Derry 2.0 - More names for Culture Tech

Joe Cohen, Founder of {||} - Joe Cohen is founder and CEO of Seatwave.

He started the company in May 2006, and launched it in February 2007. Seatwave has since become a market leader in this emerging space.

Joe brings broad experience of the consumer internet space, having led three start-ups in the past ten years, and has been building consumer applications and businesses in the US and Europe since the mid ’90s.

Before founding Seatwave, Joe started and ran the international division of (2001 until 2006), the global leader in online dating. As Chief Operating Officer at he oversaw the development and operations of the Match business in 35 countries and 18 languages. Joe became a thought-leader on global dating and consumer internet services and offered commentary and perspective to the BBC, CNBC, CNN, The New York Times, Reuters, Business Week and many others.

Previously, from 1999 until 2001, Joe was Vice President and General Manager of for Europe where he was one of the pioneers of the European online ticketing industry. Prior to Ticketmaster, Joe worked for Citysearch where he was New Markets General Manager, responsible for the roll-out of the online city guide business in 20 cities in the US and Northern Europe.

Joe lives in London with his wife Sofia and five children.

Daniel Cross, Global Music Manager at Adidas

Daniel Cross is director of UK music consultancy Record-Play, a company which provides advice to brands and production companies in best application of music to media and guidance in integration of music into marketing.

Daniel also acts as Global Music Manager for the Adidas group and manages Reebok’s EMEA music strategy.

In addition, Record-Play works with a range of FMCG companies, developing music concepts and aligning artist with brands. Clients have included HP, Tommy Hilfiger, Burberry, Heineken, Sony, Mircosoft and Rimmel.

Bright Club: Digital Love

Bringing together stand-up comedians, experts, academics and musicians to dissect a common theme, Bright Club’s ‘comedy night for the curious’ has become one of the most popular and innovative comedy nights in Northern Ireland.

For Culture Tech, Bright Club presents a special show on the theme of ‘Digital Love’, hosted by Derry comedian and comedy writer PETER DAVIDSON. Featuring!:


Fashion Film-maker CAROL MURPHY (Cult Mountain, FUGI)

Social media expert TRACY DEMPSEY (Soul Ambition)

Lecturer in Interactive Media Arts focusing on emerging technologies, spreadable media and social networks ALAN HOOK (University of Ulster)

Previously a designer and FX animator at DreamWorks Animation now a Lecturer in Digital Animation designer 3D medical illustrator CONANN FITZPATRICK (University of Ulster)

Digital media in education specialist FERGAL CORSCADDEN


Plus a musical comedy finale from iPod and theremin lover, ADAM LAUGHLIN.

A public engagement initiative billed as the ‘thinking person’s variety night’ by its founders at University College London, the Belfast branch of Bright Club began at Blick Studios in November 2011.

See the rest of the current Culture Tech lineup at

Mark Nagurski is Derry’s Digital Champion, based at the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce. You can contact him by email to or by visiting