Join us at Altitude 360, with its famous 360° views of the capital, for a vision of the future that will change the way you see the world and your business. With keynote sessions on “the Future Consumer” from WGSN, Lego, Adidas, Appear Here, Interbrand, WeTransfer and many more, you will leave the day full of new ideas, experiences and connections.
- Connect & partner, with the WGSN community.
- More than 70% of attendees were senior executives in 2016.
- Nearly 5 hours will be devoted to networking during the event.
- Exclusive insights into future consumer trends to fuel creativity.
- Access WGSN’s leading experts, and the way they see the world.
- Explore the experiential space featuring innovations from cutting-edge brands.
- Revisit the highlights through the Futures report available afterwards.
- 25 May 2017
- Altitude London
- 200+ decision-makers
- Overall 7 global events
- 2,000+ attendees globally
The Future of Consumer Experience
This year’s theme is the Future of Consumer Experience. You spend a lot of time thinking about them – what they love (or loathe); where they shop; where they socialise; what they dream. But how do you anticipate what’s ahead?
WGSN Futures is a day-long event filled with inspirational content and networking. We bring you together with 200+ senior executives from across the creative and fashion industries to share a vision of the future that will change the way you see the world and your business.
08:00 Check-in and refreshments
08:45 Chairman Session: Welcome from Carla Buzasi, Chief Content Officer, WGSN
08:55 “The Future Consumer” by Lorna Hall, Head of WGSN Insight
09:35 “Connecting” Keynote by James Poulter, Global Head of Social – Lego Life, Lego
10:20–10:40 Networking & Refreshments
10:40 “Enjoying” Keynote: speaker TBC
11:20 “Living” Keynote by Lisa White, Head of WGSN Lifestyle & Interiors & The Vision
12:00 “Caring” Panel: F* the Slogan Sweatshirt by Ravi Amaratunga Hitchcok, Head of Content, We Are Pi
13:45 “Being” Keynote: The Age of AI by IBM Watson
14:25 “Being” Panel: The Age of AI, moderated by Petah Marian, WGSN Senior Editor, Retail Intelligence
15:05 “Learning” Keynote by Christian Kuhna, Think Tank Future Trends & Innovation Director at Adidas and Abigail Rappoport, CEO at Emoquo
15:50 Networking & Refreshments
16:10 “Sharing” Panel: The Future of the Sharing Economy, moderated by Kerry Finch, Founder & CEO at Finch Factor, joined by Laszlito Kovacs, Creative Director at WeTransfer and Ross Bailey, Founder & CEO of Appear Here
16:50 “The Brands of Tomorrow” Keynote by Andy Payne, Global Chief Creative Officer, Interbrand
17:30 Chairman’s closing comments – Carla Buzasi, Chief Content Officer, WGSN
17:40–19:45 Drinks and canapé networking session
Co-Founder, Pi Studios
Ravi is Co-Founder of new end-to-end entertainment company Pi Studios, which aims to connect the worlds of marketing, branded, broadcast and digital publishing together. He is an award-winning video content executive working internationally across broadcast television, online media and advertising. He built a reputation launching major strands, initiatives and content brands. He previously ran all global video in the fashion and luxury space for VICE Media, Created and ran global video for Dazed Group including the launch of two major TV shows and worked as a commissioner at UK Broadcaster Channel 4. Brands he has worked with include Apple, LVMH, Heineken, Diageo, Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Tag Heuer, Casio and Converse.
Executive Partner, IBM Watson
Danny leads IBM's digital experience business for UK and uses his knowledge to continue creating ideas and delivering the necessary people, process and technology improvements. With conferences on disruptive strategies, Danny has featured on BBC1 on the Future of Retail, written in the Financial Times about customer centric supply chain and is a regular contributor to trade journals covering e-commerce, supply chain, marketing and operations.
Founder & CEO, Appear Here
Ross Bailey is the CEO & Founder of Appear Here, the leading online marketplace for short-term retail space. Appear Here’s mission is to create a world where anyone with an idea can find space to make it happen. Named one of ‘the most disruptive companies in property', by The Financial Times and chosen as one of Wired’s ‘100 Hottest Start Ups’, Appear Here has become the go-to destination to make innovative and creative retail ideas happen. Since it launched in 2013, it now has over 60,000 brands using the service and lists over 4,500 prime retail spaces across the UK, France and New York.
Global Chief Content Officer, WGSN
Carla is an award-winning editor and journalist. She is the founding Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post UK and has also worked for Marie Claire, Glamour and Vogue.com.
