our panel

  • anand verma

    Anand Verma Director of Business Growth and Strategic Accounts at SapientNitro Europe, part of Sapient®, is the world's first customer experience company. We create and engineer highly relevant experiences that accelerate business growth and fuel brand advocacy for our clients.

    By combining multi-channel marketing, multi-channel commerce, and the technology that binds them, we influence customer behaviour across the spectrum of content, communication and commerce channels, resulting in deeper, more meaningful relationships between customers and brands.

    In his role Anand works with some of the leading global brands to help define their multi-channel strategy and implement the end-to-end multi-channel propositions that ranges from marketing and content to commerce.

    Some of his recent clients include AstraZeneca, Barclays, Sky, MTV, BUPA, Qatar Airways and Auto Trader. Prior to Sapient, Anand worked at Microsoft, AKQA and Modem Media / Digital. He has special interest in mobile, social media and innovative technologies.

  • professor calie pistorius

    Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hull as of 1 September 2009. Director Hull Forward, the Humber Economic Partnership and The Deep. Formerly he was the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria in South Africa (August 2001 - August 2009)

    Served as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology, Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Director of the Institute of Technological Innovation and Director of Information Technology.

    He holds bachelors and honours degrees in electronic engineering from the University of Pretoria (1979, 1981), masters and Ph.D degrees in electrical engineering from The Ohio State University (1984, 1986). His research interests include the management of innovation and management of technology.

    He has published widely in these areas as well as in the field of electromagnetic scattering. He is registered as a professional engineer in South Africa, and is also a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa, and Senior Member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

  • imran ali

    Imran is a founding partner of Carbon Imagineering, a UK-based emerging technologies think tank incubating a number of startup concepts, as well as contributing expertise to various media properties and technology companies, including O'Reilly Media, Corante, Giga Omni Media and TechCrunch UK.

    Previously, Imran has been a Deputy Director of R&D for Orange UK, part of the advisory boards of O'Reilly's ETel conference, Treasuremytext and the eComm 2008 conference, as as well as a non-executive director at ensembli and bmedi@.

    Imran's website and blog are avilable from imranali.name and you can follow him on Twitter at @imran.

  • helen philpot

    Helen has been an industry professional in the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire area for the past 12 years. A broadcaster, presenter, producer, voice-over and media trainer, Helen fronted the BBC's Look North programme with Peter Levy before leaving to join the MOD in Cyprus.

    Returning to the UK to pursue a freelance career, Helen worked with a number of blue chip companies including Unilever, Kimberly Clark and Press Association before joining a small team tasked with launching the UK's first dedicated new film and TV talent channel on Sky, propeller TV.

    She has been a respected voice over artist for many years & presents a Saturday morning radio show on BBC Radio Humberside. Recently she turned her attention to relaunching the UK's longest running local TV channel, Channel 7 whilst providing students with valuable industry experience.

    She runs a portfolio of media training courses from the studios and regularly attends events and conferences as a visiting lecturer in radio and television production. Helen lives in Hull with her husband Phil, a chartered surveyor and her ginger cat, Leslie.

  • jon moss (chair)

    Jon runs the theappleofmyi digital consultancy, making businesses, brands, services and people more successful online. He founded Hull Digital, Kingston Upon Hull's technology community, in 2009, which has grown rapidly in the past 15 months, and now has a monthly podcast available in iTunes.

    He organises Yorkshire's Digital and Technology Conference, HDLive which sold out in 2009, attracting 200 attendees, and speakers including the BBC's technology correspondent, Rory Cellan-Jones, and the Guardian's Technology Editor, Charles Arthur. He is currently planning an even bigger and better event this year.

    He is the co-founder of Hull Apps, focusing on developing elegant and useful iPhone apps for clients, and importantly, ensuring they tie in with their main sales and marketing objectives. He is a member of the University of Hull's steering group for the Institute of Creativity and Innovation.

    Jon speaks regularly as a technology commentator on BBC and independent radio, and works closely with the local stakeholders to promote technology, connectivity and business growth in the region.

what's the concept?

Ask, listen, learn, and join in.

We are delighted to be holding this event in the stunning Donald Roy Theatre in the Gulbenkian Centre at the University of Hull.

Hull Digital Question Time will be a chance for you to join the conversation and hear about the topics that matter in digital / technology and the web in 2010. These topics will be driven by you, the audience, so don't miss out, grab a ticket and submit your question!

We will be gathering all the questions before the event and choosing the ones which are interesting, inspiring and challenging. We have an expert panel lined up for you to debate the internet, mobile, the future of communication, or, whatever you decide to ask. All you need to do is fill out the form below with your question and contact details (we will be contacting you prior to the event if your question gets chosen). It would also be useful if you got your ticket too so you can ask in person ;-)

The evening will start with the Question Time format and then an opportunity to chat, network and meet new friends and business contacts.

HDQT could not happen without the support of Northern Net, Screen Yorkshire, the University of Hull and Kingston Communications.

devil's in the detail

time & date

The event will take place on Wednesday 26th of May 2010, from 6.30pm onwards.


The venue will be the Donald Roy Theatre on the University of Hull campus.


Donald Roy Theatre, The Gulbenkian Centre
Cottingham Rd, Hull
City of Kingston-upon-Hull HU6 7RX


If you would like directions to the venue please use our good old friend Google maps. Here is a handy link for you with the venue already in place.

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