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Title: Founder & CTO
Location: London, United Kingdom
Fields of operation: Digital, Technology
As co-founder and CTO of SwiftKey, Dr Ben Medlock invented the intelligent keyboard for smartphones and tablets that has transformed typing on touchscreens. SwiftKey's keyboard was the best-selling paid app on Google Play in both 2013 and 2012 and has been No 1 in 58 countries. The company's software was also preinstalled on 100 million mobile devices in 2013. It uses advanced natural language processing (NLP) to learn from each user and accurately predict their next word. SwiftKey has won a GSMA Award and a publicly-voted Webby and the company was recently ranked the No 1 hottest startup in London by Wired and the 6th most innovative mobile business in the world by Fast Company. Ben has a First Class degree in Computer Science from Durham University and a doctorate in Natural Language and Information Processing from the University of Cambridge. Before co-founding SwiftKey, Ben was a partner in an NLP consultancy.