Sugata Mitra is Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University. His work is built around the idea that children with access to the internet can learn almost anything by themselves. In 2013 he became the first $1m TED prize winner for his vision to “help design the future of learning by supporting children all over the world to tap into their innate sense of wonder and work together.” His School in the Cloud is made up of seven learning labs in India and the UK where children can embark on intellectual adventures by engaging and connecting with information and mentoring online. Professor Mitra is also known for his Hole in the Wall experiment which inspired the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire.
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Sam Aaron is a live coder who considers programming as performance and strongly believes in the importance of emphasising, exploring and celebrating creativity within all aspects of programming.
Sam believes that a programming environment which has sufficient liveness, rapid feedback and tolerance of failure to support the live performance of music is an environment ripe for mining novel ideas that will not only benefit artistic practices themselves but also the computer industry more generally.
In pursuit of this unique perspective Sam is the lead developer of Overtone and Quil, powerful live coding platforms for music and visuals. Sam is also the creator of Sonic Pi, a music live coding environment used to teach programming within schools.
By day Sam is a Postdoc Researcher at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory and by night he codes music for people to dance to.