Over 1,000 students attended, witnessing talks from some of the digital industry’s finest and meeting their potential future employers at our exhibition stands. Check out the highlights in our video from the 2016 conference.


A big ‘thanks’ to all our speakers. You made Digital Wave 2016 really special. Take a look at who we had on the bill and what they spoke about.

  • Andrew Spooner

    Andy Spooner

    Technical Evangelism Lead | Microsoft UK

    What’s a Technology Evangelist? Andy set about explaining exactly what they are, why we need them, and how evangelists existing in all industries – as long as there is passion. Referencing other passionate individuals who have made big successes in short timeframes because of their deep love of a subject, Andy emphasised how authenticity and the art of storytelling are vital to passing on your passion to others.

    As most people in their lives will work within a sales remit of some kind, his advice was that if you can explain something technical or complicated with energy and an infectious enthusiasm, you will become successful.

  • Victoria Buchanan

    Victoria Buchanan

    Creative Director | Tribal Worldwide

    Ranging from things like ‘don’t hate maths’ to ‘being nice isn’t boring’, Victoria had 20 top tips that she would give to her younger self to share with the audience. She referred to her experiences throughout her career that have led her to form an understanding of the importance of proving yourself rather than thinking you’re the boss before you are.

    She emphasised how making something now and drawing or writing down your ideas will further your development, and to be brave enough to chase your dreams. Girls can code – and should (as coders get paid well). Age isn’t a barrier in starting out in your career, so get making, get drawing and get good until you’re great.

  • Mary Keane-Dawson

    Mary Keane-Dawson

    Managing Director | Neo@Ogilvy  

    What does it take to ‘make it’ in the digital industry? Mary educated the audience on what skills they needed to become a part of the digital revolution and detailed a manifesto for them to live by. She set out to show how it doesn’t matter what your background is, there is a place for you in the digital industry.

    Her advice was to show focus by getting qualifications under your belt; to start networking early and show off your personality on LinkedIn; and finally to make cool stuff so that you have original content to help you get a job. Essentially though, as long as you have the three Cs – courage, commitment, and collaboration, then you will go far.

  • Nadya Powell

    Nadya Powell

    Managing Director | Sunshine

    Nadya shared the practical career tips she wished her careers advisor had given her when she was at school. Her talk focused on choosing a job, getting a job and staying in it. As most of the jobs that will be available in digital in the future don’t even exist yet, Nadya’s advice was to try different things out and not be scared of job-hopping. A varied career will be beneficial in the future.

    With advice spanning from doing away with the traditional CV and covering letter in favour of telling a personal and tailored story, to dressing appropriately for work, Nadya had a plethora of useful tips for the next digital generation to help them get a head-start in their career.

  • Danny Duke

    Danny Duke

    Managing Director | Outpost

    Danny has the rare opportunity of working on Hollywood titles such as Harry Potter and Star Wars in an agency outside of London. He is the MD at visual effects (VFX) company Outpost VFX right here in Dorset and he spoke to the audience about how he got to where he is today. Showcasing some of the exciting work you can create with visual effects, Danny talked about the kinds of jobs available in the VFX industry.

    He championed the idea of becoming a specialist early in life to give yourself an edge over others, but stressed not to rush into educating yourself about a career if you’re not sure if it’s what you want. There’s no shame in deciding what you want to do later in life; university is an option at any age.

  • Luke Williams

    Social Media Innovation Officer | RNLI

    Think that you can’t make a career out of social media? Think again. And if you’re saving lives in the process that all adds up to a pretty cool job. Luke’s talk was all about how technology is vital to getting a message out to the RNLI’s audience and how they can use it to bring the dangers of the sea and the work that they do into people’s peripheral. Virtual Reality is just one way that technology enables them to do this more effectively.

    He loves his job because he gets to create things that other people share, gets to experiment with different platforms such as Instagram, and Snapchat, and even gets to collaborate with The Lab Bible to get in touch with his audience. His job is always changing and that’s what makes social media an exciting area to work in.

  • Robert Belgrave

    CEO | Wirehive

    A Twitter trending topic was the inspiration for Robert’s talk - #firstsevenjobs. It reminded him that successful people still come from humble beginnings. Robert himself has yet to reach his seventh job, with his sixth being CEO of his own company. He took the audience on a journey from the past to the present, spoke about what he learned along the way, and how the internet was instrumental to his success. He stressed that being nice to people and believing in yourself are essential to future success, and to not lose your enthusiasm for your passion even when faced with failure.

  • David Burton

    David Burton

    Head of Innovation | Redweb

    Throughout history there have always been jumps in human development that would shock a previous generation if they witnessed it, with some advances in human development being enough to shock someone to their death. Referencing this phenomenon, aptly titled the Death Progress Unit (DPU), David spoke of how for previous generations their DPU was hundreds, sometimes thousands of years apart. But for us it could less than 40 years away.

    Technology is progressing at an ever increasing rate and the future will be here before we know it. David took the audience on a journey through time to speculate on what the future could hold and how they could contribute towards what is to come.

Here are just a few photos from Digital Wave 2016, to see more visit our Flickr album.

“As a result of our attendance at Digital Wave, LV= have recruited four apprentices who have all been given permanent jobs in September and we have recruited two more apprentices from this year’s intake.”

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