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.
We are a Dutch Foundation that design, build and run extraordinary Hackathons! Our mission is to drive innovation by running the best hackathons on the planet – we are a registered stichting (foundation) in the netherlands.
We believe that hackers are the alchemists of our time… the masters of the binary evolution.
We believe that hacking can help solve the world’s problems.
We believe we can not only help run a brilliant hackathon but we also believe we can teach you how to build the best hackathons.
We are not out to shelter our methodology and knowhow. No. It’s our goal to teach more people who can teach more people to run hackathons.
We have a huge rolodex and network of some of the top hackers and innovators on the planet.
It’s very simple. We love what we do. We want to change the world. And most importantly…
We drive innovation.
—Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine to Machine (M2M) - Devices, Sensors, Connected World
—Health Applications and emerging technologies
—Green Applications and emerging technologies
—Innovation - Driving new models around hackathons and open innovation
—Consumer Electronics - Hardware, Software, Content, Brands
—Social Media - Enterprise, Viral, Marketing, Strategy
—Government Funding in Europe for Innovation
At Expathos Netherlands, I focus more broadly on future technology and publisher Blockchain news, the leading online news portal for the emerging Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology worlds.
Expathos is a Netherlands-based media company that specialises in events, publishing on and offline, market intelligence, marketing and more... The award-winning company has been trading since 2005 and it's triumphs include Blockchain News, TV App Market online (acquired in 2013), The Hackfest event (acquired in 2013), Atlantic Free Press (Computer World Laureate 2012), and more.
Richard Kastelein Narrates this Video on Hackathons and Driving Innovation
The Hackfest Documentary (short) Richard Kastelein narrates a short documentary on The Hackfest – its roots, its presence and its…
Health Hackfest 2014 – Brussels, Belgium Short documentary on Health Hackfest 2014 in Brussels Belgium hosted by Richard Kastelein. Film created…
Richard Kastelein’s virtual avatar is interviewed in Second Life at the Annual Machinima Expo in 2013 The Machinima Expo is…
Immovator – Richard Kastelein 2012, Hilversum Netherlands The future of TV presentation – Hilversum 2012
TEDx: The Future of Television: Richard Kastelein Speaking at TEDx in Groningen in 2011.
Richard Kastelein – Broadcasting Digital Media Summit 2014 – Telstra Enterprise – Sydney Australia Talking about the future of TV…
"I have worked for and advised numerous media companies and venture capital firms on both sides of the Atlantic on emerging technologies and potential acquisitions. As an assessor and expert for both the European Commission Horizon 2020 programme (delivering €80 billion to innovators) and the UK Technology Strategy Board, I have played Shark Tank and Dragon's Den to hundreds of Europe's most innovative startups."
"As a Creative Technologist and conceptor, I have the ability to merge creative with technology in a rare manner - and can talk shop with writers and coders, designers and information architects, artists and user experience specialists. Whether you want to design an event or a product or service, there's a lot I can bring to the table."
"With scores of business plans under my belt, and having read hundreds more, I have the ability to write and consult on how to bring ideas into layman's terms and help shape propositions. Whether you want to build a new event, product or service, I am able to take concept to paper and sell it on."
"Creating is one thing, Designing is another... and there's lots of brilliant ideas that deserve to make it. But they don't. Bringing to market takes a blend of timing, luck, network, and dissemination. As someone who has exited one business and worked on exits with others, I have the gravitas and skills to help tease ideas in the right direction. "
Book Richard Kastelein to speak at your for next event:
Specialities including Blockchain 101, The Best of Blockchain Startups, Future of Television, Future of Media, Future of Entertainment, IoT, M2M, Green Tech, Healthcare (including IBM Watson), Crowdfunding, Crowdsourcing, Open Innovation, Ethical Hacking, and Leadership (from my history and the angle of an offshore sailing skipper).
Keynote Speaker: Richard speaks on topics such as Blockchain, media convergence – and the impact of the Internet on major entertainment verticals such as TV, Print and Music.
Open innovation is also a topic Kastelein has spoken on due to his experience running some of the world’s largest hackathons in London and SF and his starting of www.the-hackfest.com and it’s subsequent acquisition.
He has also talked about his experiences as a political publisher during the Bush administration building up an award winning portal for progressive opinion with over 200 writers and publishing over 10,000 articles – as well as some of his hacktivism experiences which were covered by CNN, NYTs and other mainstream media.
Other topics include: Blockchain, Future of Television, Future of Media, Future of Entertainment, IoT, M2M, Green Tech, Healthcare (including IBM Watson), Crowdfunding, Crowdsourcing, Open Innovation, Ethical Hacking, and Leadership (from my history and the angle of an offshore sailing skipper).
Host/Moderator: With his background in working across many verticals (assessing startups and running hackathons) from IoT to TV, Health to Green and more – Kastelein has a bird’s eye view on numerous technologies and can moderate or MC events.
Panelist: He can also present views on a variety of subjects as a panelist with his varied experience judging 100s of startups for the European Commission and the UK Technology Strategy Board – from Blockchain Technology, Future of Television, Future of Media, Future of Entertainment, IoT, M2M, Green Tech, Healthcare (including IBM Watson), Crowdfunding, Crowdsourcing, Open Innovation, Ethical Hacking, and Leadership (from my history and the angle of an offshore sailing skipper).
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