Confluence

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Confluence is an event about the future of storytelling and technology

Writers, technologists, and businesses come together to look at how technology is changing the way we make and consume stories, while creating fresh opportunities to reach new audiences.

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New ways to tell stories

Interactive fiction, mobile, virtual reality, social media, gaming, machine learning… Creative pioneers talk about their adventures in storytelling.

Kate Pullinger

Kate Pullinger

Kate is an award winning novelist who writes fiction across multiple platforms. She is Professor of Creative Writing and Digital Media at Bath Spa University. Recent work includes “Breathe”, a ghost story for smartphones, and the digital WW1 memorial, “Letter to an Unknown Soldier”.

Michael Bhaskar

Michael Bhaskar

Michael is Writer in Residence at leading AI company DeepMind, the author of “Curation: The Power of Selection in a World of Excess”, and co-founder of Canelo Publishing. He is co-editing the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Publishing.

Aki Schilz

Aki Schilz

Aki is the Director of The Literary Consultancy, a Trustee of Poetry London, and sits on the advisory board for the award-winning publisher Penned in the Margins. She is also a prize-winning writer, and co-founder of the Saboteur Award-shortlisted #LossLit digital literature project.

Jon Ingold

Jon Ingold

Jon is narrative director at inkle, an independent studio creating award-winning interactive fiction. Their game “80 Days” was TIME magazine’s Game of the Year and also one of the Telegraph’s best 100 novels; and, ink, their scripting language for dynamic narrative, is used by game studios worldwide.

Nosa Eke

Nosa Eke

Nosa is a writer-director and is a 2018 BFI Flare and BAFTA mentee. She was spotlighted as one of “Britain's next level gaming talents” by Apple for writing a real time narrative mobile phone experience and is currently writing an episodic series on the Amazon Alexa for the BBC.

Chris Bateman

Chris Bateman

Chris is an award-winning game designer with more than fifty published game credits, most recently the acclaimed PlayStation VR game The Persistence. The founder of International Hobo Ltd, the first consultancy to combine narrative and game design skills under one roof, he is currently working on nine game projects.

Guy Gadney

Guy Gadney

Guy is the CEO of To Play For, the media technology platform behind Charisma.ai. They are producing new forms of immersive stories powered by artificial intelligence, including an adaptation of the immersive theatre production “For King and Country”, as well as John Wyndham’s scifi classic The Kraken Wakes.

Jane Gauntlett

Jane Gauntlett

Jane is an artist, writer and director for interactive theatre, audio, game and XR. Jane’s work is inspired by human connection, the power of storytelling, advances in technology and audience impact. In 2009 she founded The In My Shoes Project; each piece combines multi-sensory theatre, technology and first-person documentary to recreate extraordinary real-life events.

Adipat Virdi

Adipat Virdi

Adipat is an award nominated writer/producer. He has worked on various films, TV series and plays, and designed and run the BBC Future of Content think tank across 50 BBC teams.

Justo Hidalgo

Justo Hidalgo

Justo is co-founder and CEO of 24symbols, a subscription service for ebooks and audiobooks. He is the author of “Idea, producto y negocio”, teaches Product Strategy, Innovation, AI for Business people, and Lean Analytics, and is a startup mentor.

Chris Meade

Chris Meade

Chris is a transmedia writer and founder of if:book uk, the charitable company founded in 2007 exploring the future of the book. In 2018 he became a Doctor of Nearlyology, completing a practice-based creative writing PhD at Bath Spa University.

Ron Martinez

Ron Martinez

Ron is an inventor, product maker, and storyteller who has written, designed, or coded interactive fiction (as one of its earliest practitioners), graphic adventures, realtime massively multiplayer games, narrative simulations, pathway books, commerce systems, and learning software.

The storytelling business

Inventive storytellers talk about how they are tackling the impact of technology on traditional business models, and harnessing the power of narrative in new ways.

Sam Conniff Allende

Sam Conniff Allende

Sam is the best selling author of Be More Pirate, and a multi-award-winning serial entrepreneur, with 10 start-ups to his name, including the Bafta Winning content agency; Don’t Panic, the genre defining interactive TV Series Dubplate Drama; and the industry leading Creative Youth Network; Livity.

Katie Vanneck-Smith

Katie Vanneck-Smith

Katie is the co-founder of Tortoise, the most funded journalism startup in Kickstarter history. She was formerly President of The Wall Street Journal & Dow Jones.

Dom Young

Dominic Young

Dominic is the CEO of Agate. He has served in senior roles at News Corp, as Chair of the Newspaper Licensing Agency and as CEO of The Copyright Hub. He has also done a stint as an advisor and NED for investors and startups, before starting his own.

Emma Barnes

Emma Barnes

Emma is a seasoned publishing innovator, founder of indie publisher Snowbooks, publishing workflow platform Consonance, and most recently the instantly profitable education-focused side-project Make Our Book

Danny Birchall

Danny Birchall

Danny Birchall commissions and produces digital content for Wellcome Collection in London. He recently curated ‘War of Nerves’ at the Wende Museum in Los Angeles.

Anna Faherty

Anna Faherty

Anna collaborates with museums to find and tell stories in a range of settings. She teaches content innovation and digital storytelling at City, University of London.

Duncan Clark

Duncan Clark

Duncan is the co-founder of Kiln, the interactive studio that created the data visualisation and storytelling tool Flourish. He was previously a consultant editor at the Guardian, a commissioning editor at Profile Books, and a visiting researcher at UCL.

Hari Patience-Davies

Hari Patience-Davies

Hari is a produced screenwriter, novelist, and digital consultant. She has recently set up Accenture Digital’s Digital storytelling guild to bring storytelling to the financial services, retail and consultancy.

Jonny Kaldor

Jonny Kaldor

Jonny is the co-founder of Pugpig, an app publishing platform that powers many of the world’s biggest media brands, from The Economist, Vogue and Wired to The Independent, Porter and Tortoise.

Your hosts

Justine Solomons

Justine Solomons

Justine is the founder of Byte The Book, a networking organisation for people in book publishing and related fields. She consults to media technology companies on business development, content acquisition and strategic partnerships.

Michael Kowalski

Michael Kowalski

Michael is the founder of mixed reality startup Storienteer, the third in a trilogy of creative media tech startups.

Partners

We have demo spaces, small stands, and partner packages available. If you’re interested in reaching an audience of storytelling professionals, please contact us.

Where: Academy London

When: 15 February 2019

Confluence is in partnership with Academy London, Google’s dedicated learning space in Victoria