Stephen Fry is not just a multi-award-winning comedian and actor, but also an author, director and presenter. He has been the BAFTA Awards Ceremony host nine times, and has hosted BBC favourite QI since 2003. In January 2010, he was awarded the Special Recognition Award at the National Television Awards. Stephen Fry is one of the most influential cultural forces our country has ever known. His courageously frank approach to the controversial is responsible for changing the way we think as a nation.
As a technology enthusiast with over 7 million followers, Stephen Fry is boldly following on from the success of his prestigious Guardian Media Innovation Award-winning MyFry app to push the tech boundaries even further for his latest autobiography.
Stephen says of the YourFry challenge: ‘Be bold, brave and brilliant in creating your own versions of my story. There are no rules: this challenge depends on you. Make of me whatever you will.’
Sir Tim Berners-Lee
Director, World Wide Web Consortium; President, Open Data Institute; Inventor of the World Wide Web @timberners_lee
In 1989, British computer scientist Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. Sir Tim is Director of the World Wide Web Consortium and the World Wide Web Foundation; a Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and the President of the UK's Open Data Institute. A long time advocate for Net Neutrality and the Open Web Sir Tim continues to defend and promote the potential of the Web in this its 25th anniversary year.
BBC Arts Editor @WillGompertzBBC
Will is a journalist, author and broadcaster. He has been BBC arts editor since 2009.
Before that, he was a director at the Tate Gallery for seven years, where he was responsible for the award-winning Tate Online, the UK's most popular art website, and Tate Etc, the UK's highest circulation art magazine.
He was voted one of the world's top 50 creative thinkers by the New York-based Creativity Magazine.
In 2009 Will wrote and performed Double Art History, a sell-out one-man show at the Edinburgh Fringe. His 2012 book What Are You Looking At?: 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye is an international bestseller and has been published in 16 languages. His new book Think Like an Artist:10 Tips for a Happier, Smarter, More Creative Life will be published by Penguin in 2015.
Managing Director of Corporate Venture at Silicon Valley Bank
Claire Lee is the Head of Silicon Valley Bank’s team dedicated to working with founders, entrepreneurs and early stage companies. As part of this, Claire also heads up the strategic partnerships with leading accelerators, incubators, universities, investment firms and industry groups that support founders at the early stage.
Silicon Valley Bank works with more than 50 percent of the venture capital-backed startups and the majority of the VCs that invest in these companies.
Claire joined SVB in January 2014. Prior to this, she ran Strategic Partnerships for Microsoft Ventures, established June 2013, and help launch the Microsoft BizSpark program globally. As a Principal in the seed fund, Claire was evaluating and investing in early stage startups, working closely with the partners that incubate, invest in and support them.
Chief Design Officer at #XBOX Entertainment Studios @elanlee
Elan Lee is a professional technologist and storyteller. His pioneering work in entertainment has spanned everything from multiple startups raising millions of dollars to creating the Alternate Reality Game genre. Elan started his career at the Microsoft Games Studio where he was a Lead Designer on the original Xbox. He next co-founded and served as the Vice President of 42 Entertainment (the company behind I Love Bees, Nine Inch Nails: Year Zero, and The Dark Knight). Elan was also the Co-Founder of EDOC Laundry, a company that embeds secret narratives in clothing, and the Founder and Chief Creative Officer for Fourth Wall Studios in Los Angeles. He is currently the Chief Design Officer for Xbox Entertainment Studios.
Elan has spoken all over the world on the future of gaming. He has won a Primetime Emmy for the series Dirty Work and the 2012 IndieCade Trailblazer Award for a Distinguished Career in Interactive Entertainment.
Writer, director & founding member of Digital Storytelling Lab @Columbia
Lance Weiler is a storyteller, entrepreneur and thought leader. An alumni of the Sundance Screenwriting Lab, he is recognised as a pioneer because of the way he mixes storytelling and technology. WIRED magazine named him “one of 25 people helping to re-invent entertainment and change the face of Hollywood.” Always interested in experimenting with new ways to tell stories and engage audiences, Lance has designed experiences that have reached millions of people via theatres, mobile devices and online. In recognition of these storytelling innovations, BUSINESSWEEK named Lance “One of the 18 Who Changed Hollywood.”
Lance is recognized as a thought leader in the entertainment space. He sits on a World Economic Forum steering committee for the future of content creation and teaches at Columbia University on the art, craft and business of storytelling in the 21st Century. Lance is currently developing a slate of film, tv and gaming projects.