An event for human thriving in the digital age
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Digital Wellbeing Community.
Recent years’ have seen consumers gravitating towards products and experiences that enhance their health and wellbeing. This trend increasingly applies to digital experiences as the demand for products that support better sleep, mental health, fitness, and stress management has come to prominence.
In our private lives, and the workplace, consumers increasingly demand digital products that promote healthy habits, are secure and support human flourishing.
As a global population, spending more time at home has increased the amount of time spent with digital devices and the requirement for digital wellbeing has never been more relevant.
A growing global community of creators and thought leaders is shaping the digital wellbeing landscape. At the same time, companies around the world understand the impact that technology has on human wellbeing, and understand that positive digital experiences are vital to attracting and retaining customers, and maintain overall wellbeing.
Innovations in areas such as sleep tech, the remote workplace and mental health solutions have shown that new technologies and distribution models are enabling the rise of this digital wellbeing economy and capturing consumer attention.
In our second, annual Digital Wellbeing Festival, we bring together thought leaders and brands from around the world to share the innovations and latest thinking in the digital wellbeing landscape.
Join us for exclusive workshops, live digital wellbeing study groups, exclusive AMAs, Plenary Talks, and much more!
What You Will Discover at Digital Wellness Festival 2020
A Look At Last Year's Keynote Speakers
His first book, Stand Out of Our Light: Freedom and Resistance in the Attention Economy, was published in June by Cambridge University Press as an outcome of the inaugural Nine Dots Prize, which he won in 2017. The Observer hailed it as ‘a landmark book,’ Financial Times described it as ‘an absorbing and deeply disturbing book, and TechCrunch called it ‘an instant classic in the field of tech ethics.’
Additionally, the President of Princeton University recently selected Stand Out of Our Light as this year’s ‘pre-read’ book, which all incoming Princeton students will be assigned to read before commencing their studies.
James received his PhD from Oxford, where he studied at Balliol College and the Oxford Internet Institute, under Professor Luciano Floridi. James continues to be a research associate at the OII’s Digital Ethics Lab and has also been a visiting researcher at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, a tutor in the Oxford Computer Science department, and a visiting fellow at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, & Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge.
Previously, James worked at Google for over ten years, where he received the Founder’s Award, the company’s highest honor, for his work on search advertising. He is also a co-founder of the Time Well Spent campaign; a consultant across industry, academic, non-profit, and governmental sectors; a frequent commentator on technology issues in the media; and has written on technology topics for The Observer, WIRED, and other publications. Prior to his professional and academic work, James earned a master’s in product design engineering and an undergraduate degree in literature.
New This Year.
- Deep dive sessions focused on innovations in the digital wellbeing sphere with pracitcal workshops and technical labs
- New event tracks: themed tracks will encourage greater opportunities for connection with people from different industries and skill sets
- Live podcasts with speakers available for attendees to download online
- Faclitated networking: Opportunities to make new connections
Meet Our Speakers
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She spent the last decade exploring these ideas in the online game industry, serving as a senior executive with responsibility for strategy, operations and marketing for major brands that include: Activision Blizzard, Disney, and Vivendi. Most recently she managed the operations of Blizzard properties, including World of Warcraft, in China.
Now, as the CEO of the Willow Group and Executive Director of the Transformative Technology Lab, Nichol is applying those same skills to the realm of elevating psychological well-being. At the TTL, she supports entrepreneurs and innovators leveraging tech to support mental health, emotional wellbeing, and human flourishing. TTL is the nexus point for Transformative Technology for the academic, industry, and public sectors. Willow is a transformative technology consulting company focused on employing rigorous scientific research to develop training protocols, hardware and software that can produce a reliable and positive change in the human experience.
Professor Bernstein spearheaded the development of a nationally renowned outreach program, which educates students and parents about over-use of screens. She is also the Director of the Institute of Privacy Protection and Co-Director of the Gibbons Institute of Law Science and Technology at Seton Hall.
Her presentation titled: The Illusion of Control and the Roads that Lie Ahead, shatters the illusion that we are the choice-makers over our time. It illustrates how we have never made an autonomous decision to spend so many of our waking hours on our screens. It also breaks the illusion of self-responsibility and self-help methods to limit screen time. Instead, it places the
responsibility on the technology industry to design products that do not entice users for excessive use. The presentation will point that the Coronavirus pandemic exposed the face of a technology dominated future. These times are fraught with re-examination of our relationship with technology. It will examine the past: the battles against cigarettes and obesity and more recently the privacy wars to draw a map for the legal future that could lie ahead for technology companies. It warns that today only immediate real substantive design and business model changes could prevent an onslaught of legal challenges lead by a popular movement to curb over-use.
Filippo currently works for the BBC, re-thinking how audiences engage with information, entertainment and education.
Currently, she is focusing on her startup Daily Haloha. Daily Haloha is a global collaborative experience platform to connect us more deeply to ourselves and others, every day. Her mission is to rekindle empathy.
