nathalie Nahai
Nathalie Nahai

The web: intention and inception

In this opening presentation, Eva Pascoe will explore the history of the internet and the core values present at its inception. We'll learn how it’s evolved, where it's going, and what this means for us at a societal, economic and global level.
Eva Pascoe
Eva Pascoe

Being human

What defines us? At a time in which we are constantly connected, interrupted, and seduced by our technology, how does this impact our sense of meaning, our relationships, and our personal growth?
Aaron Balick
Aaron Balick
11:00 - 11:30

BREAK

The quantified self & benevolent deception

During this panel, Dr. Carsten Sørensen will discuss the social impact of the quantified self, and what this means for future business innovation. Chris Baraniuk will explore the rise of benevolent deception and what agency means in relation to persuasive technologies.
Chris Baraniuk
Chris Baraniuk
Dr Carsten Sorensen
Dr. Carsten Sørensen

Digital mindfulness

We all know that our technologies can distract us, fragment our attention, and divert us away from things that bring us deep satisfaction; but they can also help us grow and develop as humans, and enable us to lead more fulfilling lives. In this talk Dr. Lawrence Ampofo, Founder of the Digital Mindfulness conference, will explore how we can use and develop tools that will increase our well-being.
Dr Lawrence Ampofo
Dr. Lawrence Ampofo
13:00 - 14:00

LUNCH

The Dark Net

Following the success of his recent book, The Dark Net, Jamie Bartlett will be revealing the hidden underworld that stretches from popular social media sites to the most secretive corners of the encrypted web. From strange subcultures and taboos to web-camming and guns-for-hire, this session will explore the darker sides of human nature that lurk just beneath the surface of the web as we know it.
Jamie Bartlett
Jamie Bartlett

Sex, apps and porn

From pornography and hookup apps to teledildonics, this is going to be an exciting, no-holds-barred panel discussion exploring how tech has gamified, commoditised and influenced sex and relationships, for better and worse.
Yvette Luhrs
Yvette Luhrs
Martin Daubney
Martin Daubney
Robert Hudson
Robert Hudson
15:30 - 16:00

BREAK

EXPERIMENT

Knowledge is only valuable if it's applied, and with 200 of the brightest brains in the room, we'd be remiss if we didn't put them to good use. In this interactive session, you'll be invited to take part in an experiment to explore how we can harness technology for good...

Humanise the web

In this closing talk, founder and web psychologist Nathalie Nahai will explore the central question, "Is our technology influencing our behaviour in a way that serves us?" We'll discuss what it might mean to put human values at the centre of tech design, and what we can do to start shaping our technology so that it serves, rather than enslaves, us.
Nathalie Nahai
Nathalie Nahai
17:30 - 20:00

DRINKS

Show: The secret life of your mobile phone

Ever wondered what your phone gets up to when you’re not looking? In this revealing show, you'll be taken down the rabbit hole and inside the hidden communications of a gadget you probably thought was on your side.
Glenn Wilkinson
Glenn WIlkinson
Geoff White
Geoff White