Innovation Stories 25 April 2018

  • James Kirk
  • Nadya Powell
  • Lizzie Shupak
#InnovationStories is the premium innovation event in the UK for marketing professionals and innovators from the creative industries. This year we will giving you access to live demos from VRLO and talks around the newest Extended Reality tech from REWIND, insight into the latest innovations from companies like Virgin, The VOID, Santander and Brink, discussions on innovation culture and a download on the latest tech trends coming out of SXSW.
If you are a Marketing Director, Brand Director, Brand Manager, Innovation Director, Strategist, Creative or someone who has a passion to drive Innovation and change the industry for the better, make sure you book up quickly as it's a sell-out each year.
The session has been divided into 4 key strategic content areas along with start and ending Keynotes addressing the hottest innovation topics today:
  • Innovation Stories: A peek into the best innovation from leading brands
  • Innovation Culture: Learn how to create a culture that positively embraces innovation
  • What's Next: A roundup of key trends and talks straight from SXSW
  • Extended Reality: Get to grips with the now and the future of immersive tech

The Dots are excited to be able to offer our members a special 15% discount off TICKETS - go on grab yours now!

Opening Keynote

The VOID - Speaker to be announced soon!

Stories of innovation 

Lee McGuffie, Digital & Content Strategy Director at Virgin will be introducing our stories of innovation and welcoming on stage Adam Hopkinson, COO and Co-Founder at TRUTH Media Agency, Lea Simpson, Founding Partner at Brink, Tamara Giltsoff, Head of Innovation, The Department for International Development at Ashridge Business School and Shilen Patel, Co-Founder, Independents United to share their latest innovations leading the way across the UK with behind the scene insights into the 'how' and 'why'. Their stories will inspire creative thinking and enable you to drive innovation across your own business.

Innovation Culture

We talk endlessly about innovation processes, about tools, about talent. However, when it comes to investing in a culture that supports innovation, the conversation (and resources) all too frequently dry up. Lizzie Shupak, Co-Founder of Curve will set the scene outlining why the brilliance of your processes, the efficiency of your tools, and the passion of your team will be for nothing if they aren't operating in an environment that enables them to thrive.  
First up on stage we have Valeria Corna, Innovation Director, DigitasLBi and Justin Hannemann, Head of New Product and Service Design (Customer and Innovation), Santander who will give us insight into how they collaborated to successfully implement a rapid prototyping process.
Digging deeper Catalina Cernica, Head of LEO Innovation Lab UK, Thomas Van Every, Executive Director 'hive' innovation unit ViiV Healthcare, Jassim Ahmad, former Global Head of Innovation, Thomson Reuters and Georgie Mack, Managing Partner at Made by Many & Co-Founder of Minds@work join Lizzie for a panel discussion on why innovation culture is so important and how we can practically implement it.

What's next...

This year’s SXSW will be dominated by Bitcoin, Blockchain, Biotech and BBQ as well as plenty of debate about the terrifying duo- Trump and AI.
Lawrence Weber, Managing Partner Innovation, Karmarama will give you a brief snapshot of all things SXSW before Hattie Matthews, Managing Partner, Karmarama and Ringo Moss, Strategy Director, McCann Worldwide along with one other industry leader share their take on the Austin pilgrimage and the key trends that emerged. Don't worry if you didn’t get a ticket to SXSW - these guys will bring the best of Austin to you right here in London.

Extended Reality

Extended Reality (XR) technologies such as VR, AR and MR are here to stay - The VOID launching at Westfield is testimony to that.  So it's time to really get to grips with the now and the future of XR and leverage it for your business and brand.  And to ensure we share with you the best, we've partnered with leading immersive content REWIND to explore the future of reality with the leading practitioners in the space.  No biggie. 
Hosting our final segment, we have Sol Rogers, CEO & Founder of REWIND and Luciana Carvalho Se, Head of Partnerships at REWIND, they will be welcoming four brilliant speakers; Simon Windsor, Co-founder & Joint MD at Hammerhead, who will be discussing the Tech around volumetric video capture, Neil Graham, Executive Producer at Sky VR talks about Sky’s latest VR developments, along with Rowland Manthorpe, Associate Editor at WIRED magazine who delves into the future of XR and last but not least Carrie Wootten, Immerse UK at Knowledge Transfer Network, explains how £33m of government funding is changing the immersive technologies landscape into something very exciting! 

End note

Alex Jenkins, Editorial Director, Contagious
At the start of the year, Contagious assembled a panel of some of the smartest people from the worlds of marketing, tech and academia and asked them all one question: ‘What is the single biggest challenge for businesses over the next year and what should they do about it?’ Alex will tell you exactly what the hell you should be focusing on right now, based on the advice of Microsoft’s CEO, AB InBev’s global CMO, the associate director of Ehrenberg Bass, the editor of the Economist, the head of Accenture Interactive and many more. Spoiler alert: no-one said blockchain…

Live Demo's at VRLO 18.00 - 21.00

Come and join us for an evening of live demo's where you get the chance to experience the latest cutting-edge immersive tech and content whilst networking with those at the forefront of these new mediums. Plus you get pizza, beer and wine to help fuel the evening!  
VRLO is the UK’s largest meetup for immersive technology practitioners and enthusiasts. Hosted by leading immersive content studio, REWIND, the regular event features some of the biggest names in the VR, AR and MR world. Already on the line up we have Box VR, The Wayback and HP Z VR Backpack PC and more to be announced soon...

If you want to find out more and get a MASSIVE dose of inspiration to help you drive Innovation get yourself down to #InnovationStories 25th April and the best bit is The Dots have a special 15% discount off TICKETS - YAY!!!


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