First speakers revealed, bringing live demonstrations of the latest innovations on stage

Lions Innovation, the specialist two-day event taking place as part of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has confirmed the 2017 juries for the Innovation and Creative Data Lions.

Drawn from some of the biggest names in the technology, innovation and creative sectors, the Lions Innovation juries will view and award pioneering technological creativity.

Led by Jury President, Susan Lyne, President and Managing Partner at BBG Ventures, the jury for the Innovation Lions will set new benchmarks for ground-breaking technology and problem solving. Together, the jury will analyse standalone technological solutions including tools, products, models, platforms, and look at creative campaigns using new tech.

The full 2017 Innovation Lions jury:

Jury President – Susan Lyne, President and Managing Partner at BBG Ventures
Amrit Ahuja, Managing Director, 20:20 MSL, India
Elav Horwitz, Global Innovation Director, McCann Worldgroup, Israel
Emmanuel Flores Elias, Innovation Director, J. Walter Thompson, The Netherlands
Kotaro Sasamoto, Managing Partner, Dentsu Ventures, Japan
Luke Eid, President, Digital and Innovation, TBWA\Worldwide, Global
Nadya Powell, Co-Founder, Innovation Social, UK
William McGinness, Partner/ECD, Venables Bell & Partners, USA
Tara McKenty, Creative Director, Google, APAC

Eric Salama, Chief Executive Officer at Kantar will lead the jury for the Creative Data Lions as they examine work built on the interplay between ideas and information, and look at campaigns which are enhanced or driven by the creative use of data.

The full 2017 Creative Data Lions jury:

Jury President – Eric Salama, Chief Executive Officer, Kantar, Global
Catriona Muspratt-Williams, Head of APAC, Edelman Intelligence, APAC
Humberto Polar Pin, Chief Creative Officer, FCB, Mexico
Jane Stanley, Managing Director, Annalect, New Zealand
Jim Caruso, Chief Product Officer, Anomaly, USA
John Lucker, Advisory Principal – Global Advanced Analytics Market leader, Deloitte LLP, Global
Lisa Weinstein, Chief Executive Officer, Engine Media, USA
Melissa Zimyeski, Group Director, Analytics and Strategy, AKQA, USA
Olivier Lefebvre, Executive Creative Director, FRED & FARID, France
Simon James, Global Lead, Data Analytics, SapientRazorfish, Global
Sue Lee, Executive Digital Planning Director, TBWA, South Korea

“Lions Innovation is the event where groundbreaking applications of creativity in technology are demonstrated. It’s a breeding ground for new ideas to be fostered and exchanged, where partnerships are formed which will propel the industry into the future. The winning work, judged by our global jury members, will offer snapshots of a future-focussed industry and we’re anticipating some cutting-edge innovations to be awarded in 2017” said Terry Savage, Chairman of Cannes Lions.

The first speakers in the world-class content programme have also been confirmed.
Writer, director, producer and actor Peter Berg together with INNOCEAN USA and VRLIVE will showcase the technology behind Hyundai’s acclaimed Super Bowl TV spot while actress Jessica Alba joins Brit + Co Founder Brit Morin on stage to examine female entrepreneurship in the tech industry. Together they will explore what success looks like, how to leverage tech investment and how to build a successful brand online.

REWIND, alongside HoloLens will present Mixed Reality and content creation with live HoloLens demonstrations on the Discovery Stage, while J. Walter Thompson London and Mindshare UK will launch exclusive new research at their session and present the findings on how voice tech will impact brands and creativity. Further speaker announcements will follow soon.

Over two days, more than 100 industry-leading speakers will take part in Lions Innovation. New Meet-Ups and more networking opportunities will ensure making new contacts is easier than ever. Alongside awarding the best work across Innovation and Creative Data, the two-day Lions Innovation event at this year’s Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, has launched The Discovery Zone, a dedicated programme for early-stage tech companies. The Zone invites 100 game-changing start-ups from across the global tech ecosystem to join forces with the biggest players in advertising and marketing, including exclusive mentoring opportunities and round table discussions.

The World Branding Forum is an official media partner of Cannes Lions.

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