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The full programme is available for this year’s festival, 25 May to 4 June - you can download a PDF of the programme here. We very much look forward to seeing you in May.

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Hay on Earth 2017 Forum

Event 1 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Hay on Earth 2017 Forum

For this year’s Forum we bring you inspirational entrepreneurs who have found, and are developing, innovative ways of growing food, using waste, transporting goods and people. 

Full Day ticket allows entry to all five sessions. Events: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 9

Price: £33.30
 
 

Kresse Wesling talks to Andy Fryers

Firehoses to Fashion – Elvis & Kresse

Event 3 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Kresse Wesling talks to Andy Fryers

Elvis & Kresse was founded after co-owner Kresse Wesling fell in love with a fire hose. When she found out that the London Fire Brigade threw tons of damaged fire hoses into landfill, she knew there must be a use for them. From bags and belts, purses to phone covers, the business now creates lifestyle accessories by re-engineering seemingly useless waste. It has seen phenomenal growth, saving tonnes of waste from landfill and opening outlets in ten countries.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Kate Hofman and Steve Dring talk to Kitty Corrigan

Growing Underground and GrowUp Urban Farms

Event 4 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

With an increasing population, climate change and concerns about food (in)security, new and innovative farming methods are required. Steve Dring started the UK’s first underground farm based in disused air raid shelters, growing herbs and salad plants. Kate Hofman runs GrowUp Urban Farms, the UK’s first commercial aquaponics urban-farming business, cultivating both fish and salad plants in one integrated system from a warehouse in London.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Hugo Spowers, Fiona Clancy and Will Vaughan talk to Andy Fryers

Transport Futures

Event 5 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Hugo Spowers, Fiona Clancy and Will Vaughan talk to Andy Fryers

Spowers is the Chief Engineer and Founder of Riversimple, whose goal is simple – to pursue, systematically, the elimination of the environmental impact of personal transport. Spowers, Clancy and their team have created Rasa, a super-efficient, hydrogen-powered car. They are joined by Will Vaughan, CEO of Hereford Pedicabs and Cargo, who provide financially and environmentally sustainable services by bike – including parcel delivery, trade waste recycling, inner city advertising and pedicab hire.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Helen Browning, David Speller and Jake Freestone talk to Rob Yorke

Green-tech tinted glasses: how smarter agriculture can reduce farming’s footprint

Event 7 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Helen Browning, David Speller and Jake Freestone talk to Rob Yorke

Crop drones, precision pesticides, earthworm management, poultry software and GPS- directed tractors are just some of the new technologies that are revolutionising agriculture. The panel discusses agri-tech innovation helping farmers to become more efficient by using fewer resources. Browning is CEO of the Soil Association, Speller is an award-winning poultry farmer, Freestone a Linking Environment and Farming accredited farm manager.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Digby Jones

Fixing Business

Event 13 Venue: Good Energy Stage

Digby Jones

The entrepreneur examines the relationship between business, government and society. He discusses Britain in a post-Brexit world, Donald Trump’s America, and the ‘elephant in the boardroom’ – executive pay.  Lord Jones was Director General of the CBI. In 2007 he was appointed Minister of State for UK Trade and Investment. He talks to Jesse Norman.

Price: £9.30
 
 

Katie Hill, Gareth Jones and Nick Davies talk to Andy Middleton

The Best for Wales Project

Event 16 Venue: Good Energy Stage

Katie Hill, Gareth Jones and Nick Davies talk to Andy Middleton

How can we shift from ‘doing better’ to ‘doing what’s needed’ and doing it now across Wales? Best for Wales will celebrate and inspire sustainable innovation. Hill is CEO of B Lab UK; Jones is Founder of Welsh ICE and Davies is founder of Neighbourly. Chaired by maverick thinker Andy Middleton from TYF.

The event will be followed by a free Best for Wales workshop (see event 26).
Price: £7.30
 
 

Andy Middleton, Anne Meikle and Alan Netherwood

Workshop – Best for Wales

Event 26 Venue: Compass

What are the actions required that can improve the integration of the third sector, business and public sector together to be best for Wales? Meikle from WWF Cymru and sustainability consultant Netherwood will report back on the first year of the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act 2015. Businesses that demonstrate their alignment with the WFG Act goals build resilience and engagement as well as delivering the outcomes that support any tendering or public sector work they’re engaged in.

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Eat. Sleep. STEM. Repeat

The Future is Girl-Led

Event 30 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Eat. Sleep. STEM. Repeat

Anne-Marie Imafidon is Head Stemette and co-founder of Stemettes – an award-winning social enterprise inspiring the next generation of women into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics careers. Come and meet one of the world’s most inspiring and brilliant mathematicians, co-founder of Outbox Incubator: the world’s first tech incubator for teenage girls.

