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FLA: Design Thinking & Innovation Week

19 - 23 March, 2018

London, United Kingdom

A unique programme for creative entrepreneurs, designers and business owners – introducing you to London's most innovative businesses and uncovering the latest approaches to design thinking and innovation. Every day will consist of lectures, round tables and visits to the top companies who adopted the human-centered approach, where you will meet the teams behind their latest research and innovation. Some people call our format a 'design safari', some say it's a VIP behind-the-scenes experience or a research trip. During the week you will also explore the latest trends and discoveries in virtual reality, artificial intelligence, sustainability and future of technologies. You will learn about latest approach to creativity, product management and business management – and have the opportunity to ask any questions in an informal atmosphere. All lectures and workshops will take place in the actual agencies giving participants a better context of the topic. This programme is designed to give you inspiration for your work, to help you get an expert opinion on your current projects, and keep you up-to-date with the latest trends in the industry. Speakers and participating agencies will be announced soon. Who is this programme for? — CEOs, CIOs and business owners — heads of design and innovation departments — product managers and team leaders — service and experience designers — UX researchers — innovators and trendsetters You will learn: — How to use design thinking to create innovation — Best practices in conducting research, prototyping, testing and product launching — Latest trends in VR, AR and AI — What other methodologies and processes companies use to create new products — How to spot real innovation — How to plan an office space to promote the culture of innovation and knowledge exchange — How to share your ideas with clients and investors more effectively Cost £1,995 (Subject to 20% VAT; if you are paying as an individual living in Europe, UK or if you are a UK business) Price includes: — all talks, office visits, round tables and workshops — exhibition entries and planned cultural activities during the programme — party/networking event at the end of the week — certificates Price doesn't include banks transfer fees, food, travel, visa, accommodation or any other extra expenses.

Open Innovation Kongress 2018

19 March, 2018 - 19 March, 2018

Stuttgart, Germany

**Mine.Your.Our success in innovation** Open Innovation is one of the major trends in the innovation sector. The openness of companies for knowledge and creativity from outside of the company – from customers, partners, scientists, the staff or even the “crowd” – is one of the main factors of successful and effective innovation in the 21st century. A lot of global players integrated Open Innovation in their innovation process already. Especially for the medium-sized enterprises there is a huge necessity to gain more knowledge on how to integrate Open Innovation in their structures. The main focus of the “Open Innovation Congress Baden-Württemberg 2018 - Mine.Your. Our Success In Innovation”, will be on political strategies to support Open Innovation, best practices, the role of new tools like makerspaces or pop-up laboratories and new chances by technical development. A field of tension between trust and intellectual property will play a substantial role in the Open Innovation processes. Economic minister Dr. Hoffmeister-Kraut MdL will give the opening speech, followed by Robert-Jan Smits, the director-general the EU-Commission. Look forward to experience reports by the region Noord-Braband, who has a strong connection to Baden-Württemberg via the Vanguard Initiative. Dr. Ingmar Hoerr, CEO of the CureVac AG, will take a closer look at open innovation from a Unicorn’s point of view. The audience will be able to participate actively in the congress and experience Open Innovation live. Be part of the Open Innovation Congress 2018 and register now. The congress will be in German language.

FLA: Design Thinking & Innovation Week

19 - 23 March, 2018

London, UK

Design Thinking Innovation Week created by Future London Academy. This is a unique programme for creative entrepreneurs, designers and business owners – introducing you to London's most innovative businesses and uncovering the latest approaches to design thinking and innovation. Every day will consist of lectures, roundtables and visits to the top companies who adopted the human-centred approach, where you will meet the teams behind their latest research and innovation. Some people call our format a 'design safari', some say it's a VIP behind-the-scenes experience or a research trip. During the week you will also explore the latest trends and discoveries in virtual reality, artificial intelligence, sustainability and future of technologies. You will learn about the latest approach to creativity, product management and business management – and have the opportunity to ask any questions in an informal atmosphere. All lectures and workshops will take place in the actual agencies giving participants a better context of the topic. This programme is designed to give you inspiration for your work, to help you get an expert opinion on your current projects, and keep you up-to-date with the latest trends in the industry. Programme structure Every day will consist of various activities to maximise your learning experience. Morning session: it is the first session of the day, it will take the form of a lecture, roundtable or a workshop in one of London's top companies. Lunch break: between the morning and afternoon sessions we will have a short break when you will have an opportunity to have lunch and enjoy the surroundings of the day programme locations. Afternoon session: it is the second session of the day, where you will have a chance to visit another top London agency and listen to their team revealing secrets they use in everyday work. Debrief and the city: after a long day of absorbing new ways of working, innovating and creative thinking we will debrief the content of the day to better organise them in our minds. This activity will be short and engaging and it will take place straight after the afternoon session in locations that we can then visit as cultural and social activities such as museums, galleries, event spaces or bars. Who is this programme for? — CEOs, CIOs and business owners — heads of design and innovation departments — product managers and team leaders — service and experience designers — UX researchers — innovators and trendsetters You will learn: — How to use design thinking to create innovation — Best practices in conducting research, prototyping, testing and product launching — Latest trends in VR, AR and AI — What other methodologies and processes companies use to create new products — How to spot real innovation — How to plan an office space to promote the culture of innovation and knowledge exchange — How to share your ideas with clients and investors more effectively Course curator Ekaterina Solomeina, designer, innovator, co-founder of Future London Academy "London is the best place to learn about innovation and service. This is a city where technology giants meet quirky startups, where traditions meet inventions, and where designers from all across the world are solving problems with the power of design thinking." Cost £1,995 (Subject to 20% VAT; if you are paying as an individual living in Europe, UK or if you are a UK business) Price includes: — all talks, office visits, roundtables and workshops — exhibition entries and planned cultural activities during the programme — party/networking event at the end of the week — certificates Price doesn't include banks transfer fees, food, travel, visa, accommodation or any other extra expenses.

