FROM NOW is a not-for-profit conference for people to come together, learn and discuss how technology is integrating into and changing our societies and culture.

Topics include smart cities, wearables, the internet of things, social media, the quantified self, crypto-currencies, quantum computing, big data, grassroots tech movements, the maker movement, apps, mobile, robotics, cyborg anthropology, philosophy, bionics, surveillance, modern business dynamics, user experience, the impact today and the future of where our techled world is taking us.

Saturday 7th June 2014 Vancouver BC


Nora Young

Host of CBC Radio’s Spark, Author of The Virtual Self

Nora Young is an informed and ideal guide for anyone looking to examine and plan for—the ever-changing high-tech landscape; she helps audiences understand trends in gadgets, apps, social media, and more, while showing them how to better protect their privacy in our increasingly digital world. The host of CBC Radio’s Spark and the author of The Virtual Self, she demystifies technology and explains how it is shaping our lives and the larger world in which we live.

Young is the co-creator of podcast The Sniffer, and she was the founding host of CBC Radio’s Definitely Not The Opera, where she often discussed topics related to new media and technology. Her work has appeared online, on television, and in print.

Toby Barnes

Product Strategy Director at AKQA

Since 1995 Toby has built an international reputation for delivering ground-breaking digital and mobile experiences. He is currently Product Strategy Director at AKQA, Portland where he leads AKQA’s global conception and creation of branded content and services, for companies including Nike, Barclays, Tui Travel, EDF, and Nissan.

Toby has spoken at a large number of events including SXSW, GDC, Playful and Interesting London on Design, Play, Cheating, urban design, and open data. He is an advisor to the Greater London Authority, and the Mayor of London on a range of digital issues.

Michael Fergusson

CEO, Ayogo

Michael has been a fighter pilot, a terraforming engineer, and a zombie hunter, and that was just this morning! He learned to touch type by hunting sharks, and has travelled the entire Oregon trail without getting scurvy. He also believes that playing is one of the most meaningful and productive things we can do. Michael is the CEO and Founder of Ayogo, a company that has won many awards for their use of social game play to help patients take control of their treatments. For this work, Michael was Ernst & Young’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year, and was recently named to the PharmaVOICE 100, a peer-nominated list of the 100 most inspiring people in Life Sciences. Michael lives in Vancouver with his wonderful wife and four amazing children and is very happy to be alive at this particular time in history.

Michael will talk about game psychology and how it can be applied to healthcare today and in the future.

Amal Graafstra

Biohacker, CEO of

Will talk about biohacking, authentication and the how the body will transform as technology becomes more pervasive in our lives.

He will also demonstrate implantation of RFID tags into a willing volunteer.

Nikolas Badminton

Principal at DesignCultureMind, Host/Curator of Cyborg Camp YVR and From Now

Nikolas started studying cognitive psychology, human interaction, social network theory and web engagement 20 years ago and advances his thinking daily in these areas.

He helps start-ups and brands develop innovative, fresh thinking in product and solution development for mobile/social/digital consumer engagement. He also thinks about the near-term implications of technology, data and environments on society and humanity as a whole.

Jonathan Tallant

Associate Professor at, and Head of, the Philosophy Department at the University of Nottingham

He’s the current president of the Philosophy of Time Society and an Associate Member of the Centre for Time, based in Milan. Since 2013 Jonathan has been a Philosophical Advisor to


257 East 7th Ave
Vancouver, BC, V5T 0B8

Make has a great warehouse space located on 7th and Main in Vancouver. We are planning to create an amazing conference space and also a digital experience that will inspire attendees about technology and humanity. Our creative team have started planning something very special.

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