Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers 2020

Hannah Fry

Hannah Fry is a mathematician and broadcaster. She is a Associate Professor in the Mathematics of Cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London. As well as her university work she is a regular presenter of science and maths programmes on BBC TV and radio.

Having specialised in fluid dynamics, Hannah worked briefly in Formula 1 aerodynamics before returning to academia. At UCL she works with physicists, mathematicians, computer scientists, architects and geographers to study the patterns in human behaviour – particularly in urban environments – to answer questions from shopping habits to transport to riots. Beyond life in a city, she also considers the maths of the everyday; how numbers and formula can explain behaviours, predict patterns and reveal the truth behind commonly held myths.

On television, Hannah has explored Climate Change By Numbers, recounted the story of computing pioneer Ada Lovelace in Calculating Ada: The Countess of Computing, and looked at how a million people at any point in time are travelling by plane in City in the Sky. She also co-hosted BBC Four’s Trainspotting Live and The Joy of Data. On radio, she’s appeared on Computing Britain, Can Maths Combat Terrorism, on the Radio 1 show Music by Numbers, and co-hosts (with geneticist Adam Rutherford) Radio 4’s The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry.

Asim is a developer, trainer, author and speaker with over 19 years of experience working for organisations such as the European Space Agency, Google and now Microsoft, where he is the Green Cloud Advocacy Lead.

Asim Hussain

Heather Wilde

Heather Wilde was the eighth employee of Evernote and is known as “The Unicorn Whisperer”. She’s published games for Disney, the WWE and Paramount, trained Fortune 500 brands, advised hundreds of startups, and managed nonprofit programs for Alcon, Starbucks, Patagonia, and others.

Wilde has received commendations for her work from the US Government, as well as Awards for Mentor, Coach, Female Executive, Entrepreneur and CTO of the Year, and been named Top Writer on Quora. She writes for Forbes, and the “Entrepreneurial Revolution” column for Inc Magazine.

Dylan Beattie is an independent consultant who specialises in helping organisations bridge the knowledge gap between software development and business strategy. He’s been building data-driven web applications since the 1990s; he’s managed teams, taught workshops, and worked on everything from tiny standalone websites to complex distributed systems. He’s a Microsoft MVP, and he regularly speaks at conferences and user groups all over the world.

Dylan is the creator of the Rockstar programming language, and he performs live software-themed parodies of classic rock songs as Dylan Beattie and the Linebreakers. He’s online at and on Twitter as @dylanbeattie.

Dylan Beattie