Published 04.12.2018
Below you will find the lineup for mcb tech – stay tuned for more speaker announcements.

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A DARK DATA QUEST: What I've learned chasing my Cambridge Analytica voter profile across the Atlantic and why data rights are the new civil rights

David Carroll is an associate professor of media design at Parsons School of Design at The New School in New York and former director of the MFA Design and Technology program. Also a recovering tech entrepreneur, David is more recently known for challenging Cambridge Analytica in the UK in a crucial test of data protection laws and the prosecution of data crimes. Before delving into the world regulatory arbitrage, Professor Carroll was exploring the intersections between advertising, journalism, politics, data, algorithms, and user-experience design. He has written about his Cambridge Analytica data quest for Wired, Motherboard, and the Boston Review and is on twitter: @profcarroll


Marty Cagan is the founder of the Silicon Valley Product Group (SVPG). Before founding SVPG to pursue his interests in helping others create successful products through his writing, speaking, coaching and advising, Marty was most recently senior vice-president of product and design for eBay, where he was responsible for defining products and services for the company’s global e-commerce trading site. Marty is a guest speaker at conferences and major tech companies around the globe, and is the author of the book "INSPIRED: How To Create Tech Products Customers Love."

This talk will discuss the critical traits and behaviors of many of our industry's best product teams. Marty Cagan has worked with many of the very best technology product teams in the world. People creating the products you use and love every day. Teams that are literally changing the world. What he has learned is that there is a profound difference between how the very best product companies create technology products, and the rest. And not minor differences. Everything from how the leaders behave, to the level of empowerment of teams, to how the organization thinks about funding, staffing and producing products, down to how product, design and engineering collaborate to discover effective solutions for their customers.

For those that have not yet had the opportunity to participate in, or observe a strong product team up close, in this talk Marty will give you a glimpse into some of the important differences that distinguish the best product teams from the rest.

PS: Marty Cagan will also hold a Product Discovery Workshop in the Media Lab on June 14 (the day after mcb tech). Click here for more info.


Voted one of Europe’s most trailblazing women in digital, Shivvy Jervis is a four-time award-winning Innovation Futurist, Advisor and Broadcaster. 

Watch her in action at https://shivvyjervis.com/

TED Global commend Jervis as having "a remarkable ability to analyse the socio-economic impact of new technologies", the World Economic Forum cite her as "a thought leader beyond compare" and Britain’s former Digital Minister finds Jervis to be "a true expert".

Jervis' research, keynote speeches and broadcasts have garnered an astonishing 22 pieces of industry recognition. This includes a national Outstanding Achiever award, being nominated a 'Woman of the Year' by public vote and named one of Britain's 10 most influential South Asian women. Shivvy has also been the youngest recipient worldwide of a prestigious academic fellowship.

A seasoned broadcaster, Shivvy currently discusses hot-button industry themes on the NextTech Insider series, hosts live debate broadcasts Ringside Sessions and is fronting a bold new documentary. She is well-known as the former creator of video series' Digital Futures and The Trailblazers which drew a 12 million+ viewership. Both were backed by the world's third largest telco, for whom Shivvy was also Head of Digital for many years.

Jervis contributes as an independent expert to IBM's Global C-Suite Study Advisory Board and is called on extensively by organisations to make sense of the dizzying pace of innovation and identify which advances are best suited to their needs.

Shivvy is equally at home headlining an event, presenting a high-profile broadcast or chairing a demanding agenda. Her speaking style has been called ‘deeply persuasive’, ‘instantly relatable’ and above all, ‘uncompromisingly passionate’. Jervis is currently authoring 'Future, Now', an ambitious book for which she is scouring the globe for the most powerful advances and people meaningfully shaping the next decade.


Yves Bergquist is the Director of the “AI & Neuroscience in Media” Project at the Entertainment Technology Center, where his team is developing next-generation applications drawn from AI and neuroscience for the media and entertainment industry.

Yves is also CEO of AI startup Corto, which is building a comprehensive knowledge engine to help media and entertainment companies develop deep, “genomics”-type insights into how their content resonates with audiences. Corto creates integrated insights across content and audience data using semantic knowledge representation and probabilistic evolutionary meta-learning to autonomously “breed” new generations of machine learning algorithms from hundreds of “parent” algorithms. 

At ETC, Yves and his team manage a half dozen research and development projects applying advanced AI and neuroscience methods to the challenges facing the entertainment industry, including AI-driven content development, production, postproduction, and marketing. Their efforts include: using social media conversations to model audience decisions in the theatrical window, developing the first audience intelligence application focused on the Chinese market (“Gaosu”), correlating narrative structures in film to theatrical performance (“StoryCipher”), and a Deep Learning-driven semantic content classification application through vector embeddings (“film2vec”). Yves’ team is also working on applying machine intelligence to model algorithmic structures of narrative and “interestingness” in film and TV, as well as building neurobiological models of audience emotions using fMRI. For more information, go to: www.etcenter.org.


