EVENT ROUNDUP - Why human connection should be at the heart of all technology
During London Tech Week 2019, Black Neon Digital, Fashion Roundtable and Central Working partnered to hold an inspiring event exploring; Why human connection should be at the heart of all technology and business.
Technology enables businesses to find their audience, test out products or creative ideas before launch or with little financial investment. Technology has revolutionised retail and pushed brands to rethink their entire business model.
Supply chain transparency, product personalisation, meaningful customer experiences and brand authenticity are key for customers and brands alike. But ultimately what is driving the current focus in fashion around these themes is human connection.
Technology has enabled incredible freedom through access to people and products, however we have found ourselves increasingly seeking intimate experiences with each other and the brands that align with our own values. We want to build and buy from brands that have integrity.
Our incredible panellists produce very different work across a range of sectors, yet they are all motivated by creating an outcome that is driven by people and ensuring they are at the heart of all technology and business drivers.
Panellists listed below. Their biographies can be found on our previous event article.
Reema Patel, Co-founder Women Leading in AI and Programme Manager Ada Lovelace Institute
Steve Lidbury, Executive Principal at EightInc.
Zakee Shariff, artist, designer, healer
Leanne Elliott Young, Co-founder CommuneEast
Tracey Suen, Founding Director 50m
Tamara Cincik, CEO & Founder Fashion Roundtable
Moderated by Jodi Muter-Hamilton, Founder & CEO Black Neon Digital
Ema Provic who is studying BA Human Geography with International study attended our #LTWHumanConnection event and here’s how she found it..
The event had an impressive and diverse panel of CEO’s, designers and programme managers but what really drew me to attend was my intrigue of what the organisers meant by ‘true connectivity’. I wanted to know how in our evermore interconnected, online world ‘true connectivity’ looked. I immediately booked my ticket and was excited at the prospect of hearing experts discuss how they thought ‘people, ethical practices and sustainability should be at the heart of technology and innovation.
The panellists eloquently answered individual questions focusing mainly on how we can use technology in an ethical way to ensure that it works best for all people in society and how it can be applied to areas like the fashion industry to make it more efficient and as sustainable as possible. As an individual my main area of interest is sustainability and ethical production and consumption so I was particularly enthralled by the discussion on modern slavery and consumer consciousness. It was clear and refreshingly hopeful to hear that companies and businesses are genuinely focusing on changing the ways in which they produce products, the impacts they are having on the planet and that they are carefully using impressive technology and data to ensure that they are reducing their CO2 levels and following strict policy and legislation. It was enriching to hear the panel discuss topics such as sustainability from different frameworks and perspectives. We heard the political side of sustainability from Tamara Cincik the founder of Fashion Roundtable who works closely with politicians to discuss concerns around the future of the fashion industry but also directly from businesses and individuals such as Zakee Shariff, a designer who views sustainability and ethics as paramount to her craft. Furthermore, all the panellists also offered essential advice on how individuals and businesses could make changes in the way we live and/or work to truly become more sustainable and use technology to help us achieve these goals. I remember we were given an inspiring recommendation to use our voice to demand change from larger companies and from the government where we see room for improvement.
Hearing such diverse but equally relevant perspectives for me felt like an essential part of the evening. It was in the diversity of knowledge and voices that the clearest picture of what the problems are and how we can solve them was formed. It was through the diversity in the room that I understood ‘why true connectivity should be at the heart of all technology’ and how this can be used to improve our lives and the fashion industry.
The event was enriching, exciting and most of all essential. Everyone who attended definitely left with more knowledge than when they entered and I’m sure are eager to attend other events. If you haven’t, come along and become connected; you never know you may just learn something.
Thanks to all our amazing panellists, Ema Provic for your event review, Sarah McDowell for photos and Central Working, especially Anca for our wonderful venue!