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Caspar Llewellyn Smith - Digital platforms editor and Head of Culture, Guardian News & Media
Caspar Llewellyn Smith is the Digital platforms editor and Head of Culture at Guardian News & Media. He was previously the music editor, and the editor of the Observer Music Monthly magazine, and has worked as an editor on the Observer New Review and at the Daily Telegraph.
Chris Michaels - Director of Digital, Communications & Technology, National Gallery
Leading digital transformation in the cultural sector. Chris sits on the National Gallery board with a remit to bring real, meaningful and lasting change to an institution which will be 200 years old in 2024. Immersive media, particularly VR, holds rich potential for the arts. He was previously Head of Digital at the British Museum, where he completed VR partnerships with Samsung, with Oculus Rift/Facebook and with Google.
Prior to that Chris was CEO at childrens' education mobile startup Mindshapes. Backed by Index Ventures and some of the world's greatest gaming entrepreneurs, Mindshapes released over 40 apps with partners including the BBC and the Jim Henson Company; winning multiple awards and delighting children and families around the world.
Chris has previously been an SVP at international media company Chorion; Digital Publisher at HarperCollins, and started professional life in advertising. He has a PHD in American Literature from the University of Bristol.
Mike Sarna - Director, Programming & Exhibitions, Royal Museums Greenwich
In July 2012, Mike joined Royal Museums Greenwich (National Maritime Museum, Queen’s House, Cutty Sark and Royal Observatory) to deliver a dynamic public facing offer of exhibitions, programmes and digital content, shifting to an approach on how today’s audiences engage. This has led to development of dynamic offer from augmented reality on a grand scale - The Great Map to five star exhibitions Turner & the Sea, Ansel Adams and Visions of the Universe. He is now excited to be delivering a mammoth scale families offer with the amazing theatre company Punchdrunk - Against Captain’s Orders.
He is interested in how museums “unlock the case”, releasing content in engaging and surprising ways. He challenges the notion of “feeding facts” and engages in ways that involve audiences directly. He has written and presented widely on participation and dialog in museums along with the importance of creating experiences that are authentic and unique. He has worked in numerous museums in the UK and the States from the Natural History Museum, London where he helped develop their groundbreaking exhibitions including the award winning Sexual Nature and was curator of the biggest and best science museum in the world, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago.
Tom Panton - London Studio, Sonos
Joining Sonos in 2014 from a background in the independent music industry, Tom Panton heads up the forthcoming London Studio.
Sonos Studio London follows two years of successful operation of the Sonos Studio in Los Angeles and temporary residencies in New York, Amsterdam and Paris. Sonos Studio is a social space dedicated to the art of listening, that explores the intersection of music, art & technology through a programme of exhibitions, artist talks, workshops, listening events and film screenings.