LONDON TECH WEEK x BLACK NEON DIGITAL X FASHION ROUNDTABLE X CENTRAL WORKING: Why human connection should be at the heart of technology

LONDON TECH WEEK x BLACK NEON DIGITAL X FASHION ROUNDTABLE X CENTRAL WORKING: Why human connection should be at the heart of technology

We are delighted to have created an event to celebrate London Tech Week in partnership with Fashion Roundtable and Central Working.

"Why human connection should be at the heart of all technology."

This event will explore how human connection, ethical practices and sustainability should be at the heart of technology and innovation. Tickets available via Eventbrite.

Our panel will discuss:

How technology can support fashion sustainability

How we can approach technology in an ethical way to ensure it works for people and society

What true personalisation really looks like 

Why customer experience is all about truly understanding and connecting with people 

Following the panel discussion, we invite you to ask questions.

Panellists include:

Reema Patel 
Co-founder of the Women Leading in AI and programme manager at the Ada Lovelace Institute.

As programme manager at the Nuffield Foundation, Reema is working to establish the Ada Lovelace Institute, an organisation seeking to ensure that data & AI work for people and society. She is an experienced policy professional who has led various citizen engagement and participation initiatives on complex and controversial policy areas in the UK, including the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) Citizens’ Economic Council, which successfully worked with and influenced the Bank of England’s public engagement strategy. Reema has consulted for a variety of international organisations, including the Danish Board of Technology Foundation and, San Francisco based technology social media start-up. She is a fellow of the RSA, founding trustee of a community-run library, and a local councillor.

Steve Lidbury
Executive Principal at Eight Inc.

As Managing Principal in London, Steve leads a team of t-shaped strategic designers and business creatives to deliver holistic, human-centric experiences for world-renowned brands for Eight Inc.’s EMEA region. He works in close collaboration with clients across a multitude of diverse categories to help understand their business, brand and audience challenges, and identify strategic opportunities towards designing a future vision. His engagement is focussed at the creative intersection of the physical, digital and human-designed world, to provide more relevant, integrated and connected experiences for tomorrow’s audiences.

Sometimes called “Apple’s best-kept secret” Eight Inc.’s clients include Apple, Estee Lauder, Tesla and Virgin Atlantic Airways. 

Zakee Shariff

Zakee has been an artist for as long as she can remember. Her creative practice and brand, Zakee Shariff was founded in 1997. For her coexisting as an artist and designer is a necessity. Her work is inspired by her spirituality, travel, healing, music and street culture. She is interested in creating an emotional response and translating experience. Her wish is to empower, heal, and touch peoples hearts. With the design/fashion side of her work, she works with stores across the globe, through her online store and by appointment. Her aim is to work with communities of makers and artisans. She intends to create timeless pieces that are not dictatorial, have a strong sense of beauty and that one day can be handed down through the generations. Zakee is also a CTI trained Life coach, intuitive channeler, Reiki healer and founder of Dream Forward.
Listen to Black Neon Digital’podcast with Zakee Shariff.

Leanne Elliot Young
Co-founder, CommuneEAST

Young has pollinated the spaces between fashion, art, design and tech for over 10 years, incubating strategies through IRL + URL to install and invent creative concepts providing platforms for disruption, future thought and collaboration within a Glo-cal Market. Co-founding CommuneEAST “AN IDEAS AND VISION INSTITUTE” in 2015 ‘CREATING THE UTOPIAN TASTE OF THE FUTURE’. Curating modular IRL ULR residencies within the creative landscape providing conversations from a STEAM objective perspective. Using science, technology, art, maths viewpoint to ignite bold dialogue in the creative industries. Currently working between LDN and NYC.
Clients inc: British Fashion Council, British Council, LFWM, Samsung, Nike, Adidas, Selfridges Group, Liberty, Kenzo, Liam Hodges….Featured in, Vogue, Office NYC, Dazed, i-D…

Tracey Suen
Founding Director 50m

50m is a fashion concept offering a new retail experience for both designer and customer. Devoted to supporting and showcasing emerging designers, providing them a platform to sell and present their collections. Based in Eccleston Yards, 50m’s has created community and social space in which designers can share their experiences and support one another. 50m exists to radically change the balance of power between shops and designers. Tracey has previously worked at Something and Son, Makerversity and Create London, all of which are organisations that support and promote makers and artists.

Tamara Cincik
CEO & Founder, Fashion Roundtable

Tamara is a UCL graduate and has 20 years experience working in the fashion industry, as a fashion editor and brand consultant, both in London and globally for publications such as i-D, Bazaar, Muse and Vogue, VIP clients and designer brands on advertising campaigns, fashion shows, consultancy and brand design. Uniquely, Tamara has also worked in Westminster as a Parliamentary Researcher for Sharon Hodgson MP, who was her mentor on the prestigious Fabian Women's Network Mentoring Scheme. Tamara organised events at the Houses of Parliament, with politicians, educationalists, key sector stakeholders and creative industry leaders and a series of roundtables for the fashion industry to meet with Parliamentarians, to discuss their concerns around Brexit and future sector growth. Tamara also heads up the secretariat team for the All Party Parliamentary Group for Textiles and Fashion, and with Fashion Roundtable leads on policy papers such as the forthcoming Representation and Inclusion in the Fashion Industry.

Moderated by Jodi Muter-Hamilton
Founder & CEO Black Neon Digital

Black Neon Digital works visionaries to build businesses that have integrity. As host of Black Neon Digital podcast series Jodi speaks with leading fashion industry entrepreneurs to explore new ways of working that promote sustainability and craftsmanship whilst embracing innovation. As Communications Director at Fashion Roundtable Jodi works to develop the business strategy and ensure events, initiatives and services are communicated in the way that makes the most impact. Jodi is extremely passionate about the power of technology, for supply chain transparency and customer experience. 

Jodi works with companies who are revolutionising fashion, such as Proximity Insight a retailtech firm who’s in-store platform unifies digital and physical retail for luxury fashion retailers including

Hosted by Central Working, the UK’s premier homegrown shared workspace provider, transforming the way people work and companies grow. The panel discussion and Q&A session will be followed by an opportunity to network over drinks and snacks in the beautiful Lounge of their Victoria club. 

We look forward to you joining us for London Tech Week.

Event Schedule:

18.30 Arrival & Registration

19.00 - 20.00 Panel Discussion & Audience Q&A

20.00 - 21.00 Networking, drinks and snacks

See you there!

EVENT ROUNDUP - Why human connection should be at the heart of all technology

EVENT ROUNDUP - Why human connection should be at the heart of all technology

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