Great Festival of Creativity Shanghai Day 1 - MONDAY 2nd MARCH 2015

Day One - The revolution in technology continues apace. Day One explores the new face of entrepreneurialism, new markets, new networks and the underlying values and qualities businesses need - creativity, imagination, re-invention - to face new and future business landscapes.

09:00

Welcome to the GREAT Festival of Creativity

09:00 - 09:45

As the fastest growing economy in the world, the impact of China’s power is not to be underestimated. Meanwhile, as a nation with a strong ongoing heritage of innovation and invention, the UK has become world renowned for its creativity and aptitude for invention, abilities that have allowed it to keep ahead in a competitive global environment.

What are the business challenges and opportunities facing these two nations? Where are their commonalities, and how will creativity and collaboration shape their joint futures? Opening the GREAT Festival, this session will both welcome delegates and set the stage for three days of insight and discussion. Click here to book this session

 

Creating Extraordinary

09:45 - 10:30

A creative business is a successful business. When the world is your competition you can’t afford to be ordinary. It’s creativity that matters, creativity that makes you stand out, creativity that makes you extraordinary.

Designing products is only part of that picture: creativity also means generating new ideas. This is what inspires your customers, drives advocacy, develops loyalty, and sustains values. Doing more for less, doing more with less, doing old things better, doing new things first - learn from the most creative commercial practitioners to gain the competitive advantage. Click here to book session

10:00

SOCIAL IMPACT INVESTMENT: how to invest wisely and do good at the same time

10:00 - 10:45

The Social Impact Investment market is set to reach $1 trillion over the next decade.

It is a market which harnesses the forces of entrepreneurs, capital and the power of markets to do good and in this session you can hear from British and Chinese thought leaders, entrepreneurs and investors, such as venture capitalist, Sir Ronald Cohen, Chair, G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce and Founder, Apax Partners.

With international engagement in the market reaching new levels, the number of impact investment funds has doubled over the last five years. The panel will discuss the momentum in the market internationally and look at how to scale up so that it is accessible to everyone.

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BUSINESS STRATEGIES FOR A DIGITAL AGE

10:15 - 11:15

In China, businesses have seen the dramatic impact that the digital economy has had in opening up new markets both within and outside China, unlocking new business models but also presenting new threats. With more than 600 million mobile internet users who actively engage with social and mobile media, China’s e-commerce (B2C and C2C) will soon become the world’s number one market, presenting a great opportunity for British businesses to engage.

This creative exchange in modern business strategy and execution with experts from PwC and leading digital businesses and entrepreneurs in China will show that those who can harness the potential of digital opportunities will keep on creating value and sustaining profitable growth in the future. Learn about the tools of tomorrow, navigating the shortage of digital talent and organisational challenges, and the ways in which they offer new ways to engage customers by keeping both products and services exciting and relevant. You don't need a digital strategy...You need a business strategy for the digital age. Click here to book session

11:00

On demand and on the go: The future of Digital Television

11:00 - 12:30

The dynamics of creating, producing and distributing original content for television are multiplying at an ever-increasing pace as the world moves from broadcast networks into global distribution across multiple platforms and digital devices.

In China, the reach of online video already outstrips that of traditional television, and it's predicted that by 2017, digital content will account for more than two-thirds of all internet traffic. In the UK, content producers are changing their business models while BBC Worldwide refocuses international access to content, at the same time US online distributors Netflix and Amazon are winning broadcast television awards, and search engines and games platforms are building original content television divisions, telephone companies are moments away from creating and producing original television for their millions of subscribers, and networks are already streaming programming.

As competition for user attention increases, what are the challenges facing the online content industry? Is the path of the viewing experience as we now know it heading towards extinction? This session will bring together a world-class cast to discuss the state of current TV and distribution and to share their opinions on new services, content offerings, creative process and business models. Click here to book session

 

The View From Here

11:00 - 12:00

Experience this land of creativity through the eyes of its creators.

We take you on an inspiring hour-long journey through a land made by the imagination and vision of its people.

There is no need to imagine yourself being there – British Airways, VisitBritain and our creative spirits from the world of fashion, food, design and eventing take you to the heart of the place in images, words and film.

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BUSINESS STRATEGIES FOR A DIGITAL AGE

11:30 - 12:30

In China, businesses have seen the dramatic impact that the digital economy has had in opening up new markets both within and outside China, unlocking new business models but also presenting new threats. With more than 600 million mobile internet users who actively engage with social and mobile media, China’s e-commerce (B2C and C2C) will soon become the world’s number one market, presenting a great opportunity for British businesses to engage.

This creative exchange in modern business strategy and execution with experts from PwC and leading digital businesses and entrepreneurs in China will show that those who can harness the potential of digital opportunities will keep on creating value and sustaining profitable growth in the future. Learn about the tools of tomorrow, navigating the shortage of digital talent and organisational challenges, and the ways in which they offer new ways to engage customers by keeping both products and services exciting and relevant. You don't need a digital strategy...You need a business strategy for the digital age. Click here to book session

12:00

Shanghai on Film: 1900-1946

12:15 - 12:35

Travel back in time to see the bustling city of cosmopolitan Shanghai as it was at the turn of the 20th Century through this unique collection of extraordinary travelogues and home movies. Found in the British Film Institute National Archive, most of these films have not been seen for over 75 years and this will be the first time they have ever been shown in China.

