23rd - 24th August, 2013 / #turingfest

We've got some amazing speakers lined up this year, and there are many more to follow. Sign up to stay informed and make sure to check out the news section for more info and the video  section for some of our previous talks.

Turing 2013 Speakers

D.J. Powers - Valve

D.J. Powers is part of the Business Development team at Valve, focusing primarily on Steam Publishing.  D.J. has been in the video game industry for 10 years at both Electronic Arts and Valve.  During that time, he has been part of the Tiger Woods PGA Tour development team, EA Partners third-party distribution and Valve’s Steam Publishing group.


Neal Stephenson - Author

Neal Stephenson is a writer of speculative fiction.  His novels include the three volume “Baroque Cycle” (Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World) Cryptonomicon,The Diamond Age, Snow Crash, and Zodiac. Neal’s non-fiction work is also featured in Wired.  Neal is co-founder of Subatai Corporation, creators of the interactive ficton project The Mongoliad.  He is an advisor for Blue Origin, the space exploration  company, funded by Jeff Bezos,  developing a manned sub-orbital launch system.  Neal will be delivering the Turing Festival keynote bringing together his thoughts on science and art from cryptography, technology and philosophy.


Jim McKelvey - Co-founder of Square

Jim McKelvey is the co-founder of Square, the mobile payments company. A computer science engineer and businessperson, McKelvey started Square with Twitter creator Jack Dorsey and designed the Square hardware. In 2011, McKelvey's iconic card reader design was inducted into the Museum of Modern Art. 

Michelle You - Co-founder of Songkick

Michelle is Co-founder and chief product officer of Songkick. Songkick makes it incredibly easy to keep track of when your favorite artists come to town. Songkick has the  most comprehensive database of concerts in the world and has grown to become the second most-trafficked concert site in the world after Ticketmaster, with almost 8 million monthly unique visitors and apps for Android, iPhone, and Spotify. In 2012, Songkick created Detour, a platform which enables fans to pledge in advance to buy tickets for an artist, expressing their desire to see the artist live. Detour has allowed artists such as Andrew Bird and Hot Chip to play shows in entirely new markets. 

Songkick is backed by Y Combinator, Index Ventures, and Sequoia Capital.


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JP Rangaswami - salesforce.com

JP Rangaswami is Chief Scientist at salesforce.com, having joined them in October 2010. As Chief Scientist at salesforce.com, Rangaswami focuses on helping salesforce.com’s European customers think about innovative ways to use the real-time, mobile and social capabilities provided by Salesforce apps and the Force.com platform. 

Originally an economist and financial journalist, he has spent the last 32 years working in information technology, primarily in the financial sector.

He was named CIO of the Year by Waters Magazine in 2003, CIO Innovator of the Year by the European Technology Forum in 2004, European Innovator of the Year by Innovate in 2005; in 2007 and 2008, he was listed in Silicon.com's Agenda Setters as one of technology's 50 most influential people; in 2009 and 2010, he made the Wired 100 and was ranked 18th in 2010.

He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, and a Trustee of the Web Science Trust. 

Prior to joining salesforce.com he served as Chief Scientist at BT plc (2006-10); before that he was global CIO at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, where he worked from 1997 to 2006. Prior to that, he worked at a number of leading multinational organisations, in the technology space.

JP is also a venture partner with Anthemis Group. He is Chairman of The School of Everything, a startup focused on bringing teachers and students in a disruptive way; he also chairs MetaCert, focused on Internet family safety; he is on the advisory board of Byte Night, a charity helping youth homeless, and serves on the management board of his local church, Kings Church International.

JP is a popular keynote speaker at conferences, specialising in the future of work, disruptive technologies and innovation, particularly with reference to the enterprise. His blog, confusedofcalcutta.com, is particularly popular with enterprise technologists; he tweets as @jobsworth. His TED talk "Information is food" has been viewed over 350,000 times. He also contributed a chapter to the 10th Anniversary edition of the best-selling Cluetrain Manifesto.

