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The Baghdaddies
The Baghdaddies @baghdaddies baghdaddies.com Founded in 1996, the Baghdaddies’ are one of the more remarkable world music mashups we have seen in some time. They are an exuberant marriage of Balkan melodies, ska, punk, jazz, Latin grooves and plenty of brass. Based in North East England, the Baghdaddies’ like to say that they “take themselves...
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Jennifer Rogers
Jennifer Rogers @StatsJen jenniferrogers.co.uk Prof Jennifer Rogers is Head of Statistical Research at PHASTAR, a global research organisation based in London. She directs research strategy and provides leadership to their statistical consultancy practice. Previously, Jen was an Associate Professor and Director of Statistical Consultancy Service at the University of Oxford before making the leap into...
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Lizzy Hodcroft
Lizzy Hodcroft @Myndruk myndr.co.uk Lizzy Hodcroft was born in Scotland, spent her youth in Texas and more recently relocated to North East England. Despite her relatively short time in Newcastle she has quickly made her mark. Earlier this year she was named to the Journal’s 35 under 35 list of rising stars to watch. As...
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Lara Maiklem
Lara Maiklem @london.mudlark facebook.com/LondonMudlark/ Mudlarking is the practice of scavenging river banks looking for treasures hidden in the mud and Lara Maiklem has spent nearly 20 years doing exactly this mostly along the River Thames. She started river walking as a way to relax and over time started to become increasingly curious about the wide...
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Paul Irwin
Paul Irwin @TryLife_tv trylife.tv Paul Irwin has a background in working with disadvantaged young people from around the world. He created an interactive film series "TryLife" aimed at educating young people about the consequences of their actions. If you remember the old choice-based adventure books, TryLife is interactive digital video version of those books. He...
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Phil James
Phil James @geoanorak urbanobservatory.ac.uk/ Phil James is a Senior Lecturer in Engineering at Newcastle University, director of the Newcastle Urban Observatory, the UK’s largest urban environmental monitoring programme and leads the UK National UK Urban Observatory Programme. His research is at the intersection of Engineering and Computer Science with a recent focus on IoT (the...
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Shazia Mirza
Shazia Mirza @shaziamirza1 shazia-mirza.com Shazia Mirza is a British stand-up comedian and writer and has been recognised by The Observer as one of Britain’s 50 funniest comedians. She is perhaps best known for her hugely successful stand-up show The Kardashians Made Me Do It which toured across the UK, USA and Europe. Shazia’s last show,...
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Jonathan O’Halloran
Jonathan O'Halloran @BiotechRockstar www.quantumdx.com  Jonathan is the co-founder of QuantuMDx, a Newcastle-based biotech startup looking to revolutionise medical diagnostics around the world. Jonathan’s professional journey began at Lewes Old Grammar School in Sussex where he discovered a passion for genomics. Eventually this led to he and co-founder, Elaine Warburton, to startup QuantuMDx. Working with frontline...
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Hannah Underwood
Hannah Underwood @HannahUnderwd www.thekey.org Hannah is a self-confessed charity and data geek with an unquenchable desire to improve as many young lives as possible. In her early career Hannah learned how to measure performance and use data to improve organisations. At the age of 25, Hannah became CEO of The Key, a charity inspiring belief...
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Wilfrid Wood
Wilfrid Wood @wilfridwoodsculptor www.wilfridwood.com After dumping a career in graphics, Wilfrid plunged into prop making at cult classic British television show, Spitting Image. Here he learnt his trade as an ‘apprentice headbuilder’, starting in the Eyeballs and Blinks department and moving on to Dogs and Sheep. 25 years later he is now a portrait artist....
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