Katy creates strategies and products, designs innovation programmes and inspires culture change. She is editor of the book Museums at Play
(Museums Etc, 2011), which showcases the increased popularity of games in museums and galleries. She also contributed to Twitter For Museums: Strategies and Tactics for Success
(MuseumsEtc, 2010) on behalf of Tate, for whom she led social media restructuring in 2009 as an Associate. Katy previously worked as a Communications Strategist for major agencies on global brand accounts such as Diageo, Orange, Philips and Nokia. Katy is a board member of Discover Children’s Story Centre
, London’s only children’s museum. @katybeale
| Katy’s tumblog
Lauren Parker, Director.
Lauren has delivered pioneering programmes across the cultural and public realms. Her fields of expertise include digital commissioning, consultancy, research into global emerging design practice and devising new models of public engagement. From 2006 to 2012 Lauren was Head of Contemporary Programmes at the V&A Museum, conceiving and presenting projects including Power of Making (2011), Heatherwick Studio: Designing the Extraordinary (2012), Decode: Digital Design Sensations (2009), China Design Now (2008), Touch Me: Design and Sensation (V&A and Wellcome Trust, 2005), and and the popular Friday Late event series. She is the author of Interplay: Interactive Design (2004). @LParker_tweets
Emilie Giles, Producer.
Emilie is a producer, artist and educator, her work spanning creative technology, pervasive gaming and maker culture. She is Co-Director of Codasign
, an education company which teaches people how to be creative with open source tools. She has also led projects and ran workshops for Furtherfield
, the V&A
, Technology Will Save Us
. Emilie is a member of the Open Systems Association
, a group interested in critical and theoretical practices with regards to media and computation. She is currently collaborating on a project called The Conductive Craft Company
which explores how crafts can be augmented with technology. @me_backwards
| Emilie’s website
James Jefferies, Technical Director.
James has nearly 20 years of experience working as a software engineer and problem solver – from designing and building complicated systems for High Street banks & Utility companies to more creative projects for digital agencies. In 2011, he set up his own company, ShedCode
, to enable him to work freelance on interesting projects with interesting people. The first of those was in 2012 when he was one of the Happenstance
residents, at Site Gallery in his home town of Sheffield. Things would never be the same again and now he is currently learning new ways of building rapid prototypes, whilst on the side he is also creating a steam powered, internet-enabled, tweeting, thermal printer
Leila Johnston, Writer.
Leila is a writer, maker and broadcaster based in Sheffield. Leila’s work often mixes humour with nerd sensibilities: she is the co-creator of popular geek comedy podcast Shift Run Stop and was a columnist for the BBC Comedy website. She often writes about hacking for Wired UK and is happiest when she is making interesting new things out of words and systems. She is the Managing Editor of The Literary Platform, the creator of two humour books and an occasional newspaper for hackers, and a regular speaker on everything from the culture of technology to creativity and science fiction. @finalbullet
| Final Bullet
Linda Cockburn, Facilitator.
Linda is a creative facilitator, trainer and coach with a background in digital media, and working with groups in creative environments. For 5 years, Linda led the BBC’s Creative Network, coaching more than 100 creative facilitators. She has worked with leaders and practitioners in media companies, charities and academic institutions including the RCA and Imperial College, and lead the Arts Council England and BBC Academy skill-sharing programme, Building digital capacity for the arts. She holds an MSc in Training and Development for adults, is a Henley certified facilitator and an accredited coach.
Caper was founded in 2011 by Katy Beale and Rachel Coldicutt.