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Eight greats speaking at Apps World Europe (and best of all they're free to see!)

With four months until Apps World Europe hits London’s Excel our list of speakers is already growing fast. Here we introduce you to eight greats speaking at Apps World Europe, which takes place 12-13 November. The event, now in its fifth year, is set to be the biggest yet attracting more than 350 exhibitors and 12,0000 attendees from the worlds of developers, mobile marketers, mobile operators, device manufacturers, platform owners and other industry professionals.

1) Bill Liao, Venture Partner, SOS Ventures

Ever wanted to know what investors look for in a new business or app idea? As an Australian entrepreneur and one of the top 30 tech investors Liao should know. He will be revealing more about what he looks for alongside one of his own investments within the free-to-attend Gaming World track at Apps World Europe. He is also co-founder of the CoderDojo movement, a free global network formed to assist young people to learn how to code and is the European venture partner for SOS ventures, a $200m international investment fund.

2) Takeshi Idezawa, Chief Operating Officer, LINE

As the biggest smartphone messaging app in Japan, Taiwan and Thailand Japanese-based LINE has attracted more than 470 million users since its launch. Idezawa became director of NHN Japan Corporation in 2012 which was renamed LINE Corporation in April 2013, and was promoted to chief operating officer in January. He will be presenting in the free to attend Droid World track where he will reveal what’s next for LINE.

3) Gerard Grech, CEO, Tech City UK

The formation of Tech City UK in 2010 was originally to support the growth of a technology cluster of businesses in East London – growing quickly to become Europe’s largest digital cluster. Earlier this year the organisation’s role was expanded to the whole of the UK, collaborating with the digital community, government, educational establishments and business to support the growth of digital businesses across the country. As CEO of Tech City UK Grech is driving that collaboration. He has nearly 15 years’ experience in the world of digital media, web and mobile including senior positions at Blackberry World, Nokia and Orange. He will deliver a keynote address within the complimentary Developer World track.

4) Peter Molyneux OBE, Founder, Creative Director, 22Cans

With a career history that spans four decades in a video games industry he helped create it’s little surprise that Molyneux has letters after his name. As well as his OBE he has also received multiple Lifetime Achievement Awards from various sources. He’s the former creative director of Microsoft Games Europe, founder and CEO of Bullfrog Productions, Lionhead Studios, and now 22cans. Products he has designed include Populous, Theme Park, Syndicate, Theme Hospital, Dungeon Keeper, Black & White and the Fable franchise. He will soon release what he considers to be his greatest work to date: GODUS, returning him to the God Game genre which critics claim he created at the start of his career but this time to a new audience of casual gamers and smartphone users. He will deliver a keynote session within the free-to-attend Gaming World track.

5) Thomas Mayer, COO, Lotus F1

A career in an on- the-move industry that has included planes, trains and automobiles has now culminated in the position of COO of the Lotus F1 team – which Mayer joined in 2012. He originally graduated from the Swiss Institute of Technology in Zürich with a degree in Industrial Engineering and Technology Management before management positions in the railway industry, Bombardier in Hungary and Solaris Bus & Coach. In a business that relies on a huge amount of data and analytics that needs to move round with the teams between races, then the cloud is the perfect solution for Formula One. Mayer will reveal more about life in the fast lane at Lotus and the power of the cloud for analytics on the move in the free-to-attend Cloud Apps World track.

6) John Henderson, Principal, White Star Capital

His career has included entrepreneur, operator,  strategy consultant and M&A lawyer – pretty diverse for a career that is still less than ten years old! Henderson has worked in strategy and business development at Facebook, as a strategy consultant at The Bolton Consulting Group and as a lawyer at Allens-Linklaters. Most recently however he was responsible for operations at Summly which was bought by Yahoo! in May 2013 overseeing everything from product management to business development. Speaking alongside YPlan founder and CEO Rytis Vitkauskas within the Developer World track he will be part of a keynote panel looking at creating a successful app business.  

7) John Finch, CIO, Bank of England

As executive director for information services and technology and CIO  at the Bank of England Finch is responsible for all aspects of technology delivery across the bank and for delivering the information security (cyber) programme of activity. He will be presenting a different approach to the cloud within the Cloud Apps World track with a stance that warns to beware of the hype of cloud. His position means he obviously takes the security of the cloud more seriously than ever. Will his speech be enough to convince you? Join the Cloud Apps World track to find out.

8) Or Arbel, CEO & Founder, Yo

It has been described as highly addictive despite only taking eight hours for Arbel to create and initially having no funding, business plan or infrastructure behind it. In fact the Yo app was only initially developed as a way for its co-founder Moshe Hogeg to get the attention of his wife and assistant. In June however it hit the headlines, having received $1.2 million of venture capital funding and then a hacking attack that has since been fixed. Arbel will be on stage at Apps World Europe to explain more about the app’s phenomenal growth and its future within the Developer World track on day two of the show, held on November 13.


These are just a few of the great names we have lined up for you at Apps World Europe this November. These speakers are taking part in the six complimentary tracks that make up our show and include Developer World, Droid World, Gaming World, Enterprise World, Tech World and Cloud Apps World. To register for a free pass for the event book here. For a paid pass, to attend our paid tracks book here. Paid tickets are available at a Super Early Bird Discount until 1 August and we will be introducing you to the top speakers in the paid tracks on the blog shortly.