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Dept

Festival 2019

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SEP. 6TH
10.00 - 22.00
THUISHAVEN
AMSTERDAM

Digital excites you every day, just as it excites us. No matter whether you’re a tech-head, data pro, or creative mastermind: you believe that pushing digital boundaries can reshape our lives for good, for the better. That’s why you’re one of us.

And that’s why you need to be there when Dept Festival returns to Thuishaven Amsterdam for the fourth time. We’ll help you immerse yourself in an energetic and inspiring variety of digital experiences. Featuring hands-on practices, on-the-spot creativity, and – of course – mind-blowing talks. Beyond that, be prepared for the double D: Drinks and Dancing… Yes, mark September 6, 2019, with bright Post-its and lots of exclamation marks.

We’ll see you there!

Line up 2019
Photo credits: Professor Dava Newman, MIT: Inventor, Science and Engineering. Guillermo Trotti, A.I.A., Trotti and Associates, Inc. (Cambridge, MA): Design. Dainese (Vincenca, Italy): Fabrication. Douglas Sonders: Photography

Dava Newman

Apollo Professor of Astronautics at MIT

Dr. Dava Newman was the first female engineer to serve as NASA’s deputy administrator nominated by President Obama. Currently she’s Apollo Professor of Astronautics at MIT. She is perhaps best known, however, for developing a next-generation spacesuit called the BioSuit. With her body stationed on modern-day planet Earth, this self-described “nerdy kid’ mind hovers around Mars in the 2030s, when she expects to see humanity within the orbit of the red planet. During Dept Festival, she’ll reveal what it will take to put humans on Mars.

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Joshua Davis

New York based Joshua Davis is a virtual artist – the mouse is his brush and pixels are his paint. Davis was named one of the Ten Most Creative People by the IPPA, and was the winner of the 2001 Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica, the highest honour in international digital art and design. He exhibited his interactive works at the Tate Modern, le Centre Pompidou, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, PS.1 Moma, and more. Joshua will elucidate us on his projects that - by his own admission, are not always useful - but perpetually bold, inspiring, and a unique combination of creativity and tech.

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Muhammed Idris

TED Resident Muhammed Y. Idris, Ph.D. is leading a team of technologists, researchers, and refugees to develop Atar, the first-ever AI-powered virtual advocate that guides refugees through resettlement by helping restore their rights and dignity. Dr. Idris has held teaching and research positions at the University of Washington, The Pennsylvania State University, Concordia University as well as Harvard University. The mission of this self-taught programmer is to help improve social services delivery for all, through collective and artificial intelligence as an entrepreneur and investor.

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Finn Lützow-Holm Myrstad

Have you ever read the terms & conditions for the apps you use? Finn Lützow-Holm Myrstad and his team at the Norwegian Consumer Council have. Speaking to audiences such as the G20, European Parliament, SXSW, Princeton University and TED Myrstad shapes opinion on privacy and security. In a talk about the alarming ways tech companies deceive their users, he will share insights on how they use your data at a scale you could never imagine.

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Chagall

You could call her a modern day digi-magician, because what Chagall does is pretty mystical. The electronic music producer, singer and performer puts on an innovative show full of digital elements. With the aid of body sensors and motion-tracking gloves she controls the instruments, visual and music effects, and even her voice with her movements. She’s currently touring the UK and Europe, and will soon mesmerize us all!

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Giulio Soro

Head of Technology at Alexa Skills

Giulio Soro knows what the voice assistant future holds. As Head of Technology Alexa Skills, he will tell us all about the process of designing and developing the next generation of user experience with Alexa. Furthermore, he’ll provide us with the answer to the question: Will we be learning to talk again in a voice-first world?

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Blake Cahill

Senior VP and global head of digital marketing & media at Philips

No doubt that when we say ‘an organisation that tackles innovation to make life better’, you’ll think of Philips. Blake Cahill is senior vice-president and global head of digital marketing and media at Philips and oversees both its B2B and B2C marketing across 10 business groups. During the Dept Festival, he’ll share his ideas on the future of healthcare,what it takes for brands to survive and the current challenges of brand marketers in this ever-changing world.

