Chinwag Live: Xmas Futures, Crystal Balls?

Event Info

Tue 2 Dec, 2008 from 6:00pm - 8:30pm
The Slug & Lettuce (Downstairs)
80-82 Wardour Street
London, W1F 0TG, UK (Map)
Cost: £25+VAT (early bird) up to £50+VAT (standard)


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Sponsored by UKTI

In the digital world of diverse media, platforms, distribution and user behaviour, what does the future hold?

Is destiny taking us down the path of convergence or fragmentation? Chinwag places leading digital thinkers under the spotlight.

Join us on December 2nd for our lively end of year session as we don our five-years-into-the-future specs and foretell the world of 2013!

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More on Xmas Futures, Crystal Balls?

Will brands, publishers, marketers and platform providers be recognisable? How will they have changed? With ubiquitous web and mobile access, how will online and offline relate?

As we pit imagination against reason and trend analysis, will the views of our digital experts be planets apart? Take this chance to quiz the panel and share your thoughts on what comes next…

(arrive early for complimentary drinks and snacks)


Jonathan Mitchener - Futurologist & Principal Research Scientist, Devices, BT Jonathan Mitchener - Futurologist & Principal Research Scientist, Devices, BT
Since joining BT in 1988, Jonathan Mitchener has undertaken a wide range of roles, including research, systems deployment, and technology & management consultancy. His current role as BT Futurologist results in him working with executive and senior strategists in various companies to help them understand the impacts of future disruptive technologies on their businesses. He has a special interest in device and gadget futures, which resonates within a whole range of business and personal life contexts. He recently authored the chapter on device futures within the book, ICT Futures. Jonathan has recently been appointed to the advisory board for the BBC's science magazine 'Focus' as futures expert. Read more on his blog.

Simon Collister - Head of Digital – Consumer Practice, Weber Shandwick Simon Collister - Head of Digital – Consumer Practice, Weber Shandwick / blog
Simon joined Weber Shandwick in 2008 having already made his mark as a leading UK PR and marketing blogger with an acute understanding of how the Internet is shaping the communications landscape. As Head of Digital, Simon helps Weber Shandwick deliver digital thought leadership and creative strategy to its top-tier global clients in a range of industries spanning the consumer sectors. As well as practical expertise in helping clients adapt to an emerging digital society, Simon has also completed academic research examining the shifting role of political communications in the online space. Before the heady days of digital communications, Simon worked in PR and policy roles with a number of national NGOs.

Jamie Coomber – Head of Digital Strategy, Profero Jamie Coomber – Head of Digital Strategy, Profero
Jamie has been working within the digital advertising industry since 2000 and at Profero she monitors trends, innovations and new technologies within the market and advises clients how best connect with audiences through digital communications. Jamie is a keen blogger and the founder of Freshen Me Up, a blog that looks at emerging trends, technological advances and communications. She is also Senior Trend Hunter for Trend Hunter magazine where she reports on future trends, from a marketing communications perspective, and was also cited as one of the world's top 10 Trend Hunters by the magazine in their 2008 report. She is also host for the London arm of Likemind where forward thinking people meet monthly and share their opinions on future trends.

Neville Hobson - Communicator; Blogger; Podcaster, Neville Hobson - Communicator; Blogger; Podcaster,
Neville Hobson, ABC, is a communicator, blogger and podcaster, one of the leading European early adopters and influencers in social media communication for business. He is an accredited communication practitioner with over 25 years’ experience in public and media relations, marketing communication, employee, compensation and benefits communication as well as investor and financial relations. He helps companies use effective communication to achieve their business goals. He blogs at, at the intersection of business, communication and technology. He is co-presenter with Shel Holtz of the twice-weekly 'For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report', the communication profession’s first business podcast begun in January 2005.

Richard Titus - Head of User Experience, BBC Future Media and Technology CHAIR: Richard Titus - Head of User Experience, BBC Future Media and Technology
Richard is responsible for the global user experience on the BBC's non linear platforms (including Internet, mobile, ITV and iPlayer). He provides thought leadership to the BBC's Future Media & Technology division and helps drive strategy and delivery of its products and services. Richard has founded or co-founded seven firms in his diverse entrepreneurial career; including one of the first interactive agencies, Tag media, which later became Razorfish Los Angeles. More recently, he co-founded and served as President and Vice Chairman of Schematic, a 300+ person interactive agency based in Los Angeles, New York & Atlanta.

Andrew Orlowski - Executive Editor, The Register Andrew Orlowski - Executive Editor, The Register
Andrew Orlowski is Executive Editor at The Register, for whom he reported on two Silicon Valley technology bubbles from San Francisco. A regular pundit on TV and radio, and a veteran contributor to Private Eye, he is currently writing a history of technology and utopias.

Event produced by Julia Eilon and Deirdre Molloy.



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