Published 04.12.2018
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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 multi-award winning Futurist, author and broadcaster focusing on meaningful innovation and the digital economy in her talks and video series.

Shivvy has been cited as ‘having the remarkable capacity to separate the relevant from mere buzz’ (TED Global), ‘displaying expertise beyond compare’ (World Economic Forum) and ‘an extraordinary communicator’ (Britain’s former Digital Minister).

Shivvy helps business, government and citizens discover and make sense of the most powerful innovation that will transform our realities. Her work has seen her recognised for over 22 accolades, including a national Outstanding Achiever award, public Woman of the Year nomination and a Britain’s Asian Women of Achievement award.

Shivvy has strong broadcasting credentials - as a former business journalist she not only covers the hot-button topics of today, but predicts what will make headlines in the future. She is currently presenting brand new series Next Tech Insider and is the former creator of the long-running Digital Futures and The Trailblazers series’ which attracted a 12 million+ global viewership. It was backed by the world’s third largest telco, for whom Shivvy also served as Head of Digital for many years.

As a respected industry advisor, she is called on by organisations to make sense of the dizzying influx of new digital advances and help forecast what to expect next… and consequently how to prepare.

Shivvy sets out what needs to be on our radar now in order to effectively navigate our collective future, and is currently authoring an ambitious book on the same. As part of her book research, she is scouring the globe for the most powerful advances and people shaping the next decade, talking to innovation labs big and small, bantering with big-name pioneers and hunting down undiscovered founders.

Shivvy’s on- and off-stage style has been frequently commended as ‘deeply persuasive’, ‘instantly relatable’ and above all, ‘uncompromisingly passionate’. She is equally at home delivering a keynote, presenting a high-profile broadcast, running a fireside chat or chairing a dynamic panel.



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. For more information, go to: www.corto.ai.

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 renowned for his inspiring and engaging presentations. At mcb tech .19, Solheim will show how NRK has combined skills, cutting edge tech and lots of creativity, including duct tape and Chinese gadgets, to develop unique experiences and storytelling techniques for its viewers.

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


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 spent more than a decade on Wall Street developing large scale trading, risk management and data analytics systems. She was cofounder of the Hybrid Reality Institute, a research and advisory group established to analyse the social and economic impact of accelerating technologies. She directed the Future Cities Group at the London School of Economics, and has been a Faculty Advisor at Singularity University.

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. 

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