(Top) Jury Co-Captains from L to R: Matt Jones, Jack Schulze, Matt Webb; (Bottom) Jury Team from L to R: Sara Öhrvall, Julia Whitney, Dan Hill
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Principal at Berg
Matt is a Principal at BERG and has been delivering digital products and services since 1995. He was Creative Director for the launch version of the BAFTA award-winning BBC News Online. He also worked at Nokia on RFID/NFC applications of tangible/physical interfaces and the human universal experience of play. Later, he was Director of User-Experience Design for Nokia's Nseries range. Then he co-founded and designed Dopplr.com, which grew into an influential and popular start-up travel service before being sold to Nokia in the autumn of 2009.
He studied Architecture, qualifying in 1995 RIBA Part II and BArch from the Welsh School of Architecture. He has spoken at events such as Reboot, Ars Electronica, Webstock, O'Reilly's Etech and FooCamp; is a visiting tutor at the Royal College of Art and has written on interaction design, comic books and planetary-scale, self-replicating robot dogs for 10 years at www.magicalnihilism.com.
Principal at Berg
Jack is a Principal at BERG and co-founded the studio in 2005. He obtained his MA in Interaction Design from the Royal College of Art in 2006, previously running an independent design studio for four years.
Jack leads BERG new product development work both for clients and self-initiated work such as the Here & There map. He leads many media design consultancy projects, including previous engagements with Bonnier and the BBC among others.
CEO and Principal at Berg
Matt Webb is CEO and Principal at BERG and co-founded the studio in 2005. He is responsible for its growth and direction, balancing client partnerships that set strategy and define categories, with internal research and new product development. He brings a broad literacy in business, design, technology and future trends.
He is co-author of the book Mind Hacks, a popular collection of explorations into the workings of the brain. In 2011, he was named by Wired as one of Britain's top 100 digital power-brokers, and in 2010 by the Evening Standard in their list of 1,000 most influential Londoners. Also in 2010 Matt was a member of the UK Prime Minister's trade mission to India. He is a regular speaker on the inspirational role of design and technology in culture, and has keynoted conferences in California, Copenhagen, Istanbul and Sydney.
Vice President of R&D at Bonnier
Sara Öhrvall is Director of Global Research & Development at Bonnier, a family-owned international media group covering all media segments. The role of Bonnier R&D is to identify and develop media-focused business opportunities in the digital space. Bonnier R&D has offices in San Francisco and Stockholm.
Sara's previous experiences include partner and CEO of Differ, a brand consulting firm, founder and CEO of Ninety, an innovation agency, Head of Niche Concept Development at Volvo Cars in Brussels and Singapore and Manager, Toyota International Marketing Division, Tokyo.
Sara has an MBA from Ume&adot; Business School, Sweden and has studied architecture and design at Parsons School of Design, New York.
Head of User Experience & Design Group at BBC
Julia Whitney heads up the BBC's User Experience & Design Group. Recent launches include the new BBC Homepage (exhibited as one of the Design Museum's Designs of the Year), the new BBC Weather site, iPlayer on Xbox Kinect, the redesign of BBC Sport online and the BBC's Olympics coverage across desktop, mobile, tablet and connected TV.
Julia's career has focused on design and public media. Her previous experience includes various roles at the BBC, and WGBH—an American national producer of public broadcasting based in Boston, Massachusetts—and as a lecturer at Yale University.
Julia has an BA in Mathematics from Brown University and an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale.
Strategic Design Lead at Sitra
Dan Hill is a Designer and Urbanist. Throughout a career focused on integrating design, technology, cities and people, Dan has been responsible for shaping many innovative, popular and critically acclaimed products, services and strategies.
He works for Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund, in their Strategic Design Unit in Helsinki, exploring how design might enable systemic change throughout society, particularly in the context of governance. Prior to Sitra, Dan was an Associate at Arup, Web & Broadcast Director for Monocle, Head of Interactive Technology & Design for the BBC, and he also writes for City of Sound & Domus, amongst others.
Special thanks to the incredible jury team who worked on judging this year's Interaction category!