Creative Entrepreneur 2016 Programme

Event started at 9.00am in the Egg Reception

  • 8.45am – 9.00am Event registration and networking
  • 9.00am – 9.10am – Event opening address in the Egg reception – then move to Digital Performance lab

#CreativeEnt – DPL (Digital Performance Lab)

Hosts 120 people in this cutting edge theatre featuring one of the largest HD screens in Europe. 

9.15am  – 10.30am: Vikas Shah Keynote
Vikas is an award-winning entrepreneur, strategist and educator who has built businesses in diverse sectors around the world for almost 20 years and shares his entrepreneurial insights. In his illustrious career, he has interviewed many of the world’s most influential thinkers including Sir Richard Branson, Buzz Aldrin, Maya Angelou, Noam Chomsky and more than 12 Nobel Laureates in economics, sciences and peace building.

10.30am – 11.30am: Sporting entrepreneurs – Panel
Prof. Simon Chadwick hosts a panel featuring successful sporting entrepreneurs discussing the issues and challenges they have faced in the world of Sports Business. Featuring, Sally Horrox (Managing Partner, Y Sport), Matt Rogan (Chairman of Two Circles), Richard Ayers (CEO of 7 league), Sally Hancock (Managing Partner, Y Sport).

11.30pm – 12.30pm: Digital Health – Panel
Prof Ben Light hosts a panel of experts on  their views and personal experiences with regards to enabling communities to improve their social, mental and/or physical welfare through new tech and innovation. The session will also ask how their message for social change can be further amplified and where they see the future of community driven projects going. Featuring: Rachael Wallach, founder and director of DisruptDisability, CAST an organisation helping others use technology to deliver their social missions and get early stage ideas to scale, iSAT Health, Smart Device Technology for e-Health research and innovation, Age UK, Identifying elderly persons healthcare needs via a new Age UK app Maxus Global, Global Media Agency leading change for clients through technology and innovation and Alliance Scotland, Supporting local social initiatives, across Scotland, through creativity, collaboration and continuous improvement.

12.30pm – 1.00pm: Lunch

1.00pm – 2.00pm: Thinking in 360º: making mixed reality
Marshmallow Laser Feast (MLF) present some of their incredible video and interactive work.  MLF have a reputation for driving forward award winning, ambitious work in a variety of forms – live events, art installations and digital media. Eleanor Whitley and Robin McNicholas demonstrate a unique vision for the future of mixed reality and creative experiences. 

2.15pm – 3.00pm:  Smart Cities performance
Join speculative architect and Founder of Tomorrows Thoughts Today, Liam Young and an all-seeing smart city operating system as they ride along in a driverless taxi on a storytelling tour through a network of software systems, autonomous infrastructures, ghost architectures, anomalies, glitches and sprites, searching for the wilds beyond the machine.

3.30pm – 5.00pm: Tech Angels – Dragons Den
Web Apps UK are running a competition with the University of Salford to offer cash prizes for the right creative business ideas. You can read more about the competition and enter here. This Dragon’s Den pitch event culminates the competition and for the winners – prize money and potential access to £2,000 per month, premises and business support. 

The Egg Reception, MediaCityUK
The Egg Reception

#CreativeEnt – The Egg

10.30am – 11.30am: Wakelet
Founder Jamil Khalil presents the story to date of the incredible Wakelet platform which he founded and grew into a real UK digital innovation success. Jamil shares his incredible entrepreneurial story  demonstrating some insider info and incredible new features of the curation platform – the Humans have arrived!

11.30am – 12.30pm: Cyber Security
Dr. Ali uncovers 10 tiny management miscommunications in cyber security. Giving great insight for any business person. 

12.30pm – 1.00pm: Lunch

1.00pm – 1.45pm: Data Driven Sport
Matt Rogan will share the journey Two Circles has been on to build an 80-strong international business, focusing not only on the ways in way data and digital is changing the outlook for sport, but also reflecting on some of the opportunities and challenges, ups and downs of leading a disruptive, fast growth start-up business in current times.

2.00 pm – 2.45pm: DispruptDisability
Rachel Wallach, Molly Gavriel & Rosemary Frazer present DisruptDisability. By bringing together designers, engineers, wheelchair users and makers, DisruptDisability are creating the wheels people want to wear by developing a library of open source designs for modular wheelchairs. At CreativeEnt, DisruptDisability invites you to explore how we can enable effective collaboration and maximise the opportunities presented by open source design and digital fabrication so that everyone who needs a wheelchair can access one that meets their individual needs.

