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Bath Digital Festival – Guest Speakers

Earlier this week we announced Storm’s event for the Bath Digital Festival.

We mentioned that we had an awesome line up of guest speakers and we are delighted to announce those to you today! Telling us stories from their most pivotal moments in business and how they made them successful, we will be joined by:

Col Needham: Founder and CEO at IMDb 

A headshot of Col Needham, Founder and CEO of IMDb

Col Needham is the founder and CEO of IMDb, the #1 movie website in the world. Born and living in the UK, Col has had a lifelong interest in both technology and movies. After starting a computer games software business at the age of 14, he went on to complete a computer science degree at Leeds University before commencing a career in technology research in Bristol, England. IMDb grew out of a personal database of movie information which Col created as a teenager, combined with similar data collected on the Internet in the late 1980s/early 1990s. Col published the first version of IMDb online in October 1990 and co-ordinated IMDb as a worldwide volunteer effort from 1990-1996. IMDb incorporated in January 1996 with the volunteers as shareholders and IMDb became a wholly owned subsidiary of in April 1998. Col continues in his original role to this day, working from an office in Bristol with IMDb staff members in countries around the world. Col is a board member of Into Film and Film Independent. He received a 2014 Creative Coalition Independent Spotlight award for his work to support independent filmmaking. Col was a jury member at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and 2018 SXSW Film Festival.

Tom Carter: CTO & Co-Founder at Ultraleap

A headshot of Tom Carter CTO of Ultraleap

Tom co-founded Ultrahaptics in 2013 based on the work from his PhD – technology that enables users to receive tactile feedback without needing to wear or touch anything. The technology uses ultrasound to project sensations through the air and directly onto the user. Users can ‘feel’ touchless controls, get feedback for mid-air gestures or interact with virtual objects.

Ultrahaptics is the world’s leading touchless haptics company. The headquarters are in Bristol, UK with global offices in California and Germany.

Chris May: Director at Mayden

Headshot of Chris May, Director at Mayden

Chris is the Founder and Director of Mayden. Mayden specialises in digital healthcare and their life’s work is creating digital technology that changes what’s possible for clinicians and patients. Today they are focussed on next generation mental healthcare and their products support 75% of the UK’s stepped care psychological therapy services, covering more than 35 million people.

Andrew Chalmers: CEO at CiteAb

Headshot of Andrew Chalmers, CEO at CiteAB

Andrew is co-founder and CEO of the life science data company CiteAb Limited, which runs the reagent search engine ( and provides specialist market data and citations to many of the world’s top suppliers and financial organisations. Their Andrew is also a cell and Developmental Biologist, based at the University of Bath, UK.

Margaret Heffernan: Founder, Serial Entrepreneur , Author and Speaker

Headshot of Margaret Hefferman, Founder, Author and Speaker

Margaret has run 5 different businesses in the U.S. and U.K. All but one have been media companies. She now writes, speaks and blogs about business leadership, management, innovation and creativity. Margaret also teaches at several business schools in the US and UK and sits on the boards of three organizations. She has now published five books: The Naked Truth: A Working Woman’s Manifesto about Business and What Really Matters, How She Does It and Willful Blindness, which was a finalist for the FT Best Business Book award. In 2014, A Bigger Prize was published. Reviewing it, The New York Times called it “an important call to build more collaborative, trustworthy and enduring institutions.” The most recent book is Beyond Measure, a book commissioned by TED for which she’s done 2 talks, seen by millions of people. I speak at conferences and organisations around the world, from Britain’s National Health Service to the police to banks, charities, schools and governments.

Elliot Coad: Co-Founder and Managing Director at Ecologi

Headshot of Elliot Coad, Managing Director and Ecologi

Elliot Co-Founded and is the MD of Ecologi. Ecologi helps businesses and individuals to have a positive impact on the planet by growing their own forests and supporting the world’s leading climate change solutions.

Businesses can pay as little as £4 per employee / month to have their entire workforce Climate Positive.

How Ecologi runs, needs to be a mirror reflection of their mission. They measure their profit in impact over revenue, operate entirely transparently, and trust that they source the highest standard of climate projects through the WWF’s Gold Standard certification.

You won’t want to miss this!

Now you now how awesome our speakers are you should join us! Sign up for your BDF pass here and make sure you also register for our event treats here. You have until 5pm on Thursday 15th October 2020 to do so!

If you have any questions for our panel please submit them via twitter and tag us @StormUK .

We look forward to seeing you there!