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Doug Engelbart

Doug Engelbart invented much of modern interactive computing as we know it, including the mouse, word processing and hypertext.

Doug on the Hyperwords Project: “I honestly think that you are the first person I know that is expressing the kind of appreciation for the special role which IT can (no, will) play in reshaping the way we can symbolize basic concepts to elevate further the power that conditioned humans can derive from their genetic sensory, perceptual and cognitive capabilities.”
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Vint Cerf

Chief Internet Evangelist at Google.

Cerf is the codesigner of the TCP/IP protocol, the communications protocol that gave birth to the Internet and which is commonly used today.

Vint on the Hyperwords Project: “This project is born out of a realizing that the increased digitizing of our world offers both an opportunity and a challenge. As all media enter into the Internet and World Wide Web environments, we need vastly improved infrastructure to manage, link, search, extract, and understand the Niagara of information pouring into the net. The hyperword concept offers an opportunity to harness the information inherent in the net in a far more automatic fashion. Not requiring that links be solely generated by manual effort, hyperwords can automatically stitch meaning into any and all documents. This is still very much an experimental idea. Ambiguity will be a major challenge to overcome, for example. Nonetheless, I think this out of the box concept is well worth exploring and strongly endorse the efforts put forward in this proposal to do just that.”

Ted Nelson

Theodor Holm Nelson invented the term "hypertext" in 1965, and is a pioneer of information technology. He also coined the words transclusion and intertwingularity.

Nelson is currently a visiting professor at Oxford University, and a philosopher who works in the fields of information, computers, and human-machine interfaces. He founded Project Xanadu in 1960 with the goal of creating such a system on a computer network, further documented in his 1974 book Computer Lib / Dream Machines and the 1981 Literary Machines.

Ted on the Hyperwords Project: “Hyperwords breaks the iron prison of the web browser.”

Bruce Horn

Bruce Horn was responsible for a number of the key aspects of the original Macintosh.

At Apple, Bruce was responsible for the design and implementation of the Finder, the type/creator metadata mechanism for files and applications, and the Resource Manager (which handled reading and writing of the resource fork in files). The Dialog Manager and the multi-type aspect of the clipboard also appeared thanks to Bruce.

Douglas Rushkoff

Winner of the first Neil Postman award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity, Douglas Rushkoff is an author, teacher, and documentarian who focuses on the ways people, cultures, and institutions create, share, and influence each other's values. He sees "media" as the landscape where this interaction takes place, and "literacy" as the ability to participate consciously in it.

His ten best-selling books on new media and popular culture include Cyberia, Media Virus, Playing the Future, Nothing Sacred: The Truth about Judaism, and Coercion, winner of the Marshall Mcluhan Award for best media book.

He has written and hosted two award-winning Frontline documentaries - The Merchants of Cool and The Persuaders.

Dave Farber

Dave has been called the grandfather of the internet.

His influence and earnest work is seen everywhere. David Farber is the Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science and Public Policy at the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.

From 2000 to 2001, he served as Chief Technologist for the Federal Communications Commission. His background includes positions at the Bell Labs, the Rand Corporation, Xerox Data Systems, University of California at Irvine and the University of Delaware.

Patricia Bothwell

Patricia is a strategy consultant with the Boston Consulting Group.  Patricia holds an MBA from Stanford University and a BA from Harvard College.

Patricia was a co-founder of Hyperwords US and continues as an active advisor.

Sarah Walton

Sarah has worked as a New Media consultant for twelve years, holds a European Masters in Interactive Media and has experience in telecoms, entertainment, finance industries and the UK public sector.

Sarah's involvement with the Hyperwords concept goes back to co-founding The Liquid Information Company with Frode Hegland.

Keith Martin

Keith Martin is a Senior Lecturer in Publishing at the University of the Arts London, teaching publishing, editorial and design for print and digital media in undergraduate and postgraduate courses. He is also the Technical Editor of MacUser magazine.

He has written and contributed to a wide range of articles and to numerous books on the subjects of design and production for print and digital media, including The Digital Designer’s Bible.

Keith has been designing and developing content, structure and interaction logic for digital media since 1989

Ben Scott

Ben is an entrepreuneur who has never had a "real job".  He has two out of two succesful manufacturing and distribution companies which have been running for 17 and 6 years respectively - one in the UK and the other in Singapore.

Despite lacking an undergraduate degree, Ben is a graduate of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (March 2010) and is regularly contracted by one of Asias' leading accounting firms in fraud cases.