Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Blockchain News, Director of the Hackitarians Foundation and global expert on innovation, Kastelein is an award winning publisher & entrepreneur. He has guest lectured at MIT Media Lab, Oxford University, & the University of Koln – sat on media convergence panel @ 2nd EU Digital Assembly in Brussels & worked with global media companies such as the BBC, ABC, CBC, NPO, RTL (DE and NL), Eurosport, NBCU, C4, ITV, Liberty Global, Seven & others on media convergence strategies.
In April 2016, he was ranked one of 150 Best Fintech Journalists You Should Follow by Fintech Ranking for his work at Blockchain News. In August 2015, he was tagged in the Top Ten Top Influencers in Consumer Technology for his writings on TV by Traackr.
Kastelein has judged hundreds of startups for the European Commission Horizon 2020 and UK Technology Board funding programmes.
He’s a Fellow of the UK Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and UK Royal Television Society (RTS) member.
Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Media Tech & Blockchain in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Belfast, Berlin, Brussels, Brighton, Copenhagen, Cannes, Cologne, Curacao, Frankfurt, Hollywood, Hilversum, Gdansk, Geneva, Groningen, London, Las Vegas, Leipzig, Madrid, Melbourne, NYC, Oxford, Rio de Janeiro, Sheffield, San Francisco, San Jose, Sydney, Tallinn, Vienna, Zurich and been on advisory boards of TEDx Istanbul, SMWF UK, & Apps World. Judged @ AIB awards, Social TV Awards Hollywood, Banff Rockies, TV Connect & IPTV Awards.
He was the 2010 Winner of the Deloitte Technology, Media & Telcom (TMT) Predictions for Entrepreneurs in Holland for futurist views on Social TV and Media Convergence (Tech Visionary). In 2011 he won a Computerworld Honors Laureate for Innovation for www.atlanticfreepress.com and most recently was a finalist for IBC’s ConnectedWorld. TV Personality of the Year 2011 for work at Appmarket.tv – where he lost to Marc Zuckerberg from Facebook.
Former publisher of TV App Market and founder of The Hackfest acquired in 2013.
A Creative Technologist & Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) his career ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean and Europe. He’s written occasionally for Wired Insights, Guardian & Virgin & his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German & French.
His TV format Walk The Plank was optioned by Sony Pictures in 2012, but dropped.
Entrepreneur, Innovation Catalyst, Writer, Publisher, Speaker, Bricoleur, TEDxster
Finalist at IBC's ConnectedWorld.TV Personality of the Year 2011
International Broadcasting Conference (IBC) and ConnectedWorld.TV
Finalist at IBC&'s ConnectedWorld.TV Personality of the Year 2011 for work at Appmarket.tv - lost to Marc Zuckerberg from Facebook. In association with the IBC Connected World, the ConnectedWorld.TV Awards celebrate the exciting developments in television and video consumption at the intersection of broadcast and broadband. The awards are presented to the pioneers in the business of "content everywhere" and Creative broadcasters and independent producers as well as innovative technology companies and consumer electronics manufacturers.
Computerworld Honors Laureate for Innovation - 2011
My five year atlanticfreepress.com project and Free Press Group were honored in the Innovation category which recognizes organizations for the design and development of new technologies and/or the application of an existing technology in a new and unique way to advance overall human health, security or well-being. Category co-winners included NASA and Duke University. Established in 1988, The Computerworld Honors Program brings together the men, women, organizations and institutions around the world whose visionary applications of information technology promote positive social, economic and educational change. Laureates' achievements are recognized publicly at the Computerworld Honors Laureate Ceremony and Awards Gala at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington D.C. where honorees are presented with a medallion inscribed with the Program's mission, "A Search for New Heroes." See here.
Deloitte Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) Visionary 2010
Winner of 2010 Deloitte Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions for Entrepreneurs in the Netherlands for futurist views on Social TV and Media Convergence. The 2011 Deloitte TMT Predictions provide an in-depth look at the emerging issues that will impact the Technology, Media and Telecommunications sectors for the next 12-18 months.