Zealous X Creative Industry Talks - “Learn”

Jan 15 2016 10:30 - 17:00

Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, E1 6LA London


Skills are the cornerstone to our creative progress. Discuss the challenges education faces, alternative ways of learning and how to bring creativity back into our lives.

By purchasing a ticket, you are directly supporting creators. 51% of the price of your ticket goes directly to the 100+ creatives showcased during the festival.

Speakers are being confirmed as you read, check http://x.zealous.co/speakers for breaking news on those sharing their insights at Zealous X.


Day Schedule

10:55 - Mind the Skills Gap - Panel

With shifting needs in the work place, a new creative workforce is needed; multi-skilled, business aware and technologically able to meet today's demands. Hear the industry speak up about their needs and views of the future of the UK job market.

Host: Neha Lakhanpaul (Contributor, Arts Award Voice) Panellists: Richard Dennys (Programme Director, Digital Business Academy at TechCity), Paul Drake (Foundation Director, D&AD), Amy Smith (Global Head of Recruitment, Framestore)

12:10 - Alternative Learning - Panel

Never has there been so much opportunity to create. Education has migrated online, into maker workshops, hackathons and apps. Explore the latest trends and alternative methods to boost creativity in your companies, classrooms and lives.

Host: Akua-Obeng Frimpong (
Head of Business Development, Zealous). Panellists: Oliver Morris (Director of Education & Skills, UK Music), Sarah Mcloughlin (Learning Dev & Strategy Manager, Makerversity), Zoheb Iqbal (Co-Founder, Startup Weekend)

14:00 - Beyond Industry Borders - Keynote

Your skills as creatives live beyond the borders of our own industry. Find out how the unexpected can help unlock opportunity and enrich your career.

Speaker: Greg B Davies (Head of Behavioural-Quant Finance, Barclays)

14:35 - The Power of Collaboration - Panel

Collaboration expands ideas, maximises resources and gives access to a wider audience. Three companies share their unique projects, what they've learned about collaborating with others, and their future plans.

Host: Valentina Fois (Marketing Director, Zealous) with Greg B Davies (Head of Behavioural-Quant Finance, Barclays), Vanessa Lee Butz (Managing Director, Interchange), Donna Walker (Creative Director, Traces)

15:40 - Just Create - Fireside Chat

A candid conversation with celebrity stylist and creative director of Notion Magazine, taking us through her amazing career. Not to miss!
Host: Guy Armitage (CEO, Zealous) with Alexis Knox (Stylist, Creative Director, Notion Magazine).


For more inspiring talks part of our 10 days programme:

Grow (11th of January)
Join industry leaders in discussing the creative economy, empowerment for arts, funding and making space for creating in our cities. More info

Evolve (12th of January)
Discover what future technologies can do to access new audiences in completely novel ways and challenge the creativity of tomorrow. More info

Engage (13th of January)
Explore novel ways of story telling, be inspired by projects that challenge current narratives and push the boundaries of your relationship with your audience. More info

Challenge (14th of January)
Discuss how creativity challenges the norm, tells richer stories, unlocks our cities and allows for alternative ways of making money. More info

Learn (15th of January)
Empower yourself to learn through alternative methods, create opportunity through collaboration and unlock creative opportunities across industries. More info


“Learn” is part of the Zealous X festival; unleashing creativity over 10 days at Rich Mix. Come and experience creativity like never before, discuss the industry alongside leaders, learn new skills, listen to great music, discover inspiring performances, all that's now missing is you.

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