What You Missed At Disruption Summit Europe 2018

Disruption Summit Europe 2018: bringing together the best of disruptive business

Now in its second year, Disruption Summit Europe returned to London yesterday to showcase the impact of cutting edge technology, innovation, and digital disruption on global businesses. The event featured over 70 speakers across three conference tracks.

Curated and organised by the team behind D/SRUPTION the event attracted 478 delegates from leading organisations across the world including Aviva, Barclays, Diageo, and Pfizer.  We’d like to thank our partners PA Consulting, Future Health Collective and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) for supporting the event.

Nell Watson, technology philosopher and EthicsNet founder began the day with an eye opening perspective on the evolution of human experience, explaining that we are drowning in data – but that it is a good thing. JC Oliver reminded the audience that the future does not happen on its own: it’s up to us to shape it. Delegates were then invited to explore three different conference tracks: Technology, Innovation and Purpose through the rest of the day.

The Technology Track focused on the major trends and trajectories in business today. ‘Artificial Intelligence: With The People Left In’, a panel discussion by Robbie Stamp and four generations of his family, proved particularly popular.

The Innovation Track highlighted the way organisations need to adapt in the face of change. The track included sessions from Liftshare founder Ali Clabburn and Samantha Fay of Guinness World Records.

New for this year, the Purpose Track highlighted that purpose and profit can and should go hand in hand. Hosted by Nicole Yershon, these interactive, multi-speaker sessions encouraged attendees to think differently about their existing ways of working and move towards the increasingly important goal of business with purpose.

Collaboration and knowledge sharing played an important role in the day with delegates utilising Grip, the AI powered matchmaking event app, to connect and meet with other attendees. They also had the opportunity to experience innovative, interesting and disruptive technologies for themselves in our Innovation Lab, including 3D printing displays from nufood and 3DGBIRE.

Disruption Summit Europe also hosted a number of exhibitors including D/SRUPTION’s own new Innovation Experience programme Disruption X. The entirety of the Lab, as well as PA Consulting’s stand, were designed and constructed by Ecobooth. The startup, who launched at the event, made the booths, stands, and display boards entirely from recycled materials.

Kev Cooke, D/SRUPTION’s Managing Editor, identified sustainability as one of the most important topics of the day:

“It’s a pleasure to have invited Ecobooth to help us build parts of Disruption Summit Europe. Sustainability across all industries is of paramount importance. We will certainly use them again in future to help our events become more sustainable and encourage others to do so too”.

The event was rounded off with three inspirational closing sessions from Pam Warhurst, founder of Incredible Edible who shared her amazing story of taking a grassroots movement and making it a global phenomena for good. Dr. Koen Kas, CEO of Healthskouts, emphasised the power of genetics in shaping a healthy future for us all. Wrapping up the day Paul Martin from PA Consulting quizzed Dr. Thierry Botter of Airbus on the fast moving field of quantum technology.

Following the Summit, Rob Prevett, Co-founder of D/SRUPTION and Disruption Summit Europe concluded that all businesses across sectors can no longer hide from fundamental transformation.

“We know that digital, technological and infrastructural disruption means big things for business, but people are still not sure what that might involve or how to handle it. Throughout the year DisruptionHub.com and D/SRUPTION magazine help readers to deepen their understanding of emerging technologies and what it takes to scale innovation. Disruption Summit brings this to life with speakers that have been through the journey and are willing to share their learnings.” he said. “Many businesses see disruption as a threat and have approached it in a very reactive way – now is the time to take control of disruption and start seeing it as an opportunity.”

Finally we’d like to thank all of the people who made this year’s summit such a success. All our speakers, exhibitors, partners and of course the delegates. A special thank you to Nicole Yershon and the Lab For Hire team who worked with D/SRUPTION in curating the event.

Thank you and see you all next year.

For information and updates on next year’s event, visit Disruption Summit Europe.