We’ve now kicked off our 3rd Future Hacks hackathon, on the Health theme. As well as members of the OPEN Glasgow team, we are joined by some other special guests. Below are some short biographies of these guests, who will be either (or both) speakers and judges on Friday or Sunday evening.

Michael McLaughlan, Programme Director, Glasgow Future Cities Programme

Michael is an Economist turned technologist and has held senior positions with Deloitte, Amadeus, Hewden and Changing It ltd. In recent years he has run a number of major business transformation programmes including the Digital @ Diageo programme, replacing the core banking engine for the Student Loans Company, an end-to-end technology re-platform for Travelex, outsourcing of debit cards and ATMs for the National Australia Bank and building a Faster Payments engine for Halifax Bank of Scotland. In his early career Michael lived in the Midwest of the USA, but swapped that for five years in the sunshine with Amadeus in Sophia Antipolis. However, the attractions of returning to his native Glasgow were too much to resist and helping to rebuild Glasgow as a Smart, Future City has been one of the highlights of his career.

Jenny O’Hagan – Head of Service Development, Development & Regeneration Services at Glasgow City Council

Qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with PwC in 1993, Jenny joined Local Government in 1994 where she has held a number of roles within Finance, Change Management and Business Improvement areas. Her current role has operational responsibility for a range of support functions, including Finance, and involves supporting the development of staff to respond to service reform changes. Jenny has a keen interest in delivering continuous improvement through joint partnership working to provide efficient service delivery to the citizens of Glasgow.

Paola Pasino, Architect, Development & Regeneration Services at Glasgow City Council

Paola has worked for Glasgow City Council for the past ten years, as a part of the City Centre Regeneration team. Her PhD thesis focuses on the relationship between Urban Form and Quality of Life and is partly based on spatial analysis of health data. She will be giving a short and inspirational talk on this work.

Paul Zealey, Head of Engagement and Legacy at Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee

Paul leads on working with partners and wider stakeholders  to ensure that there is a long term legacy from the Games for people and communities across Scotland. He has previously worked in consultancy, with Scottish Enterprise and in the third sector.

Dr Jamie Coleman, Managing Director / Founder Codebase Scotland

Dr Coleman began his career in Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetic Pregnancy. He has been involved for many years in biotechnology and commercialisation within the Life Sciences. He has founded and acted as Director in companies involved in science animation, educational software and medical data. Jamie is Managing Director of CodeBase, Scotland’s largest tech incubator. He is also currently founder and Director of the Turing Festival, Director of Biospoke, an open medicine technology company and a Board Member of ScotlandIS.

Cindy Gray, Fellow in Health Behaviour Change at the University of Glasgow

Cindy’s research focuses on innovative ways of encouraging people to make better lifestyle choices. She recently won a Gold Game Changer 2014 Award for the MyCity: Glasgow app, a game designed to encourage people to walk more and become more engaged with Glasgow during the Commonwealth Games.

Cassie Robinson, Director of the Point People

The Point People are a network whose tag line is “Where Worlds Meet.”They work in a way that draws their collective intelligence together, from across different sectors, to look at social and cultural issues systemically.
Cassie is currently working part-time with Government Digital Service, is a consultant to Nesta and most recently designed the event on Data, Health & Me, and was also the producer of Wearable Futures.
She also works on a range of other projects including LondonScape about collective consciousness and Intimate Objects.

Chris Fremantle, independent researcher and producer

Chris works in public art, particularly on issues of environment and healthcare. He is currently project managing the Therapeutic Design and Arts Strategy for the New South Glasgow Hospitals. He contributes to the MFA Art, Space and Nature at Edinburgh College of Art as well as to a-n’s Collaborate Creatively programme. He established ecoartscotland in 2010 as a platform for research and practice. Chris will be joining us a judge on Sunday evening.