Year of the Dog - Innovation & Startup Festival 2018

18 April, 2018 - 18 April, 2018

Munich, Germany

The yearly Innovation and Start-Up Festival, ‘Year of the X’ (www.yearofthex.com) will take place on the 18th of April at the legendary Backstage in Munich. 50 fascinating Speakers from all over the world and many international participants will talk about the future of media/ tech and work. Topics will range from Robotics and AI to Virtual Reality, Biohacking, Blockchain and autonomous driving. Through keynotes, a Startup track, interactive Workshops and a Touch Tech Area the festival will have a strong experiential and immersive touch. 2018 in the Chinese zodiac marks the Year of the Dog. The dog, as a pack and community animal will be the guiding principle for the whole event, which will influence the whole experience from speaker selection to stage design. "Year of the X is a mix of Web Summit and Cirque do Soleil," says founder and CEO Markus von der Lühe. In addition to a startup track, there are also surprising immersive show elements with high entertainment value. Various people from all over the world meet in an emotionally charged atmosphere to promote digital innovation and keep up with the rapid changes in an accelerated society. Bayern Munich, BMW, Airbnb, Adidas and Swisscom are just some of the brands Speaker will be presenting at the festival. For more information or to get a ticket - go here: www.yearofthex.com. Contact: Markus von der Lühe markus@yearofthex.com +491728657137

FLA: Future of Branding Week

25 - 29 June, 2018

London, UK

Is your brand future-proof? How can brands express themselves using new channels and evolving technologies and create design that will last for generations? Branding is UK's number one export. But what makes agencies in London so successful globally? Meet the legendary designers behind the greatest masterpieces and listen to their approach to brand strategy. Explore all the new possibilities from experiential and sound identity to branding in digital and motion design. This one-week learning adventure is for people who want to understand what differentiates a good brand from a great one, how to create a legacy and what you need to know to succeed globally. This programme will help you to stay up-to-date with the newest trends in the industry, become better at what you do and find new ways to develop your career. The programme includes talks, roundtables, mini-workshops, visits to exhibitions and professional discussions. You will also have a unique opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at the most influential agencies in London and meet fellow creatives from around the world. Programme structure Every day will consist of various activities to maximise your learning experience. Morning guest: the first activity of the day includes informal talk over breakfast to activate brain and body to receive the creative stimuli of the day. You will interact with other participants, share your ideas, experiences and expectation for the day and meet local professionals to get to know more about the backstage of the creative industry. Morning session: it is the first session of the day, it will take the form of a lecture, roundtable or a workshop in one of London's top companies. Lunch break: between the morning and afternoon sessions we will have a short break when you will have an opportunity to have lunch and enjoy the surroundings of the day programme locations. Afternoon session: it is the second session of the day, where you will have a chance to visit another top London agency and listen to their team revealing secrets they use in everyday work. Debrief and the city: after a long day of absorbing new ways of working, idea brainstorming and creative exercises we will debrief the content of the day to better organise them in our minds. This activity will be short and engaging and it will take place straight after the afternoon session in locations that we can then visit as cultural and social activities such as museums, galleries, event spaces or bars. Who is this programme for? — Creative and art directors — Brand managers and strategists — Heads of marketing — Graphic, motion, digital and packaging designers — Everyone who is passionate about branding You will learn: — What processes, tools and methodologies do leading creative agencies use — How to create a future-proof brand — Latest trends in branding – from motion design to scent and sound design — How new technologies like Artificial intelligence and Virtual Reality will change what branding means — How to approach redesign of a brand with heritage — How to plan an office space to promote the culture of creativity and knowledge exchange — How to share your ideas with clients more effectively Cost £1,995 (Subject to 20% VAT; if you are paying as an individual living in Europe, UK or if you are a UK business)Price includes: — all talks, office visits, roundtables and workshops — exhibition entries and planned cultural activities during the programme — party/networking event at the end of the week — certificates Price doesn't include banks transfer fees, food, travel, visa, accommodation or any other extra expenses.

