National TalentS, Saudi Arabia
KCA work in partnership with National TalentS on projects across the Middle East, with clients including Masdar, the King Abdullah City for Atomic & Renewable Energy and Saudi Aramco. The National TalentS Company for Training and Education is a Saudi company focused on youth empowerment through Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Multimedia (STEM). Their projects span a wide-spectrum of activities, from science and math camps, robotics competitions, multimedia workshops, and interactive science centers. Their team has been truly making a positive impact on the youth of the region through designing, implementing, and operating creative and powerful programs. TalentS was officially incorporated in 2007. Today, National TalentS employs sixty five engineers, content creators and activity planners across the Kingdom. National TalentS have a developed relationship with KCA London through our work together on Mishkat Interactive Center for Atomic and Renewable Energy (the first science center in Riyadh); the travelling exhibition Saudi 2050, recently installed at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi; and an exhibition for the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy, premiering in Washington D.C in May 2013.
KCA work with Brands2Life in communications planning and execution for the digital age, lifting clients’ brands above the crowd across all communications channels using their From Idea to IMPACT campaign methodology. The four module approach – Discover, Design, Digitise and Deliver – enables the team to gain insight into clients, their markets and customers that others don’t. These unique insights drive narratives and ideas which can be readily used for internal comms, digital marketing and social media as well as PR and external communications. The agency has over 100 staff based in Victoria, London and works with partner agencies around the world – “Brands2Life Global” – to execute multi-country campaigns. There are over 80 clients in the agency’s portfolio including: Ascot racecourse, Autodesk, Canary Wharf, EMC, Google, John Lewis and VMware. In 2014 Brands2Life won more campaign awards than any other UK agency.
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Dr Sally Montgomery OBE
Dr Montgomery has worked on projects with the KCA team in Kuwait and Kazakhstan. With twenty years experience in the museum and science centre sector, with a degree and PHD in Zoology, Sally specialises in start development of science centres and science education projects. She spent ten years at the Ulster Museum, firstly as a Science Educator and then Head of Education before being seconded as Project Director for the Museum’s Millennium bid to develop a Science Centre. Sally led the development of W5 from conception to completion and became the founding Chief Executive in 2001 to 2012. Sally has held a number of Board and advisory positions including Northern Ireland Advisory Committee for OfCom and Board member of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and is currently a Director of Titanic Foundation Ltd and member of the Regional Advisory Council of the National Trust. She now assists projects in Malta, Poland, Russia and Northern Ireland.
Stephen has worked with KCA across a range of science communication projects, including Mishkat and Saudi 2050. A first class honours graduate in Mathematical Physics from the University of Edinburgh, Stephen provides strategy and development across content, creative and project management strands for exhibition and interactive experiences. Stephen worked at the Science Museum for thirteen years on projects including the development of the Wellcome Wing, and the Science of… partnership creating blockbuster exhibitions for the global market place. Stephen's other recent projects include the Sense & The City exhibition at the London Transport Museum, developing the concept for an exhibition about Alan Turing and the history of code breaking, computing and artificial intelligence for The Science Museum, London, and interpretation, writing and digital commissioning on the British Library Propaganda Exhibition.
Rebecca has worked with the KCA team on a range of projects whilst at the Science Museum, and more recently for Malta's first science centre, Esplora. With fifteen years’ experience in the museums sector, and a background in science, Rebecca specialises in developing interpretation for exhibitions. She spent ten years at the Science Museum in London, firstly as an Explainer in the hands-on galleries and then in exhibition development. Now Rebecca has a wide portfolio of museum interpretation and writing projects, working on touring exhibitions (1001 Inventions, about the scientific heritage of Muslim civilisation; Universe of Sound, created by the Philharmonia Orchestra) and with many UK museums. Rebecca also delivers popular training courses in text-writing and interpretation, and is a science journalist and author.
A former Museum colleague, Stephen brings his expertise in delivering entertaining and engaging science shows to KCA. We have worked together on projects for Saudi Arabia and Malta. With over 20 years experience in developing and delivering impactful visitor programmes to families and educational audiences, Steve works with museums, visitor centres and organisations who want to provide engaging experiences to their audiences. He provides event solutions including scripts, props and training designed to make learning fun and engaging to clients including BBC Learning, Glasgow Science Centre, London Transport Museum, National Museums of Scotland and the Science Museum (London). Steve was formerly the Exhibits and Shows Manager for the Science Museum, a role that included the development and monitoring of shows, and the training and mentoring of Explainer show staff. Steve has recently developed the highly popular Energy Show for Mishkat Interactive Centre for Alternative and Renewable Energy, and has worked with the 1001 Inventions team to refresh their visitor programming offer.
Dr Vicky Cave
Since 1991, Vicky has been developing informal learning experiences within museums for children and young people. The KCA team have worked with Dr Cave on projects in Syria and Saudi Arabia. Vicky is committed to developing and involving target audiences in the development process. She has developed exhibitions and learning programmes at The Science Museum, London; Discover, East London – a hands-on story-building centre; the new science centre, Explore@Bristol; Eureka! The Museum for Children, Halifax; The National Maritime Museum; educational outside play-spaces in schools; and exhibits especially tailored for a special needs school. She has also worked with a number of arts organisations, including Action for Children’s Art. She has a PhD for research which explores the process of developing hands-on educational exhibits for children. Vicky has worked internationally, developing two exhibitions in science centres in Australia; training early years teachers at the Science Centre, Trinidad; creating a touring outreach programme for children in Syria; carrying out museum research in Taiwan; setting up creative programmes for children in India and mentoring two musicians during their residencies in India. She is currently working on a new exhibition for the Science Museum Oklahoma, and planning a programme for creative activities in Saudi Arabia. She is also acting as a consultant to the emerging Children’s Museum London
KCA have worked with Flow on projects for the London Borough of Brent and the Francis Crick Institute. Flow was established in 2006 and are recognised worldwide as thought leaders in learning theory, experience design, sustainable innovation, digital technologies, cultural engagement, creativity and the promotion of critical thinking. Inspired by the theory of ‘flow’, or optimum engagement, they create inspiring environments and programmes for learners and the organisations that host them, from cultural institutions to schools and businesses. Their research and policy work helps shape national dialogues and the implementation of programmes for change. Flow offers a wealth of experience in improving engagement between heritage collections/sites and educational audiences. Over the past decade they have completed education plans, digital strategies and evaluations for many organisations.
Kiss the Frog
We have worked with Kiss the Frog on a range of multimedia projects, with clients including the Science Museum and Mishkat, Riyadh. Kiss the Frog designs and builds computer interactives for museums and exhibitions. From touch screen kiosks to multi player games, from PDA tours to multi screen projections - using motion tracking, tactile interfaces and real-time 3D simulation, and linking the physical world to the virtual, the on-site experience to the world wide web. Kiss the Frong always look for the right balance between learning and having fun, between content and technology. Kiss the Frog also specialise in developing visitor database solutions that enable visitors to store and retrieve the things they find, do or make at individual exhibits, and then receive the results by email, or find them on the museum website.