Welcome to the playbyplay coverage of the WhatNext? Conference 2016
Throughout the conference we’ll capture & collect the moments shared & experienced by the attendees, judges and speakers.
This chronicle will be created and updated in real-time, from the conference at The Comedy Store in Manchester.
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The final keynote speaker is Tom Cheesewright (Founder at Book of the Future)
And the two winners are Usely and Investors Black Box
Judges off to pick the winner of the £500 prize.
Thingie Bank – also allows you to rent out your unused products.
Usely – rent products (drills, go pros, etc) from others
Unique Insights – Helping Uni’s give personalised support for those students who need it most
Investors Black Box – using investor’s historical data to filter our bad investments.
VR education – a virtual look into how working somewhere looks
Our Sound – platform to group choose songs in public spaces
Now onto the finals of the pitching competition.
Judges are : George Bettany (Ignite100), Monique Anderson (AccelerateME by Manchester Entrepreneurs) and Luciana Carvalho Se (Hacker House)
“Iterate to avoid Succaillure” Workshop by George Bettany (Entrepreneur-in-residence at Ignite100)
“Tricks of a Charmopath” Workshop by Lucas Hille
“Get stuck into digital” Workshop by Gori Yahaya (Head of Training and Development at Google UK)
“You don’t need money, you need a better strategy!“
“We’re evolutionary designed to find opportunities.“
Crushing excuses stopping people from launching businesses.
- Not enough time? Everyone gets the same 24 hours in one day.
- Too risky? Success is the ability to handle uncertainty.
- Can fail? Failure is your currency of experiences.
- Not enough money? You need the value to get the money.
“I’ve never seen a business fail on paper.“
“Too many people are finishing universities as Barristers, unable to got jobs as Baristas.“
Next Keynote speaker @WhatNextMCR is Peter Sage (Founder at Millionaire Business School)
Also launching Maserati Masterminds
Exclusive mastermind group of entrepreneurs passionate about inspiring and educating young entrepreneurs to achieve success.
The next Grad Factor will be back in October. More info at http://www.gradfactor.tv/
Speaking now @WhatNextMCR is Keith Mabbutt (Founder at StartUp Factor Group)
- Nuzzel – news/media discovery from folks you follow
- CityMapper – getting around easier
- Google Photos – great photo management
- HotelTonight – last minute hotels
- Slack – team communication
- TunnelBear – very friendly VPN
- Any password manager (Dashlane, etc)
Trend 2: Apps become more like the Web
Not much a trend but more a plead: PLEASE lets care about security.
a few snaps from lunch and networking
Second @WhatNextMCR Keynote speaker is Martin Bryant (Editor-at-Large at The Next Web)
Topic: Tools and Trends for 2016
Now a short break for lunch (nom nom nom ) and a few mins to digest the immense knowledge dump we’ve been granted access to today.
“3 pieces of advice. get a good mentor. never tell anyone everything you know and… and we’re out of time.“
Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Computing, and a whole lot of awesome geekery!
First Keynote speaker @WhatNextMCR is James Akrigg (Head of Technology for Partners at Microsoft)
“FOCUS OR DIE, there is no middle ground.“
Some great snaps from Mihnea Ungureanu
Fourth talk @WhatNextMCR is from River Tamoor Baig and Alejandro Saucedo (Co-founders at Hack Partners)
After Q&A we’ll go for a quick networking (coffee) break now for a few mins.
“You never really know what you’re gonna get from a pitch until you’ve kinda done it“
Third speaker is Fraser Williams (Co-founder and CEO at Repairly.co.uk)
Emma Jones MBE’s 5 steps to starting a business
1. Come up with an idea. Have you spotted a gap in the market? What’s your passion/hobby/skill? Can you do it better?
Today’s second speaker is Emma Jones MBE (Founder at Enterprise Nation)
“Always ask investors for proof of funds before getting into details.“
“From 2017 every product sold in the EU will have to have a unique identifier.“
Louis is sharing his personal journey, with it’s many many many ups and downs.
First speaker of the day is Louis Davis (Founder and CEO at VST Enterprises)
Today’s host is John Warburton (Director at jwcpr)
Awesome stats about today’s attendees.
Opening remarks by Damian Kysely (President at Manchester Entrepreneurs)
And the main stage is now open, as we approach the opening talk.
And the tweets are already kicking in. whatnext16 is the official hashtag.
Just arrived and set up for today’s coverage.
Attendees are starting to arrive and the excitement is building.