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Stimulate your creative freedom at Bristol’s Vision Conference

Stimulate your creative freedom at Bristol’s Vision Conference
Bristol Media's Caroline Marshall explains why this week's Vision Conference will enhance your creative freedom in a cutting edge city.

Where else can you go to hear about the potential of mobile, design in a 2D world, life beyond the keyboard, creative design in 3d printing, behavioural science and creativity, the connected home, big data vs small data and social media disruption, all without the international flights, six-hour time difference and associated jet lag?

Bristol’s Vision Conference, which kicks off on Wednesday this week at the city’s Arnolfini Gallery on the Harbourside, is covering all that and more.

It’s the only event where you can hear people such as Patrick Collister, Alex Hunter, Michael Johnson, Simon Sankarayya, Lea Simpson, Matt Potter, Contagious and Weve plus other leading industry voices under the same roof.

Over two days, 200 delegates from across the creative industries in the south west will come together to hear The Royal Navy talk about redefining their digital strategy, Carlos Morgado CTO at Just Eat talk about their plans for innovation in the future, Patrick Collister discuss the new rules of communication and Georgia Malden of Contagious on Teaching New Technology Old Tricks.

With 14 speakers to choose from each day, there is plenty to whet appetites and remind delegates why they got into this business in the first place – to be creative.

The theme for this year’s conference is Creative Freedom, but over the months of planning, two further sub-themes have become more defined, both of which are now identified with the city of Bristol.

The first, in the lead up to Bristol as European Green Capital 2015, is sustainability with talks by Jonathan Wise of Comms Lab and Steve Malkin, CEO of Planet First.

The second theme fits with Bristol’s latest designation as a CreaTech city and features speakers from TH_NK, Modla and Kinneir Dufort covering creative design in 3D printing, the connected home, wearable technologies and designing for a future without a keyboard.

'Creative Technology – our Global Strength' is the title of a panel session with Janet Hull, Director of Marketing at IPA, Rachel Moss from McKinsey, Alice Webb, COO BBC Enland and Emma Wakelin of AHRC. They’ll be discussing the combination of creativity and technological brilliance, embedded in a vibrant, brain-powered culture that makes Bristol special.

Bristol has one of the strongest creative sectors in the country and Bristol Media, (a not-for-profit membership organisation), is one of the largest creative networks in the UK with over 500 members and 4,000 subscribers. The organisation exists to help support and develop the creative businesses in the region with jobs, skills and growth at the heart of what they do.

Vision is an opportunity for those businesses to come together to hear from some of the most successful and inspiring thought leaders and innovators, who are willing to share their insights and thoughts on the future of digital, mobile and the creative sector.

The Conference started in 2010 with a fairly stellar line up including Sir Michael Grade, Wayne Hemingway and Blair Enns (who people still talk about today!)

Since then many of the big names in the advertising industry have joined us including Steve Henry, Rory Sutherland (former IPA President, see video below), Andrew Cracknell and Dave Trott, plus Rita Clifton, Dan Germain, Nik Roope, Ben Jones, Carla Buzasi, Nick Jankel – the list goes on!

Now in our fourth year, and with the support of partners such as the IPA, Creative Skillset, The Agency Works and The Drum, Vision is receiving the recognition it deserves both from speakers and delegates.

And it’s becoming a fixture in the diaries of many creative businesses who see it as a chance to soak up more ideas, inspiration and creativity in two days than they could fit into the rest of the year.

An opportunity to hear insights which will stimulate their own creative thinking, to learn about the trends and innovations behind some of the world’s most revolutionary creative businesses, to find out what’s shaping the digital landscape and the opportunities therein and to meet like-minded people, network and share ideas, something that Bristol’s creative community thrives on.

As with any major conference, Vision takes many months of planning for the small team who produce it, and now it’s nearly here, we’re excited to share the experience with the delegates who will pour through the doors on Wednesday morning – we can’t wait to get started!

Caroline Marshall is Editor and Ops Director at Bristol Media.

Book up and explore the speaker line-up for Vision - Creative Conference Bristol 2014.

Last updated 10/11/2014

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