Latest interesting event from our man in London, Finn MacLeod 

I have always wanted a technology conference that feels like walking onto the bridge of a starship. Glowing information displays, buttons and dark backdrops. Where each speaker is an essential part of the whole. Today, I am pleased to announce, that it is going to happen.

After a year in London sifting through the tech scene, I can confirm a speaker list of those who are doing the most exciting work under the theme of “Visual Intelligence”. Visual intelligence will be a Friday afternoon of around 12 companies and speakers, each of whom are pushing the boundaries of visual possibility and demonstrating remarkable new approaches in visual technology, analysis and design.

We will have holographic pyramids; We will have 3D demonstrations of disaster response software; and we will have shared augmented reality demonstrations.

For those interested in tickets click here. For a summary of the first set of speakers, read on!

James Rock

James Rock is co-founder of Musion Intellectual Property and The Rock Group. He is responsible for delivering the world’s best known hologram shows – with Madonna, the Gorillaz, Michael Jackson and Tupac’s posthumous appearance at The Coachella Festival. The Rock Group is currently developing a new range of glass free holographic devices that will work with standard smart phones and tablets.

Ito World

Ito World process complex transport data at scale. They worked with Open Street Map on Project Haiti; do heavy lifting for Google maps; and their software produces possibly the best transport visualisations in the world. The CTO, Hal Bertram, discusses his technology.

Signal Noise

Recently acquired by the Economist, Signal Noise have been specialising in data visualization since the beginning. They produce outstanding interactive work and are continually trying to make sense of an increasingly complex world through data design. The co-founder, Hem Patel, talks about their recent exploits.


Holition is a creative technology studio, specialising in emerging technology and focused on the luxury, fashion and beauty space. The CEO, Jonathan Chippindale, will talk about their latest projects and where they see the future of retail.

Business Showcase : Holition

Valentina D’Efilippo

Valentina is an award-winning information designer and co-author of “The Infographic History of the World”. Focusing on data visualisation, her work takes many forms – from theatre production and exhibitions, to editorial content and interactive platforms. She’ll talk about her practice crossing the exploration and explanation of data. projects.


The picture is the screenshot of a tool called DataRefiner, being used by a well known social network to predict features in their user behaviour. DataRefiner extracts pattern with deep learning techniques to reduce hundreds of millions of data points to zoomable, interactive pattern that just happens to look a little like a sixties psychedelic mural. The creator talks deep learning, topological data analysis and visualisation.


Kazendi does idea-to-prototype sprint development for corporates. Their current focus is on HoloLens prototyping and have recently delivered Europe’s first shared augmented reality experience. They’ll have their gadgets running for you to try.

Hope to see you there, in Camden on Friday the 25th November. 100 spaces!

Best Regards,


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