Dr. Drew Hemment is an artist, curator and writer based in Manchester England. He is Founder and Director of FutureEverything (formerly Futuresonic, est. 1995), and is Associate Director of ImaginationLancaster at Lancaster University. Winner of the Lever Prize 2010, Shortlisted for the Big Chip International Award for Innovation 2010 and the Arts & Business Award 2010, Runner Up Lever Prize 2009, Honorary Mention for Director at Prix Ars Electronica 2008. His work has been covered prominently by New York Times, BBC and NBC, and he has served on many prominent international Art Juries including UNESCO DigiArts. In 1999, awarded a PhD at Lancaster University, in 2009 elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (UK), and in 2010 an Eyebeam resident (USA).
Kevin Smith is an academic at HighWire, Lancaster University. His research focuses on the concept of Adaptive Signs- an entity that signifies the change in state of another entity by adapting accordingly. His research sits at the intersection of Information Design, Data Visualisation, Context Aware Computing and Organic User Interfaces.