Eirik Solheim is one of Norway’s most experienced speakers. In this session he will share his best advice on how to get your message trough. Whether you are selling a product or an idea, or trying to convince a board or a team of programmers. How do you plan your presentation, tell your story and use your slides? Solheim will give you his experience and examples.

Eirik Solheim is a senior strategic advisor in the development department of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK). He is leading projects involving internet services, interactive TV, social media and broadband strategies. His experience includes years of work as a consultant within the media and entertainment industry for Accenture and experience within digital production as a sound designer, editor, steadicam operator and photographer. He is currently a journalist in NRK’s technology web site NRKbeta.no


While we frequently look to both Silicon Valley and the new “Digital Dragon” of China for inspiration and innovations for our digital future, we need not leave our own back yard to find one of the Nordic region's most exciting and forward-looking digital public sector.
Ranked as number 4 in the world on the Future Today Institutes Smart Cities 2019 Ranking, the city of Bergen leads the way in digitalization of both public services and the public sector in Norway.

The City of Bergen has developed solutions that now are standard components in the digital transformations in Norway, and is working with local, regional and national public and private partners to solve problems that matter in the fields of education, transport, integration, democracy, healthcare, public services, proactive awareness and safety. Bergen is now developing a data lake with data from different aspects of city life to start using machine learning to monitor and predict public services

Håkon Pettersen is the Deputy Mayor for Finance in the City of Bergen. He previously served as a political adviser to city council Dag Inge Ulstein. He is a graduate teacher and has a master's degree in pedagogy. Pettersen is committed and dedicated to engaging in positive change, and is highly involved in different kind of voluntary work as well as serving as the deputy mayor in the City of Bergen.

Tom Osnes Svellingen is notoriously optimistic about technological advancements and the way he believe they are going to fundamentally change our way of life. Tom is working as an enterprise architect for the City of Bergen, primarily focusing on big data and smart city oriented initiatives, one of which being the mobility lab “MUST” where he helps push the bar towards radical thinking in how to solve todays issues of transport with smarter solution based on new technology and citizen involvement.

Dr Ayesha Khanna

Dr. Ayesha Khanna is Co-Founder and CEO of ADDO AI, an artificial intelligence (AI) advisory firm and incubator. She has been a strategic advisor on artificial intelligence, smart cities and fintech to clients such as SMRT, Singapore's largest public transport company, SOMPO, Japan's largest insurance firm, and Smart Dubai, the government agency tasked to transform Dubai into a leading smart city. In 2017, ADDO AI was featured in Forbes magazine as one of four leading artificial intelligence companies in Asia and Ayesha was named one of South East Asia's groundbreaking female entrepreneurs by Forbes magazine in 2018.

Khanna has been named one of Singapore's leading female entrepreneurs and a leading Asian fintech influencer by Fintech Asia. She also served on the Singapore Ministry of Education’s Steering Committee on future skills and applied learning for emerging industries. Khanna is author of Straight Through Processing and co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization. She is the Founder of 21C GIRLS, a charity that delivers free coding and artificial intelligence classes to girls in Singapore.

Kimberly Larsen

Kimberly Larsen has her quite unique take on the future. She is a unique media talent, with more than 20 years experience from multiple sides of the creative industry, where she has been an actress, journalist, show host, director, concept developer, script writer, manager, casting agent, producer - and now founder.

She is the founder of timetoRIOT.com, a showcasing & hiring platform developed specifically for the creative industry. Three years after launch, they now have 50K+ members, a team of 14, and offices in four countries.

Doug Clark

Doug Clark (@cloudstuff) is EMEA leader for Watson Media which is IBM’s AI and Cloud Platform business across Media and Entertainment industries.

He’s on a mission to help these businesses pivot and unlock the full power of Cloud and AI technologies to enable them to achieve their full business growth potential. Cloud offers uncompromised agility and in parallel, IBM's AI, known as Watson, can help expose and act upon deep business insights for competitive advantage.

With nearly 20 years of International experience in IT and including some 9 years leading IBM Cloud, Doug has seen and helped tackle most industry issues and brings SME passion to drive M&E forward despite the exciting turbulence and threats from emerging disruptors.

A Serial Intrapreneur, prior to joining IBM via PwC, Doug’s held Director roles in Marketing, Sales, Distribution and Process Improvement in 2 industry Blue Chips, so brings experience that underpins his passion in Tech and his eminence as a Cloud thought leader –Doug has previously won Cloud Personality of the Year in the UK Cloud Industry Awards.



The program is sprinkled with exciting and pioneering experiences. Not only will mcb tech give you valuable insight, inspiration and the opportunity to network, but you will also get jaw-dropping entertainment and adventures along the way.

For now the Let us Amaze you-moments are well-kept secrets, and will be served as surprises to the audience. We will take advantage of the full capabilities of the new MCB auditorium with state of the art technology, augmented reality, tracking, holograms and more. In addition, we will give you little tastes of things you have probably not seen before!

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