Head curator of the archive, Robin Baker, will present highlights from this newly digitised collection of early films of China made by British filmmakers in the 1920s and 30s. Click here to book session

 

Lunch & Networking

12:30 - 13:30

13:00

HSBC The Ideas Exchange: The Minds Shaping Global Business

13:30 - 14:30

The Ideas Exchange is exactly that: a venue for interaction, debate, and education, with influential players from the world of business.

Through conversation and questions, two high-profile business leaders will reveal their personal experiences and share valuable commercial insights into the challenges they have overcome. Looking to the future, they’ll share the ambitions they have for their organisations, and explain what creativity means to them and their brands, and why it matters. Click here to book session

 

Experiments on the Edge

13:30 - 14:30

Since Thomas Heatherwick founded his studio twenty years ago it has grown into a globally renowned design office with a team of over 160 people working on projects all around the world, and has won multiple awards for its work in architecture - including the UK Pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo - urban infrastructure, sculpture, and strategic thinking. Despite this broad portfolio, Heatherwick’s work is united by a clear methodology.

In this session Thomas Heatherwick explains the process behind his studio’s creative practice. In particular he will focus on his significant new works in Asia, including the re-development of the Shanghai Bund Financial Centre. (45 mins plus 15 mins Q&A) Click here to book session

 

The Design Journey - Shaping the Future

13:45 - 14:30

Congestion, air pollution, and overconsumption – can a creative approach to present-day challenges find the big solutions we need for these issues and lend businesses a competitive edge?

Focusing on examples from Asian markets, this panel-based discussion will explore the opportunities for innovation in design, the value of investing in future thinking, and how to use the strength of existing manufacturing resources to create a sustainable future.

During this session Chen and Priestman will debate the role design plays in making things better, from small consumer products to entire public transport systems. Click here to book session

15:00

The Rising Stars

15:00 - 16:15

Who are the companies with the ability today to change the face of their industries in the future?

Founders Forum have handpicked the most exciting and innovative UK and Chinese start-ups to present as Rising Stars. From e-commerce, social media, gaming and mobile technology, each of the Rising Stars will present a snappy pitch to a room of top-tier innovators, pioneers, entrepreneurs, investors and corporates, giving an insight into the future evolutions of these sectors. Click here to book session

 

LIGHTBULB MOMENTS

15:00 - 15:45

We’ve all had those lightbulb moments – flashes of inspiration that set us along new creative paths to new opportunities. But how can we ensure more of them, and how can we take our eureka moments to a global market?

This interactive session looks at three key world-changing innovations from successful designers in different fields as case studies. Click here to book session

 

BBC Earth: Life is Better than Fiction

15:00 - 16:00

Speakers - Tim Davie & Mike Gunton

The BBC's track record of innovation, technical excellence and creative brilliance is recognised around the globe. The BBC’s Natural History Unit (NHU) is one of its most acclaimed departments, with a portfolio of landmark series that showcase nature’s most powerful drama, including Frozen Planet, Africa and Life Story.

In this engaging and visual session, BBC Worldwide CEO Tim Davie and the NHU's Creative Director Mike Gunton explain how these fascinating series are devised, produced and then transformed into major global assets under the BBC Earth brand. Click here to book session

16:00

Take Your Brand to the World Through E-Marketplaces

16:00 - 17:00

Cross border trade through e-commerce is an efficient and effective route into new markets. In light of this, the UKTI recently launched the e-Exporting Programme, helping British based retailers and brands to list their products on ‘e-marketplaces’ - giant shopping platforms that provide access to hundreds of millions of global shoppers, extensive brand marketing opportunities as well as valuable consumer behavioural data.

Dedicated to helping companies succeed in the global economy, UKTI’s e-commerce specialists will share their insight into how you can tap into the worldwide opportunity presented by three billion connected consumers and China in particular. Click here to book session

 

Network for Growth

16:15 - 17:00

Nothing is more valuable than that moment of connection that could lead to new business opportunities.

In this session Founders Forum will facilitate one-to-one networking sessions for delegates to have those key business conversations. Click here to book session

 

GREAT OPPORTUNITIES AND WINNING STRATEGIES FOR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

16:30 - 17:30

China is fast becoming a thriving consumer-led economy, with exports from the UK to China doubling in the last ten years. The UK is also now the largest recipient in the EU of Chinese direct investment. There are huge opportunities for Chinese businesses and for UK companies with plans to expand.

For this session, a diverse mix of speakers with direct experience of working in these countries will share their knowledge and insights on how to make the most of the potential offered.

Under the chairmanship of Richard Oldfield, Head of Strategy, PwC UK Executive Board, listen to Chinese and UK business leaders discuss their winning strategies. Click here to book session

17:00

Jack Ma Keynote 'In Conversation'

17:45 - 18:15

Moderator: Sir Martin Sorrell. Click here to book session