Innovation at the DIS: engage with Stanford, Oxford and other top minds

The Digital Innovators’ Summit takes place from 23-24 March in Berlin Germany – you can register for it here. 

Innovation-specific sessions:

On Day one, innovation practitioners Juan Senor and John Wilpers will launch FIPP’s annual Innovation in Magazine Media World Report, which they edit. Juan and John will show delegates the best magazine media innovations from around the world in the past year.

On Day two, Justin Ferrell will talk about some of the key elements that can help media organisations innovate, such as applying design thinking, the idea of creative confidence, and fostering a creative culture. Ferrell is Fellowship Director and teaches at the renowned Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford, also known as the 

And there will of course be many, many more case studies presented by top speakers of how innovation helps their companies and brands transform their futures. See the full programme here.

Celebrating creativity

Every year the Cannes Lions celebrate cutting edge creativity in advertising. Cannes Lions CEO Phil Thomas will be at the DIS to showcase some the most innovative, creative work in advertising today.

Innovation deep dives

In the afternoon of Day two (24 March), the DIS will offer two intimate, back-to-back innovation deep-dive sessions for delegates to attend.

First, Alan South will lead a deep-dive session that explores when to use what methods for innovation, and how to communicate this internally, for the best possible support and outcome. Alan is an innovation practitioner and leads classes on innovation and change for executives at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School and for FIPP. His background includes leading premier innovation shop IDEO Europe and successfully managing an innovative start up.

There is a Q&A with South here

Following that, Justin Ferrell will be back to host a highly intimate and interactive fireside chat, Justin will go deeper into the concepts that the audience wants to understand more about.

There is a Q&A with Ferrell here.

Entrepreneurs showing the way

Hackathons and startups are associated with innovation. We will bring both to the DIS, presenting the winning ideas from the Media Hackday @ DIS (taking place on 21 and 22 March) as well as the DIS Startup eXchange, showcasing some of Berlin’s hottest startups on stage.

Experience innovation

Besides sessions, delegates will have the opportunity to meet innovative companies in the expo, try out wearables as well as walk through Google House.

And last but not least, there are two Meet the Founder startup tours (booked separately from the Summit) this year. With Berlin considered one of the leading startup hubs in the world, this is where participants will get to engage and experience top startups in their own environments.

To find out more about this year’s DIS, the hackathon and meet the founder tours, or to book:

DIS home page


Speakers (so far confirmed)


Meet The Founder tours


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