The London Business Conference and Exhibition is a free one-day event that will gather together inspirational speakers and a range of funding organisations who can support emerging businesses in developing the capacity for growth. One of the sessions will be chaired by Professor Mike Waller from our department; alumni Steve Lee and Kevin Palmer will also be amongst speakers. The conference will be hosted by Goldsmiths in the Professor Stuart Hall Building, on Thursday, 13 September:
The event will offer a forum to map out the funding opportunities and support available to equip you with the knowledge and tools to ensure consistent growth. You will also have the opportunity to explore ways to develop new products, services and markets.
It is essential in today’s climate to drive your business forward with creative thinking, innovative technology, smarter logistics and strategic collaborations. This conference will consider how you can benefit from innovations within emerged and emerging markets, in which the UK is a world leader. Join a range of sector experts and government agencies to gain invaluable insights in an interactive environment.
This is a great opportunity to network with like-minded business thought leaders; a platform for companies to come together and develop meaningful relationships and collaborations. Meet with innovators, entrepreneurs, managing directors and other key business decision-makers to share ideas and exchange practical knowledge.
The Graduate Design Scheme is an opportunity for Goldsmiths Design graduates to return on campus and work on their own projects: for a fee, they can use a studio space, the workshops, and book machinery. This year, the Design department awarded two bursary places on the scheme to 2018 graduates; one of the winners is Ash Baigent, who will use her time in the workshops to continue her work designing and making unique skateboards.
Ash has been skateboarding since she was ten, and is now part of an all girl skate crew called Nefarious, who she met three years ago. There are few skateboarding women in the media, and even fewer (if any) are manufacturing their own skateboard decks. In fact, as Ash explains, skaters in England usually use decks imported from China or the US, and the designs can often be offensive or degrading towards women. The Goldsmiths graduate is keen to work on both the gender equality and the sustainability aspect of her favourite activity: she wants to bring more women to skateboarding and to encourage them to design their own decks. She’s also interested in making the decks themselves cheaper and more environmentally friendly, by experimenting with local, British wood instead of the usual American maple.
The origin of the project is a second year brief that asked students to look at the future of the commercial van. Artemis and Miki decided to focus on the ambulance, and ended up investigating a possible scenario of the future survival or evolution of the NHS.
In this work, we are keen to map out the ethical and moral ambiguities of a service like this. What are the costs of this ‘free’ healthcare? What is the value of your medical data? What does it mean if a company knows your spending habits and your medical history? Are you a patient or a customer?