Speakers – Liverpool 2019


Jeni Tennison

Jeni Tennison is the CEO of the Open Data Institute. Jeni sits on the UK’s Open Standards Board; the Advisory Board for the Open Contracting Partnership; the Board of Ada, the UK’s National College for Digital Skills; the Co-operative’s Digital Advisory Board; and the Board of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data.

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Mujib Rahman

Mujib Rahman

Mujib is a Director of Teaching and Learning and a Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering at Brunel University.

His research addresses issues within the theme of “resilient infrastructures”, especially the role of investigation, protection, maintenance and rehabilitation towards extending the life of pavements, bridges and heritage structures.

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Lydia Nicholas

Lydia Nicholas

Lydia is a Programme Manager at Doteveryone, exploring ways automation can be part of a more sustainable, fair care system.

Previously Lydia studied the implementation of new electronic record systems with UCL’s Interaction Centre and Great Ormond Street Hospital, and worked in Nesta on projects including Social Movements in Health and AI in Clinical Practice.

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Tom Forth

Tom Forth

Tom Forth is Head of Data at The Open Data Institute Leeds. He also helps to run two businesses collecting and working with data, The Data City and imactivate.

He is particularly interested in data as infrastructure, and the need to maintain the availability and quality of data in order to power efficient modern services in both the private and public sector.

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Shannon Mattern

Shannon Mattern

Shannon Mattern is a Professor at The New School in New York, where she researches and teaches about media architectures and infrastructures; you can find her at wordsinspace.net

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Donna Young

Donna Young

Donna is the Curator of Herbarium at World Museum, National Museums Liverpool and a Trustee of NatSCA (Natural Sciences Collections Association).

She sometimes describes her job as “keeping dead things dead”, and in particular is interested in the preservation and maintenance of this valuable resource.

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Tom van Deijnen

Tom van Deijnen

Tom of Holland is a self-taught mender who started the Visible Mending Programme to inspire people to repair their textiles to make them last longer and wear a darn as a badge of honour.

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Additional speakers to be confirmed.