London Business Conference and Exhibition


This free one-day conference, exhibition and evening reception will gather together inspirational speakers and a range of funding organisations who can support you and your business in developing the capacity for growth. Hear from Technology, Design Thinking and Business Modelling experts and find out about funded schemes to help you drive your business forward.

Goldsmiths, University of London, Thursday 13th September 2018
Venue: Professor Stuart Hall Building

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The event will offer a forum to map out the funding opportunities and support available to equip you with the knowledge and tools to ensure consistent growth. You will also have the opportunity to explore ways to develop new products, services and markets.

It is essential in today's climate to drive your business forward with creative thinking, innovative technology, smarter logistics and strategic collaborations. This conference will consider how you can benefit from innovations within emerged and emerging markets, in which the UK is a world leader. Join a range of sector experts and government agencies to gain invaluable insights in an interactive environment.

This is a great opportunity to network with like-minded business thought leaders; a platform for companies to come together and develop meaningful relationships and collaborations. Meet with innovators, entrepreneurs, managing directors and other key business decision-makers to share ideas and exchange practical knowledge. There will be a multi-sector focus covering:

• Building Social Purpose into Your Business
• Digital Health Application Innovation
• Building a Thriving Innovative Culture
• Future Gazing: VR and AI in the Creative Industries
• Empowering Decisions with Big Data and Artificial Intelligence
• Food Technology Futures

Aims and Objectives

• Draw together, meet and hear from key support agencies/organisations with a role of helping businesses in the given sector to develop and grow.
• Provide a platform for these support organisations to present their latest offer to the business community.
• Provide an insight into the latest innovations trends, challenges and opportunities for each area of focus.
• Over the duration of the one-day conference, provide opportunities for businesses to network with each other and the support organisations.

Benefits for businesses

• Explore new thinking, outstanding new tech and innovations across a range of sectors
• Discover the pathway to scaling your business and the support available
• Connect with influential innovators and potential collaborators
• Be inspired by insights from thought leaders from your sector
• Meet key support agencies/organisations with a role of helping them develop and grow your business
• Identify and gain insights into evolving with industry trends, innovations, opportunities and challenges within your sector  
• Hear about staff development initiatives
• Find out about funding and services to support innovation and development

Sponsor Information

This event is funded by the ERDF funded DEK Business Growth Programme. The delivery partners of this initiative are: Lewisham Council, London South Bank and Goldsmiths, University of London.


Booking Information

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Conference Schedule

Conference schedule

Arrival Registration

9.00 - 9.45

Introduction - Prof David Oswell - Pro Warden Research & Enterprise 

9.45 - 10.00

Key note - David Sweeney - Executive Chair

10 - 10.30

Joining sessions

10.30 - 10.40

Session 1

10.40 - 12.10

Food Technology Futures

Building a Thriving Innovative Culture

Lunch Break

12.10 -13.40

Session 2

13.40 - 15.10

Empowering Decisions with Big Data and Artificial Intelligence

Digital Health Application Innovation



Session 3

15.40 - 17.10

Future Gazing: VR and AI in the Creative Industries

Building Social Purpose into Your Business

Evening Reception

17.10 -19.00

Building Social Purpose into Your Business

Synopsis: Customers, investors and other key stakeholders increasingly ask businesses to demonstrate their social purpose. This session moves beyond Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to explore deeper and more sustainable forms of embedding social purpose within your business. Drawing upon Goldsmiths’ unique and unrivalled experience in teaching and researching purpose-driven entrepreneurship, we present four specific aspects. Stakeholder engagement is frequently proposed but too often neglects employees – the forgotten stakeholders – so how best to acknowledge their stake? Your local community is another key stakeholder, frequently forgotten amidst the hype over virtual and platform-based business models. With the Global Goals, Sustainable Development applies equally everywhere so how can we contribute positively to the circular economy? Finally, we explore how best to demonstrate and evaluate social impact.