CEO, Community Clothing
Lucy’s career began at a fashion start up in New York and has taken her from the pages of The Lady Magazine to the Playboy Mansion. Before her latest venture, Lucy was a Board Director at J Walter Thompson, running the Graduate Recruitment programme often dubbed 'The University of Advertising’ and she remains passionate about discovering and mentoring new talent. Now Lucy is the CEO of Community Clothing that makes high quality, stylish, affordable clothes for men and women.
Joshua Coombes, a British musician and hairdresser, founded #DoSomethingForNothing in 2015, an initiative that claims that anyone can positively affect someone else’s day, even with small gestures. With the hashtag and social media reach, the idea became accessible and Josh already travelled to over 10 countries telling stories of those who feel unheard in society all over the world, with the mindset that cultures change, but that human connection is the same everywhere you go.
Head of WGSN Insight
Lorna is responsible for a team of experts reporting on best practice and innovation across all forms of retail including online and offline strategies, store design, marketing, and visual merchandising. Before joining WGSN in 2009, she was the executive editor of the UK's fashion trade magazine Drapers.
Creative Director, WeTransfer
Previously he worked as a Lead Visual Designer at Silk.co, which was sold to Palantir.com. After that, Laszlito became Creative Director at Present Plus, the design studio that was acquired by WeTransfer in early 2016. As an illustrator Laszlito collaborated with publications like Monocle Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and Winged Wheel JP. His work has also been published in El Mundo, El País, El Español.cat, National Geographic and has been used by ING Netherlands and Vodafone, among others.
Director HR Strategy, adidas Group
Within the adidas Group HR Strategy Team, Christian built up the so-called Think Tank for Future Trends and Innovation, shaping the adidas Group and People Strategy by translating global trends into strategy, organizational design and innovation & culture change projects.
Senior Editor, WGSN Insight
Petah is a seasoned business journalist who has spent her entire career tracking global retail trends. Prior to joining WGSN she was Editor of online trade publication Menswear Insight. She spent three years at the Just Style group where she was News & Insights Editor following a stint as News Editor at global intelligence business Planet Retail. She has also written for UK trade magazines including Retail Week and Drapers.
Global Chief Content Officer, Interbrand
As Global Chief Creative Officer of Interbrand, Andy has been at the forefront of the agency’s most celebrated campaigns and will share his vision for using creativity – and collective insights – to solve the business challenges of the future.
Global Head of Social Lego Life, Lego
James is the Global Head of Social for Lego Life at The LEGO Group. He led the social media launch for Lego Life, the new Lego’s kids digital initiative, in 2016. Outside of work, James consults with technology start-ups, emerging online businesses and communities to help them develop strategic innovations and business models.
Abigail is an inspiring business leader who ran a $1bn business and has been a senior executive at Microsoft for over 10 years prior to joining Emoquo. Having trail-blazed organisational transformation in a global technology company, she understands all too well the challenges and opportunities of driving change at the speed of market demand. Over her 20+ year career, she’s learnt how to engage and empower diverse talent to bring the best of themselves to their work and to the people around them. She is passionate about harnessing the power of technology to create more meaningful human experiences.
Founder & Creative Director, Donald Schneider Studio
Creative Director at H&M for many years, Donald is now creative advisor on special projects. He initiated H&M’s collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld, followed up by collaborations with Versace, Alexander Wang, Balmain, Kenzo and also with celebrities such as David Beckham, Beyoncé, Jeff Koons. Donald continues to work on special projects for H&M. Donald specialises in creative ideas & strategies, collaboration projects, innovative multi media concepts, branding, art direction & design. His clients include: Brioni, Cartier, Chloé, Condé Nast, H&M, Hugo Boss, Karl Lagerfeld and Van Cleef & Arpels.
Head of Lifestyle & Interiors & The Vision WGSN
Lisa directs content on WGSN Lifestyle & Interiors, from conceptual trends to commercial product. She is an international speaker on trends, and has a professional background including Li Edelkoort, editing the iconic trade publications View on Colour, In View and Bloom. She has advised clients ranging from the Bon Marché to LG and Rolex.
WGSN Futures London 2016 took place on May 25-26. Over 300 senior-level delegates in the fields of strategy (c-suite), design, marketing, retail, and digital gathered to hear WGSN experts, industry leaders, and a panel of world-class industry experts share their insight on the future of creativity and the fashion industry.See the Highlights