This year’s Web Summit features 663 speakers from the world of technology. The event will include some of the most influential technology leaders of the past twenty-five years. In light of this we’ve decided to spend the next few days rounding up some of the speakers we think you can’t afford to miss, starting with some people you might not immediately associate with web technology.
Be sure to check back tomorrow for part 2, where we’ll cover the CEOs, CTOs and CFOs worth your time.
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Actor and Founder of HitRECord.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is an award winning actor, director and the founder of open-collaborative production company HitRECord. The company is involved in the production of a variety of creative media projects including short films, books and records. Launched in 2010 at the Sundance Film Festival, HitRECord has contributed over USD 2,000,000 to the company’s community of artists.
HitRECord recently released the second season of ‘Hit Record on TV with Joseph Gordon-Levitt’ on Netflix, the company’s ambitious take on the variety show format. The show’s first season won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Interactive Media, and we’re sure Joseph will be revealing his tips for running a successful production company in the digital age.
- Michael J. Massimino, Former NASA Astronaut.
Michael James ‘Mike’ Massimino is an American engineering and a former NASA astronaut, having served with the space agency from 1996-2014. Mike is a veteran of two Space Shuttle missions to service the Hubble Telescope including the historic final mission.
Mike is currently a professor of mechanical engineering at Columbia University and the senior advisor for the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum’s space programs. Mike received his BS from Columbia University, two MS’s and a Ph.D. from MIT. His other achievements including being the first person to tweet from space and a recurring role on The Big Bang Theory. One of a number of astronautical guests at this year’s Web Summit, Mike’s outer space experience should hopefully help guests catch a glimpse at the bigger picture.
- Lily Cole, Founder of Impossible.
Lily Cole is an English model and actress and the founder of Impossible, an altruism-based social network which encourages users to exchange services and skills for free for the benefit of others. Described by magazine Vanity Fair as a ‘commerce-free online community’, the network is designed to create a culture of giving by allowing users to post requests for services or skills that others can fulfill. The network launched in 2013 and is available in the UK and US. Impossible is the first UK business to receive a Yunus Social Business Global Initiative.
- Henry Holland, Founder of House of Holland.
Henry Holland is an English fashion designer and the founder of House of Holland, an international fashion label. The label, which rose to prominence thanks to Holland’s ‘Fashion Groupies’ t-shirt designs in 2006, is celebrating its 10th year in business. Holland is a graduate of the London College of Communication and previously worked for publications including Smash Hits. The popularity of Holland’s t-shirt designs provided him with the funds needed to design a full fashion collection and subsequently launch his own fashion label.
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