Digital Shoreditch ran last week, with every day offering a different theme, excellent speakers, and interesting discussions. I went along to sample the event, snaffle a few sandwiches, and even take a look at some artwork. Collider12's very own Rose Lewis was there, and gave a talk on how startups can raise finance, even in this tricky financial climate. In case you couldn't make it on Thursday, here is her slideshow.
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One of the best things at the event was the 'Wall of Networking'. In the largest room, two corners were dedicated entirely to encouraging collaboration between those looking for work, or offering it. The corners always had people milling around, adding their own note or being open to networking, which created a great atmosphere. In such a digital environment, it was nice to see to handwritten notes, as well as having the chance to meet those behind them.
There was also The Great Digital Exhibition, an interaction art exhibition with pieces by over 20 East London artists. Every piece is centered around interactive technological innovations which create a tantalizing experience for all of your senses. Located in the basement, the exhibition celebrated the old (with 'Digital Archaeology' showcasing very early websites and the technology of the time) to the very new ( with ‘ArRay’, a lumino-kinetic sculpture that uses memory shape smart material – Nitinol – to bring it to life).
The Collider12 team and startups will be out in full force at this year's Digital Shoreditch. This year the week long show is set to be bigger and better then ever before! We'd love to see you there, so make sure you come and say hello.
Wednesday 22nd May, Future Brands Day
Five of the Collider12 startups will be giving a two minute pitch and then taking questions from the audience. The startups are:
Where : Mayor's Parlour, Shoreditch Town Hall - http://www.shoreditchtownhall.org.uk
More info: Check out Lanyrd
Immediately following our session, The Bakery will present a panel of brands and agencies (including Stephen Maher form Maher Bird Associates) on how startups, brands and agencies can work together to get to market quicker.
Thursday 23rd May, Capital and Growth Day
This day is dedicated to discussing how to raise capital, grow your business and earn more profit. You can expect deep insights for real success, told by remarkable entrepreneurs and funders who have been and done it.
Rose Lewis, one of our co-founders, will be speaking at 2pm about fundraising in these interesting times. Rose believes that:
So come and hear Rose share a few useful hints while will improve the chances of your startup raising finance successfully.
Where : Shoreditch Town Hall - http://www.shoreditchtownhall.org.uk
When: From 2pm