• Global Innovation Forum

    01–02November2017, London UK


Break the Rules

01-02 November 2017, London UK

The forum will bring together innovators, entrepreneurs and inventors to discuss the latest trends in innovation, design, creativity, R&D and new product development. You can expect a tremendous agenda, experienced speakers, key messages, global players and intense networking.


Latest innovation trends discussed. Best practices, methods and concepts of successful innovation policies.

Panel Debates

Panelists interactively sharing examples while engaging the whole audience into an open discussion.


Useful knowledge generated through a number of interactive and hands-on activities in a relaxed and playful atmosphere.


An exhibition hub, where you can touch and experience fresh new products and breakthrough technologies.

Teenage Innovators

TeenTech's teams of teenage UK students and how they look at problems to find a better way of doing things.

Start-up Stage

Hear some of UK's most promising early-stage entrepreneurs. Ask, discuss and vote for your favourite.

Confirmed Speakers

A mixture of well-established large corporations and fast-growing trendsetters

2017 Schedule

Field Trip

Meantime Brewing Company

Continental Breakfast

Opening by Chairperson

Tom Ellis Brand Genetics

Behaviour eats process for breakfast Keynote

Kirk Vallis Creative Expert / Google's Behavioural Development

Incorporating circular design thinking into the 4th industrial revolution. Leading disruption in the ‘right’ direction

Laura Coppen H&M

How is the football sector matching up to the challenge of Digital Disruption?

Matt Boffey e3

Roundtable discussion

Coffee Break + Demolab

Building a brand in China; one Cup, one Neighborhood at a Time

John Boline Starbucks

Bringing LEGO Life to life – the trials and tribulations of developing a social network for kids

Rob Lowe Lego

Start-up stage

Gary Stewart Wayra
Program Start-ups

Lunch + Demolab

Aha! Screws tighten clockwise

Maneesh Nerurkar Merck CH

What it's like to design scalable solutions for billions of people around the globe

Francesco Fogu Facebook

From Concept to Market with Crowdfunding

Joel Hughes Indiegogo
James Griffith MOUS

Coffee Break + Demolab

Firechat: Self Belief - The Vision How to Be a Success on Your Own Terms

Jamal Edwards SB.TV YouTube channel

Innovation By Design

Dan Makoski Walmart

Transformation through Transportation Keynote

TJ Ronacher Hyperloop One

Closing by Chairperson

Tom Ellis Brand Genetics

Drinks Reception + HappyDown Tasting

Continental Breakfast

Morning Yoga Session

Rakhee Vithlani Yoga & Mindfulness Instructor

Opening by Chairperson

Tom Ellis Brand Genetics

The 3F's of Innovation & Creativity : Why becoming a surfer is key to building success

JC Oliver Unlockd/former Microsoft

Bringing University Innovation Centers to Life Keynote

Jodi Goldstein Harvard University

The cold, dark, wet evening epiphany!

Ben Strutt Cambridge Design Partnership

Roundtable discussion

Coffee Break + Demolab

How to become a rock-star Intrapreneur

Gil Horsky Mondelez

How to disrupt an industry – From a manufacturer to a digital logistics provider

Lueder Sachse Daimler

Tomorrow's innovators

Maggie Philbin Teentech (facilitator)
Teenage UK students

Lunch + Demolab

Panel Debate: Innovation trends & future challenges

Merle Hall Kinneir Dufort (facilitator)
Nico Weckerle Deutsche Telekom
Julie Yufe AB Inbev
Kristen Bennie Royal Bank of Scotland
Sally Loughlin GlaxoSmithKline

Innovation Revolution: Thinking Inside the Box

Mark Randall Adobe

Alexa Everywhere

Max Amordeluso Amazon

Closing by Chairperson

Tom Ellis Brand Genetics


  • Your Inner Creative Superhero Workshop

    Sura Al-Naimi
    Walt Disney

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    Identify your natural strenghts, weaknesses and learn to leverage talent for creative good

  • Design Thinking Mindset Workshop

    Holly O'Driscoll
    Procter & Gamble

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    Bring Design Thinking Mindset to life post-session and apply to your everyday work

  • Everyone Can Draw

    Chris Shipton
    Graphic Recorder & Facilitator

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    Basic techniques, sketch noting skills and exercises for the brains and drawing hands

  • Field Trip

    Meantime Brewing Company

    See how the magic works and get under the skin of an award-winning craft brewery. Enjoy a tutored tasting followed by a comprehensive private tour. Be ready for a proper brewing know-how, good laugh and lots of fun.

    Lawrence Trading Estate, Blackwall Lane, London SE10 0AR



A dedicated exhibition space to showcase fresh new products and breakthrough technologies

  • Technology Will
    Save Us

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    Educational, fun and innovative kids STEM toys to build, code & invent with at home

  • BuffaloGrid

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    Providing mobile power and internet service to off-grid communities using solar energy

  • Pavegen

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    Generates electricity from footsteps and captures data within urban environment

  • Emotion Robotics

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    Pepper and Nao robots by SoftBank, the leading edge technology for social robotics

  • HappyDown

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    A disruptive start-up, which recently launched UK’s 1st crafted sparkling cocktails in a can


  • Start-up

    Gary Stewart
    Wayra UK

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    Hear about Telefónica´s corporate accelerator and learn from its most promising start-ups

  • Tomorrow's

    Maggie Philbin

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    Teams of teenage UK students look at problems to find a better way of doing things

  • Morning Yoga

    Rakhee Vithlani
    Yoga Instructor

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    Start the day with an active yoga and mindfulness session to elevate your thinking

  • No Suits

    is invited

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    Let's enjoy the second day of the event with an informal and comfort dress code


  • Standard 2000€

    Full Event Access

    *Subject to Availability

  • Full 2750€ 2900€

    Full Event Access
    2 hotel nights & airport transfer
    *Subject to Availability

  • Vendor 2300€

    Full Event Access
    (agencies & solution providers)
    *Subject to Availability



etc. venues Fenchurch Station

8 Fenchurch Place, London EC3M 4PB, UK

Stunning contemporary venue right next door to Fenchurch Street Station, in the heart of the financial, banking and insurance district and just a short walk from Tower Hill, Bank, Monument and Aldgate stations, as well as Tower Gateway for the DLR.


