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Most Contagious is an annual, uniquely curated innovation event in London staged by Contagious. Most Contagious celebrates the biggest innovations and analyses the most impactful marketing from the year to decipher what influence these will have on the immediate future for brands and advertising.
The event includes a full day conference programme, with Contagious consultants as well as expert guest speakers, a series of interactive workshops, an awards scheme, and an exhibition to showcase disruptive start-ups, innovative new technologies and the makers behind them.
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‘Whilst being aware of Contagious magazine, I had no direct experience of Most Contagious before attending the 2013 event. Consequently, I really wasn’t sure what to expect. Indeed few names jumped out at me on the agenda. But the event was by far the best thing I attended in 2013. The standard of presenters and content was universally high, with few sales pitches often prevalent at these events and genuine insight imparted around social movement and tech. Top stuff all round.’
Owen Jenkinson, Head of Marketing, Freeview
‘Most Contagious was like a wonderful inspirational dot to end the year of 2013, with ideas and innovations brought together from all over the world. Business-wise, it definitely gave me a substantial push to kick-start 2014 with a broader mind-set and better understanding of the benchmarks we should be pursuing as a company. For a person with the job which requires being on top of the new ways in story-telling, personalisation and creating experiences, Most Contagious is truly a must.’
Merilyn Keskula , Marketing Creative Strategic Innovation , S E N N H E I S E R Innovation (Schweiz) AG
‘I enjoyed Most Contagious tremendously. It opened my eyes to very smart and creative global campaigns I had not been aware of before. I also got a chance to meet and network with several vendors and peers that I normally wouldn’t get a chance to meet and that connection will help when it comes to executing ideas in 2014. The key message I took away from this year’s Most Contagious is to create innovative, smart, simple yet impactful marketing that goes beyond selling something; and to create something that can make the lives of those who interact with it that much better. I always feel better after attending a Contagious event – listening to the inspiring stories, how to be a better story teller, how to help the world around you while still having a meaningful brand message and impact. Thank you Contagious.’
AJ Karim, Director, Production, Razorfish
‘Most Contagious 2013 was a necessary luxury. A luxury because it’s a privilege to be able to take a day away from the immediate business priorities to learn about and reflect about great work from other sectors. A necessity because to deliver marketing that will get noticed and talked about you need to engage interesting people on emerging trends and be inspired by the brilliance of others all in service of redefining what is possible.’
Nik Keane, Global Brand Director, Single Malt Whisky, Diageo
If you’d like to propose a speaker, simply fill out the form. The deadline for speaker suggestions is October 1.
Fernando Machado, Unilever /
Global Brand Development Vice-President for Dove Skin Cleansing and Care, Unilever
Rob Newlan, Facebook /
Head of EMEA, Facebook Creative Shop
Ivan Poupyrev, Disney /
Principal Research Scientist, Disney Research, USA
Eoghan Crawford, Mondelez /
Senior Brand Manager, Cadbury Dairy Milk, Mondelez International Ireland
Adam Scott, FreeState /
Co-founder & Creative Director, FreeState
Kenneth Cukier, The Economist /
Data Editor, The Economist
Ed Sanders, Google /
Head of Marketing, Google Glass
Rick Ridgeway, Patagonia /
Vice President of Environmental Affairs, Patagonia
Maxine Bédat, Zady.com /
Erik Hersman, Ushahidi /
Founder, iHub Nairobi & BRCK and Co-founder, Ushahidi
BleepBleeps are a colourful collection of connected devices that help everyone become a great parent. Little guys that help you get pregnant, give birth, look after your baby and raise your child. Each device connects to the cloud and our smartphone app to give you access to simple tools, guidance and content. Each of the BleepBleeps characters has a face, a name, a personality and a story. And they each make a unique bleep bleep sound when activated, hence the name BleepBleeps.
Our product design and tonality is inspired by the simple form and colours of children’s building blocks combined with the characterfulness of designer vinyl toys and the lightheartedness of the Alessi brand. This design language makes us unique in the health/gadget category, appealing to design-literate parents plus instantly connecting with kids.
Our ultimate aim is to create a fun, modern, trusted parenting brand.
Portal Entertainment /
Teddy The Guardian /
Teddy The Guardian looks like a normal plush teddy bear. He’s got big ears and a squishy nose. And he feels soft and warm to touch. The difference is what’s inside. He’s full of sensor to track the vital signs of the kid who if playing with him.