Her work in business strategy, women’s leadership, and now her empathy app is all connected by the belief that we need to see and hear each other.
Amy graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Duke University with a BS degree in Computer Science and Economics.
“I have always cared deeply about social wellness. The way our relationships with those around us and our broader sense of belonging affect our wellbeing, and how in turn, it affects our own actions towards others.
In 2017, I recognized that our social wellness was increasingly strained by polarization and drained by social media. And while in the midst of a notable career in management consulting, financial services, and women’s leadership, I participated in a sticky note project in the NYC subway that sparked an idea. I saw how a collaborative public experience can unite thousands of anonymous strangers in an uplifting moment of shared humanity. I imagined how this type of social magic could be unleashed through a digital platform. I decided to pivot and focus on solving the twin problems of social isolation and loss of empathy. My tech startup, Daily Haloha, was born.
Launched in 2019, Daily Haloha has connected thousands of loyal followers around the world. It’s a collaborative experience app based on a single daily question designed to inspire reflection, curiosity, and compassion, and to reveal our big human story.”
In 2019 Chester created the London Royal Ravens, the UK’s Call of Duty League franchise, with ReKTGlobal (owners of ROGUE) and is a co-owner.
Chester was appointed a member of the International Olympic Committee’s ‘Esports and Gaming Liaison Group’ in April 2019. And he was appointed a member of the board (volunteer) of the Global Esports Federation in December 2019, of which he is the Chair of the Education, Culture and Wellness Commission and sits on the Membership and Technical Commissions with TenCent.
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Most recently, Robby was the CEO of RescueTime, a personal productivity company that helps people make the best use of their time so they can focus on their most important, meaningful work.
As part of this event, Catherine shares with us her perspectives on child digital wellbeing and the new Own It app.
Samsung wrist wearables - Samsung Gear Fit 1, Gear Fit 2, Gear S, and Gear S2. Nuk also designed the Samsung Level headphones lineup, and Samsung Galaxy View products.
Dennis is Co-Founder at Palm. Dennis is an industry product leader and entrepreneur with over 20 years experience bringing technology and lifestyle products to market for some of the most renowned brands in the world. As Vice President, Head of Studio at Samsung Design America and Head of Samsung Mobile UXCA, he served as a global design leader at Samsung with a focus on new category creation in consumer lifestyle products. Dennis drove the launch of over 15 new category products across mobile, wearables, smartwatches, fitness, and audio categories. Prior to Samsung, Dennis was part of the design leadership team at Google. Dennis managed the user experience teams responsible for launching end-to-end experiences for products such as Gmail and Google Apps. During his later tenure at Google, he was Head of Design for Special Projects across Google’s hardware programs at YouTube, TV, and Chromecast projects. He earned a degree in design at the Art Institute and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School executive leadership program.
It was late and dark. I was sitting on the floor waiting for the printer to finish printing my Wim Hof Method 10-week course manual. “I’ll give this a go when I’m waiting,” I thought, clicking the play button. “What’s he saying? Breathe fully in, and what? Let go.” I started doing this breathing and I immediately knew I had found something special.
Back then, my life was harder. I was exhausted most of the time. I was happy, but run down. Four young children are hard to raise. I was trying to be a great father, a great husband, keep my career going, while starting a new one. My health was good, but the strain was starting to show.
I stared at the screen. The benefits said: deeper and better sleep, more energy, improved health and more. Josie my wife was looking over my shoulder. She saw: reduce stress, deal better with grief and trauma. “Right, we’re trying this Wim Hof Method.”
Within a few days things had changed. We both woke up bright, alive and laughing. We were enjoying ourselves again. The constant grind of nappies, bottles, crying, work (and doing it all again) didn’t disappear. But, our old tired selves did. Instead, they were replaced with two people who felt full of oxygen, energy and love. Some days, I felt so full of energy I thought: “If I jumped up now, I think I could fly through the roof.”
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Nicolas is the person to call if it’s anything that deals with innovation in a Smart World context, with problems that no one can solve, simplifying complexity, and just getting holistic future-proof advice in a fast-moving future based on a global understanding of technology and business.
With first-hand experience of the world of cut-throat competition, individualism and isolationism, and having seen the impacts of those paradigms amplified by technology, she founded Peacebeam in 2016.
Peacebeam is a digital publisher working at the intersection of technology, wisdom and interconnection. Jane is passionate about reimagining the role of the entrepreneur and the company and creating a new economic story by experimenting with value and capital. She is pioneering Kindness Capital at Peacebeam and has recently authored The Path of the Entrepreneur, Understanding Your Shadow, for the London School of Economics accelerator LSE Generate.
Jane sees that in order to traverse the challenging times we live in there needs to be an evolution from the pursuit of individual wellbeing to the pursuit of collective worldbeing and believes that understanding the ‘technology’ of kindness and its creative power is the pathway to a saner future for the planet.