Faculties and Research

Keynote Speakers

We were privileged to feature David Gauntlett as the keynote speaker and Sarah Wood OBE for our closing fireside chat.

Introductory Keynote: David Gauntlett

David Gauntlett, Professor of Creativity and Design at the University of Westminster, UK opened our event with his keynote talk.


Innovation is all about the new. But innovation works best when not distracted by mere novelty. Creative innovation draws widely on available inputs, and rests on principles which remain steady even as they disrupt conventions within a particular field. The innovation mindset – involving courage, inspiration, and exchange – is also very durable. Drawing on years of experience researching everyday creativity and maker communities, as well as high‐level work with the LEGO Group, David Gauntlett set out six timeless truths about holistic innovation.


David GauntlettDavid Gauntlett is Professor of Creativity and Design, and Director of Research, at Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster, UK. He is the author of several books, including Making is Connecting.

He has made a number of popular online resources, videos and playthings, and has pioneered creative research and workshop methods. He is an external examiner for Information Experience Design at the Royal College of Art, London.

David has worked with a number of the world’s leading creative organisations, including the BBC, the British Library, and Tate. For 12 years he has worked with LEGO on innovation in creativity, play and learning.

Fireside chat: Sarah Wood

The event closed with an informal interview of Sarah Wood OBE by Oli Barrett MBE.


Sarah WoodSarah Wood OBE is co-founder and CEO of video ad tech company Unruly, where she ensures the company delivers the most awesome social video campaigns on the planet. She has been voted Business Insider's #3 Coolest Woman in Tech, Veuve Clicquot Businesswoman of the Year, Best CEO of the Year at The 2016 Europas Awards, City AM Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 and one of Ad Age's 20 Women to Watch in Europe.

She is a member of Tech City’s Entrepreneur Advisory Panel, a Technology Ambassador for London and was awarded an OBE in June 2016. She was awarded an Honorary Degree from City, University of London in January 2016. Sarah is also an associate lecturer at the University of Cambridge, where she teaches a course in Mash-Ups, Memes and LOLitics: Online Video Culture and the Screen Media Revolution.