Developed in the EU, Teddy The Guardian is carefully designed to enable paediatricians, medical staff as well as parents in the later phases to have a clear, structured, reliable and frequent enough insight into essential health parameters like heart rate, oxygen saturation, body temperature, and stress levels by deploying innovative and children friendly approach disguised in a plush bear. When a child holds the bear close and interacts with him, readings are sent to a tablet, smartphone or a web application making paediatricians job easier, results more relevant and children less stressed out.
Nexus Stage /
The convergence of digital and physical worlds has been a major trend so far in 2014. The launch of NEXUS STAGE puts an unexpected twist on this with the launch of a new platform for public digital interaction with real world outcomes.
Conceived by Nexus director Jim Le Fevre with Nexus Interactive Arts the platform seamlessly merges together a physical and digital environment and is an exciting innovation in the world of site-specific multi-user interactivity via your mobile phone.
NEXUS STAGE seamlessly merges a physical and digital environment together to create a unique magical interactive visual experience. It allows multi-user interactive experiences to take place across physically built environments that are completely dynamic, both digitally and mechanically. It borrows all the interaction possibilities of regular screen-based experiences, but fully integrates it into an environment that is real. The product is aimed at the entertainment, cultural and advertising industries and offers a completely new platform in which to create bespoke
NEXUS STAGE has been funded by IC tomorrow, a Technology Strategy Board programme, as well as supported by project partners Ogilvy Labs and JCDecaux.
Nexus Stage /
Mixed Reality Lab /
The Mixed Reality Lab is a trans-disciplinary space, researching cutting-edge sensory innovations and creativity. We work to empower individuals and societies to meet global challenges and seize future opportunities. Our projects are designed to meet social needs through collaborative design, methods and techniques. We aim to design multi-sensory (including touch, smell and taste) communication to enhance the value of the internet and new technologies that can contribute to the worthy cause of social innovation.
At Most Contagious 2014 you will be able to explore Scentee: the device that connects to a smartphone and emits the smell of your favourite meal; experience the world’s first tele-hug ring: RingU, which delivers a remote hug; and stimulate your taste buds with the Electric Taste Machine.
Incendiary Reflection /
Do all of our emotions really come from inside ?
This mirror is designed to influence your emotional state by reflecting your facial expression as a slightly different one. You may not be changing your facial expression, but your face in the mirror will look happy or sad. What you see in the mirror looks like you. So, if you see your face smiling in the mirror, you will unconsciously recognize the change in the mirror as one actually occurring inside your body–and actually become happier.
Incendiary Reflection /
The EmoSPARK is the first artificial intelligence (AI) console empowered by you. Learning from you and your family the cube, which will interact on a conversational level, takes note of your feelings and reactions to audio and visual media. It learns to like what you like, and with your guidance, recognises what makes you feel happy.
It learns to recognise your face and voice, along with your family members, as well as becoming familiar with the times when you are feeling a little down in the dumps. Then it can play the music it knows you enjoy, or recall a photograph or short video of happier events. You will be in control of how you interact and engage with the EmoSPARK, which is an Android powered Wi-Fi/Bluetooth cube.
The cube, like any family member, soon gets to know and recognise the likes and dislikes of the people around it. Likewise with its unique Emotion Processing Unit, you can watch the ever changing display of colours that form and blend in the iris of the eye of the cube indicating how it is “feeling” at any particular moment.
Visualise & Oculus Rift /
Orange Labs /
Rasperry Pi /
Huit Denim /
Botanicus Interacticus /
The Twitter Dress /
Makie Labs /
The Most Contagious Awards are a chance for us to recognise the companies and communications we believe are changing the world for the better.
You don’t get a Most Contagious Award for snappy art direction or an ROI of 3728% on your social media campaign (although that is impressive). You get it for demonstrating the transformational power of creativity.
Our awardees come in a variety of sizes and from a variety of places, and we also give you the chance to have your say about the Most Contagious companies that are rewriting the rules of business.
At the end of the event, delegates vote to decide the Most Contagious Idea of the Year Award.
Goldieblox founder and CEO, Debbie Stirling, picking up the Most Contagious Small But Perfectly Formed Company award in New York last year.
2013 Purpose Award /
TOYOTA / MEALS PER HOUR TSSC, ERLANGER, 360I, NEW YORK
2013 Service Award /
GARANTI BANK / IGARANTI FJORD, HELSINKI, ISTANBUL, LONDON
2013 Technology Award /
BRCK USHAHIDI INC, NAIROBI
2013 Retail Award /
VODAFONE EGYPT / FAKKA JWT, CAIRO
2013 Design Award /
INFINITY TOWER, INCHEON, KOREA GDS ARCHITECTS, SEOUL
2013 SBPF Award /