IDC2016 Keynotes

We have the pleasure of introducing Panos Markopoulos, Cheryl Taylor and Michael Sparks as the 3 keynote speakers at IDC2016.

Panos MarkopoulosPanos Markopoulos – Co-founder of the IDC conference series

Panos Markopoulos is one of the co-founders of the IDC conference series. He is also chief editor of the International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction by Elsevier, and co-chair of the IFIP TC13 working group for Interaction Design and Children.

Panos is a Professor with the User Centred Engineering Group at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the department of Industrial Design, and director of the USI programme. He is also adjunct professor in the Univerisity of Technology Sydney, and distinguished ACM Speaker. Before working at TU/e he worked as a researcher at  Queen Mary University of London and Philips Research Laboratories, Eindhoven.

Panos’s teaching and research relate to ambient intelligence, end user development, interaction design and children, rehabilitation technologies and design for behaviour change. Earlier research has focused on user centered design methods, connectedness oriented communication, task modeling, formal specification of user interfaces, UML and software architectures for user interfaces.


Cheryl Taylor

Cheryl Taylor – Controller of CBBC

As Controller of CBBC, Cheryl is responsible for over 4000 hours of programming a year on CBBC. She commissions all CBBC content for television and online including factual, drama, comedy, entertainment and news – as well as a wide range of interactive content including games. CBBC is the most popular Channel for it’s age group and in 2015 won the BAFTA for Children’s Channel of the Year as well as Broadcast Specialist Channel and Cartoon Forum Broadcaster of the year.

Prior to this Cheryl was BBC Executive Editor, Out of London Comedy Commissioning where she was responsible for nurturing original comedy from the nations and regions including Gavin And Stacey, Sunshine, The Old Guys, and Life Of Riley for BBC One; Rab C Nesbitt Christmas Special, The Cup, and Home Time for BBC Two; Lunch Monkeys and The Gemma Factor for BBC Three; and The Cowards on BBC Four.

Between August 2006 and May 2007 Cheryl Taylor was Acting Controller, Comedy Commissioning at the BBC covering Lucy Lumsden’s maternity leave. During this time she re-commissioned Gavin And Stacey (BBC Three) and commissioned Sunshine (BBC One) and Lab Rats (BBC Two) amongst others.


Michael Sparks

Michael Sparks – Creator of the BBC micro:bit

Michael Sparks is a Senior Research Engineer for BBC Research & Development based at the BBC in Media City.  Mike has worked on many different projects whilst at the BBC but will be focusing his keynote on the BBC micro:bit. To find out more about Mike’s work and interests you can visit his blog at

The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized codeable computer with motion detection, a built-in compass and Bluetooth technology, which is to be given free to every child in year 7 or equivalent across the UK. A collaboration between 29 partners, the micro:bit is the BBC’s most ambitious education initiative in 30 years, with an ambition to inspire digital creativity and develop a new generation of tech pioneers.

The UK currently faces a critical skills shortage in the technology sector and the BBC and partners aim to help change that. In the 1980s, the BBC Micro introduced many children to computing for the first time and the BBC micro:bit, part of the BBC’s 2015 Make it Digital initiative, will build on the legacy of that project for the digital age. It aims to inspire young people to get creative with digital and develop core skills in science, technology and engineering.