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Paul Kemp - Robertson

Co-founder Contagious

How do you make a great story spread? Kemp-Robertson has been exploring this question since 2004, when he co-founded Contagious Communications. The goal is to help brands understand and adapt to shifts in marketing, consumer culture and technology. Taking inspiration from disruptive campaigns from the likes of Patagonia, Nike, LEGO, and dozens more, he explores how companies fuse creativity, technology and behavioural psychology to achieve truly original marketing ideas - and how your brand can do the same.

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Showhawk Duo

Think acoustic and electric guitar music shouldn’t be mixed? The ShowHawk Duo is ready to prove you wrong. Be prepared for the most unexpected acoustic guitar performance from two British lads (Mikhail Asanovic and Jake Wright) known for their performances at TEDx, Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Wilderness, F1 Grand Prix in Singapore and a 20 - date residency at Pacha in Ibiza.

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Ynzo van Zanten

Chief Evangelist at Tony Chocolonely

As Chief Evangelist, Ynzo’s mission is to spread Tony’s Chocolonely mission and message across the galaxy. Listen in as he shares his views on modern day slavery and the cacao industry, and discover the roadmap towards 100% slave-free chocolate. Ynzo will also describe how technology has aided the company in this journey. Will he be able to increase our faith in chocolate?

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Tesla

What do Carpool Karaoke and a ride to the festival terrain have in common? They both happen in a Tesla! Exclusively for Dept Festival, Tesla will provide their electric cars to not only bring you to the festival but also entertain you on the way. More details on how to win these free rides will follow soon, so stay tuned!

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The Flexican

Thomas Goethals a.k.a. The Flexican is a Dutch producer and DJ that has figuratively and literally pushed (international) boundaries. His summers and winters are filled with festivals and club visits, where he provides the audience with catchy hip-hop, house and techno beats. Watch Out For This because you’ll want to keep dancing throughout his full performance.

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Lex Empress

Using musical and lyrical improvisation to solve business problems is probably not one of the options you would have thought of to manage your meeting discussions. Innovative business coach and transformational speaker Lex Empress established a concept called “The Song”. The goal is to help small teams, as well as crowds of thousands, start a conversation and create change in the business world through her passion for music. Expect to put the words in her mouth by creating on-the-spot lyrics to her performance.

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John Lin

Business Developer at bol.com

You’ve probably heard of WeChat and Alibaba. But are you aware of how these platforms are reinventing the future of retail? One thing is certain: the unimaginable way China is innovating the retail sector will make you question the Western slower-paced developments. John Lin is Business Developer at Bol.com and will blow our minds with incredibly innovative facts and figures on the Chinese omnichannel approach to retail.

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Ron Simpson

Founder of The Avocado Show

As creative serial entrepreneur and founder of The Avocado Show: everything Ron Simpson touches, seems to turn into gold. After years of marketing some of the world’s biggest brands, it was time to start one of his own. What started out as a simple and fun restaurant concept, rapidly grew to a fully funded global brand in less than a year. Ron will share all his secrets about entrepreneurship, going viral and how to sell a concept through social media.

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Thomas Karakeko

Street photography is a touching art, and Thomas Kakareko has perfectly managed to make it his own. He blesses the timeline of 700,000 (and counting!) followers on Instagram and inspires them through his pictures. Thomas will share his story and uncovers how he uses his passion in his professional life. He will highlight on the lessons learned while working together with big brands like Samsung and how marketers can get the most out of this new world of impactful ambassadors.

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Anna T Iron

Always wanted to see how graffiti art is created? We got you covered. Anna T Iron, a famous graffiti artist from Germany, will show us how it’s done. At the festival, she’ll be busy impressing us with spraypainting state-of-the-art works. The Hamburg-based craftswoman stands out the crowd through her use of colors, tropical plants and retrofuturistic vibes. You’ll recognize her pieces soon enough.

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Morrison Schiffmacher

As the daughter of one of Holland’s greatest tattoo artists Henk Schiffmacher, Morrison has got the art of tattooing running through her veins as she was brought up with it. She made her own name in the tattoo world with her iconical pin up style and great free hand skills. She starred as a jury in the TV programme ‘Ink Masters’, and we’ll be asking her all about her view on design,creativity, and the art of tattooing.

