Dr Ben Medlock MBE

Co-founder, SwiftKey

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Ben co-founded SwiftKey, the company behind the intelligent typing system for smartphones.

The SwiftKey keyboard became the global best selling app on Android and is in use on hundreds of millions of mobile devices worldwide.

It won “most innovative mobile app” at the 2012 GSMA awards, and the company was ranked as the world’s sixth most innovative mobile business by Fast Company.

Ben developed his expertise in NLP and machine learning during eight years of computer science research, which culminated in a PhD from the University of Cambridge.

He has reviewed for a number of prominent international journals, and his academic work is published in ACL, the leading conference for NLP research.

SwiftKey was acquired by Microsoft in 2016.

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