By the standards of world-class pianists, Hayley Parkes was relatively ‘old’ when she began studying the piano at the age of 9. Her talent was apparent and she soon went on to study at Chetham’s School of Music aged 11. Haley’s many appearances include performances at the BBC Proms, Royal Festival Hall, Bridgewater Hall, the Sage Gateshead and on BBC Radio. In 2014 she was named as a contestant in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition. In 2015 Hayley was appointed as staff pianist for both the Northern Ballet and the Royal Ballet School. Her work is generously supported by Yamaha Music.
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Ian Forrester is a well known figure in techie communities across the UK. After many years in London, he’s now well established in Manchester, where he works for the R&D division of a well-known UK public service broadcaster with offices in London and Media City UK and funded primarily by the TV License. He focuses on open innovation and disruptive opportunities via open engagement and collaborations with startups, early adopters and hackers. Amongst his many side interests, Ian’s blogs on online dating have become famous enough that a Guardian columnist once described him as “The Wikipedia of Online Dating”. He spoke at TEDxManchester 2011 about his “brush with death” so we welcome him back for an all new talk in 2016.