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Mysterious Depster

What would happen if you let a blatantly honest Depster take over the Dept Twitter account? Well, you will find out this year at the Dept Festival. This mysterious, creative Depster will comment on everything that happens during the day: presentations, (well-known) colleagues, clients, and the festival in general. Watch how things play out on the big screens at the festival or by following @DeptAgency.

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Aszyk Music

They make things bold. They make things beautiful. Studio Aszyk creates the most impressive work in areas from design to music and live audio-visual artworks. No challenge is too big for these work-hard play-hard artists. You’ll see them doing their thing live in action - be prepared to be amazed.

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WimLex podcast

The famous WimLex Show provides you with a deep dive into top-notch business practice, the best from e-commerce, and most inspiring entrepreneurs like Picnic’s Michiel Muller and Yu Wang, founder of Chinese dating-app 'TanTan’. The two hosts Alexander Graf and Willem Blom, will get together in the Podcast Bus to interview inspiring, insightful people, live at the festival grounds. Make sure you tune in while you’re there!

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Anne van de Wijdeven

Nuclear waste may take 24,000 years to become half as deadly as it is now. So 24,000 years from now, it still has to be stored safe, and we still have to warn people to stay away from it. Welcome to the unsolved dilemma of nuclear semiotics (long-time nuclear waste warning messages). Anne, copywriter and word enthusiast, will delve into the question of how to design a warning sign that will stand the test of time. Join Anne for a whirlwind tour of radioactive cats, hostile architecture, and immortal Post-Its.

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Matt van Voorst

Accessibility, being able to enter a building, an education, or a website, as a basic human right is something we all agree on. But it’s often ignored. The majority of large commerce platforms in the Netherlands are lacking when it comes to providing an equal shopping experience for everyone. And they are missing out on customers, and revenue. Matt dives into the little changes we can make to improve the browsing experience of our customers and shows how accessibility can be used to our advantage. Investing in accessibility has a direct influence on your conversion rates and your karma.

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Marilou Coutty

A Millennial explaining Millennials. Sounds pretty logical, right? Let Marilou – a wine sipping, cat photo posting, doubting every decision she makes – Millennial, tell you who you are and why you do what you do. It helps. We promise. And if you don’t consider yourself a Millennial, let her explain all you need to know about the species. Their complicated personality traits, their erratic behaviour and most importantly: how to deal with them.

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Kyle Cassidy

The average human being makes 35,000 decisions every single day. Decision-making not only shapes how we react to the world, but it also impacts how other people perceive us. So wouldn’t it be nice to better understand why we make the decisions we do? During his talk, Kyle will expose some of the biases that influence our decision-making process, and provide practical tips and tricks you can use to make better decisions in your everyday life. If you want to know how to provide better estimates, increase your memory or even look more attractive this talk is for you.

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Eileen Bosman

Women can’t make or take jokes. Women work part-time because they have children: it isn’t a stereotype when it’s true, right? Or do we believe whatever we’ve been told over and over again? Most people agree that we should strive towards gender equality. But when it comes to actually making way for female leadership, we get stuck in our old ways, because we have unconscious preferences and biases that we don’t notice. That makes change difficult. Brand and Content manager Eileen noticed this within herself and decided to approach things differently.

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Jorge da Costa

Wish you could easily change those dull and mundane moments in your life to something more fun? We called a hero to the rescue! Jorge is a developer at Dept has been playing games for as long as he can remember. He made it his own personal quest to tell you a legendary story, using his natural enthusiasm as a tool to forge the link between the universe of gaming and the real world, bringing them together, without a phone or console in sight.

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Ilayda

#Worklife will be completely different ten years from now. Dreamjobs today could be bullshit jobs tomorrow. The work of lawyers and doctors could be completely automated or greatly devalued in the near future. As a UX designer, focused on making people’s lives better, Ilayda feels the responsibility to show our youngsters what’s out there. Helping kids find a job that actually exists. After all, today we build our next generation's tomorrow. So let’s prepare for the world to come.

