Who is Ian Forrester?
“Ian Forrester is a well known character on the digital scene in the UK and Europe. Living in Manchester, UK, he works for the BBC’s R&D Future Experiences team. He specialises in open innovation and new disruptive opportunities; by creating tangible value with open engagement and collaborations with start-ups, universities and early adopters.
His current research is into the area of future narrative and storytelling, with a technology he calls Perceptive Media. Its a new approach to broadcasting; which pairs the best of broadcast with the best of internet technology; creating a experiences like sitting around a camp fire telling stories.
Ian is proud to have a non-traditional background in interaction design which he crossed over with development using XML & Semantic web technologies. He tends to live a few years in the future, and his mind is wired for spotting links and new opportunities.
His diverse background makes him adaptive and flexible in any situation; with a relaxed and creative leadership style. He takes sustainability, data ethics and human potential seriously in his leadership and collaborations. He takes pride in his diversity and champions inclusion and diversity where ever he goes.His achievements recently was noticed by the Inclusive board, landing him in the top 100 diverse leaders in the UK.
Previously a founder of the dataportability.org group, social geek events, including London Geekdinners, BarCampLondon, London Hackday, Edinburgh TV Un-Festival and Over the Air. Ian has a proven track record for making the unthinkable happen and actively pushes himself into new ground always.” (source)