Introducing Industry Leader, Mike Ryan

At Hyper Island, we introduce our students to specially selected industry leaders who give 'real-time' and 'real-world' insights and experiences to our students.

Today we're introducing Mike Ryan, and over the next months we'll try to bring you his Digital Technology insights. Oh, and we'll also share the exciting 'live' projects our students create with some leading global brands.

For now though, here’s a quick introduction to Mike Ryan.

Hey Mike, please let us know a little bit about yourself:

I have been immersed in digital since the early 1990s and I’m considered one of the original founders of the digital sector – which makes me the old digital man of Manchester. Digital technologies have disrupted our world more than anything else in my lifetime and I constantly marvel and the ways it is changing lives and societies.

What excites you about Hyper Island?

The way it challenges thinking and delivers the most excitement in my busy year of consulting with amazing interactions. The students are bright and excel in ways that I’ve never seen in Masters courses with traditional institutions.

Tell us one of the biggest lessons you learned over the last year.

Its all about how people use technology and the kit itself is quickly forgotten if you don’t think about the reasons a user will adopt a device.

What’s your burning question of the moment?

How long will it be before I’m interacting with my smart device by ‘thinking’ to it and how will this change User Experience design?

What's the most inspiring thing you've seen this year?

Visiting Shanghai and experiencing the technology overload that society is going through with massive disruption and change.

What would be your message to future Hyper Island students?

You CAN change the world – think big and act on it because the future is grim if you don’t do anything!

What’s your prediction of the future of our industry in the next 10 years?

Mass disruption and most roles as freelancers. The decline of the agency model and the growth of dynamic organisations built on specific skills and income shared fairly on what you bring to the table. Live/work spaces and ghettos in cities which smart people spend all their time in (The Northern Quarter?).

Hyper Island UK hosts two Digital Masters Programmes. The Digital Media Management MA and the Digital Experience Design MA. Applications are now open.