dConstruct 2014 is a one-day gathering of supersmart people who will provoke, entertain, and stimulate you with their thoughts on this year's theme of “Living With The Network”.
The conference will take place in the lavish location of The Brighton Dome in the seaside town on the south coast of England.
Warren Ellis is a writer. He is not the violinist in the Bad Seeds.
Some of the things he has written have pictures in them like Transmetropolitan, Planetary, and The Authority. Some of the things he has written are constructed entirely from words, like Crooked Little Vein and the best-selling Gun Machine.
Gun Machine is currently being developed for television. His book Red was adapted for the big screen in 2010. We shan’t hold it against him.
Clare Reddington lives in Bristol, the second nicest town in the UK (after Brighton, of course). She’s the director of iShed, a subsidiary of Watershed.
Clare “Two Sheds” Reddington works on fun, collaborative research projects that usually involve some creative use of technology. The Playable City is a perfect example.
Clare is a member of the advisory boards of Theatre Bristol and Hide&Seek. She has featured in Wired magazine’s 100 people who shape the Wired world in for the last three years.
Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist, journalist, blogger and co-editor of Boing Boing.
He has written a ton of great books. If you haven’t read them, I recommend starting with Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom and working your way through to his collaboration with Charles Stross, Rapture of the Nerds. Don’t miss out on his fantastic Young Adult novels For The Win, Pirate Cinema, Little Brother and its sequel Homeland. They’re all great.
Former European director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and co-founder of the Open Rights Group, Cory is a tireless fighter for freedom, campaigning against censorship, DRM, government surveillance and other plagues of our time.
Mandy Brown is a wordsmith. She takes other people’s words and hammers them into shape.
Mandy edited Frank Chimero’s The Shape Of Design. She has edited articles for A List Apart and books for A Book Apart (including the particularly handsome first book).
More recently, Mandy assembled a dream team to work on her startup Editorially, an online platform for collaborative writing and editing. That didn’t work out in the end, which is a shame because it was a lovely piece of work.
Before that, Mandy worked as product lead at Typekit, whipping their communications into shape.