Nikesh Shukla

Nikesh Shukla is the author of three novels. His latest, The One Who Wrote Destiny comes out in Spring 2018. His debut novel, Coconut Unlimited, was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2010. His second novel Meatspace was released to critical acclaim in 2014. Nikesh has written for The Guardian, Observer, Independent, Esquire, Buzzfeed, Vice and BBC2, LitHub, Guernica and BBC Radio 4. Nikesh is also the editor the bestselling essay collection, The Good Immigrant which won the reader’s choice at the Books Are MyBag Awards. Nikesh was one of Foreign Policy magazine’s 100 Global Thinkers and The Bookseller’s 100 most influential people in publishing in 2016 and in 2017. He is the co-founder of the literary journal, The Good Journal and The Good Literary Agency.

Nikesh is chairing a panel on ‘Ethics in Storytelling’.

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Guy Gadney

Guy Gadney has been working at the intersection of media and technology for over 20 years, initially as the first Head of Digital for Penguin Books UK, then at the BBC and Guardian, before setting up his first games company developing massively multiplayer games.

More recently, he produced the official mobile games for Sherlock, Home & Away and other TV series around the world. He is CEO of To Play For, the media technology platform behind which is producing new forms of immersive stories powered by artificial intelligence.

The company is currently adapting John Wyndham’s scifi classic The Kraken Wakes, and the immersive theatre production For King and Country into narrative games powered by It is a member of the StoryFutures Creative Cluster, as well as undertaking a year-long research project with King’s College London into the future of storytelling, funded by Innovate UK. He is co-contributor to the paper It Speaks, a guide to avoiding unconscious bias in artificial intelligence and games, funded by the Canadian government’s ReFig programme.

Guy is also Chair of the Oxford-based arts centre, Arts at The Old Fire Station which is co-habited with the charity Crisis, producing new works to support those facing tough times.

Thomas Zandegiacomo Del Bel

Thomas Zandegiacomo Del Bel is the Artistic Director of the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival; founded in 2002 by Haus für Poesie in Berlin.

From 2000 until 2004 Thomas worked as a research assistant and since 2005 as a freelancer at the ZKM | Centre for Art and Media (Karlsruhe). He is an independent research assistant at the Deutsche Kinemathek Berlin, film curator for interfilm – International Short Film Festival Berlin, board member of the network of the Berlin film festivals and project manager for the Poesiefestival Berlin. He is active as a jury member at international film and literature festivals.

Donna Hancox

Dr Donna Hancox is the Associate Director of the Creative Lab in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology. Her research and publications investigate the role personal narratives play in creating social change, and the potential of interactive and immersive storytelling tools to amplify the voices of under- represented communities. She has collaborated with rural, remote and refugee communities in a series of funded research projects and delivered policy recommendations and tool kits for government and industry. Dr Hancox was awarded a Smithsonian Research Fellowship in 2018 at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City.