Audience buzzing after The Tomorrow Talks debut

The Tomorrow Talks debut at London’s Design Museum kicks off inspiring calendar of events for The Tomorrow Fair. Emily Wright reports.

Whether it was the edible water bombs, the chilli and lime cricket canapés or the stellar line-up of speakers, guests left the iconic Design Museum “buzzing” and “inspired” following the first ever Tomorrow Talks last week.

The event held on the 19th January was the first in a series of talks on future technology, trends and innovation in the run up to The Tomorrow Fair, a four-day event which will be held at the Saatchi Gallery between September 27th – 30th.

Following a drinks reception where skinny prosecco was served as attendees checked out a number of exhibited products including a VR experience and the future in sex toy technology, five speakers took to the floor to give their insights into what ‘tomorrow’ holds.

From the newly appointed Wired editor Greg Williams’ take on the threat of cyber security to PwC’s in-house virtual reality guru Jeremy Dalton on the future of work and life in virtual worlds and Dr Bissan Al-Lazikani from the Institute of Cancer Research, the evening took guests on a journey through a diverse range of topics and trends.

Ross Bailey from retail pop-up start-up Appear Here and Arthur Kay from Bio-Bean – a company that recycles waste coffee grounds into advanced biofuels – also spoke, representing a new generation of young entrepreneurs.

One attendee said of the event: “I left with so many ideas for new projects. I couldn’t stop thinking about them on the tube home. I was thoroughly inspired.”

Another said: “Every talk had me on the edge of my seat wanting to hear more.”