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Ed Cooke - Keynote Speaker

Book Ed Cooke as a keynote speaker. Ed Cooke is a Grand Master of Memory and co-founder and CEO of Memrise, the award-winning app that teaches cutting edge memory techniques to optimise learning.

Key to Ed's approach is demonstrating that, far from being boring and monotonous, training your memory is all about unleashing your imagination and cultivating positive emotions.

 

ED COOKE

grand master of memory

co-founder, memrise


SPEAKING THEMES

  • Creativity, innovation & motivation

  • The science of memory and attention

  • Creating dazzling user experiences

  • Digitalisation & startup culture

  • Building teams

  • Building an online community

  • Amazing live memory demonstrations!

TRAVELS FROM:
London, UK

 
 

BIOGRAPHY

Ed Cooke is a Grand Master of Memory and co-founder and CEO of Memrise, the award-winning app that teaches cutting edge memory techniques to optimise learning.

Key to Ed's approach is demonstrating that, far from being boring and monotonous, training your memory is all about unleashing your imagination and cultivating positive emotions - it is in fact an incredibly powerful tool for enhancing our motivation, fuelling our creativity and enriching our world.

Ed first got hooked on memory techniques aged 18 during a three month stint in hospital. With nothing to do but try and impress the nurses, he immersed himself in a book by World Memory Champion Dominic O'Brien, and soon was able to memorise 200 foreign words in an hour and a shuffled pack of cards in a matter of minutes.

After completing a degree in Philosophy and Psychology at Oxford, and a Masters in Cognitive Science at Paris Descartes University, Ed went on to become a Grand Master of Memory aged just 23. 

He subsequently met journalist Joshua Foer and coached him to become US Memory Champion in under a year. Foer featured Ed prominently in his book Moonwalking with Einstein (2011), which stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for 8 weeks.

Most recently, Ed's focus has been co-founding and growing Memrise, an app that employs cutting-edge technology and an intimate knowledge of brain science to help people learn faster. His aim is to make the Memrise user experience so powerful that learning a language will be as easy and natural as ordering shopping online.

He must be doing something right - Memrise currently has over 25 million users and has won an array of Android and Apple awards. Most recently it won Best App at the 2017 Google Play Awards.


ED'S TALKS

With great wit and natural charm, Ed's engaging, interactive talks show us how to harness our creativity and imagination to achieve feats we didn't think were possible.

His insights not only inspire and entertain. They also provide a practical set of tools for us to improve our motivation by bringing curiosity and playfulness into the forefront of our everyday lives. He can also perform astonishing memory feats live for the audience!

Through his pioneering work at Memrise, Ed also provides audiences with invaluable perspectives on how business is changing as we move firmly into the internet age. He covers themes such as:

  • How to design brilliant user experiences

  • Gamification

  • Trends in the digital economy

  • Fostering an entrepreneurial culture

VIDEOS

In a wonderfully interactive talk, Ed Cooke shows how the internet enlivens the minds of the young and the possibilities with online education (Internet Dagarna 2018)


What's the link between Napoleon's ill-fated expedition to Moscow and learning vocab? Ed explains the science behind memory, and how Memrise is leveraging those insights to revolutionise online learning (TEDx LSE, 2015)


Ed explains why learning is a game and memory is the art of imagination - and why someone who can remember a 1000 digit number and 10 packs of shuffled cards can still forget his keys (TEDx Thessaloniki, 2013)


After performing some mind-boggling feats of recall in front of the live audience, Ed argues that technology is not the enemy of memory - it can in fact be its greatest ally (Wired 2012)

 
 

Testimonials

"Feedback about your talk was overwhelmingly positive! It was the highest rated with 8.83/10!" --- London tech conference

"Great speaker and content!" --- Audience member

"Superbly insightful and fun" --- Product development conference

"Very funny and engaging!" --- Audience member


Media links

Five Minutes With Ed Cooke - 2017

Interview - CityA.M., July 2016

Founders Diaries - Real Business, November 2016


Books