A Hay 30 event – celebrating a new generation of thinkers, supported by The CASE Foundation
Price: £8.30
 
 

Tim Wu talks to Rajan Datar

The Attention Merchants: How Our Time and Attention are Gathered and Sold

Event 66 Venue: Good Energy Stage

Tim Wu talks to Rajan Datar

In nearly every moment of our waking lives, we face a barrage of advertising enticements, branding efforts, sponsored social media, commercials and other efforts to harvest our attention. The lawyer and Columbia professor analyses who’s monetising us in the digital realm, and how to resist.

Price: £8.30
 
 

Rahaf Harfoush

The Hidden Forces Behind our Technologies

Event 95 Venue: Starlight Stage

Rahaf Harfoush

Digital disruption and innovation are like any tools: capable of being used and abused. How are these technologies already influencing our attitudes, beliefs and behaviours and how do we ensure that these tools bring real and lasting benefits to society? Rahaf Harfoush is a digital anthropologist and best-selling author of The Decoded Company, and Yes We Did: An Insider’s Look at How Social Media Built the Obama Brand. Rahaf is the founder of Red Thread, a think-tank specialising in digital culture. She is currently working on her third book called Hustle and Float about  the intersections of technology, contemporary work culture and a post-work society. Formerly, Rahaf was the Associate Director of the Technology Pioneer Programme at the World Economic Forum, and the Research Coordinator on Don Tapscott’s Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything. She was recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Shaper, and by the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society as a Rising Talent for her thought-leadership in the fields of digital culture and technology.

Rahaf Harfoush is selected for Hay 30 – celebrating a new generation of thinkers, supported by The CASE Foundation
Price: £7.30
 
 

Sarah Churchwell

Reformations 4: Expertise

Event 132 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Sarah Churchwell

Everyone has experience, and the deeper your experience of a given subject or area, the greater your expertise. In a culture that trumpets anti-intellectualism, how might we reconcile and re-present academic expertise and practical experience? Churchwell is professorial fellow in American literature and chair of public understanding of the humanities at the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Kate Raworth, David Pitt-Watson and Juliet Davenport talk to Andy Fryers

Money, Money, Money–How to Use it For Good

Event 136 Venue: Starlight Stage

Kate Raworth, David Pitt-Watson and Juliet Davenport talk to Andy Fryers

How do we make better use of finance and money, turning it into a force for societal and environmental good? Renegade economist Kate Raworth, responsible investment and business expert David Pitt-Watson, and CEO of Good Energy, Juliet Davenport discuss possible futures for pension funds, stock markets, bitcoin and cash.

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Gina Miller and Henry Porter talk to Helena Kennedy

Brexit Britain 1 – Sovereignty

Event 153 Venue: Good Energy Stage

Gina Miller and Henry Porter talk to Helena Kennedy

Who actually holds power in Britain? As the Prime Minister invokes Article 50 with parliamentary approval, what are we giving up and taking back? A free-ranging conversation with Gina Miller, who successfully led the legal challenge to the government over parliamentary prerogative and Henry Porter, host of the Convention on Brexit and the Political Crash. 

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Harriet Harman talks to Laura Bates

A Woman’s Work

Event 162 Venue: Tata Tent

Harriet Harman talks to Laura Bates

A fascinating account of an exemplary Parliamentary and political career from an insider committed to progressing gender equality. There’s a great quote about her in The Times: “Countless blows have tempered Harman into something fearless and indestructible”. She talks to the founder of the Everyday Sexism project.

Price: £9.30
 
 

Yanis Varoufakis talks to Gillian Tett

Adults In The Room: My Battle With Europe’s Deep Establishment

Event 172 Venue: Tata Tent

Yanis Varoufakis talks to Gillian Tett

As Greek finance minister, Varoufakis confronted the EU head-on over debt. He tells a tale of brinkmanship, hypocrisy, collusion and betrayal, and he issues an urgent call to renew European democracy.

Price: £9.30
 
 

Carol Black talks to Rosie Boycott

Cambridge Series: How do drugs, alcohol and obesity affect people’s ability to work?

Event 176 Venue: Cube

These three conditions impose great costs on individuals and society. Dame Carol Black’s independent government review examines the challenges and the data; and she makes recommendations that could improve the lives of those affected.

Price: £6.30
 
 

Mark Stevenson talks to Andy Fryers

We Do Things Differently

Event 227 Venue: Good Energy Stage

Our systems are failing. Old models for education, healthcare, government, food production and energy supply are no longer fit for purpose. As the world’s population heads towards eight billion, it’s clear that we need new approaches. Futurist Mark Stevenson sets out across four continents to find them. From Brazilian favelas to high- tech Boston, and from rural India to a shed inventor in England’s home counties, We Do Things Differently travels the world to find the advance guard re-imagining our future.

Price: £7.30