MEDDLE IDEAS HACKATHON
Alongside Ted Pearlman from UsTwo and Dan Bull, we created an ideas-hackathon like no other.
Meddle is a new, international series of events that gathers influential, creative people together to tackle specific subjects. We were thrilled to have run the very first Meddle in England in April 2013.
Each Meddle is a unique gathering of brilliant people, invited to come together and tackle a specific issue. This is chosen by the first person we invite – the Middle Meddler, as we call them.
The issue can be anything, in any field, on any scale. It might be a negative issue we want to help people overcome. Or something positive we’d like to see more widely promoted and embraced.
Once the topic is fixed, we start to gather more names: smart, influential people interested in the topic, who enjoy collaborative problem-solving. (Or as we call it – meddling.)
Our first Meddle happened in England, at Temple Guiting Manor in the beautiful Cotswolds.
Launched April 16th, 2013. Middle Meddler was Mike Reed. Guests include comedian Eugene Mermin, typographer and illustrator Jessica Hirsche and entrepeneur Anil Dash.
Anil Dash – Entrepreneur, writer and geek. Founder of Activate and ThinkUp. Board, NY Tech Meetup.
Jessica Hische – Letterer, illustrator known for her silly side projects and occasional foul mouth.
Eugene Mirman – Comedian. Gene on Bob’s Burgers. Flight of the Conchords, Delocated, Star Talk Radio.
Sarah Parmenter – Designer. Founder, You Know Who Design Studio. Co-host, The Happy Monday Podcast
Deroy Peraza – Co-Founder & Creative Director of Hyperakt. Creator of The Champions Ring & Let’s Swap.
Mike Reed – Middle Meddler.Copywriter. Foreman, D&AD Writing for Design Awards. Sketch artist.
Pete Forde – Tech strategy consigliere. Founder of Unspace and BuzzData. Photographer. Hacker Tourist.
Trevor Cain – Restorer of vintage dolls houses. Dolls house designer for the Queen’s coronation.
Kathryn Rotondo – Interactive designer and developer, crafter, and songbird. Curator of Equalitism.
Steve Emmons – Gordon communications master trainer. Facilitator. International business consultant.
Ann Holm – Facilitator. MBTI master practitioner. Step III specialist. Certified ICF coach.
Ted Pearlman – Founder, Meddle and Us is Two. Author of The Pudding Manifesto. Jazz trumpeter
Daniel Bull – Brand designer, Meddle. Founder of the Observatory design agency. Leicester lover.
Aidan Hornsby – Filmmaker. Graphic designer. Enthusiast photographer. Ready collaborator.
Joseph Brett – Filmmaker. Founder of End of the Road Films. Director of Little Tibet. Forest dweller.
Andrew Webb – Photographer, retoucher. Capturer of rocks, trees, people, old rusty junk, whatever.
Cali Rivera – Private Chef. Veteran of Prune and Gramercy Tavern. Specialist in French cuisine.
Abigail Shaw – Chief Muse and Tweetmistress at Meddle. Writer, reader, weightlifter. F1, football, fashion.
Peggy Seymour – Portrait artist and jewellery designer. Believer in castles & seas full of magical creatures.
Creative Bloq, 2013
New design event tackles tough career questions
Pete Forde Blog, 2013
Write-up by Meddler, Pete Forde.
Ann Holme Blog, 2013
Write-up by Meddler, Ann Holme