November 21, 2009

Who Is Ewan McIntosh?

309-EwanMcIntoshEwan McIntosh is the founder of NoTosh Limited, a startup that develops products and services with creative companies on the one hand, and then takes the processes, attitudes and research gained there to the world of education. His company works with hundreds of schools and districts, providing ideas, inspiration and research on how to better engage kids.

Ewan was a French and German High School teacher, before moving from the classroom into technology research and leadership as Scotland’s first National Advisor on Learning and Technology Futures. He later helped set up one of the most ambitious investment funds from a public service broadcaster in the UK, the $100m 4iP Fund from Channel 4 Television.

As well as heading up NoTosh’s work globally with creative corporations, Governments and school districts, Ewan is a “Digital Angel” advisor on the digital agenda to the Vice President of the European Commission, Mrs Neelie Kroes. He is a also a Trustee of the RSA’s Opening Minds Curriculum and sits on the Board of Interactive Ontario’s INplay conference, showcasing where play, video games and learning meet.Ewan and his team are all about engaging people, whether they're voters, customers or kids in a classroom.

His latest creative projects include helping to redesign the 40th anniversary summit of the ITU, the United Nations agency responsible for telecommunications technologies, and co-directing the digital side of the Scottish National Party's 2011 re-election campaign, resulting in a historic landslide majority win that technically "wasn't possible". Education projects are varied, working with schools on design thinking and developing leadership, helping create the world’s first TEDx event by and for eight year olds, and turning the textbook on its head through our interactive developments.

McIntosh launched the world’s first iPad Investment Fund in 2010, has been at the centre of $5m of creative media investments since January 2010, including $2.5 of non-profit projects with the MacArthur Foundation to improve the learning of students from North America to India. Companies in which he has invested have won a Media Guardian Award for the Best App of 2010 and another developed one of Apple’s Top 30 All-Time Best Selling Apps, appearing in the Guardian’s Tech Invest 100, 2010.

He frequently gives talks and workshops around the world, trying to find new and better ways of using emerging technologies in education, and exploring the changing physical environments that are required to  best harness these opportunities.

You can read his most up-to-date thoughts daily by subscribing to his blog. Have a look at some of his work, go watch some old talks or take the plunge and work with him.

If you want some pictures for your conference brochure or website: be my guest.

About Ewan

Ewan McIntosh is a teacher, speaker and investor, regarded as one of Europe’s foremost experts in digital media for public services.

His company, NoTosh Limited, invests in tech startups and film on behalf of public and private investors, works with those companies to build their creative businesses, and takes the lessons learnt from the way these people work back into schools and universities across the world.

Ewan’s education keynotes & MasterClasses

Module Masterclass

Do you worry that your school or district could better harness its people, digital technology or physical space? Do you want some actionable inspiration, a mentor for a learning journey with your staff?

In a keynote or masterclass we can give them concrete ideas based on experience, enthusiasm fired by a vision of what can be, and backup before and after to make it happen for them.

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