Brian Doll - Github

Brian Doll is a technology & business hacker who has been building things on the web for 17 years. Brian runs marketing at GitHub, helping millions of people build a better world with code.

Sandra Alzetta - Visa

Sandra Alzetta is the Head of Mobile and Senior VP for Innovation, New Products and Channel Development at Visa Europe. Sandra is at the forefront of Visa's development and blogs extensively about the world of financial technology.

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Nick D’Aloisio - Yahoo!

Nick D'Aloisio is the founder of Summly, an artificial intelligence company that developed an algorithm for automatic summarization, helping to change the way we consume news on mobile devices. Summly was acquired by Yahoo! in March, 2013. Today, Nick is a member of the mobile engineering team at Yahoo!, where he is re-imagining Yahoo!'s core experiences for mobile and tablets.

At age 15, Nick was the youngest person in the world to have raised VC funding from investors such as Sir Li Ka-Shing, Rupert Murdoch, Ashton Kutcher, Stephen Fry and Yoko Ono. Summly was awarded Best Apps of 2012 for "Intuitive Touch" by Apple, and over 100 million summaries were read by its users prior to its acquisition.

Nick received an academic scholarship to King's College School, Wimbledon prior to starting Summly. A passionate fan of art and design, he worked with Yoko Ono on the Serpentine Gallery Exhibition of June 2012 entitled "To the Light." He has participated in a UN forum with Ban Ki-Moon in April 2012 and won the British Inspiration Award in May 2013 for his work with Summly. Nick was chosen as one of Forbes Magazine's "30 under 30," Evening Standard's "Top 25 under 25," and is ranked amongst London's Top 1000 most influential people.


Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea - Principal, The University of Edinburgh

Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea will discuss Coursera and the future of digital distribution, aided by his wealth of experience and passion for education technology research and development.

Vitaly Friedman - Smashing Magazine

Vitaly Friedman loves beautiful content and does not give up easily. From Minsk in Belarus, he studied computer science and mathematics in Germany, discovered the passage a passion for typography, writing and design. After working as a freelance designer and developer for 6 years, he co-founded Smashing Magazine, a leading online magazine dedicated to design and Web development. Vitaly is the author, co-author and editor of all Smashing books. He currently works as editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine in the lovely city of Freiburg, Germany.

Mike Hearn - Independent Bitcoin Developer

Mike Hearn is a Bitcoin developer from the UK who is known for his research into the impact of crypto-currencies on money and payments. When he isn't working on Android wallets, he spends a lot of time thinking about how society will be affected by the availability of ubiquitous, cheap and private financial transactions.


Bill Aulet - MIT Trust Center

Bill Aulet has raised more than $100 million in funding for his companies and has directly created hundreds of millions of dollars in market value.  Bill works around the world with single entrepreneurs trying to launch new ventures, and with large corporations—such as Danfoss, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Mobilink, and Saudi Aramco—seeking to achieve their goals through entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, and innovation. He is the Managing Director of the Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship, and his new book Disciplined Entrepreneurship is out now. Bill will be speaking on the topic of Start Up Entrepreneurship.


Tod Machover - MIT Media Lab

Tod Machover, called “America’s Most Wired Composer” by the Los Angeles Times, is the Muriel R. Cooper Professor of Music and Media at the MIT Media Lab where he is Director of the Opera of the Future Group. His innovative compositions have been commissioned and performed by many of the world's most prestigious performers, and he has been awarded numerous prizes and honors, including France’s Chevalier des Arts et Lettres.

Tod Machover is also recognized as one of the world’s most prominent inventors of new technologies for music, including Hyperinstruments, Hyperscore, and the technologies behind Guitar HeroMachover’s “robotic” opera Death and the Powers (Finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music) premiered in Monaco, Boston and Chicago during the 2010/2011 season and will travel to The Dallas Opera and other venues next season. Based on his recent A Toronto Symphony, Machover is currently creating a “massively collaborative” symphony, Festival City  for this summer’s Edinburgh International Festival, to be premiered by the RSNO in Usher Hall on August 27.


