WAYS TO CHANGE THE WORLD 2017

We are delighted to announce the first confirmed speakers and topics for how to: Change The World 2017, taking place on the 30th November at the Royal Institution. Standard Tickets are £149 plus vat.

We are also excited to offer a strictly limited number of Salon Tickets, which include lunch with one or more of our speakers in a Mayfair restaurant.

This year, we are partnering with The New York Times to make How To Change The World an even more compelling event to attend. Times journalists will moderate select sessions, bringing their unrivalled perspective to the Conference.

Presenting leading experts on: vertical farming, emotion-reading computers, the Blockchain Revolution, tackling Alzheimer’s disease, electric air taxis, instant charging batteries, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, SpaceX, breakthroughs in refrigeration, renewable fuels, the circular economy and more.

Now in its fourth year, the one-day how to: Conference will provide an unparalleled insight into the innovations that will change our lives in the near (and distant) future – presented through engaging 15-minute demonstrations by the people at the forefront of their development.

We are excited to offer a first look at some of the speakers who will be joining us on the 30th November at the Royal Institution.

Speakers

Sophie Hackford

Tech Round-up of 2017

Sophie Hackford

Sophie is currently on a self-designed underground research program to discover extraordinary tech breakthroughs and the social contexts in which they are built and used. Her aim is to map these technologies over shifting demographics, economics and geopolitics to provide a richer understanding of the challenges and opportunities ahead. Sophie previously launched and ran WIRED magazine’s consulting business, spent two years in Silicon Valley working at Singularity University, and brought more than $120m of investment to the Oxford Martin School.

Professor Theo Gevers

Computers that read emotions. Facial Analysis Technology

Professor Theo Gevers

SightCorp

Theo Gevers is a Professor of Computer Vision at the University of Amsterdam. He is the founder of Sightcorp and 3D Universum. His main interest is in Artificial Intelligence, Computer vision and Machine learning. Sightcorp is revolutionizing how companies all over the world understand, interact and engage with people. Using special algorithms and AI, Sightcorp has created Face Analysis Technology to make real-time measurements of facial expressions combined with age, gender, ethnicity, head gaze and precise eye tracking functionality.

Professor Tim Whitley

Omniscience in an ultra-connected world

Professor Tim Whitley

BT Labs

Professor Tim Whitley is a distinguished Engineer and serves as Managing Director of Research and Innovation for BT worldwide and heads the BT’s R&D Campus in Suffolk, which has over 3000 employees and houses over 100 tech start-ups.  Starting his career in BT as a field apprentice at 16, he eventually gained a PhD in Optical Fibre Systems and became pivotal in the development of BT’s superfast broadband strategy, which sees the UK top many of the international benchmark metrics. He is accountable for all aspects of BT’s Global Research and Innovation activities, which includes applied research, technology scouting and was appointed as a member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) by the UK Government.

 

Casey Kuhlman

Fintech: The Blockchain Revolution

Casey Kuhlman

MONAX

Casey Kuhlman is the cofounder and CEO of Monax Industries, which is building a platform for smart contracts and legal applications of blockchain technology. Prior to cofounding Monax Industries, Casey was the head of legal information systems at the US Open Data Institute. A lawyer and international development practitioner for nearly a decade, Casey has worked extensively in the Horn of Africa, including cofounding the first law firm in Somaliland which he was the Managing Partner of for over four years. Casey has been a New York Times bestselling author, an infantry officer in the Marines, and an avid participant in open source software development.

Dr. Dickson Despommier

Vertical Farming: Feeding the world in the 21st Century

Dr. Dickson Despommier

Columbia University

Dr. Dickson Despommier, is a microbiologist, an ecologist, and emeritus professor of Public and Environmental Health at Columbia University. For 27 years he conducted research on cellular and molecular parasitism and held lectures and courses on Parasitic Disease. In 1999, he founded the root for the idea of raising crops in tall buildings; vertical farming. In 2010, he published his widely-received book: “The Vertical Farm: feeding the world in the 21st Century. He is currently engaged in a project whose mission is to produce significant amounts of food crops in tall buildings situated in densely populated urban centres 

Dr. Ulyana Shimanovich

Conquering Degenerative Disease

Dr. Ulyana Shimanovich

Weizmann Institute of Science

Dr. Ulyana Shimanovich joined the faculty of the Weizmann Institute of Science in June 2016. She is fascinated by the ultrafine fibers formed by proteins that affect the brains of those with advanced Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Her research has shown that learning to control formation of these nano-scale fibrils can be useful for applications such as creating protein-based microreactors to encapsulate time-release medications, or nanofibrils with antibacterial properties to resist infection. She hopes to discover the mechanisms for creating useful protein fibrils and for breaking down harmful ones. She has several patents and pending applications for innovations in nanoscience and nanomedicine.

Dr. Michal Leskes

Instant Charging Batteries

Dr. Michal Leskes

Weizmann Institute of Science

Dr Michal Leskes is a chemical physicist working in the Department of Materials and Interfaces at the Weizmann Institute of Science. After working with Prof. Shimon Vega to develop advanced nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) methods, Dr Leskes has applied her training in NMR techniques to study the lithium–air battery and the evolution of electrochemical products and their charging and discharging efficiency. In 2013, Dr Leskes won a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship from the European Union and has conducted postdoctoral research at Cambridge University. 

