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TNW x Dept

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25,000 attendees, 12 tracks of inspiration, and a global lineup of speakers including NASA, Reddit, Google, Nike, Sony, Spotify, Burberry, Ford and many more. The Next Web, Europe’s largest tech festival, will be going completely digital for its 15th edition on 1st & 2nd October.

With topics ranging from the future of work to digital transformation, sustainable society to branding in the era of distractions, there will be plenty of tech inspiration as well as a variety of virtual networking opportunities.

Dept Panels & Keynotes

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We’re looking forward to welcoming 25,000 digital explorers to the TNW x Dept stage! Join our host, Max, for an exciting afternoon of keynote speakers and industry panel sessions. Here’s what you have to look forward to:

 

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13:00 – 13:15 CET – 
Opening of the TNW x Dept stage

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Join Dept’s CEO, Dimi Albers, as he introduces an exciting afternoon of panel sessions and keynotes on the TNW x Dept stage. Featuring leaders from healthcare, consumer goods, fashion and manufacturing, Dimi will share why these sectors are at the heart of our collective digital future.

13:15 – 13:45 CET  – Redefining Creativity for the Digital Consumer

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Consumer behaviour evolves every day – decisions are being made faster and expectations are high. So, it’s time for brands to think differently. Jake Welsh will share his expertise on how to advance the customer experience with human-first creativity, crafted by data.

14:15 – 15:00 CET – Accelerating the Future of Fashion

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From sustainability to a new generation of consumers, the world of fashion and retail is changing rapidly. But what’s next? Join Highsnobiety, Insider Trends, GANNI and Dept to explore how digital will shape the future of the industry. 

15:15 – 15:45 CET – Expressing Brand ideas through Motion

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Liza shares how putting motion at the heart of a brand’s DNA can create pioneering identities. She will explore how motion can merge creativity and technology to create brand experiences that touch all the senses of the target audience, resonating on a much deeper level than traditional formats. 

16:00 – 16:45 – Accelerating the Future of Healthcare

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Digital technology is transforming healthcare across the world. How has tackling Covid-19 forced rapid change, and what does the future hold? Join Google, Philips, PathCheck and Dept for a discussion on the digital future of health.

17:00 – 17:45 CET – Accelerating the Future of Consumer Goods

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Join Dept’s Melissa Hermitt in conversation with Bugaboo and SteelSeries as they discuss the digital future of the consumer goods industry and how brands can tackle the customer experience imperative.

18:00 – 18:45 CET – Accelerating the Future of Manufacturing

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The challenges of 2020 have disrupted manufacturers across the globe. How can the industry survive and thrive in this new digital reality? Join Dept, Hilti, Wienerberger UK and Electrocomponents as we discuss the digital future of manufacturing.

13:30 – 19:00 CET – Dept Playground

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If you fancy a break away from the main stage, head over to the Dept Playground! Kick back, relax and enjoy the Dept vibe with fortune telling, magic, cocktail lessons and epic tunes from DJ Louis.