Past OPEN Lectures



Toni Lane Casserly

Monday, 29th May 2017

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Blockchain: A Future Without Money

Imagine a world where meaningful contribution outweighed the need to have a job. Robotic labor is coming, and in addition to shifting the labor market, high quality chip sets can also be used to shift the foundation of our embedded inner concepts of finance through the creation of stores of value like Bitcoin. Blockchain technology, the underlying infrastructure behind bitcoin, enables new forms value creation, measurement and exchange to flourish, potentially solving issues like Universal Basic Minimum income without the need for taxation. The marketplace is just emerging, and I am here to teach you how to navigate the landscape.

Toni Lane is an artrepreneur in the Digital Currency and Blockchain Industry who has been affectionately entitled, “The Joan of Arc of Blockchain” and “Young Star of Bitcoin” by her peers and various publications.

Casserly has been in the blockchain sphere since 2011, and is notably working on creating competitive marketplaces for governance with UNESCO Netexplo winner, Bitnation. As a humanitarian, Toni Lane used Bitcoin as a tool for direct response to the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone. She co-founded CoinTelegraph and serves as an advisor to several notable companies, funds and family offices, including, but not limited to: The United Nations, SingularityU, Factom, HSBC, Bosch, Cicso, P&G, Institute for the Future and St. Gallen Symposium.

When: Mon, May 29th 2017, 5 PM.
Where: CIID, Ground Floor

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Matt Nish-Lapidus

Tuesday, 16th May 2017

New Media, Interaction, and Software Aesthetics

In many media, techniques in commercial design are foreshadowed in the art world. Graphic design has roots in early 20th century print making and poster art, big budget movies repurpose many techniques from art films, and now interactive products are starting to borrow techniques and styles from new media art.

New Media artists have spent the last four decades exploring the aesthetics of modern technology and interaction and it’s effects on human behaviour, relationships, and evolution. Our work in UX, interaction design, and information architecture is rooted in the intersection of technology and culture. The way we understand the world has been changed forever by networks, computers, and media, just as our culture changes the evolution of these technologies. Artists have playfully tested these relationships and boundaries in ways spectacular, disturbing, and amazing.

Join Matt Nish-Lapidus, a practicing new media artist and designer, to explore the history and language of new media and interactive art, how it relates to our work today, and what we can learn from the seminal works of important artists and innovators including David Rokeby, Stelarc, and Steve Mann.

When: Tue, May 16th, 2017, 5 PM.
Where: CIID, Ground Floor

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Steve Jennings

Wednesday, 3rd May 2017

Discovering The Obvious

How have we arrived at now? What can the past tell us about the future? What matters, what’s possible, and what’s important. Steve will share his thoughts about how we can thrive in a rapidly changing and unpredictable world, and why the pace of change isn’t going to slow down any time soon.

Steve is the Chief Innovation Officer and founding partner at Better Participation Group, a Canadian based decentralised organisation, focused on designing and implementing participation business models and future-proofing social ecosystems.
Steve was the founder of Maxim one of Europe’s leading active lifestyle nutrition companies.
He was one of the founding members of PepsiCo’s global good-for-you nutrition innovation and strategy team.
Steve was formerly the entrepreneur in residence at the Open Innovation Centre at Lund University in Sweden.

When: Wed, May 3rd, 2017, 5 PM.
Where: CIID, Ground Floor

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Joshua Walton and James Tichenor

Tuesday, 25th Apr 2017

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Creating Mixed Reality

The future of computation is in extending and augmenting human capabilities through the sensing and actuation of objects and environments. Mixed Reality promises to help blur the lines between the digital and physical parts of our lives. In this Open Lecture Joshua Walton and James Tichenor will discuss their work creating interactive environments and their time at Microsoft helping to create the Microsoft HoloLens.

When: Tue, Apr 25th, 2017, 5 PM.
Where: CIID, Ground Floor

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Adam Little

Wednesday, 5th Apr 2017

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Designing Inclusive Digital Financial Services

Adam will discuss how digital channels are being used to promote financial inclusion amongst people with little or no access to traditional bank services and why access to formal financial services can help lift people out of poverty. He will share his experiences as an interaction designer working on new products and services in countries like Bangladesh, Mozambique, Pakistan and Uganda.

Adam Little is a consultant with GRID Impact, a social enterprise that uses behavioral science and human-centered design to create scalable social impact for clients working in the areas of financial inclusion, agriculture, water and sanitation, education, and alternative energy. He has worked with a number of microfinance institutions and other social enterprises that use mobile money to give their customers better access to life-changing services. 

When: Wed, Apr 5th, 2017, 5 PM.
Where: CIID, Ground Floor

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