Richard G. Kastelein
Richard G. Kastelein, FRSA is
Publisher and Founder at the
Blockchain News, Hackitarian at The Hackitarians, Fellow &
Connector of the RSA,
Expert at the European Commission,
External Assessor at Innovate
UK, Director at Agora
Media, Director at Expathos,
Contributing Writer at The
Guardian, and Blogger and Member of Wired.com Innovation Insights
In his late teens and early 20s, Richard sailed around the world on small sailboats as both crew and skipper and wrote, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Seas”, a series of articles on how to travel by hitching rides on yachts in 1989, age 22. Surviving on the open ocean, navigating, and solving problems… It made Richard who he is today.
Richard is founder of Blockchain News, The Hackitarians, and is a global expert on innovation, He is an award winning publisher and entrepreneur. He has guest lectured at MIT Media Lab, Oxford University, and the University of Koln. He sat on the media convergence panel at the 2nd EU Digital Assembly in Brussels and worked with global media companies such as the BBC, ABC, CBC, NPO, RTL (DE and NL), Eurosport, NBCU, C4, ITV, Liberty Global, Seven, and others on media convergence strategies.
He has judged hundreds of startups for the European Commission H2020 & Innovate UK funding programmes. He’s a Fellow of the UK Royal Society of Arts (RSA) & UK Royal Television Society member.
Richard has spoken (keynotes and panels) on the future of media at events in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Belfast, Berlin, Brussels, Brighton, Copenhagen, Cannes, Cologne, Curacao, Frankfurt, Hollywood, Hilversum, Geneva, Groningen, London, Las Vegas, Leipzig, Madrid, Melbourne, NYC, Oxford, Rio de Janeiro, Sheffield, San Francisco, San Jose, Sydney, Tallinn, Vienna, and Zurich and has been on the advisory boards of TEDx Istanbul, SMWF UK, and Apps World, and has judged at the AIB awards, Social TV Awards Hollywood, Banff Rockies, TV Connect, and the IPTV Awards.
He was publisher of TV App Market and founder of The Hackfest which were acquired in 2013.
A Creative Technologist and Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Méis), his career ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean and Europe. He now writes occasionally for Wired Insights, Guardian, and Virgin. His work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German, and French.
His TV format Walk The Plank was optioned by Sony Pictures in 2012.
Watch The Future of Television: Richard Kastelein at TEDxHanzeUniversity, Immovator – Richard Kastelein 2012, Hilversum Netherlands, and Richard Kastelein on The Hackfest and Hackathons. Watch his YouTube channel. View his Facebook page. Read his LinkedIn profile and his Wikipedia profile. Follow his Twitter feed.