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Grant Stott to prove Video didn’t kill the Radio star at Working Digital

Grant Stott is to join the growing list of speakers at this years Working Digital conference in Kilmarnock.

Grant is one of the best recognised voices on Scottish Radio – broadcasting weekdays across Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife on Forth 1 (part of the Bauer Media group). A former policeman, he’s been involved in the media since 1990, presenting a number of well known television shows and becoming a regular on the Scottish panto scene.

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Critical to Grant’s success has been his relationship with the audience, and in recent years, he’s realised the importance of digital in keeping that relationship a valued one. From his daily chat and banter on Twitter, to engaging with fans on Facebook (and let’s not forget his award winning world famous YouTube video), Grant’s use of social media as an extension to his real world antics is inspiring.

Grant will attend day 2 (Wednesday 24th September) of Working Digital, and share his thoughts and experience on the value of digital fun and laughter.

Dave Carroll confirmed as “virtual speaker” for Working Digital in Ayrshire

An award winning singer-songwriter, professional speaker, author, consumer advocate and social media superstar, Dave Carroll is best known for a video on YouTube which has been viewed over 14million times.

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“United Breaks Guitars” has been watched the world over, and depicts Dave’s battle with United Airlines over a Taylor Guitar damaged by the airline baggage handlers. It’s the classic tale of Big Company, Bad Customer Service, and the frustrated consumer having to fight for justice.

Now running Gripevine – an online platform providing a neutral, fair and level playing field where consumers and companies can come together to work out their differences and arrive at successful resolutions to common consumer complaints.

A sought after guest speaker at conferences across the globe, Dave has agreed to provide an exclusive video presentation to be played at Working Digital, where he’ll share his thoughts on the role of Social Media as a Customer Service channel when dealing with an ever increasing “connected customer” base.

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IBM to talk “Social Work” at East Ayrshire’s Working Digital conference

Social media for some companies is about marketing and PR. IBM however defines itself as a ‘Social Business’ – one which embraces the principles of social media, but goes further by bringing the tools and techniques inside the business, aligning goals across the organisation as a whole, and empowering the staff to truly “be social” for everyone’s benefit.

While some companies are still prohibiting their staff from using the likes of Twitter and Facebook, IBM is doing something that many companies wouldn’t dare try: allowing their employees to speak for the company.

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Guillermo Amodeo has worked at IBM for close to 20 years. In that time he’s worked on some of their biggest “social platforms”, helping IBM to make the shift into online support, service and mobile engagement.

Outside IBM, Guillermo regularly lectures to Scottish Universities on topics such as Social, Cloud and Mobile, as well as touring language departments of schools across Scotland to help them pester students about the advantages of learning foreign languages (and coding!). He’s also a member of the Magic Circle.

Guillermo will share his vast experience of working at the technology giant on “day 3” of Working Digital, showing how any business can learn to be more social and digitally savvy to help deliver results.


Kommando’s Mark Evans to provide some welcome disruption at Working Digital!

With a business mind that is left-field, disruptive and invariably ahead of the curve, Mark Evans is an acknowledged challenger of what many accept as “the status quo”.

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In the 1990s Mark established Kommando – one of the UK’s first and most respected guerrilla marketing agencies. Today his creative vision is a proven reality, with disruptive marketing now a force in how brands communicate and engage with people both in the real and digital world.

Mark’s other companies, NomadiX Media and PixAngels, demonstrate an expertise in the research and development of world-first technologies. Their patented innovations include humanised, wearable digital media technologies that deliver highly targeted advertising messages and incorporate facial recognition and data-capture software.
He has also recently developed a unique photo/social marketing technology app that gives instant sharing across online and popular social networks of audience captured, branded photos.

Mark will host a session on ‘Day 1’ of Working Digital – sharing his expertise on all aspects of disruptive marketing to better engage with your audience and achieve business results.


Cyber Security expert to advise at Working Digital Conference in East Ayrshire

Michael Williamson is internationally renowned for his sector leading educational and innovative work on cyber security, social media and all things digital.

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He is heavily involved in advising the intelligence community and beyond and is currently an adviser to a number of UK law enforcement agencies, such as the Home Office, Metropolitan Police, Strathclyde Police and the Scottish Police College. He has also briefed and presented to international organisations such as the USA’s Department of Homeland Security and the FBI.

Having previously delivered a number of keynote speeches at major security conferences in the USA, Canada, Prague, Dubai, Delhi, and Cambridge, Michael is heading to Kilmarnock to present on ‘Day 3’ of Working Digital – where he will go against the grain of other speakers, and warn of some of the dangers that social media and digital ignorance can bring about.


