WIRED2014 Main Stage speakers

With WIRED2014 we aimed to gather the people changing the world and defining the future. Our Main Stage brought together more than 45 speakers from a multitude of disciplines, including art, digital media, geopolitics, programming, advertising, the life sciences and more.

2014 also saw the introduction of the WIRED Innovation Fellows, who also spoke on stage. Find out more here.

  • will.i.am


Musician, entrepreneur and philanthropist

How a global entertainer built a successful hardware business

  • Chapman

Mark Chapman

Chief engineer,
Bloodhound Project

Chief engineer on the British bid to travel at 1,000mph on land

  • John-Hegarty-2

Sir John Hegarty

Cofounder, Bartle Bogle Hegarty

Lessons in creativity from an accomplished adman

  • Ron-Arad

Ron Arad

Industrial designer

The recent WIRED cover star shares his rules of innovation

  • Ze-Frank-2

Ze Frank

Viral videographer, BuzzFeed

Where viral video goes next

  • Anne-Wojcicki-image

Anne Wojcicki

Cofounder, 23andMe

What you can learn from millions of people's DNA

  • Suleiman-Bakhit

Suleiman Bakhit

Social entrepreneur & storyteller

Creating comic superheroes to change the image of Arab youth

  • Lincoln-Wallen

Lincoln Wallen

Chief technology officer, DreamWorks Animation

How DreamWorks reinvented the tools of animation

  • Yulia-Marushevska

Yulia Marushevska

Ukrainian student and activist

The citizen behind the Ukrainian crisis's defining video

  • Eric-Ladizinsky

Eric Ladizinsky

Cofounder, D-Wave Systems

The quantum computing era has begun

  • Helen-Arney

Helen Arney

Geek songstress

Musical comedian who conducts clinical trials on her songs

  • Obi-Felten

Obi Felten


Head of getting moonshots ready for contact with the real world

  • Esther-Dyson

Esther Dyson

Public health promoter

The leading investor shares her mission to build a healthier world

  • Lee-Bofkin-2

Lee Bofkin

Cofounder & CEO, Global Street Art

How street art offers new possibilities for our cities

  • Bruce-Hood

Bruce Hood

Experimental psychologist

A scientific basis of magical thinking

  • Jay-Bregman

Jay Bregman

Founder of Hailo

Lessons learned from taking Hailo international

  • Demis-HASSABIS

Demis Hassabis

Founder & CEO, DeepMind Technologies

Artificial intelligence expert whose London startup, DeepMind, was bought by Google in January

  • Sam-Bompas

Sam Bompas

Contemporary food designer, Bompas & Parr

Food as you have never experienced it

  • Andrew-Hessel-2

Andrew Hessel

Biohacker, Autodesk

When anybody can write genetic code, humanity's security is up for grabs

  • Cesar-A.-Hidalgo

César A. Hidalgo

Network and complexity artist, MIT Media Lab

How to make big data visible and actionable

  • Blaise-Aguera-y-Arcas

Blaise Aguera y Arcas

Machine intelligence specialist

Google's Principal Scientist, who is an expert on machine learning

  • Pablo-Rodriguez

Pablo Rodríguez

Innovation director, Telefónica

The secrets behind FC Barcelona's winning strategy

  • Charmain-Gooch-2

Charmian Gooch

Anti-corruption activist, Global Witness

Taking on the powerful corporations and corrupt governments exploiting the natural world

  • Simon-Wheatcroft

Simon Wheatcroft

Ultramarathon runner

A blind ultra-marathon runner who uses technology to reach new limits

  • Ben-Medlock

Ben Medlock

Cofounder & chief technical officer, SwiftKey

Cofounder of London-based SwiftKey and inventor of an artificial-intelligence system that predicts what you'll type next

  • John-Graham-Cumming-2

John Graham-Cumming

Geek-culture maven

Deconstructing Hollywood's hesitant relationship with the computer screen


Sugata Mitra

Educational innovator, School in the Cloud

How a School in the Cloud can let children explore and learn from each other

  • Nico-Sell

Nico Sell

Organiser of DEF CON hacker event

What I've learned being educated by hackers

  • Elif-Shafak2

Elif Shafak


What storytelling means in a world of images and Likes

  • Shlomo


Human beatbox

The world-record-holding beatboxer and world looping champion

  • Saul-Singer-2

Saul Singer

Start-up Nation co-author

Why does everywhere want to be the next Silicon Valley?

  • Yuri-Suzuki

Yuri Suzuki

Designer and artist

Inventor / designer of sound art as you've never heard it

  • Stuart-Turner

Stuart Turner


Quadraplegic, housebound, but still able to fly

  • Mariano-Tomatis

Mariano Tomatis

Magician and wonder injector

How magic can be the elixir of life

  • Nina-Tandon

Nina Tandon

Stem cell researcher, EpiBone

How to grow human bone in a lab

  • Mina-Girgis

Mina Girgis

Ethnomusicologist, The Nile Project

Using music to obliterate borders in Africa

  • Nelly-Ben-Hayoun

Nelly Ben Hayoun

Designer of experiences

Space orchestras, underwater field work and other designed experiences

  • Rachel-Wingfield

Rachel Wingfield

Designer, researcher and educator, Loop.pH

The pop-up spa and other experiences that rethink the city

  • Sandesh-Reddy

Sandesh Reddy

Chef and creator of Kichin, India

How to disrupt the restaurant industry with technology

  • Uma-Ramakrishnan

Uma Ramakrishnan

Biodiversity ecologist, India

Developing genetic tools to understand tiger populations

  • Emiliano-Kargieman

Emiliano Kargieman

Private space pioneer, Satellogic

The Argentinian startup launching a satellite constellation

  • Joel-Jackson

Joel Jackson

Founder, Mobius Motors, Kenya

The British twentysomething who decided to build a car factory in Africa

  • Dhairya-Dand

Dhairya Dand

Researcher and artist, MIT Media Lab

You will never think of wearables in the same way

  • Skylar-Tibbits

Skylar Tibbits

Artist and computational architect, MIT Department of Architecture

Reinventing materials, from programmable carbon fibre to 4D printing