Intelligently Rebellious - Approaching Digital In Radical New Ways


Thursday 27th September 2018

4PM - 6.30PM

In today’s dynamic and fast changing digital world, it is more important than ever for organisations to challenge the way they operate to ensure they deliver more value to business, people and society, and ultimately gain strategic advantage. 

Join us in our new design studio in the heart of Clerkenwell for a late afternoon of thought provoking talks and entertainment. We will be exploring why it's important to approach digital in radical new ways, and how we can do this to ensure we deliver real business value and behavioural change. 

This is the first talk in the Intelligently Rebellious series, and we are excited to be announcing a stellar lineup of industry leading Digital, Marketing and Innovation speakers. Companies include Cancer Research, The British Interactive Media Association and Barclays Bank, who are all truly driving real change and value by working in new radical ways. 

At this event you will learn about:

  • How to deliver projects of real business value

  • What delivery approaches can be used 

  • How to impact real behavioural change for your audience 

  • How to utilise innovative technology as part of your project 

The afternoon of lively presentations and debate will be teaching and showing us how we can deliver real behavioural change to ensure we drive business value, by utilising new methodologies and emerging technologies. You’re also going to be able to get your hands on some really cool new tech from our external network of Radical Thinkers, as well as experiencing some exciting experiments we’ve been working on in VR.


Harri Evans, Head of Digital Marketing - Barclays Bank 

Harri is currently the Head of Digital Marketing at Barclays Private Bank, where he leads a team who manage websites, email, social and search. His previous marketing roles include Southampton Football Club and a betting start up. His varied experience have spurn him to 'Be more pirate', drawing on parallels between the strategy and innovation of legends like Henry Morgan and Blackbeard with modern rebels, like Elon Musk, Malala and Blockchain. Harri will be discussing how to harness and apply these tactics to life and work today, and tomorrow.

Holly Hall, Managing Director - BIMA (British Interactive Media Association)

Holly joined the BIMA team in April 2018, and leads the continued expansion of BIMA’s relevance, reach and services. Her previous role as International Business Development Director for D&AD promoted excellence in design and advertising globally. Holly will be sharing her passion and learnings on 'creating meaningful connections with individuals & businesses', and helping to build future-facing communities with innovation, education and excellence at their heart. 

Alex Barclay, Partner & Head of Innovation Strategy - Big Radical

Alex is an advanced innovation and business strategy practitioner. He combines skills in design, strategy and new technology to create products that benefit people, businesses and society. Previously, Alex held several positions, ranging from Design & Innovation Strategy Principal at Accenture Interactive to Creative Tech Investment Lead at Pembridge Partners LLP and Strategy Lead at OgilvyOne. Outside of work, Alex runs a not-for-profit design and innovation collective ‘The XDs’. This group takes on problems like obesity and depression, and runs hackathons to develop new solutions for societal use. Alex will discuss how to run mixed discipline teams designed to ask better questions, identify new opportunities and create new, viable, value-creating products, services, business models and digitally-enabled ecosystems.

Ben Holt, Lead Innovation Manager - Cancer Research 

Ben heads up the Innovation department at Cancer Research UK, leading on technology innovation he has delivered projects and experiments with voice, chatbots, AR and Blockchain since he joined in 2017. In Ben's talk 'Lessons from a year of making new things useful and a lifetime of causing trouble.' he will unveil how he is developing a new strategic approach that will totally disrupt the charity sector. 

Khalil Dimachkie, Chief Technology Officer - SmilePass 

Khalil is a mobile and emerging tech specialist with over 15 years of experience in software development. Whether he is working with large blue chip companies or start-ups, Khalil is commercially, as well as, technically savvy. Currently the CTO of SmilePass, Khalil will be showing off their innovative tech that connects trusted identities in order to reduce the impact of social engineering fraud, and improve customer trust and experience. 

*More exciting speakers to be announced 


4PM Registration at the Radical Thinkers Innovation Hub, with the opportunity to get your hands on some emerging tech, food and drinks

4.30PM First round of speakers

5PM Break

5.20PM Second round of speakers

5.50PM Panel discussion

6.15PM Meet some of the Radical Thinkers network. Explore the future of technology with the latest wave-makers championing innovative technology

We want you to learn, have fun and meet some interesting people. There will be a delicious selection of food and drink throughout the afternoon, and the opportunity to network and meet lots of industry leaders, from press and digital industry networks to Heads of Digital and Innovation. 

Unfortunately spaces at this event are limited so please sign up quickly to secure your spot. 

If you have any questions or would like to chat more about the day or Big Radical itself, please contact or