'company' => 'Matt is an Entrepreneur, Engineer and a Technologist',
'bio' => 'Matt is an Entrepreneur, Engineer and a Technologist. As an
experienced and ethical leader with over fifteen years of Chief
Executive Experience, he holds a number of Chairman and
non-executive positions in both commercial and charitable
organisations and also sits on various national and international
Matt is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered IT Professional and a
Chartered Marketer and has been elected as a Fellow of The
Chartered Institute of Marketing, The British Computer Society and
the Institute Of Engineering And Technology (IET). He’s also a
visiting Professor of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering at
the University of Essex.
As a pioneer in the communications industry, Matt launched his first
website in 1995 offering Interactive Voice Response (IVR) services
that are run “virtually” negating the need for companies to buy
expensive hardware and software and therefore paving the way for
centralised resources that are offered on a pay-per-use model more
recently known as a “cloud”.
His entrepreneurial but astute business acumen earned him small
business of the year award from Trinity Mirror in 2005.
In 2011 Matt was asked to join the editorial team with the IET for a
publication commissioned by the London Organising Committee of
the Olympic Games and completed a publication that reviews the
innovative engineering behind the London 2012 Olympic Games.
In the same year Matt was awarded the Mike Sergeant Young
Professional of the year award for exceptional contribution to
engineering from the IET.
Matt has delivered over 50 lectures to numerous institutions;
inspiring audiences with his positive can do attitude whilst imparting
knowledge, experience and best practice.
More recently and through Matt’s savvy leadership and acquisition
of key competitors, coupled with an existing customer base, he
created the new start-up Telecoms Cloud Limited who are a cloud
based communications platform and a provider of telephone
numbers for business.',
'bio' => 'I’m a SFEDI accredited business adviser and enterprise educator
who believes passionately that our students and graduates should
be given every opportunity to develop enterprise skills and be
supported to launch businesses and freelance careers. My current
position at LJMU enables me to inspire and support the young
people I work with, through sharing my direct experiences of
launching and growing my own venture and the knowledge I’ve
gained from supporting the creation of small businesses since 2004.
I hope I’m someone my clients can trust, someone they can count
on to support them when they need help, but also give them the
space to develop the skills and confidence that will enable them to
grow sustainable businesses.
I’m heavily involved in the creative industries and have worked in
the sector, directly and indirectly, for the past 15 years, culminating
in my current voluntary role as a Director of Baltic Creative CIC,
providing fit for purpose space for the creative and digital sector.
I’m always interested in finding new people to work with and
projects to work on, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you
think we can do something together.',
'company' => 'Mentor',
'bio' => 'Having now worked in the digital, mobile, commerce and tech space
for 3 years, Instinctive Creations has a full service digital marketing
approach with our clients and work with a small handful to provide
consistent focussed growth.
The technology side of our business now has its own solid library in
both web systems and mobile applications commercialising this IP
as well as delivering consistent growth for our clients are the key
drivers of Instinctive Creations in 2013.
In my spare time, in a work capacity, I love working towards a long
term goal of turning Liverpool into a world renowned digital, tech
and creative hub for business and start-ups.
Leon is also a Trustee of the Liverpool Chapter of the Awesome
'company' => 'Mentor',
'bio' => 'Leon is a website and software development consultant who
develops solutions for web, Facebook, Android, iPhone, iPad, Mac
and Windows. He has been involved with projects ranging from
small business websites, through to digital projects of household
names including New Scientist magazine and Unicef.
Leon\'s work has been featured in multiple publications, including a
cover feature on the subject of website security in Web Designer
magazine from Imagine Publishing, advice on freelancing in Future
Publishing\'s .Net magazine, and a detailed feature on Leon\'s
freelancing in the Liverpool Echo.
In addition to applying his software development and consultancy
skills to real business projects, Leon also preaches what he practises
by delivering software development and Internet marketing training
services for businesses and organisations on the subjects he has
hands on experience with. Notable organisations Leon has delivered
training to include O2, Sage, the NHS, Halesowen College and
'company' => 'Executive Director of FACT',
'bio' => 'I returned to FACT as Executive Director in 2012 having worked for
the organisation previously when the FACT centre was being built.
