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Catherine Allen

BAFTA-winning, immersive media specialist


How to build a new product on old systems

Eva Liparova, Product Manager

Duncan Gough, Tech Lead V&A

A case study around the challenges of building What’s On across three existing systems and figuring out how they work together. Framed around five questions that kids like to ask adults, the talk aims to uncover what it means to think as a startup but be required to work with hard-to-shift systems and workflows.


Zak Mensah

Head of Transformation, Bristol Culture, Bristol City Council


Art Fund




It’s OK to fail

Jo Johnson ,Senior Marketing Manager, Digital Communications, London Symphony Orchestra

Here’s a confession for you: I’m making things up as I go along. I don’t know what I’m doing in this job. Over the last decade I’ve been riding the digital wave but I’ve probably spent more time falling off my surfboard and spitting out mouthfuls of water than anything else. I’m always struck by how cool, calm and collected conference presenters are; by how successful their projects seem. I start to feel like I must be the only one who isn’t succeeding.

But everything isn’t perfect, is it. Adapting ourselves and our work to digital has been far from easy and in fact only seems to be getting harder as budgets get tighter and expectations get higher. In this session I’m going to discuss some of the problems we have encountered in trying to bring classical music into the digital age and some of the solutions we’ve tried (and failed!) over the years. I might not have all the answers, but I hope to bring you an important message: it’s OK to fail.


Sarah Ellis

Director of Digital Development, Royal Shakespeare Company


If games are the answer, what is the question?

Rob Cawston, Head of Digital Media at National Museums Scotland

Ben Templeton, independent consultant, facilitator and creative director




Mar Dixon, Digital Maven


Visit the Museum With A Robot

Marleen Hartjes, Special Guests Coordinator, Van Abbemuseum

The Van Abbemuseum is accessible for people who cannot come to the museum due to physical disability. A robot makes it possible for them to experience the museum and the art from their own home. Controlling the robot and guiding it through the museum themselves means they are in control and can chat to the accompanying guide who has detailed information about the artworks and exhibitions.


Wrap Up and Thanks