WXG is back
for a fifth year.
The original Web Expo Guildford was organised with the mission to build the kind of conference we'd want to attend ourselves, with great speakers, atmosphere and value.
The conference keeps growing and we're delighted to present the fifth WXG, bringing the schedule together into a larger scale one-day event.
Ideas shaping tomorrow.
Are we on the brink of a technical revolution?
What does the future hold? Our speakers discuss their area of digital expertise, as well as where opportunity lies to be truly innovative.
New technologies, products and services are raising fundamental questions over how we live, work and communicate.
Collaborating with industry leaders.
Client Director, Virtual Umbrella
Samantha is Virtual Umbrella's award-winning Client Director. Virtual Umbrella is a marketing and PR specialist working only in the Virtual Reality industry. Samantha is a proactive voice within the VR community and for Women in Tech. She can be found moderating panels on equality in the workplace. In 2016 she won the New Business award at the Southampton Venus Awards & won the nationals. She was also selected as one of the rising stars of 2016 in the BIMA100.
Head of UX/Design, British Gas
Conor is Head of UX & Design at British Gas, the UK's biggest energy supplier serving around 11 million homes in the UK. He has 17+ years experience working in the creative industries and in the past he has worked for agencies & clients including Adobe, Canon, Cisco, DKNY, Engine, Freeview, FullSIX, Mastercard, Ogilvy One dnx, Sainsbury's, Vodafone and Virgin. His passion is User Centered Design and his current favourite quote is "if you don't talk to your users, how do you know how to talk to your users?"
Director of Human Focused Design
Pete Trainor is a digital disruptor, author, accidental polymath, mental health campaigner and founder of NEXUS Design in London. He talks about creative & social technologies & the physiological & psychological effects on their audiences. His recently published book Hippo - The Human Focused Digital Book takes a philosophical look at technology and design and challenges us to look inwardly at the self when designing future experiences. He has a very simple mantra: Don't do things better, do better things.
CEO, The Social Chain
Steven Bartlett is the 24 year old CEO of Social Chain, Europe’s Largest Social Marketing Agency. An award-winning entrepreneur, speaker & investor, Steven leads 75+ strong Social Chain team across global quarters, including Manchester, London, Berlin & New York. An engaging public speaker, Steven has shared his story with sold-out audiences across the UK, including a successful TED talk. Steven uses his story to inspire countless others to believe that no matter their circumstance, they can succeed too.
Founder, The Mix
Tash’s early career was a typical branding agency path, working with Hovis, Bacardi and the 2012 Olympics. Throughout this time, her curious nature meant frustration mounted at the bland world of research and insight. A chance meeting with a researcher offered hope that ‘research’ could be both useful and inspiring. She realised her love of brands was misdirected – her driving passion was in understanding the general public. The Mix produces inspiring research centred on a fascination with human behaviour.
Guy (said Ghee) is an AI grad gone rogue. After a stint at the London Stock Exchange he left for Egypt, founding a start-up in Cairo. He then returned to London and founded creative network Zealous, with the purpose of simplifying sourcing creative talent, no matter the project. Guy was listed as Guardian Creative Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013, has discussed the world-changing potential of creativity at TEDx and in Forbes; won the Tate Digital Art Hackathon and is a proud trustee of Firstsite in Colchester.
Brand Partnerships Director, Blippar
Mikela is a Brand Partnerships Director at Blippar, the leading visual browser and the largest mobile augmented reality and AI platform. Mikela works with retail and cosmetics companies such as P&G and other large FMCG players to produce work that's been covered in Marketing Week, The Retail Times and the Huffington Post. Mikela was the first European Ambassador of @LevoLeague, a platform supporting the careers of Gen-Y women. She also works with "GeekGirlsUK" to inspire more women to join the tech industry.
Head of Internal Product, Monzo
Valerio is Head of Internal Product at Monzo, building a new kind of bank. After working on the license application and building the foundations of the bank, he moved to product to manage the technology that will allow Monzo to be 100x more operationally efficient than high street banks. His previous experience includes a stint as Head of Supply Chain at Pronto, a full-stack food delivery startup, a UK Launcher at Uber and in investment banking at Credit Suisse. He regularly writes for the Huffington Post in Italy and is passionate about using technology to drive social impact.
Group Creative Director, Head
Gion-Men creates innovative brands through creative intelligence, progressive strategy, engaging design, smart environments and top talent. Throughout his career he's prioritised fluency and versatility across creative and strategic disciplines to create holistic product and brand experiences. Gion-Men has led teams across the UK, USA, Germany and Switzerland and worked with world-leading brands, including: ASICS, BBC, BMW, Jaguar – Land Rover, Nike-Bauer and the Sochi Winter Olympics. Gion-Men is now responsible for the quality of product, marketing and communications of the HEAD brand.
You will see all of the speakers with your ticket. We also provide food on arrival, lunch and refreshments throughout the day. There'll be plenty of time to break from the talks and meet other attendees. And don't forget the conference afterparty!