My role is responsible for a number of departments at FACT
including marketing and communications, FACT Services and
fundraising as well as leading on the strategic and business
development plans for FACT.
FACT is an amazing organisation to work for and it’s a privilege to be
involved with a creative charity that is so firmly rooted in Liverpool,
which is a city I’ve loved since moving here over 20 years ago.',
'company' => 'Founder & CEO of Thinking Digital Limited',
'bio' => 'I am the Founder & CEO of Thinking Digital Limited. We produce the
Thinking Digital Conference annually every May. Since its founding
in 2007, the Conference has quickly grown to become one of
Europe\'s best known events of its kind. The Next Web (Europe\'s
leading online tech publication) described Thinking Digital as "The
UK\'s Answer to TED" which is both a great honour and perhaps the
best way of describing the conference.
I have been honoured to be included in Wired Magazine\'s 2011
Wired 100 list in the UK as well as in the Guardian Newspaper\'s
Media Guardian 100 list for 2010.
Previous to Codeworks, I\'ve spent 15 years in various management
posts in the Internet, media & mobile sectors including O2,
Bertelsmann, Blackwell\'s, IBM & Dow Jones.
I earned my MBA from the Wharton School of Business in
Philadelphia and my undergraduate degree from Princeton
I\'ve lived in the UK since 1997 but was born in Brooklyn, NY to
Specialties:Creating Brands; Company Strategy; Marketing Strategy;
Converting Ideas into Reality; Recognising & Recruiting Talent',
'company' => 'CEO of ScraperWiki',
'bio' => 'A technology leader, Francis is CEO of Internet data analysis
startup, ScraperWiki stealing data from the rich to give to the
poor..... Francis created the original TortoiseCVS, which has
improved version control for tens of millions of people. He was a
founder of TheyWorkForYou and WhatDoTheyKnow, which show the
world how to use scraping and good user experience to improve
Francis is also a Tudor time-traveller who puts orange juice on his
cereal!! He is the founder of the Liverpool Chapter of the Awesome
Francis says that he started Awesome Liverpool "because he wanted
to know what ideas people in Liverpool will come up with as we\'re a
creative city, very different from other places and with very different
'company' => 'Mentor',
'bio' => 'I have created technology and operational concepts that I seek to
licence to relevant buyers.
My pending patent (USPTO11/485,164) and associated brand and
operational concepts would be of great use to any transport
company who is prepared to pay a reasonable licence fee for them.
This latest endeavour, Texxi, evolved from a set of research projects
over 12 years, from fields as diverse as electricity research,
transport economics, quantitative trading (capital structure
arbitrage, convertible bonds), macroeconomics, computing,
topology/set theory and my own observations on the (then)
controversial subject of "credit contagion" in November 2003.
I would describe myself as an eclectic entrepreneur who is best
suited to inventing or improving ways of doing things with other like
minded folk. A background in computing, aeronautical engineering,
banking and finance gives me certain perspectives on system
design and construction.',
'company' => 'CMO at ScraperWiki',
'bio' => 'Aine is the CMO at ScraperWiki. Aine founded Pygmalion, the UK’s
first Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and prior to that had a career
selling Hewlett Packard systems into the City of London. She builds
brand awareness, identifies routes to market, partner channels and
also cultivates relationships with ScraperWiki’s large data science
'company' => 'Founder of Digital Advisors',
'bio' => 'Clemens has worked in the games industry since 1992, starting his career in Germany and moving to Liverpool in 1997 to work at Psygnosis. In that time, he\'s worked with some amazing development teams on games including Wipeout for PSP and PS3 and 10-years\' worth of Formula One games for PlayStation. He ran a successful development studio with 120 staff for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe for 7 years and after 15 years left there to make the jump in the start-up world. He founded Digital Advisors in 2009 and co-founded Setgo in 2010, each company focussing exclusively on digital games, mobile and cloud services. He still lives in Liverpool today. ',
'company' => ' Programme Director for MSc Entrepreneurship at the University of Liverpool',
'bio' => 'Dr Dale Heywood was a serial entrepreneur for 30 years and is now Programme Director for MSc Entrepreneurship at the University of Liverpool. She has extensive practitioner experience having had six successful businesses of her own before she began teaching in higher education. One of her businesses went bust in 1991 but she soon bounced back.',