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Welcome to Lions Innovation

19 - 20 June 2017

Two days at the cutting-edge of data, tech and ideas

Lions Innovation examines how data and technology can act as catalysts and enablers for creativity. It is where start-ups with revolutionary ideas meet major technology providers with game-changing products. Where brand marketers who need to stay ahead meet creatives who bring ideas to life, and products to market. Lions Innovation is a field-trip to the future.

Lions Innovation

The Festival

Over two days, more than 100 industry-leading speakers take to three different stages to share their knowledge. Makers put their groundbreaking products into the hands of the creatively curious. Two dedicated awards celebrate pioneering tech innovation and data-driven creativity, judged by the industry’s most respected professionals. And a host of networking events make meeting, mingling and sharing ideas with new contacts easier than ever.


What’s on

Learn about new tech trends, engage with new products, discover the next generation of creative tech start-ups, network at the new Lions Innovation Meet-ups, get to know the makers behind the shortlisted work and celebrate in style at the Lions Innovation Awards Show.

Putting Start-ups centre stage

This year, there are more ways than ever for start-ups to be involved with Lions Innovation. Whether it's the R/GA Start Up Academy, the new Discovery Zone, meet ups, or by entering the Innovation Lion, it's easy to showcase your company. 

The NEW Discovery Zone

The Discovery Zone will give 100 start-ups the chance to meet the 15,000 delegates of Cannes Lions and Lions Innovation – opening up new partners, new technologies and new creative opportunities. A dedicated Lions Innovation Meet-up networking programme will make sure you go home with a long list of new contacts. 


Each year, the Festival acts as a launchpad for up-and-coming companies at the leading edge of technology and creativity. Here’s how you can do it too:

R/GA Start-up Academy

Created in partnership with R/GA, this four-day marketing bootcamp helps ten hand-picked, promising start-ups to sharpen their brand identity, focus their business plans and market themselves effectively.

Discovery Zone at Lions Innovation

The Festival invites applications from start-ups in the creative communications space to get access to the Discovery Zone at Lions Innovation. This is the place for promising new businesses to find the exposure, mentoring, networking and learning opportunities they need to bring their ideas to life, pitch to potential partners and get their next round of funding.

First speakers for 2017 announced

Just a few of the speakers that will grace the stage for Lions Innovation 2017.

Alastair Green

Executive Creative Director
Team One

Alvin Chiang

Founder, CEO
Bowhead Technology

Avery Baker

Chief Brand Officer
Tommy Hilfiger

Beau Lotto

Professor of Neuroscience at University of London; CEO, Founder, Traces; Founder, Director
The Lab of Misfits

Bessie Lee

Founder, CEO

Chris Duffey

EVP Global Director of Creative Technology
Sudler WPP

Dean Evans

Chief Marketing Officer
Hyundai Motor America

Elizabeth Cherian

Director of the Innovation Group
J. Walter Thompson London

Eric Springer

Chief Creative Officer

Jeremy Pounder

Futures Director
Mindshare UK

Mark Sherwood

Group CSO  

Neil Waller

Co-Founder, CEO

Oliver Kibblewhite

Head of Special Projects

Paul Woolmington

Canvas Worldwide

Peter Berg

Writer, Director, Producer, Actor

Shaoling Dong

Founder, CEO
Rabbit Pre

Sir John Hegarty


Sol Rogers

CEO, Founder

Winder Chen

Founder, CEO
Kuaizi Technology

The Awards

Two specialist Lions shine the spotlight on data and tech-enabled creative work that’s leading the way in branded communications. 
  • Creative Data Creative Data Lions Showcase creative work where the use, interpretation, analysis or application of data has been instrumental to the idea.
  • Innovation Lions Innovation Lions Honour brand aligned ideas and business solutions which demonstrate the relationship between a big idea and radical tech, tools, models and platforms. 

The Juries

The Innovation Lions jury brings together professionals from across the start-up landscape, from agency innovation officers and technologists to senior brand marketers and venture capitalists. 

The Creative Data Lions jury includes the industry’s most senior data, strategy and analytics specialists and its most awarded creatives. It’s a melting pot of professionals who know how powerful data is in driving creativity.

Find out how to get involved

The 2016 Winners

Nearly 40 campaigns leading the way in data and tech-enabled creativity were recognised and celebrated at the Festival. You can see every winner with complete credits in The Cannes Lions Archive.

The 2016 Grands Prix winners were:

Deepmind AlphaGo 

 The Innovation Grand Prix for Google

The Next Rembrandt 

The Creative Data Grand Prix for J. Walter Thompson Amsterdam and ING.

What is Lions Innovation?