Professor Josef Kallo

The Electric Air Taxi

Professor Josef Kallo

German Aerospace Centre

Professor Josef Kallo is the Coordinator of Energy System Integration in the Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics at the German Aerospace Centre. He is also the Project leader for the HY4 Project, this is the world’s first four-seater passenger aircraft powered solely by a hydrogen fuel cell system and electric propulsion. Electric aircraft propulsion could change the way of using air transportation. In combination with low noise propulsions, city and regional transportation becomes realistic. From a 2-seater to a 40 seater aircraft new concepts rise on the horizon. 

David Sanders

Breakthroughs in Refrigeration

David Sanders

Dearman Technologies

David Sanders is the Commercial Director of Dearman Technologies, which uniquely harnesses liquid nitrogen to deliver zero-emission power and cooling. David Sanders has over 25 years’ experience in strategy consultancy, corporate advisory and as a technology entrepreneur with a focus on energy, clean technology and telecoms. David has co-founded several technology businesses in food production, composite materials, internet telephony, and mobile telephony software. He has an MBA (Finance) from Wharton and a degree in Mathematics from New College, Oxford.

Priya Lakhani OBE

Artificial intelligence in the Classroom

Priya Lakhani OBE

Century Tech

Priya Lakhani is the Founder CEO of CENTURY Tech, an artificially intelligent learning platform for teachers and students. CENTURY provides algorithm-based personalised learning journeys to students on a content agnostic platform and offers real-time insights and predictive analytics to educators. Priya has been a member of the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills’ Entrepreneurs’ Forum, an advisory board member to several educational/skills organisations. Lakhani was awarded Business Entrepreneur of the Year by the Chancellor in 2009 and Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2014.

Tom Mueller

Space Travel

Tom Mueller

Space X

Tom Mueller is an American rocket engineer and rocket engine designer. He is a founding employee of SpaceX and the Chief Technical Officer of Propulsion. He is best known for his engineering work on the TR-106, the Dragon spacecraft propulsion, and Merlin Rocket Engines. He is considered one of the world’s leading spacecraft propulsion experts and holds several United States patents for propulsion technology. In April 2017 Space X made a huge step towards their vision of fully reusable rockets, which will dramatically reduce the cost of getting into space.

Dominic Collins

The Future of Virtual Reality

Dominic Collins

Jaunt VR

Jaunt is a Palo Alto start-up that makes 360-degree cameras for filming in virtual reality and the software to stitch VR video together. Dominic Collins is responsible for Jaunt’s business and operations across the EMEA region, managing activity from the two European centres in London and Amsterdam. Additionally, Dominic is focused on partnering with creative content and production companies, as well as brands and agencies, to create immersive cinematic VR experiences for global distribution. Prior to joining Jaunt, Dominic held a variety of key positions with European telecom and digital companies

Professor Ron Milo

Living on Air, Learning from plant’s Secrets

Professor Ron Milo

Weizmann Institute of Science

Ron Milo is a Professor in the Department of Plant Sciences at the Weizmann Institute of Science. After a degree in Physics and a Master’s in Electrical Engineering, Milo became mesmerized by living matter. His PhD at the Weizmann Institute dealt with building blocks of biological networks. Today, his lab is trying to understand the cellular highways of energy and carbon transformations known as central carbon metabolism in quantitative terms. This employs a combination of computational and experimental synthetic biology tools. 

Lise Honsinger

The Circular Economy

Lise Honsinger

Skipping Rocks Lab

Lise is the Chief Commercial Officer of start-up Skipping Rocks Lab whose mission is ‘to make packaging disappear’. The company has developed Ooho, a fully biodegradable flexible packaging made from seaweed extract, that intends to replace plastic bottles in consumption on-the-go market. Prior to Skipping Rocks, Lise worked in private equity investing in renewable energy, helping build more than 100MWs of grid connected solar in the Philippines. She has degrees in environmental science from Oxford University and Imperial College London.

Philip Sheppard

Closing Musical Keynote

Philip Sheppard

Royal Academy of Music

Philip Sheppard is a composer, virtuoso cellist, public speaker, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences member, Royal Academy of Music professor, electric cello pioneer and creative innovator. Philip has composed 60+ film, television and theatrical scores. Philip performs with Odesza, Pretty Lights and UNKLE and was a guest artist for music legends, including, Scott Walker, Jimmy Page, Jeff Buckley, David Bowie and Jarvis Cocker. Philip produced music for the Beijing and London Olympics, Tour de France, Rugby World Cup and COP21Paris. Philip’s stage works include Daydreaming With Stanley Kubrick, Sacred Monsters, In-I starring Juliette Binoche, One Drop for Cirque du Soleil and Sarabande, Alexander McQueen’s Spring/Summer 2007 PFW show. Philip created, Compose Yourself, a game featured in Time Magazine for Kids, WSJ and Newsday.

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Venue

Royal Institution

21 Albemarle Street London W1S 4BS ‎ UK

Tube: Green Park, Bond Street, Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus
Bus: 9, 14, 19, 22 and 38

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