500+ inspirational speakers will be sharing their thoughts and ideas at Web Summit – now is your chance to see them.
Why the feature image? You’ll have to keep reading to find out….
In around two weeks time the final speakers will step off the stage at Web Summit 2014 as we all get ready for one hell of a closing party. That will all be after some of the industry’s most forward-thinking individuals share their thoughts and ideas with our 20,000 attendees.
There will be well over 500 speakers in total, and now we have 31 more to add to the list. Just in the selection below we’ve got men and women from the world’s most recognisable media brands, CEOs of top software companies and social media organisations, and engineers at the forefront of their industry sector. These first five are just a taste:
Ryan Holmes – CEO, Hootsuite
Ryan is the CEO of Hootsuite and has grown HootSuite from a lean startup to a global leader in social media with 8 million users, including 79 of the Fortune 100 companies. A college drop-out, he started a paintball company and pizza restaurant before founding Invoke Media, the company that developed HootSuite in 2009.
Today, Holmes is an authority on the social business revolution, quoted in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal and called upon to speak at TEDx and SXSW Interactive Conferences. An angel investor and advisor, he mentors startups in Canada and around the world. Through HootSuite University, Holmes partners with major universities to deliver social media coursework to the next generation of business leaders.
Junyu Wang – Co-founder & COO of Wandoujia
Junyu Wang is the co-founder and COO of Wandoujia, which is China’s search engine for mobile entertainment, creating innovations with widespread influence over China’s mobile internet industry. Wandoujia has been installed more than 350 million times, with new installations each day exceeding 800,000. Its search index provides over one million choices in multiple content verticals: apps, videos, and ebooks, as well as supplying wallpapers, music, and themes from more than 130 content providers.
Prior to that, Wang was employed as a user experience designer and user interface engineer at Google Inc. and a product manager at Innovation Work.
Emily Steel – New York Times
Emily joined The New York Times as a media reporter covering the television industry in 2014 after spending six years at the Wall Street Journal and two at the Financial Times as its media and marketing correspondent. At the Journal, she contributed several stories to the paper’s Pulitzer-finalist “End of Privacy” series about the pervasive tracking of Americans online, including her high-impact piece about privacy breaches at Facebook.
Her media reporting at the FT has been top notch, including her recent coverage of the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger.
Chip Paucek – Co-founder & CEO, 2U
Chip Paucek is 2U’s Co-Founder and CEO. After graduating from The George Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in political communication, Paucek founded Cerebellum Corporation, the company behind the award-winning educational Standard Deviants television program. Standard Deviants was distributed on over 100 PBS stations and was selected by TV Guide/Today Show as the top show for kids.
After leading Cerebellum Corporation for a decade, Paucek co-managed the re-election campaign of U.S. Senator from Maryland, Barbara Mikulski and then returned to education as the CEO of Hooked on Phonics and expanded access to the program by bringing it from infomercial sales to distribution across major U.S. retailers.
Neil Jordan – Academy Award-winning Filmmaker
Neil Jordan is one of the most significant creative minds of his generation. A prolific, Academy Award-winning filmmaker, he has been at the helm of 20 feature films and was creator and executive producer of Showtime series The Borgias.
Having made his name with cult films like A Company of Wolves, he went on to direct major Hollywood pictures such as An Interview with a Vampire, with Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. Never shying away from political issues, some of his most acclaimed films depict times of conflict in Ireland, such as Michael Collins (Hence the Featured Image) and The Crying Game, the latter winning him an Oscar for Best Screenplay.
As well as his work behind the camera, Jordan is also an accomplished author, having penned several novels and a collection of short stories.
Other speakers announced:
Steven Bertoni – Associate Editor – Forbes
Ewan Spence – Contributing Writer – Forbes
Rob Kitchin – Professor and ERC Advanced Investigator – Maynooth University
Brian Morrissey – President & Editor-in-Chief – Digiday
Deirdre Bolton – Anchor – Fox Business
Anne-Marie Tomchak – Reporter and Producer – BBC Trending
Yuval Ben-Itzhak – Chief Technology Officer – AVG Technologies
Perry Valkenburg – COO – TBWA
Mark Gallagher – Formula 1
Jens Melvang – Head of Product Strategy – Prozonesports
Andrew Creighton – President – VICE
Ali Parsa – Founder – Babylon Health
Sean O’Connor – Founder – Stat Sports
James Ball – Special Projects Editor – The Guardian
Andreea Wade – Founder – Brandalism
Bella Sankey – Speaker – Liberty Human Rights
Shannon Connolly – SVP Music Strategy – MTV Networks
John O’Donovan – CTO – Financial Times
Aaron Grant – Founder – Thalmic Labs
Bob Bowman – CEO – MLB Advanced Media
Matt Berry – CEO and Founder – Orca Health
David Matthews – Wordlab
Stephen Smith – Kitman Labs
Colm O’Neill – BT
Aditya Agarwal – VP of Engineering Dropbox
Peter Rubin – Senior Editor – Wired Magazine
Ted Mico – COO – Mirriad