I'm happy to be working with the smart folk at Brilliant Noise to curate a brand new conference on innovation which will be a part of the excellent Brighton Digital Festival in September. The festival is one of the most eclectic and rapidly growing festivals of ideas in Europe (the 2013 festival had an audience of over 41,000 people to 175 events) and so our event will be in good company.
Dots is all about fresh thinking, connecting ideas, new things from existing things, the process and practice of innovation. It's a one day conference running on Wednesday 3rd September, and we've got some excellent speakers confirmed including:
- Russell Davies – creative director at GDS, currently busy transforming the delivery of Government Services
- John Willshire – provocateur, innovator, founder of the beloved Artefact cards
- Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino- future thinker and designer for the Internet of Things, including the Good Night Lamp.
- Ian Crocombe – formerly at Saatchi & Saatchi, AKQA and American Express, Ian now helps traditional companies evolve into digital masters.
- Professor Martin Elliott – co-medical director at Great Ormond Street Childrens Hospital, who will be talking about an amazing example of how applying thinking from a different industry saved lives
- Maddy Cooper-Wood – one of the founding partners of Brilliant Noise, speaking about the relationship between business innovation, wellness and yoga teaching and practice.
- Eammon Fitzgerald – MD of Naked Wines, whose radical business model connects winemakers and their customers through a customer-centric digital business
- James Haycock – the founder of product and service innovation company and 'skunkworks for hire' AdaptiveLab, who work with large corporations on innovation and harnessing the culture of the start-up
- Anjali Ramachandran – Anjali is a strategist, head of innovation at PHD Media, co-founder of Ada's List and mentor to startups
- Nathan Guerra - Nathan is industry head of creative agency partnerships at Google.
- Hugh Garry - Hugh is creative strategist at Storythings, a company established to experiment with new ways of telling stories, and has a great take on where good ideas come from
- Joanna Choukeir - Joanna is design director at uscreates and has also recently completed a PhD in communication design.
Dots will run 10am – 5pm in Brighton's funky North Lane, tickets cost £175, or just £100 if you book before 18th July (with lunch and refreshments provided through the day) and you can book here. Hope to see you there.