Public Transport

Right next to Fenchurch Street Station. Tower Hill tube station & DLR Tower Gateway Station in close proximity. Many bus routes, including the 35, 47, 48 and 149

Air Travel

Closest airport is London City Airport. Heathrow Airport is the main airport in London. Further travel information: Heathrow, Gatwick, City, Stansted, Luton

Travel Notes

Situated a short walk from Tower Hill tube station and Tower Gateway rail station

Hotels Nearby

citizenM Tower of London

40 Trinity Square, London EC 3N 4DJ
Phone: +44 20 3519 4830

Novotel Tower Bridge

10 Pepys St, London EC3N 2NR
Phone: +44 20 7265 6000

DoubleTree Tower of London

7 Pepys Street, London EC3N 4AF
Phone: +44 20 7709 1000


Sponsorship plays a major role in the success of our event

Participating in the Global Innovation Forum as a sponsor is a great opportunity to introduce and increase awareness of your latest products and services to an audience of dedicated and enthusiastic innovation experts. Please send us a message below if interested to get involved.


Media Partners

  • Global Innovation Forum Asia Edition

    07 March 2018, Singapore

    Our Asia edition takes place in Singapore to gather the movers and shakers in the region. Based on the success and tradition of our main forum in London, the event will feature distinctive elements like a Google workshop, Start-up stage, Graphic facilitation, Mindfulness session and field trips to some of Singapore's most important innovation hubs.


Previous Editions


  • "This is the best innovation event of its kind - the quality of speakers, debate & delegates are the reason it's always sold out 6 months in advance. Book early if you want to get a place!"
    Director - Brand Genetics

  • "There are few conferences that attract such diverse speakers, and so many insights into the breadth of innovation practice today."
    Global Industry Expert - IBM

  • "A great opportunity to network and get insights into best practices of other companies to succeed in the area of innovation."
    IT Business Innovations - Audi

  • "Great insights into a variety of industries innovation approach's processes."
    Business Development - Under Armour

  • "I met so many fellow disrupters. I look forward to what we disrupt together in the future!"
    Open Innovation Program Manager - NASA

  • "It was the best innovation conference I ever attended, so well done!"
    Innovator - Mondelēz International

  • "An inspiring and informative event, that drew together a wide range of innovators to share innovation challenges, best practice, and war stories."
    Director - Brand Genetics

  • "A well-thought conference fostering valuable connections."
    Senior Manager Strategic Planning - Dassault Systemes

  • "Brilliantly organized and wonderful speakers. Would love to attend future events."
    TPDCG Manager - Total

  • "GIF made me feel part of a community where my challenges were shared by others and that the solutions were possible, just not yet within my reach."
    Group Shared Services Strategy @ Standard Bank

  • "Great organization, speakers, venue, additional media, etc. It really fosters creativity of individuals and brings best practices from best companies."
    R&D Senior Manager - LG

  • "Refreshing event, shaking the boundaries of multinational, inviting us to question ourselves what do we want to do tomorrow while opening frontiers to entrepreneurship."
    Manager - Philip Morris International

  • "Very good networking opportunity with amazing people."
    Head Confectioner - Nestle

  • "All the big future innovation issues will be discussed at GIF. It will set you up for the year to come!"
    Director - Brand Genetics

  • "A must in any innovator's calendar."

  • "A great conference. I thought the speakers were fantastic and the organization/set up were impressive."
    Marketing Manager - Pernod Ricard

  • "Me and my colleague found it to be an inspiring and thought provoking couple of days."
    Head of Technical Packaging - Marks & Spencer

  • "I found the conference thoroughly enjoyable, inspiring and very much food for thought!"
    Head of Packaging Development - Lucozade Ribena Suntory

  • "Very good organization, very good presentations and speakers, diversity of attendees and industries represented."
    Innovation Manager - BNP Paribas

  • "Thank you for these two days that were perfect: speakers, place, organization, the cartoonist, support team etc."
    Innovation Senior Manager - Suez Environnement

  • "The forum was a great opportunity to share a large innovation experience and meet very interesting people."
    Product Development Analyst - Amadeus

  • "I enjoyed the event a lot, met many great people and found the presentations interesting and useful."
    Senior Director Community Development - Lego

  • "I was very happy with the conference. It felt like I met the colleagues I didn’t know I had!"
    UX Director - eBay

  • "The event was very well conducted with great speakers/workshops and audience participation. I enjoyed it."
    Senior Director Business Development & Partnerships - Adidas

Mobile App

Social Tool

The timeline is the pulse of everything happening at the event, bringing together tweets, photos, messages, session alerts and much more.


Everyone attending can create a profile to break the ice and connect with others. Attendees can fill a personal objective to maximize effectiveness.


Attendees can write messages and post directly to the timeline. They can also send private messages to setup meetings and connect one-on-one.

Get in touch

Whether it is a comment, suggestion or question just drop us a message and we will come back to you.

Global Innovation Forum is organized, administered and delivered by Selectiva International Ltd.

Telephone: +359 32 660 548