You might think the future is unpredictable. We don’t. At WGSN, we believe you can define your future today, by exploring the key global trends that will affect the world tomorrow. But to do this, you have to step outside of your everyday. You have to look for fresh perspectives. You have to think beyond your computer screen. So we created WGSN Futures, a day-long event filled with inspirational content and networking that will change the way you see the world and your business.
This year’s theme is the Future Consumer. 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?
- 18 July 2017
- The Glasshouse
- 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
09:00 Chairman Session: Welcome from Lisa Ramsay, Regional Director, APAC
09:10 “The Future Consumer” by Sarah Owen, Senior Editor, Digital Media & Marketing
What will consumers be thinking, feeling and doing in the future? What are the new priorities for the future consumer and their profiles?
09:50 “Connecting” Keynote
The social communities and platforms we will spend our precious time on. How will they bring us together – or drive us apart?
10:30 Networking & Refreshments
10:50 “Sharing” Keynote by Balder Tol, Director of Community for Australia – WeWork
11:30 “Enjoying” Keynote
New technologies, concepts and experiences that will capture our imagination and investment. Will consumers of the future see your brand as a time saver or a time waster?
12:10 “Being” Panel
How will we learn to define ourselves against ever-more fluid age and gender boundaries?
14:00 “Living” Keynote
“Living” Keynote by Greer Hughes, WGSN Mindset Consulting Director & The Vision
Why consumers are more willing to spend money on experiences than products?
14:40 “Caring” Panel
Socially conscious business models that help us do and feel good. How should companies deal with the value shifts coming down the pipeline? And when is the right time to implement sustainability into your business?
15:05 Networking & Refreshments
15:25 “Learning” Keynote
As younger generations enter the workforce, they demand more and more from their employers. To attract and retain the best talent, workplaces should become communities, sources of constant inspiration, and meccas of learning. How are workplaces tapping into this trend? Or rather, if it’s a trend at all?
16:05 “The Brands of Tomorrow” Keynote by Lorna Hall, Head of Insight WGSN
Drawing on the themes of the day – connecting, sharing, being, learning, living, and enjoying – Lorna Hall will provide insight on how to develop a “future proof” brand that will capture the attention of tomorrow’s consumer.
16:45 Chairman’s closing comments – Lisa Ramsay, Regional Director, APAC
17:00 – 19:00 Drinks and canapé networking session
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.
Consultant Director Mindset, APAC
Greer provides creative and strategic bespoke consultancy to a wide range of clients across Asia Pacific. Through identifying macro drivers to consumer and lifestyle trends, her specialty is on a ‘glocal’ approach providing custom solutions that empower WGSN members to drive innovation and stay ahead of the curve.
Senior Editor, Digital Media & Marketing
Sarah is a journalist and trend forecaster based in New York with a background in social media and youth trends. She currently reports on digital media and communication strategy across an array of industries to produce effective content that helps brands truly connect with their audience. Sarah joined WGSN after working across a variety of publications including New York magazine, Vogue, and The New York Times.
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