The Festival took place at a historic moment for the UK, Hong Kong and Asian economies, enabling the exchange of innovations that will drive the future of free trade and build life-long partnerships.
Over four days, the Festival provided a series of thought-provoking and lively keynotes, masterclasses, showcases, installations and performances involving industry leaders, entrepreneurs, artists, educationalists, futurologists to an audience from the UK, Hong Kong, China, Japan, South Korea and wider region.
The way we live, work, learn and play in the world is changing exponentially. Innovation has made our countries borderless, cities smarter, work automated, education virtual, and put play into our pockets. Now, more than ever, we must look to the future and work with partners who share our creative spirit. Collaboration will unlock new ideas, technologies, markets and opportunities.
Watch the highlights videos below that detail how innovation was showcased and discussed over the four days in March 2018.
Click the below link to watch the GREAT Festival sessions.
A four-day event offering the latest thinking on innovation across industry, society and community. The Festival takes place 21 - 24 March 2018.
The world of work has changed. Technology has created new industries, business models and behaviours. To kickstart the GREAT Festival of Innovation, we’ll explore how work is being transformed by innovation, radical ideas and disruptive technology. Audiences will discover how savvy businesses are evolving and working together to adapt to these changes – and how they’re prospering. We’ll discuss the importance of free trade, sustainable energy, cybersecurity, fintech, artificial intelligence, future workplaces and much more.
By 2050, cities will be home to 70% of the planet’s projected 9 billion inhabitants. What will these numbers mean for the way we live, eat, travel and co-exist with nature? From smart cities to autonomous transport, sustainable farming to alternative energy sources, technology will help determine both our quality of life and the health of the planet. On Day 2, the Festival will explore these issues and show how innovative solutions and international cooperation will be the key to prosperity and happiness on a global scale.
The way we play is changing. Consumers are becoming curators, choosing immersive experiences and brands that connect on a emotional level. Wellbeing, adventure travel and luxury goods are no longer just for the elite, and sustainability is becoming vital. The way we watch and play sports is shifting, with art and technology playing a key role at global events like the Olympics. Join us on Day 3 as cultural leaders explore how innovation, technology and creative thinking will alter the future of fashion, luxury, art and sport.
Knowledge powers the world and will form the finale of the GREAT Festival of Innovation. UK higher education is an experience full of life-changing learning, and our universities have a world class reputation as hubs for creativity. On Day 4, we’ll hear firsthand from educators and students alike, and explore the vast and varied scope of research currently underway. Through talks and hands-on events, audiences will learn how leading sectors are collaborating with these unique engines of innovation to gain a competitive edge, strategically linking higher education, research and business to help create tomorrow.