hire.danhon.com - portfolio and curriculum 
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current status

Last updated September 2007: I am currently in employment and will be unavailable for work for the forseeable future.

personal details

Dan Hon
[address on
[phone on request]
Born 29 November 1979
British Citizen
Full, clean British driving licence

academic qualifications

2002 - 2003: MSc. Software Engineering [Distinction]
Department of Computer Science, University of Liverpool

2001 - 2002: Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Commendation)
College of Law, Chester

1998 - 2001: B.A. (Hons) Law (2.ii)
Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge
Civil (Roman) law, constitutional, criminal, tort, contract, land, international, family, legal history, EU, commercial and conflict of laws, and final year medical ethics dissertation.

1996 - 1998: A-Level
History (A), English Language (A), Chemistry (A), General Studies (A)
Calday Grange Grammar School

1994 - 1996: GCSE
Physics (B), Chemistry (A), Biology (B), Maths (A), Information Systems (A*), English Language (A*), English Literature (A), French (A), German (A), History (A), Music (A)
Calday Grange Grammar School

work experience

06/2010 - Current: Creative, Wieden + Kennedy
Senior Creative at Wieden + Kennedy.

09/2007 - 06/2010: Co-Founder, Six to Start
Chief Executive Officer of Six to Start.

09/2005 - 08/2007: COO, Mind Candy
Chief Operating Officer for Mind Candy.

09/2003 - 09/2005: Trainee Solicitor, Hewitsons
Two year fixed-term training contract consisting of four six month seats. Completed six month seats in employment law and agricultural law, one nine-month seat in the technology and commercial group and three months in the commercial property group.

11/2002 - 12/2002: Independent Contractor, IMechE
Contracted with the IMechE to update the Microsystems Manufacturing Organisation website.

12/2001 - 05/2002: Independent Contractor, Microsoft
Contracted with the HIVE group at Microsoft to develop specifications and designs for structured online communities in the emerging field of highly interactive viral entertainment.

08/2000 - 09/2000: Policy Researcher, Lord Chancellor's Department
Prepared a Partial Regulatory Impact Asssessment report on Representative Claims published as part of a Government consultation paper. Prepared a policy briefing on distress for rent in light of the Human Rights Act 1998.

07/2000 - 09/2000: Independent Contractor, University of Liverpool
Produced specifications for a prototype web-based marking system, liaised with academic staff, evaluated technologies and platforms, designed and built user interfaces and mySQL database.

1997 - 1999: Independent Contractor, Calday Grange Grammar School
Implemented a Windows platform intranet, installed and administered mailservers and proxy systems, rolled-out TCP/IP over 150 seats and troubleshot software and hardware.

selected projects

Executive Producer, Six to Start for BBC Radio 1

http://www.e4.com/misfits and http://www.sixtostart.com/misfits/
Executive Producer, Six to Start for Channel 4 / E4 / Nokia

http://www.smokescreengame.com/ and http://www.sixtostart.com/smokescreen/
Executive Producer, Six to Start for Channel 4 Education
Winner: SXSW 2010 Best Game

http://ununitedeurasia.muse.mu and http://www.sixtostart.com/ununited-eurasia/
Executive Producer, Six to Start for Warner Music

http://www.libertynews.co.uk/ and http://www.sixtostart.com/liberty-news/
Executive Producer, Six to Start and Kudos Film & TV for BBC

http://www.youngbondshaddowwar.com/ and http://www.sixtostart.com/the-shadow-war/
Executive Producer, Six to Start for Puffin Books

http://www.wetellstories.co.uk/ and http://www.sixtostart.com/we-tell-stories/
Executive Producer, Six to Start for Penguin Books

awards and accolades

Wired Magazine UK: UK's 100 Digital Influencers
SXSW Web Awards: Best Game for Smokescreen

Broadcast Magazine Hot Shots 2009
SXSW Web Awards: Best of Show for We Tell Stories
SXSW Web Awards: Experimental for We Tell Stories

selected speaking engagements

PSFK Conference London
Advisory Board: The Media Festival
Broadcast TV Drama Forum
Independent Publishers Guild Conference
Advisory Board: The Story, London

Advisory Board: The Media Festival
Independent Publishers Alliance
Edinburgh International TV Festival
Media Futures
Digital Britain Summit
SXSW Interactive
PSFK Good Ideas Salon

The Media Festival
Sheffield Doc/Fest
4Talent Inspirations / Hello Digital
Virtual Worlds Expo London
Edinburgh Interactive Festival
O'Reilly FOO Camp (Sebastopol, CA)
SXSW Interactive

PSFK London
SXSW Interactive

bio and photo

Please use the following biography for conferences and speaking engagements.

Dan is an Interactive Creative Director at Wieden + Kennedy in Portland, OR for Nike Global, P&G Global, Facebook Global and Kraft, where he works on the intersection between storytelling, games, play and code.

Previously, Dan founded Six to Start, an award winning entertainment production company with his brother, Adrian, in 2007.

Six to Start's first project, We Tell Stories, for Penguin, re-imagined how a publisher could adapt to producing internet native fiction. We Tell Stories was received to great critical and commercial acclaim, winning the awards for both Innovation and Best of Show at South by Southwest Interactive 2009. The company's work includes Spooks: Code 9 - Liberty News for BBC THREE; Smokescreen, winner of Best Game at South by Southwest Interactive 2010; and Misfits for E4.

Dan speaks extensively on ARGs, transmedia, cross-platform entertainment and video games and has served as a jury member for the BAFTA Videogames and RTS Education Awards. A winner of the 4Talent Multiplatform award for new talent, and one of Broadcast's Hot Shots in 2009, Dan has most recently spoken at and served on the board of The Media Festival, and spoken at b.tween, Hello Digital, Sheffield Doc/Fest, WildScreen, South by Southwest and the London Games Festival.

Dan is a law graduate from Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge University, has an MSc in Software Engineering from the University of Liverpool, is a voting member of BAFTA, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and a fellow of the RSA, the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce..

Dan has been cold turkey on World of Warcraft ever since Christmas, and his Horde Rogue has been sadly neglected. Now, he's ridding the world of the zombie menace with his friends.

Read more about Dan at his blog.


Dan Hon, photograph by Matt Locke

High resolution photo available at Flickr.

Photograph credit: Matt Locke.