Brian Caulfield - DFJ Esprit

Brian Caulfield  is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He is a Partner at DFJ Esprit.  Prior to joining DFJ Esprit, Brian was a partner at Trinity Venture Capital.  In 1992 Brian co-founded Exceptis Technologies – sold to Trintech Group in November 2000.  In 2001 Brian co-founded Similarity Systems, a business focused data quality management software company that was acquired by Informatica in January 2006. Brian currently sits on the boards of AePONA, ezetop, Clavis Technology and the Irish Times, Ireland’s leading daily newspaper.  In 2010 he also received the Halo Business Angel Network’s “Business Angel of the Year” award.  Brian will be speaking on the topic of Start Up Entrepreneurship.



Emma Pollock - Chemikal Underground

Emma is co-founder of the record label Chemikal Underground, manager of the renowned Chem19 Studio, a founding member of The Delgados and a successful solo singer-songwriter. She has a huge amount of experience in the music industry, from both the creative and business perspectives. Emma will be joining the Future Music panel.



Carlos Eduardo Espinal - Seedcamp

As Partner, Carlos co-manages Seedcamp. His investment interests include mobile, gaming, social networks, and networking technologies.

Prior to Seedcamp, Carlos was a venture capitalist at Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures, an early stage investment firm based in London. Before Doughty Hanson, Carlos was an engineer for the Advanced Communications Technologies group of The New York Stock Exchange (SIAC) where he focused on the next generation of wireless and mobile trading platforms for the exchange. Prior to SIAC, he was a network security consultant for the professional services division of Baltimore Technologieswhere he worked with global clients in the telecommunication and data services sectors.

In his spare time, Carlos enjoys photography, blogging about scaling early stage companies on thedrawingboard.me, and is on the steering committee of the European Venture Capital Network.

Carlos holds an MBA from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College and a B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University. Carlos was a 2005 recipient of the Paul F. Greene Telecommunications Research Award.


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Nigel Eccles - FanDuel

Nigel Eccles is the co-founder and CEO of FanDuel, a venture backed gaming company with offices in Edinburgh and New York.

FanDuel is the leading provider of daily fantasy sports games. Their aim is to transform the live sports experience through fast paced premium sports games. Players draft fantasy sports teams at any time in head-to-head or multi-player contests, paying an entry fee for each contest and vie for cash prizes. In 2012 the company awarded over $50m in prizes and is on course to award $150m in 2013.

In 2010 FanDuel won the Herald Digital Business Award for international growth and then in 2012 the Mashable Biggest Innovation in Sports Technology award (beating out Bloomberg Sports and Nike). Additionally, the company won the Scotland IS awards for Scottish Digital Technology Company of the Year (Smaller Businesses) in 2012 and 2013. Over the past 3 years the company has raised over $18 million in venture investment from Pentech Ventures, Piton Capital, Bullpen Capital and Comcast Ventures.

Prior to FanDuel Nigel re-launched the Flutter.com betting exchange (acquired by Betfair) and re-launched the Betdaq betting exchange. Additionally, he was a consultant with McKinsey & Co for four years and was formerly on the management board of Johnston Press plc



Ronen is CTO of Musemantik. Musemantik has developed MusicFlow, a cloud-based music creation service that empowers digital media producers and enables new applications. It delivers music which is customized to fit the customer's specifications of length and emotion. Musemantik's vision is to make it as easy to create a customized music track, as it is to shoot a photo or video.

Ronen's experience emphasizes computer technology used for artistic endeavors. He was an Animation Scientist at Pixar Animation Studios for over a decade, was a Senior Technologist at Adobe Systems, chaired the SIGGRAPH 2009 computer graphics conference, and was co-editor of the Audio Anecdotes digital audio book series.   He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the California Institute of Technology.


