Ian Forrester is a well known character on the digital scene in the UK and Europe. Living in Manchester, UK, he works for the BBC’s R&D Future Experiences team. He specialises in open innovation and new disruptive opportunities; by creating tangible value with open engagement and collaborations with start-ups, universities and early adopters.
His current research is into the area of future narrative and storytelling, with a technology he calls Perceptive Media. Its a new approach to broadcasting; which pairs the best of broadcast with the best of internet technology; creating a experiences like sitting around a camp fire telling stories.
Ian is proud to have a non-traditional background in interaction design which he crossed over with development using XML & Semantic web technologies. His diverse background makes him adaptive and flexible in any situation; with a relaxed and creative leadership style. He takes sustainability, data ethics and human potential seriously in his leadership and collaborations. Taking pride in his background he champions inclusion and diversity where ever he goes.
His achievements recently was noticed by the Inclusive board, landing him in the top 100 diverse tech leaders in the UK. Previously a founder of the dataportability.org group in 2004, running the quantified self group in Manchester in 2015; he’s track record leads him in good stead for a data rich future..