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Menno Dekker

UX-designer Menno Dekker dove into the underworld of consistency and design. Here he found that most digital designers aren't actually designing digitally, they dictate rules. No doubt they strive to ensure quality by sharpening our processes to the extreme, but to what cost? Are we willing to do so at the cost of creativity? Menno found not all is lost and shows the path to set yourself free from the rules the design community dictates. A way of approaching design - and unlock your inner god-mode.

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Lara Muller

When it comes to building a team, it‘s not about knowing it all or having lifelong experience. It‘s about passion, commitment and personal attitude. Lara proves what you can achieve simply by never giving up and transforming your own attitude into a team culture. As Head of Content at factor-a, the fastest growing Amazon agency, she built up an international team of thirty editors in just three years. Lara shares her exciting journey and the golden rules for building a team. Rules you can count on - in every team you’re in.

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Coen Huisman

If you look in the mirror, do you see a data-nerd or a creative visionary? At a time when many people are talking about data and understand its relevance, it’s strange that data and creativity are seen as two completely separate things. Data and creativity. Friends or enemies? During Dept Festival, Coen will reveal how he handles this struggle and applies this in an e-commerce setting. And to prove his point, the audience decides how his talk ends!

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Sarah Messmer

Sarah Messmer is in every sense a child of the digital revolution - working with emerging technologies and new consumer trends. Video games were never on her radar, until a project pushed her into the world of digital sports. What she discovered was a massive industry with a big community behind it. Sarah will dive into the world of eSports, with you. She wants to show how enormous this world actually is - and more importantly, what brands need to understand about it. ESports is more than just gaming for nerds - it is an opportunity for us all!

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Mirko Fichtner

Improv theatre is the art of stepping into the unknown. It seems an impossible task: creating comedy, touching stories, or dramatic plays as a team - without a script. All improv players have to be actors, writers, and directors all at once. They can be all three because they follow rules. They use tools to work together and wow an audience. And these rules and tools work outside of the stage as well. Mirko has been playing improv for over ten years. He was on stages in Berlin, Chicago, L.A., and Barcelona. He teaches improv and has a blog about “Design, Code and Improv Theater”.

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Sinead Clandillon

Everyone is producing a form of content nowadays. As the first Content Strategist at Dept Ireland, Sinéad and her team have helped solve the content woes for many clients. She’ll talk about how putting content in a central role is essential to fixing your website, how it helps projects run more smoothly, and delivers better results for clients and users alike. If you have ever found yourself reaching for Lorem Ipsum to solve a content problem, Sinéad is the woman to talk to.

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Lukas Stuber

A failed historian and a failed novelist, Lukas became a productive member of society only at the tender age of thirty. He founded a digital marketing agency in 2003 which became part of Dept in 2018. Since the bedrock of his career is failure, Lukas is naturally suspicious of overblown success stories, opposes the Silicon Valley narrative of “Fail Fast! Fail Forward!” and strongly believes that failure is inevitable. A harsh truth but in the end something you simply have to accept in order to succeed.

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Ana Mendez

Big agencies are the worst. They are well known for their ego-driven, award-winning, bullshitting culture, but at the same time, they are the platforms that we sometimes need to actually make a difference. Creative people want to work there and clients want to work with them, so why bother changing this attitude if, so far, it has been working really well for all of us?… Or has it? Ana Mendez, Creative Director at Dept Brand and Advertising, tries to answer these questions with the hope of changing the way we see this industry.

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Willem Blom

Food is a beautiful gift. A gift we give ourselves at least three times a day. Yet our current food system can barely support our needs. Meet Willem, Dept's director of Data and Intelligence, data geek, podcast host, sports enthusiast and plant-based foodie. At the Dept Festival, he will describe his struggle being a vegan in a not yet vegan world and explain three key developments that have the possibility to redesign our food system.

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More to come

Stay tuned as we have more exciting speakers and live performances coming up!

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Throw yourself into Dept

We can imagine that you want to be there. Unfortunately, this is an invite-only event. But if you are sweet to Jozien, she can maybe arrange a ticket for you. Contact her by email and let her know why you really, really want to be there.

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