John Peebles - Administrate

John Peebles is the CEO of Administrate, an online training administration system built just for training providers.  John has spent the past 12 years growing healthcare and education technology startups in America and Scotland.  He is passionate about education, great teamwork, and technology and often speaks on these subjects around the world.

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Peter Gerard - Distrify

Peter is a multi-award-winning film producer and director and a pioneer in film distribution strategy. He also has 15 years' experience developing award-winning online software applications, including The D-Word online documentary community and websites for Oscar-nominated production companies. He regularly attends key markets and festivals including Cannes, Berlin, Amsterdam, Sheffield, etc., where he is invited to host or participate in panels. His films have won many awards (including a BAFTA New Talent Award), and he has distributed them via countless channels.

As Distrify's CEO, Peter oversees product development, customer support, user experience, global payments and a whole range of other things.



Robbie Manson - FreeAgent

Robbie Manson is a designer at FreeAgent in Edinburgh, helping freelancers and small businesses take charge of their accounts. As design lead on the FreeAgent app overhaul, mobile web experience and award-winning Earnest iOS app, he's in his element turning ideas and data into tools that help people do more of what they love (and less of what they don't).


Varun Nair - Two Big Ears

Varun Nair is the co-founder of Two Big Ears, a company that designs audio augmented reality technology and experiences through real-time context analyses and 3D sound on mobile devices. His focus is on using sound, contextual data and the technology as an interface to augmented environments. Prior to Two Big Ears he spent seven years with sound, design and interactivity - on over 400 projects across films, games, music and advertising. 


Duncan Johnston-Watt - CloudSoft

Duncan Johnston-Watt is a serial entrepreneur and industry visionary with over twenty years experience in the software industry.

Duncan is a founder and CEO of Cloudsoft, a cloud application management startup, headquartered in Edinburgh. Previously, Duncan held the position of CTO at Enigmatec Corporation, the enterprise data center automation company he founded in 2001.

A Computerworld Smithsonian Laureate for his pioneering work introducing Java Enterprise to financial services, Duncan holds an MSc in Computation from Oxford University and a BA in Mathematics and Philosophy from Leeds University.

In a previous life Duncan directed Breaking the Code in both Oxford and London playing the lead role of Alan Turing.


Steven Drost - Stipso

Steven is a co-founder and the CEO of Stipso.

He has spent his working life in the data business, from in person pen and paper data collection, over telephones to online panels.

His core area of concern is the motivation of data contribution, and Stipso is built around this concern.

In addition to running the company, he oversees product development, and product strategy. Steven holds degrees from the University of Glasgow, and Herriot Watt University.

He enjoys reading and baking bread.


Andrew Girdwood - LBi

A blogger and a self-confessed digital marketing geek, Andrew dedicates his time to understanding What’s Next in digital marketing and sharing that knowledge with clients and colleagues. With a strong digital media background, acquired after a decade at the forefront of the industry, Andrew’s exhaustive knowledge covers from search and display to affiliates, social media, ad exchanges and demand-side platforms.


Alex Cole - Peekabu

Alex is the founder of Peekabu Studios in Edinburgh, which specialises in innovative interactive technologies that recognise and react to real-world objects. Peekabu has worked with Channel 4, BBC, the BFI, TSB, Samsung, and several other major partners to bring this technology into the home. Originally from America by way of Canada, Alex received his Masters from Edinburgh University in 2009 and has been based here ever since. He has won a Royal Society of Edinburgh Fellowship, Prospekt Fellowship, several TSB awards, and is an occasional contributor to BBC Radio Scotland.


Previous Turing Highlights


The Apple co-founder delivered the Turing centenary year keynote and was guest of honour at the exclusive dinner at the home of the Queen's bodyguard in Scotland.


The Pirate Bay and Flattr co-founder gave an amazing talk on copyright and the future of money.


The GNU creator and technology legend discussed free software and digital rights.


Albert Wenger delivered the 2011 keynote on creative destruction.