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.”

Talking points

Greg Williams The new breed of cyber criminals that are innovating like start-ups

Arthur Kay Designing tomorrow, today, while exploring the challenges of rapid urbanisation

Jeremy Dalton Social virtual reality and its impact on the way we interact both professionally and personally

Ross Bailey The future of retail and why we need our cities to act more like magazines

Dr Bissan Al-Lazikani How does ‘big data’ help us treat cancer? And do cancer genes have a social life?

Speakers

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Greg Williams is incoming editor of WIRED magazine and a leading authority on technology trends and how those impact business and society. Spending his days scanning the horizon for world-changing technologies, ideas and companies, Williams is constantly on the lookout for genuinely transformative trends. He has delivered keynote speeches at technology and corporate events throughout Europe and the Americas and he also consults for several advertising agencies.

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Arthur Kay is an award-winning designer and entrepreneur, the founder and CEO of bio-bean, a clean technology company that recycles waste coffee grounds into advanced biofuels. Kay came up with the idea for bio-bean whilst studying architecture and in three years has raised millions in financing and built the world’s first coffee waste recycling factory. He speaks regularly about urban design, future cities and turning the challenges of urbanisation into opportunities.

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Jeremy Dalton works in innovation at PwC, immersing clients in new ways of thinking and helping them to understand emerging technologies and their relevance. His particular specialism is in virtual reality and augmented reality technology, which he is personally invested in (both mentally and financially). Technology has always been his passion and he believes VR/AR will play a significant role in how we live and work in the future. Dalton has given multiple talks on the subject globally.

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Dr Bissan Al-Lazikani on how diagnosis and cure will be different in the future due to the development in tech.

Dr Bissan Al-Lazikani’s research focuses on developing and applying multidisciplinary computational techniques for drug discovery and clinical application. Dr Al-Lazikani is also head of data science at the Institute of Cancer Research, where she leads the Knowledge Hub Big Data Team for intelligent application of computers in adaptive, individualized therapy.

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Ross Bailey is the CEO and founder of Appear Here, the leading online marketplace for short-term retail space. Based on the concept that renting commercial property should be as easy as booking a hotel room, Appear Here’s mission is to make retail space accessible to everyone. Hailed one of ‘the most disruptive companies of 2014’, by The Financial Times and chosen as one of Wired’s ‘100 Hottest Start Ups’, Appear Here has become the go-to destination to make innovative and creative retail ideas happen.

Fabulous feedback

Don’t just take our word for it. Here’s a sample of what our audience had to say…

“Hugely inspiring array of speakers – very engaging. I left buzzing.”

“A great range of knowledgeable speakers from all backgrounds. It was wonderful having my eyes opened about subjects that I would have never thought would be interesting, or relating to how our future is changing.”

“One of the best evenings I’ve had in a long time. The virtual world is a terrifying reality that’s HERE already. Where does it end? Is there a point of equilibrium? What about our ecosystem which determines all our futures?”

“Fantastic event. Such inspiring and exciting talks, on such varied topics!”

“The Tomorrow Fair team crushed it – hot debate and fresh insights on what the future may look like.”

“I can’t wait to see who you’ll have speaking next – there’s so much out there, I know next to nothing about!”

“More of the same please – show me the Future!”

“The Tomorrow Fair sounds brilliant. I said to my colleague when we left last night, that September can’t come soon enough!”

“The speakers were all passionate people and I’d want to hear any one of them speak again.”

“Yes! I left with so so many ideas for projects and ideas, I couldn’t stop thinking about them all on the tube home. My colleague and I have been thoroughly inspired.”