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Ian Forrester

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.

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Tom is the founder of Book of the Future, an applied futurism consultancy which helps organisations build a coherent vision of their future and how to respond to it. Clients include LG, NHS, Nikon and Sony Pictures among many others. Tom co-founded CANDDI, one of Manchester’s most promising tech startups. He is a regular contributor on BBC TV and Radio. He is also the resident futurist on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch.

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