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HILMI DZHAMBAZOV – Architecture Student – University of Strathclyde

Speech title: “Public participation in architecture”

Hilmi is currently finishing his studies in BSc (Hons) at Strathclyde, and working part-time in HTA Design, Edinburgh. The focus of his talk is participatory architecture and how architects can engage, and through which different stages, the public in design. He believes this flexibility and collaboration would benefit quality of living greatly.

He completed his high-school education in Bulgaria, specialising in mathematics and physics, and after graduation moved to Glasgow. In his third year he decided to expand his education and knowledge and went on to an exchange to IUAV, Venice. After working with very interesting people and developing valuable skills, further to compliment that experience he was accepted to join the Edinburgh branch of HTA for one year, where he still works today, and in that time was also interviewed for the annual publication of the Department of Architecture at Strathclyde.

Hilmi Dzhambazov
Ann Davidson

ANN DAVIDSON – Enterprise Programme Director – Scottish Institute for Enterprise

Speech title: “Looking in to look out”

Ann is responsible for SIE’s training activities and delivering a coordinated programme of activities to support students interested in entrepreneurship. Before joining SIE in January 2011, Ann successfully developed training initiatives with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland and the WS Society, where she was Course Director for three years. One of Ann’s main interests at SIE is looking at the drivers of future change across different industry sectors and society as a whole, and how these present opportunities for innovation in the present. Another great passion of Ann is Yoga, where she qualified as a teacher in 2015. This will be the focus of her talk, thus, where she relates to how yoga helps her connect with the outside world, connecting the internal self with that to the external technological developments.

ROSS BRISCO – PhD Researcher – Design, Manufacture and Engineering Department – University of Strathclyde

Speech title: “Collaborative Design”

Ross Brisco is an award-winning product design engineering graduate of the University of Strathclyde. Ross is currently a PhD student with the department of: Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management (DMEM) at Strathclyde investigating Computer-Supported Collaborative Design (CSCD) and the benefits new technologies, such as social network sites can contribute towards better engineering design teamwork. Ross teaches design and is a co-ordinator of the Collaborative Design SIG of The Design Society. Ross contributes to several Glasgow based design communities including Design Talks and Analogue Social. This presentation will be on design collaboration, how technology has developed to support collaboration and a discussion on the future of the technologies.

Ross Brisco
Ruben De Noronha

RUBEN DE NORONHA – Chairman – RDN Companies

Speech title: “Turning Convention on its Head

Ruben De Noronha is a 17-year-old businessman, starting his business at the mere age of 12, to now expanding to a team of over 30 people across four businesses. Ruben has appeared on many TV channels including BBC, London Live & Community Channel as well as international newspapers. Ruben’s most recent venture is starting a new enterprise with Tim Campbell MBE, first winner of The Apprentice. In addition to this, Ruben is on the board of Potiphar House Partners advising the Mayor of London on marketing to young people and working closely with MPs on political campaigns, trying to get more young people to vote. During the TEDx Conference, Ruben will be sharing this journey of his to become one of the most successful young entrepreneurs in the United Kingdom.

ROSSIE STONE – Founder – Dekko Comics Ltd

Speech title: “The Power of Being Educated Through Entertainment”

Rossie is changing the way we learn, one step at a time. He honestly believes that there is nothing boring about education, rather, it’s the learning process that needs to change. With this in mind, he has set out on a journey to incorporate comics containing educational information into our learning process, so that children, especially visual learners, can truly engage with the material at hand. This idea of “education through entertainment” has proven successful for him, and pupils across Scotland and England, and he can’t wait to share it further with the world!

Rossie Stone

Catriona Patterson – Green Arts Project Manager – Creative Carbon Scotland

Speech title: “Why Culture is the Key to Climate Change”

Catriona is Green Arts Project Manager at Creative Carbon Scotland, Environmental Officer for Festivals Edinburgh, and board member for 2050 Climate Group. Catriona volunteers for the 2050 Climate Group which aims to educate, engage and empower young people to tackle climate change – an opportunity she says involved an intense interview process, so this is clearly a woman with dedication to helping the planet. Catriona has worked tirelessly to support the Climate Group as it recently made the transition to become a registered charity, and she personally arranged and maintains SEPA’s second-ever Sustainable Growth Agreement with 2050. She has been part of a history club, book group, art club, and environmental club and she will be taking forward these passions to present how art can help raise awareness about climate issues.

DR. VIKTOR DÖRFLER – Senior Lecturer – Strathclyde Business School.

Speech title: “Artificial Intelligence and the Human Intuition”

Will Artificial Intelligence ever match the masterful leadership of an outstanding CEO, deeply moving writing of a great poet, or nurturing care of a hospital nurse?

Viktor Dörfler, Senior Lecturer in Information & Knowledge Management at the University of Strathclyde Business School, who makes artificial intelligence and has interviewed 17 Nobel Laureates exploring their thinking, takes the stand on inimitability of exceptional human performance, and particularly of intuition. In his talk, Viktor contrasts the learning algorithms of Artificial Intelligence, including DeepMind and AlphaGo, with human learning, particularly with the learning journey of exceptionally high achievers, such as Nobel Laureates. Based on this comparison, Viktor argues that the most exceptional achievements of the future will result from the intuitive knowledge of smart people who are supported by smart technology, rather than just by smart technology alone.