Digital Health Application Innovation

Synopsis: In the last decade, digital health applications have grown exponentially in both volume and complexity. Applications have spanned all areas of medicine, from using machine learning techniques to understand neural signals from the body to collection and analysis of patient experiences. Technological barriers have been broken and innovations in related fields such as computer engineering and data science provide major new opportunities for implementation in our health systems. Successful implementation of these innovations and the realisation of their full potential will depend critically on our ability to capitalise on the opportunities and meet the challenges of generating appropriate evidence in a timely way.This session aims to (i) Provide an overview of the latest developments in digital health applications, (ii) to provide a forum to discuss the challenges and opportunities for digital health evidence generation (iii) to create opportunity for productive networking and engagement between digital health innovators and academics with an interest in digital health evidence generation.

Future Gazing: VR and AI in the Creative Industries

Synopsis: With the rise of the popular adoption of new immersive, alternative reality experiences - including VR, AR and MR – technological acceleration is ushering in a new hyperreality. These new technologies are changing the way we engage and experience the world around us; from museums and galleries to retail experiences and education. The Creative Industries have an imperative to respond to these new immersive tools and environments and incorporate them into their creative strategies and brand vision.

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning systems are also becoming key players across the Creative Industries with artists, designers, creative technologists and businesses employing AI to both automate creative processes and as a creative tool in its own right. Featuring presentations from leading creative businesses, researchers and technology experts engaged with developing the latest VR and AI experiences, this session aims to open up the debate around how the Creative Industries will be implementing these.

Building a Thriving Innovative Culture

Synopsis: The UK is a leader in the world of design, with numerous international organisations drawing on our design and innovation skills, but does the UK’s own organisations utilise this advantage?  We need to consider how our organisations engage and use design, from our organisational cultures and creative processes to the services we provide, as well as our innovations and exports that we could create. In this session we will be exploring how design is being used in businesses and organisations to transform their cultures. The focus of this is on how to build a better innovation capacity, think in a more creative and critical ways, and also compete internationally in a post-Brexit Britain.

Food Technology Future – Trends, Health, Sustainability

Synopsis: As we learn more in an ever changing world, what we know increases but what we don’t know also increases. Trends and attitudes towards the environment and human health have posed significant opportunities for food businesses and how they produce their products. Meatless burgers, gut health & fermentation, health consciousness and food claims, the rise of vegan food, food delivery apps and advancements in sustainable production systems are a few points that come to mind. With these constantly changing market conditions how does an SME make sense of it all and get in on the action? 

This session aims to outline:

  • The challenges that small businesses face in getting started in the food game,
  • Why is it so important to have R&D in your product?
  • Making claims about your product even when you know it’s true and
  • What (potentially) does the future hold?

Empowering Big Decisions with Big Data and AI

Synopsis: For business organisations, the importance of data has become well known. Time and resources are being poured into storage space and computing power so data can be collected across channels and platforms, but how do you act on that data.  Also the importance of big data does not revolve around how much data a company has but how a company utilises the collected data. Every company uses data in its own way; the more efficiently a company uses its data, the more potential it has to grow. A company can take data from any source and analyse it to find answers which will enable.

During this session we will be looking at a range of benefits delivered by some Big Data tools. They can bring cost advantages to business when large amounts of data are to be stored and these tools also help in identifying more efficient ways of doing business. Businesses can easily identify new sources of data which helps businesses analyzing data immediately and make quick decisions based on the learnings. By knowing the trends of customer needs and satisfaction through analytics you can create products according to the user needs. You can also get a better understanding of current market conditions. For example, by analyzing customers’ purchasing behaviors, a company can find out the products that are sold the most and produce products according to this trend. By this, it can get ahead of its competitors. Big data tools can do sentiment analysis. Therefore, you can get feedback about who is saying what about your company. If you want to monitor and improve the online presence of your business, then, big data tools can help in all this.