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Innovation Social / Event

by Contagious Team

Contagious partners with Creative Social to launch the first IS event for innovation directors in London

Next week Contagious will be partnering with Creative Social to launch the firstInnovation Social session at the Google Campus in London. 

With an aim of bringing together innovation directors to help clarify what this comparatively new role is about, the event on 16th May features a packed bill of speakers from brands, agencies, start-ups and the public sector - all telling stories about their own experiences of innovation.

Kicking the day off at 9am will be Contagious' own Alex Jenkins, editor of Contagious Feed, talking about some of his favourite examples of innovation in marketing from around the world, and where the threats and opportunities are for marketing folk based on his experience with both brands and agencies. 

The full line-up includes a whole host of Contagious favourites, including:

Charmaine Eggberry, Wayra
Charmaine is the Director of the Wayra Academy, Telefonica's start-up incubator dedicated to helping talent get great ideas off the ground thereby supporting the UKs innovation economy.  They have just welcomed their 2013 recruits into the academy, all 17 of them.

Andy Law, Fearlessly Frank
Andy was one of the founding partners of St Lukes, the advertising agency that broke the rules by being founded as a co-operative. Since leaving St Lukes, he has continued to challenge perceptions of what marketing and advertising should be about and is the Chairman of Fearlessly Frank, the Innovations Agency.

Tom Savigar, The Future Laboratory
Tom is the chief strategy officer and partner of The Future Laboratory, founded in 2001 with the promise to innovate and inspire. 
Hamish Nicklin, Google 
Hamish is head of YouTube and creative agency relationships at Google and is passionate about disrupting normal models of communication to create truly breakthrough work. He will be talking about the projects underway within the Google X Lab, the secret laboratory where Google work on some of its most ambitious ideas. The teams behind Google X Lab have so far been responsible for Project Glass, self-driving cars, and a 16,000-core neural network that works like a virtual brain.  

Gavin Bell, Dare & Caroline Fox, Tobacco Control Marketing 
Gavin is client partner at Dare and Caroline is head of Tobacco Control Marketing at Public Health England, the team responsible for helping Britain to quit smoking. They will share how they met the challenge of recreating January quitting in October. 

Imogen Wethered, Qudini
Imogen is the CEO of Qudini, one of the original start-ups incubated by Wayra. Qudini seek to get rid of one of life's big problems - queues - and will tell us what inspired her to get started.

John Willshire, Smithery
John is the founder of Smithery, a marketing and product innovation studio. Smithery's core purpose is to help companies Make Things People Want, rather than spend all their energy and resources trying to Make People Want Things.

Will Cookson & Matthias Metternich, Believe.In
Will and Matthias are founders of Believe.In, a creative technology company and the first social fundraising platform that ensures 100% of donations, plus 100% of any GiftAid reclaimed, go direct to the intended causes. As ex-agency people, they have warned us they have strong views on business and innovation.

Tickets can be booked through Eventbrite

Google Campus 
5 Bonhill Street 
EC2A London
United Kingdom 

Thursday, 16 May 2013 from 08:50 to 12:00 (BST)