2.45pm – 3.30pm: Patient simulation
Neil Withnell, Amanda Miller, Lee Forde, Louise Yuill and Bernard Seddon present Patient simulation which is an experiential learning strategy that enhances learning by replicating an event in a safe and supported environment. The workshop will enable participants to observe and participate in a scenario to experience the benefits of simulation.

3.30pm – 4.30pm: Digital Marketing and VR/AR – Panel
Chair: Dr.Aleksej Heinze (Co-Director Centre for Digital Business) hosts an expert panel discussing VR. AR & digital marketing with a panel of experts including Dom Burch (MD of Why Social and formerly head of Innovation for ASDA),  Sarah Jones, (former TV journalist and from Coventry University), Abdul Alim (Co-Founder of ,  Luciana Carvalho Se (Business Development & Partnerships at Racefully and VR/AR Evangelist Founder of SE3 Solutions).

4.30pm – 5.15pm: What they don’t tell you about entrepreneurship
Multi award winning young entrepreneur, visual artist and speaker, Claud Williams gives us the ‘warts and all’ behind the scenes insights into the ups and downs of creating a company as well as what it takes to make a business a success from his own unique angle. 

Room 3.22 / 3.30 – #CreativeEnt workshops

Room 3.22 – 10.30am – 11.30am: Insights from Social Media
Wasim Ahmed presents a practical workshop on gathering customer insights from social media using Social Network Analysis (SNA) with NodeXL and Twitter. SNA allows you to gain insight from thousands of tweets and messages on a range of topics for marketing research or academic use. NodeXL reports can be used for measuring and monitoring an organisation’s own performance as well as a competitors´ performance. At the highest level, a SNA approach allows social media managers to recognise what their audience looks like.

Room 3.22 – 11.30am – 12.30pm: Digital Startups
Award winning digital entrepreneur Michael Cropper presents the tech startup journey from inception, planning, development and user testing through to launch and scaling. Evaluating the key challenges they have overcome including building including technology, marketing and time management. Wanting to launch or grow your own tech startup? Then this talk is for you.

12.30pm – 1.00pm: Lunch

Room 3.30 – 1.00pm – 2.00pm: Digital careers
Students and Alumni present their stories and plans for their digital careers and digital presences. Come along to meet and support our digital students.

Room 3.30 – 2.00pm – 2.30pm: Formula Salford
Business Director of Formula Salford, Nathan Hall presents the Universities F1 style race team which provides the framework for students to build their skills and business to get involved in one exciting project. This session covers the start up thought process behind Formula Salford in the Engineering world, what the team has achieved in the last 12 months and of course the opportunities for everyone to get involved.

Room 3.30 – 2.30pm – 3.00pm: Code Club & Scratch
North-West Director of Code Club Liz Smart presents an intro to Code Clubs and Scratch including a hands on demo of Scratch in action. 

Room 3.30 – 3.00pm – 4.00pm: Smartphone photography
Local digital artist and winner of the Manchester Arts Prize 2016 Andrew Brooks runs a workshop and how to create beautiful photographs using your smartphone. Great smartphone images can be incredibly useful for personal or business endeavours and Andrew shows us how to get the most of our pocket cameras. You can see some examples of the kind of images here:

Room 3.30 – 4.00pm – 4.15pm: Community Campus Project
Five times World Karate Champion and leading youth activistGeoff Thompson presents the Community Campus project, which is a sport, art, culture and digital engagement of young people and communities. This workshop will discuss both the challenges and opportunities of providing an interactive and physically active healthy lifestyle opportunity for all. 

Room 3.18 – BIG Pitch

Drop in to The BIG Pitch event to see students and graduates pitching for cash funding, in front of a live panel of judges. This is a great opportunity to pick up hints and tips that you can use to improve your own pitching technique. To find out how you can apply for cash funding to help support your idea visit This track will run all day with the following scheduled launch of a new innovation competition:

1.00pm – 2.00pm: 2017 Innovation competition – Featuring successful entrepreneurs, we are launching an exciting, bigger innovation competition, come along to find out more about this.

Egg reception

  • Speed networking sessions (1.00pm – 1.30pm) and (2.45pm – 3.30pm)
  • Popup research hub
  • Salford Formula 1 car exhibit
  • Roving mentors – experienced entrepreneurs will be on hand to give help and advice for the next generation