When Capella met the talent shaping the capital’s future at the Evening Standard’s Young Progress Makers Day 2017
At Capella, we believe it’s vital that we all get out of the office and take in some of the amazing concerts, shows, exhibitions, festivals and tours in London and beyond. Recently, a few members of the team spent the afternoon at the Evening Standards Young Progress Makers Day, a meeting of the youngest and brightest innovators in the fields of design, enterprise and technology, hosted at Camden’s Roundhouse.
Here’s Capella account executives, Ena Cosic and Derrick Otchere’s, take on the afternoon:
After an entertaining display of mime to kick off proceedings, Roundhouse Chief Executive and Artistic Director Marcus Davey – who co-founded the event with London Evening Standard Editor, Sarah Sands – highlighted the significance of YPM taking place at the Roundhouse, mentioning that the venue has not only hosted some of the greatest talents, but cultivates the skills and talents of emerging young creatives.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s speech about the “Power of London” was indeed powerful. Describing London as the best city for young people and entrepreneurs, the Mayor referred to the recent expansion of Google, Facebook, Apple and Snapchat in the capital as proof of the depths of the London talent pool. Mr Khan also paid a tribute to the city’s home-grown talent such as Adele and Good Chance Theatre creator, Joe Murphy.
However it wasn’t the glitz and glamour of celebrity culture that lit up the stage on this occasion but the overwhelming passion and endeavour shown by young entrepreneurs from the capital and beyond.Below are our three highlights from the day’s speakers and some of the key ideas they shared…
“Feel strongly about something? Find your tribe, people who share the same passion.”
Ella Grace Denton, Instagram star and fashion entrepreneur
Instagram star and fashion entrepreneur, Ella Grace Denton, is a great example of understanding her own audience and has harnessed the collective power of her followers, helping her grow a successfully fashion website as well as the UK’s biggest clothes swapping events in the process.
In a recent Standard article Denton neatly summarised the importance of channelling an audience through social: “Social media allows us to find other people who feel similarly,” she explains, “and I really believe that if you want to start something, you have strength in numbers and multiple brains. There is so much power in social media and having the ability to build communities around messages.”
“Don’t jump on trends – create them”
Humza Arshad, Comedian
Referring back to his own experiences when launching his YouTube channel, young comedian Humza Arshad highlighted the importance of taking an innovative and original stance to stand out from the crowd. In Humza’s words: “Ideas that are unique that will make stand out from a crowd and start a conversation among your respective audiences”. Very sounds advice for both Humza’s profession and our own.
“By embracing Artificial Intelligence, man and machine, together, can do incredible things.”
Demis Hassabis, AI researcher and Founder of DeepMind
The rise of AI has been a hot subject in the world of technology for quite some time, anyone with half an interest in the subject will have heard of DeepMind founder, Demis Hassabis, the man responsible for leading Google’s project to build software more powerful than the human brain. While some sceptics have predicted the emergence of AI will lead to a tech-led Armageddon, Hassabis believes that his goal is to “solve intelligence, and then use that to solve everything else”. You have to admire his ambition!