2020 Agenda

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Welcome and introduction

Ian Wright, Chief executive, Disruptive Innovators Network

Falling in love with Failure

In this opening session we will hear from Samuel on:

  • The story of innovation failure
  • What do big brands learn about innovation from failure?
  • How failure is a skill we need to learn
  • How to create a safe space for experimentation

Dr Samuel West, Founder Museum of Failure


Youth Driven innovation

The power of youth is a phrase often used to embody the excitement and enthusiasm of what it is like to be young. But what does this look like in an innovation and problem-solving way? In this session, Raelene will share her views on youth driven innovation and her journey in South Africa establishing SpringAGE a young person’s innovation lab.


  1. Why work with young people to solve your biggest problems
  2. Best way to get the best out of young people
  3. The power of not holding any idea too tightly - true collaboration
  4. Matching individual motivators with big problems worth solving
  5. Trusting the process

Raelene Rorke, Co-Founder SpringAGE


Welcome to postnormal times

We all know the future is going to be vastly different post-covid but where could we be heading and what can we do about it? In this session Tracey will explore:

: a decade of turbulence and transition

: the transformation of identity

: generational and technological issues that must be addressed

: what might lie beyond?


Tracey Follows, Founder and Chief executive, Futuremade


Women in tech

In this session we will explore why so few women make it to leadership positions in technology and what can be done about it.


Chair: Ciara McMillian, Crimson

Merici Vinton, Co-Founder Ada’s List

Simone Hume, UK and Ireland Manager, Non Profit Organisations, Amazon Web Services

Avril Chester, Interim Executive Director, Data and Technology, RIBA


Leading innovation

There is no doubt this year has presented many new challenges for leaders faced with circumstances for which they have no points of reference or experience. So how do they respond and more importantly, ensure their organisation continues to move forward and innovate.


In this session we will speak with Heidi Mottram, Chief executive, Northumbrian Water, recognised as one of the most innovative companies in the UK. Which when you think they operate in a highly regulated, heavily scrutinised, low competition market is some achievement. So as a leader how has she and her team managed to achieve this.


Heidi Mottram, Chief Executive, Northumbrian Water


Innovation in the video games industry – What can we learn?

Anyone who has grown up playing (or watching their children) video games can’t fail to have seen the significant advances in this sector and the innovations which have spread to other sectors such as VR.


In this session we will hear from Chris, best known for bringing the Minecraft franchise to the X Box, about his experiences of growing and scaling games businesses. We will hear about culture, failure and a never-ending desire to improve.


Chris Van Der Kuyl, Chairman 4J Studios


Ethics in AI

For many organisations Covid-19 has accelerated plans to introduce more streams of artificial intelligence into their business and services. But the temptation to move at speed must be tempered with the need to ensure the AI algorithms that are created are as ethical as possible.


So, for anyone responsible or exploring this area then this session will be a must as Andrew explores the tricky issue of ethics in artificial intelligence. He will explain the risks associated with AI, including bias, opaqueness and naivety, and how organisations can build ethics into their algorithms from the start.


Andrew Burgess, Founder and Chief executive, Greenhouse Intelligence

Rethinking housing services like UBER or Amazon

In our closing session of day one we will hear from David on how tech leaders in innovation would approach rethinking delivery of housing services including:


  • What would be their starting point?
  • How would they seek to disrupt?
  • How do they understand the problem they need to solve?
  • What role would automation play in their solutions?

David Biden, Founder and Chief executive, human+

Close of day one



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