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TOP UK DIGITAL CONFERENCE BRINGS GLOBAL THOUGHT LEADERS TO THE SOUTHWEST
Industry leaders and creative business owners across the UK are set to attend Like Minds’ annual UK conference: ‘Innovation+Opportunity’ from Wednesday 19 to Friday 21 October. This is the fourth conference from Like Minds to take place in the UK. It will explore how digital and social media have presented new opportunities for innovation and business growth.
Attended by companies involved in the creative industries, keynote sessions will present the latest innovations and case studies from international agencies such as Ogilvy, 1000heads and EuroRSCG. Leading authors, educators and media critics will also present at the conference. In all over 50 keynote talks and application-centred workshops will take place throughout the three-day event.
Speakers at Like Minds include:
- Chris Moss, who has built 3 multi-million dollar brands (Virgin Atlantic, Orange, 118118)
- Yann Gourvennec, Director of Web, Digital and Social Media at Orange
- Delphine Remy-Boutang, World Wide Social Media Manager for IBM
- Rupert Turnbull, publisher of WIRED
- Luke Johnson, former Chairman of Channel 4
- Craig Hepburn, Global Digital Director, Nokia
The Like Minds Conference is expected to be a trending topic on Twitter, where for every previous conference it has remained a top 10 conversation for the duration of the event. At the last 3 Like Minds Conferences, over 500,000 people were connected to the conference on Twitter. Attendees watch virtually from all over the world, particularly in America where Like Minds has an especially strong following.
Like Minds again focuses on two core proponents: networking and learning. As well as hearing leading speakers, attendees will have working lunches across Exeter, as well as arranging business meetings through the www.wearelikeminds.com website.
Charities will also benefit from the event. This year Mencap, Bright Blue Dot and Molly Beddingfield’s Global Angels are amongst the charities presenting their causes to the Like Minds Community to garner support.
Exeter makes an ideal location for the event, the conference is held at the central Exeter Conference Centre and across city centre venues and restaurants. Over £200,000 has been generated for the local economy through previous Like Minds Conferences.
Scott Gould, co-founder of Like Minds, said ‘We are thrilled to again welcome hundreds of SMEs from across the UK and Europe to gather around the latest ideas and get the practical tips they need to help their businesses grow in this tough climate. The opportunities that social and digital media are making means businesses can do more with less if they can just apply the principles. It is these principles that we are seeing change the nature of how people are communicating.’
John Harvey, Exeter City Centre Manager, said ‘Like Minds continues to make a tangible impact on our city, and Exeter City Council supports Like Minds and its mission to empower small and big business with the ideas of tomorrow. It is a partnership that we think works: helping people get into the vibrancy of Exeter amidst the relaxation of the Devon countryside to invest in their business.’
To find out more about Like Minds 2011, and to book tickets, please visit http://wearelikeminds.com/events/exeter
NOTES TO EDITORS
Like Minds unites innovators, thinkers and doers together through its series of thought leadership events and co-working spaces.
We were founded in August 2009 amidst the boom of Social Media, where communication was drastically changing, and knowledge was overflowing – creating both the opportunity and the necessity for us to act and turn our ideas into reality. Our mission is to create a platform where participants can join fellow like minds in order to inspire one another and make those ideas happen, all on a level that is accessible both financially and structurally.
Our flagship event is the Like Minds Conference, held annually in Exeter, Devon. Through insights, workshops and lunches, an average 300 participants (not delegates) engage with new people over new ideas, and forge the connections to most importantly make those ideas happen. Our first Like Minds Conference was in Exeter, UK in October 2009 and we will be holding our fourth conference in October 2011.
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