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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Executive Creative Director
Chief Brand Officer
Professor of Neuroscience at University of London; CEO, Founder, Traces; Founder, Director
The Lab of Misfits
EVP Global Director of Creative Technology
Chief Marketing Officer
Hyundai Motor America
Director of the Innovation Group
J. Walter Thompson London
Chief Creative Officer
Head of Special Projects
Writer, Director, Producer, Actor
Sir John Hegarty
Two specialist Lions shine the spotlight on data and tech-enabled creative work that’s leading the way in branded communications.
Creative Data Lions
Showcase creative work where the use, interpretation, analysis or application of data has been instrumental to the idea.
Honour brand aligned ideas and business solutions which demonstrate the relationship between a big idea and radical tech, tools, models and platforms.
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.