New format for Working Digital

Based on last year’s attendee feedback, we’ve made a few changes to the format of Working Digital this year.

It’s 3 days (approx 3pm to 7pm) at the Park Hotel in Kilmarnock, with each day following a set “3-part” format:

Show me

Hear from our showcase of local businesses, and see how they have embraced digital to their benefit.

Teach me

Learn from our digital experts, as they share their knowledge and insight on emerging digital trends and techniques.

Inspire me

Listen to our Keynote speakers, and take inspiration from their success stories and digital attitudes.

 
 

We’ll be announcing more of our speakers and experts over the next few days, and opening up the booking shortly – so make sure you’re signed up to the mailing list for all the info as it happens


Brian Baglow’s “Gamification” seminar confirmed for Working Digital

A 20 year veteran of the global video games industry, Brian Baglow is an ambassador, advocate, speaker, supporter, lecturer, writer, communicator and expert on the interactive and creative industries.

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The acknowledged world expert on Scotland’s video games sector and interactive industry, Brian advises everyone from the government and public sector to corporates and SMEs on the rapidly evolving interactive market.

In 2004 he created the Scottish Games Network, the official organisation for the video games and interactive sectors in Scotland, is member of the BAFTA In Scotland committee, and is a part-time lecturer on Interactive and Digital Media at Edinburgh Napier University.

Brian will be delivering a seminar on “Gamification” – explaining what it is, and how it can be used to encourage participation, engagement and loyalty within your customer base. Catch him on ‘Day 2′ of Working Digital (24th September),

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Perry Timms at Working Digital on the Future of Work

Known for his energy, passion and insight around the world of people and work, Perry Timms is a Chartered Member of the CIPD; and Visiting Fellow at Sheffield Hallam Business School.

Having held corporate roles as Head of Learning, Talent & OD in public and not-for-profit sectors, Perry has set up his own enterprise – PTHR (People & Transformational HR) delivering Perry’s aim – to change the world of work; one conversation at a time.



Perry is a social HR Practitioner as he tweets, blogs and is active on LinkedIn and was voted 7th in People Management magazine’s Top 20 HR power-tweeters for 2012 and one of top the top 10 HR Bloggers in the 2013 update.

Perry is currently the Advisor to the CIPD on Social Media & Engagement and is a Guide for the CIPD’s “Hackathon” – an online, open-source innovation platform encouraging practitioners to “hack” HR; to create new practices, processes and protocols for HR to influence the world of work in complex, volatile and unpredictable circumstances.

Perry is a regular speaker across the UK and internationally and has featured as a speaker, chair and blogger at the last 5 years’ CIPD Annual and L&D national conferences.

Perry’s values are Respect; Autonomy; Growth, Hope and Happiness. A tenacious reader; an enthused networker and a voracious learner, Perry describes himself as a lifeaholic.

Perry will be delivering an interactive workshop on the role of social media within today’s digitally shaped workplace on ‘Day 2’ of Working Digital (24th September),

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Amber Atherton confirmed as ‘Working Digital’ speaker


Entrepreneur, model, reality TV star and founder of the hugely popular online jewellery boutique www.myflashtrash.com, Amber Atherton is heading to Ayrshire to speak to businesses on the power of digital disruption and the changing nature of marketing in today’s socially fuelled society.

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Named the 5th most powerful person in Vogue’s 2012 Digital Power list, Amber started her first business at the age of 9, and has been involved in a number of diverse start-ups since, including her role as a founding cast member of hit UK reality television programme Made in Chelsea.

Amber’s latest success is the online fashion website My Flash Trash which is now valued at over $5Million and boasts an impressive array of celebrity and high profile customers.

A regular speaker at conferences and schools on enterprise, social branding and marketing, Amber recently presented at the Adobe Summit conference in London, and is just back from speaking to aspiring female tech innovators at the Google Campus.

Amber will be speaking on ‘Day 1’ of Working Digital (23rd September).

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2014 Dates now confirmed

We’re delighted to confirm that the dates for Working Digital are now confirmed.

park-hotelWe’ll be at the Park Hotel and conference centre in Kilmarnock the week of the 22nd September.  Exact format and times will be confirmed in the next few weeks, but make sure you save the dates now!  It’s shaping up to be a fantastic week of amazing speakers!

Make sure you are part of this unique event by joining the mailing list  – we’ll keep you up to date with all our activity, online and off, including our full speaker programme and booking details as we announce them!

If you’d like to discuss sponsorship opportunities, or any other ways you can ge involved, then please email us at workingdigital@nsdesign.net