Innovators, Visionaries, Pioneers
GUARDIAN CULTURE PROFESSIONALS NETWORK and THE HOSPITAL CLUB PRESENT the h.Club 100
Finalists
Gaming & Tech sponsored by Activision

Christian Miccio

CEO, MPme

First launched on iPad in January 2012, MPme is an elegant music app that provides intelligent aggregation of several thousand radio broadcasts worldwide presented to audiophiles based on individual style, or searchable by genre, station and artist. It launched on iPhone in December 2012 and was made available to a hungry Android audience in June this year.

Edward Saperia

Founder / CEO, Original Content London

Saperia is an inventor, leader, initiator and driver. He covers a broad creative space including internet, gaming, toys and advertising. Recent projects include Trotify, a quirky device that makes bikes sound like horses, and a new co-working and event space in Shoreditch dedicated to crowdfunding.

Emily Brooke

Founder, Blaze

Blaze create radically innovative products for urban cyclists. Their launch product, the Laserlight, tackles the greatest cause of cyclist fatality: vehicles turning across an unseen bike, or the ‘blind spot’ incident! It is a front bike light that also has a laser. This projects the symbol of a bike down onto the road ahead of the cyclist. Founder Emily exchanged Physics at Oxford University for Design in Brighton, where she created this, Blaze's flagship product. The media attention and excitement the concept immediately generated triggered her to start her own company to realise it. Blaze's Laserlight is the first in a range of products for the urban cyclist.

Jon Reynolds & Ben Medlock

Co-Founders, SwiftKey

SwiftKey is the award-winning touchscreen keypad with Artificial Intelligence technology that speeds up texting and emailing. It analyses users' input from the moment they glide their fingers across the screen, enabling them to "flow" entire phrases. It also observes how users interact with a device's screen over time to offer personalised next-word predictions and autocorrection. The consumer app was Android's best-selling paid app of 2012 and the company licenses its technology to manufacturers. Headquartered in London, SwiftKey now has offices in San Francisco and Seoul. It recently announced a Series B investment round worth £11.3m led by Index Ventures.

Matt Wieteska

Game Designer / Producer, Six to Start

26-year-old Wieteska has proved himself to be an invaluable creative force towards the success of Six to Start's innovative games. He served as producer and lead puzzle designer for ARG and THE CODE, and was a game designer on the iPhone project ZOMBIES, RUN. Educated in English literature and classics, and with a background in theatre, Wieteska has shown that you don't need to be a trained techie to make an impact in the games industry.

Oliver Madgett

Founder, We R Interactive

We R Interactive is a pioneering social entertainment company. It fuses premium-quality film production, live event data and interactive storytelling underpinned by game mechanics to create unique, shareable experiences that bring fans closer to their passions of sport and music. LYROKE, the music video game, claimed the number one spot in the music game category in the UK Apple App store at launch and number 2 spot in the US. Since launching in October 2011, I AM PLAYR has built a large global audience of more than 14 million users from more than 200 countries, each of whom averages 50 minutes play per day.

Omar Tayeb

Co-Founder / CTO, Blippar

In the 2 years since Tayeb conceived the global image recognition augmented reality application, Blippar. It has been heralded by global brands, agencies and publishers alike as one of the most innovative new mobile platforms around. This year it secured significant Series A invesment from global tech powerhouse Qualcomm, and opened an office in New York. It employs 40 staff across in London and New York.

Rob Evans & Daniel Joseph

Founders, The App Business

The App Business (TAB) is a specialist app software company that creates business-transforming mobile products for some of the world's biggest brands including Unilever, News UK and Mercedez-Benz. In 2013 TAB developed OneView, Unilever's Executive Information System app for iPad. It also launched The Sun+ Goals app for News UK, All3Media's VOD app and PlantMatch for Homebase. TAB is also developing Homebase's new m-commerce app, due to launch in early 2014. TAB was voted 'the UK's Number 1 Digital Agency with under 50 Staff' in the The Drum's Digital Census Awards; and founders, Evans and Joseph achieved 7th place in the 2013 'Mobile Top 50 list'.

Rytis Vitkauskas & Viktoras Jucikas

Co-Founders, YPlan

YPlan enables users to book last minute tickets for events quickly on their mobiles. It has already developed a serious fanbase with over 200,000 users in 5 months. It has been involved in over 1,500 events with over 350 partners including Sadler's Wells, The Roundhouse, The Barbican, The Comedy Store and the O2 Arena. In September it launched in New York and it will soon be available on Android.

Wildcard Nominee

Sarah Ellis

Digital Producer, Royal Shakespeare Company

Ellis initiated and produced MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAMING for the RSC in partnership with Google's Creative Lab. She built the relationship with Google, developed the structure and vision for the project and brought the RSC team together to deliver it. She has earned a reputation for identify opportunities and working determinedly to make things happen.

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