Samur Isma

Samur Isma

Samur Isma is the mind behind FREEYORK. He also works for IBM as a project manager and manages the organization of the Startup Weekend in Wroclaw.

He started his career in 2007 as a graphic designer and his passion for informatics brought him to study computer science at the Eastern Mediterranean University in Mersin and, then, at the Technical University of Wroclaw – where he graduated in computer science and marketing.

Alan Turing

Alan Turing

Alan Mathison Turing was a British mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, and computer scientist. He was highly influential in the development of computer science, giving a formalization of the concepts such as “algorithm” and “computation” with the Turing machine, which can be considered an early model of a general purpose computer.

Turing is widely considered to be the father of computer science and artificial intelligence. In an article published in 1950, he developed the so-called Turing’s test to determine if a machine is intelligent or not. He theorized that if a machine can pretend to be human to an actual human, than the machine can be considered intelligent.

Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco (born 5 January 1932, died on 19 February 2016) was an Italian semiotician, essayist, philosopher, literary critic, and novelist.

Graduated in philosophy in 1954, he dedicated most of his life to the study of the Medieval Culture and Philosophy, laying the foundations for his fictional works. He became popular for his groundbreaking 1980 novel The Name of the Rose, which 1986 in was transposed into a movie starring Sean Connery by Jean-Jacques Annaud. The novel was based on an intellectual mystery combining semiotics in fiction, biblical analysis, medieval studies and literary theory. He has since written further novels, including Foucault’s Pendulum and Baudolino. His most recent novel, Numero Zero, was released in 2015.

As a semiotician, in 1988 he founded the Communication Department at the University of the Republic of San Marino and he is considered one of the fathers of the communication studies in Italy. Since 1975 he was Professor of Semiotics at the Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna, the most ancient University in Europe.

Around the end of the 50s, after his experience in RAI, the Italian national television, he started to write about mass media and mass culture, publishing many articles which were later collected in Misreadings (original title, Diario minimo) and Apocalypse Postponed (original title, Apocalittici e Integrati).

Since the late 60s he dedicated his studies to semioticsnarratology, and literature. Some of his most remarkable works in this fields include Lector in fabula and Six Walks in the Fictional Woods.

Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly

“All imaginable futures are not equally possible.”

Former founding editor of the Wired magazine, Kevin Kelly is a writer, photographer, futurologist and a key interpreter of the digital culture.

If you’ve questioned yourself and the role you have in today’s society; if you have tried to go beyond the obvious and read the patterns unfolding in your digital life; making it look like a Philip K. Dick’s novel – then you really have to read Kevin’s books, follow his wanderings in the blogosphere and love the future.

This great photo is by Christopher Michel.

Matt Mullenweg

Matt Mullenweg

Matthew Charles “Matt” Mullenweg (born January 11, 1984 in Houston, Texas) is an American online social media entrepreneur, web developer and musician living in San Francisco, California.

He is best known for developing the free and open source CMS named WordPress. Mullenweg was just nineteen years old when he started WordPress from the b2 codebase with his partner Mike Little in January 2003: in 14 years, WordPress conquered the 28% of the web, and it is still growing.

Mullenweg attended the University of Houston and majored in Political Science before he dropped in 2004 to pursue a job at CNET Networks. Since November 2014 he is CEO of Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, WooCommerce, Jetpack, Simplenote, Longreads, VaultPress, Akismet, Gravatar, Polldaddy, Cloudup, and more. In the announcement, Mullenweg joked:

“It’s obvious that no one in their twenties should run a company.” 

A few months later, he raised $160M in additional funding for Automattic.

Mullenweg meets WordLift

It dates back in 2013, at the SXSW conference in Austin – Texas, when @ziodave, @cyberandy and @matteoc for the very first time introduced the semantic editor WordLift to Matt Mullenweg 🙌