WXG — A Conference for Product Owners, Agencies and Tech Lovers

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The Electric Theatre

Onslow Street

Guildford

GU1 4SZ

United Kingdom

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WXG is an all-day tech conference exploring what we can achieve when we work together.

We're proud to bring together some influential voices from the tech community – all sharing a common goal: collaboration and teamwork.

After the popularity of last year’s WXG, we will return to Guildford’s historic and iconic Electric Theatre for its community-centred vibes, riverside views and universal accessibility.

Now in its eighth year, WXG welcomes everyone; fellow agencies, fresh new startups, bold freelancers, big biz, charities and many more.


Speakers

Badass speakers is what we do best, and this year is no exception. For 2020, we welcome a selection of truly inspiring names from some of the world’s best-known brands. Get to know them below, and be sure to check back for further announcements.

Filipe Macedo
Founder & Creator, Agency Safari

Taking a break from his busy life as an engineer, DJ and CMO at a Portuguese marketing agency, Filipe embarked on a bold and brave mission: to travel the globe and visit 50 of the world’s most innovative ad firms.

His creation, Agency Safari, aims to shed some light on the future of ad agencies, documenting the habits of our planet’s wildest creatives. Most agencies are a bit like caged animals, limited by traditional corporate structures and the pressure to maximise shareholder wealth. But others still run free, on the outskirts of the industry. Filipe calls them 'wild agencies'. Join him as he shares the findings of his expedition. Prior to his current roles, Filipe worked at KPMG as a consultant, was featured in Nike’s 2010 ‘Bleed Your Colors’ campaign and won the Young Lions Competition, where creative stars go head-to-head.

Mario Fernandez
UX Designer, HSBC

A positive, energetic and curious UX specialist, Mario is passionate about design and technology. He works at HSBC, one of the world’s largest banks. Prior to this, he was a UI Designer for Barclays.

As a designer ‘for the people’, Mario’s ethos is to put the user at the heart of every design decision and solution. His talk will look at consumer design and why it’s vitally important to consider our individual attitudes, behaviours and nuances when building products so integral to our day-to-day lives. Mario studied at London’s University of the Arts, and has enjoyed a colourful design career since. He has a passion for food, travelling, art and cycling.

Cassandra Lewis
Global Technical Product Lead, Prime Video, Amazon

As a product leader, Cassandra helps Amazon achieve transformative success. She leads engineering and design for third-party living room experiences on Prime Video, reaching millions of users on 100+ different kinds of device.

Cassandra has a strong track record in directing vision, development, and strategic initiatives. Prior to Amazon, she worked at Yahoo, coordinating a staggering 27 teams for the launch of the Yahoo Gemini Mobile and Native Ad Marketplace. Cassandra later worked at Microsoft, where she managed the delivery of key product features for the Office suite and for Xbox One. Her talk will explore creative approaches to unblocking decisions and how to find resolutions to tough product problems.

Marc Abraham
Product Ownership Practice Lead, ASOS

An experienced product management practitioner working at ASOS, the online fashion retailer, Marc will be talking to us about developing product cross-functionality.

Marc has written about his learnings in the book ‘My Product Management Toolkit’, which came out last year and has already achieved a consistent five-star rating on Amazon. Marc’s previously spoken at Shift Developer Conference, ProductTank Amsterdam, Pivotal Labs Tech Talk, Digitale Leute Cologne and UX Istanbul. He also runs @hiphoplistings, a Twitter account updating followers on hiphop shows and releases in the UK.

Ella Fitzsimmons
Head of Narrative Strategy, IF

Working at IF, a London-based technology studio specialising in ethical and practical uses of data and AI, Ella is Head of Narrative Strategy. She works with teams to create and execute compelling product stories.

Partnering with the likes of Google, GDS and Co-op Digital, she's been described as the 'voice of the internet', and works on marketing, microcopy and everything in between. In her talk, Ella will be talking about why tech needs word people just as much as they do designers and developers. She’ll share her views on how storytelling sits in the space between product and marketing, and how it can be applied universally.

Rebecca Kemp
Director of Customer Journey, Citizens Advice

Rebecca leads a brilliant digital and design team to provide advice to 25m+ users and advisors a year. She's also anon-executive director of Democracy Club, a trustee of National Ugly Mugs and a certified Scrum Product Owner.

Alongside this, Rebecca occasionally provides training and mentoring on service transformation and leadership, for clients like Doteveryone and the Government Digital Service. In her talk, Rebecca will address feminism at work. She will explore intersectional feminism, a qualitative and analytic framework that acknowledges the fact that women have different experiences and identities, and how we can put it into practice everyday.

Aly Blenkin
Associate Director Pivotal Act, Pivotal

Aly is dedicated to building technology that addresses social, humanitarian and environmental issues. Her talk highlights the unintended consequences of our design choices and methods to address them.

Prior to Pivotal, Aly was a Design Consultant at ThoughtWorks, working across private and social impact sectors with the likes of HSBC and Volkswagen, and with humanitarian organisations like Red Cross and Save the Children. Aly holds a masters in Transdisciplinary Design and a bachelor's degree in Industrial Design. In 2013 she won a Rockefeller Grant, and was a finalist for the Fast Company Innovation awards in the same year.

Venue

The Electric Theatre is located in the middle of the town centre one way system, in between the Friary Shopping Centre and the River Wey, and next to The Rodboro Buildings which house Wetherspoon Free House and the Academy of Contemporary Music.

Driving to Guildford
The A3 provides the main route into Guildford (junction 10 of the M25). To get to the Theatre, follow signs for Guildford Town Centre from the A3, A25, A281, A322, A323, A31 or A3100. You’ve then got lots of parking and RingGo options.

Or a five minute walk
From town centre, there is an underpass next to TK Maxx on Friary Street which gets your there. Alternatively, if you are coming from the Friary Shopping Centre, Bus Station or Train Station, there are pedestrian crossings.

Agenda

09:00 – Registration & Refreshments

09:30 – Conference Begins

11:10 – Break

11:30 – Second Session

12:50 – Lunch

14:00 – Third Session

15:30 – Break

16:00 – Final Session

17:30 – After Party

Questions

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
We'll be operating a guest list on the day so no need to bring a printed copy of the ticket with you. If someone is attending in your place please let us know so we can update the list.

My plans have changed and I can no longer attend. Can I get a refund?
Tickets are refundable 30 days before the event starts.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
You can contact us at info@wxg.co.uk with any questions about the conference.

For venue accessibility information, please refer to the Electric Theatre's accessibility policy.

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Onslow Street

Guildford

GU1 4SZ

United Kingdom

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