FLA: UX & Digital Design Week

13 - 17 August, 2018

London, UK

Get inspiration for your current projects and advice on how to build a design team of your dreams. Find out the secrets of what makes products successful and what mistakes companies made when they were building new services. During a whole week you’ll immerse yourself into London's technology and creative industry exploring the hottest trends and latest inventions. You will have a chance to meet the teams behind the most ground-breaking products and learn how they approach design strategy, work with clients and improve their services. This programme consists of lectures, round table discussions and mini-workshops all conducted at the actual company offices – that gives even better perspective on how they work and collaborate. Some people call our format a 'design safari', some say it's a VIP behind-the-scenes experience or a research trip. This is a very fresh way to learn and explore the industry. And the best part is – you will spend this week as a part of a small group of 20 like-minded entrepreneurs, UX designers and product managers from around the globe. Programme structure Every day will consist of various activities to maximise your learning experience. Morning session: it is the first session of the day, it will take the form of a lecture, round table or a workshop in one of London's top companies. Lunch break: between the morning and afternoon sessions we will have a short break when you will have an opportunity to have lunch and enjoy the surroundings of the day programme locations. Afternoon session: it is the second session of the day, where you will have a chance to visit another top London agency and listen to their team revealing secrets they use in everyday work. Debrief and the city: after a long day of absorbing new ways of working, idea brainstorming and creative exercises we will debrief the content of the day to better organise them in our minds. This activity will be short and engaging and it will take place straight after the afternoon session in locations that we can then visit as cultural and social activities such as museums, galleries, event spaces or bars. Who is this programme for? — Creative directors and heads of design departments — Digital product designers, UX and visual designers — Design managers and team leads — UX researchers and analysts — Service designers and product owners You will learn: — Best practices in conducting research, prototyping, testing, and product launch for web, mobile, wearables, and internet of things — How human centred design can help your projects — How do world’s best design team and companies work: processes, teams, workspaces, and culture — Methods and tools for digital product design — Digital product design trends — Different ways to use design to change people's behaviour — Oldest pubs and best craft beers Course curator Yury Vetrov, Head of Portal UX, Mail.Ru Group Yury heads Portal UX design team at Mail.Ru Group, one of two largest Russian internet companies that develops 20 multi-platform products. Before becoming a big deal at Mail.ru Group, Yury had his own UX consultancy. He also runs a blog on UX Strategy in Russian, curates one of the most popular UX communities, writes for Smashing Magazine and UXMatters, organises Moscow Dribbble Meetup and teaches at British Higher School of Art & Design. Cost £1,995 (Subject to 20% VAT; if you are paying as an individual living in Europe, UK or if you are a UK business) Price includes: — all talks, office visits, round tables and workshops — exhibition entries and planned cultural activities during the programme — party/networking event at the end of the week — certificates Price doesn't include banks transfer fees, food, travel, visa, accommodation or any other extra expenses.

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Past innovation events 2018

Alianzas de innovación: una nueva ruta al mercado

07 February, 2018 - 07 February, 2018

Barcelona, Spain

¡Ya está en marcha la KIMconference 2018, que tendrá lugar el 7 de febrero en Barcelona! En esta edición debatiremos sobre los diferentes modelos de redes colaborativas que existen en innovación. Profundizaremos en los ecosistemas de innovación: colaboración entre grandes empresas y startups, la intra-emprendimiento o nuevos modelos de economía colaborativa para dar respuestas a preguntas como: ¿Cuáles son los retos de conexión entre las entidades claves en innovación? ¿Qué problemas debemos afrontar en la colaboración entre start-ups, grandes corporaciones y universidades? ¿Qué herramientas e iniciativas están implantando los actores de este ecosistema para impulsar iniciativas de los propios trabajadores? Lo haremos a través de una jornada informal que contará con debates de calidad, diálogos y talleres, con un formato más dinámico y sin encorsetar. También la participación será uno de los ejes más importante de este evento. El horario del acto central será de 9 a 14h aproximadamente, y por la tarde habrá la opción de asistir a diferentes workshops (previa inscripción). Las empresas confirmadas son: HP, Repsol, YouNoodle, Danone, Hitachi, BlaBlaCar, Acciona, SocialCar, Aigües de Barcelona, Induct, Ship2b, PARC Barcelona y Cooltra. Este año queremos convertir la KIMconference en una comunidad de búsqueda de tendencias y fuentes de formación en innovación, que nos permita transmitir buenos contenidos y aprender con expertos de varios sectores, ampliando nuestra red colaborativa.

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