Digital dynamos spell out the reasons why

Big names from the world of digital marketing, advertising and innovation are being lined up for a high-profile conference.

Big names from the world of digital marketing, advertising and innovation are being lined up for a high-profile conference.

Digital Media 360: Marketing in the Digital Age symposium will be staged at The Sage Gateshead on September 20.

Speakers will include: David Alberts, executive creative director of ad firm Grey London; Nick Piggott, digital content manager at radio operator GCap; and Matt Locke, head of innovation for BBC New Media and Technology.

The event will provide the chance to hear from some of the most creative, forward-thinking minds in digital marketing, as well as the chance to meet some of the North's leading digital media and technology companies.

Attendees will also have a chance to question the speakers, to discuss the North-East and the impact of new media upon it.

The event has been organised by North-East digital industry trade association Codeworks Connect. It will be chaired by Paul Campbell, chief executive officer of Newcastle technology firm The Amazing Group. Codeworks chief executive Herb Kim said: "Digital Media 360 is an unmissable chance for businesses in the region to find out how to take advantage of the fresh media channels and new business models that have been made feasible in today's digital age of Google, eBay, YouTube et al.

"We're delighted to welcome three such huge names to the North-East.

"All come to us from leading companies in their field and are well placed to give the region's business community a unique 360-degree view of current and future developments in the new media world.

"Most of the North-East's leading technology companies will be attending Digital Media 360, so the event also provides an ideal chance for non- technology companies to check out potential suppliers of websites and other new media services."

* The event is free to members of Codeworks Connect and £75+VAT to non-members. Further details can be found at www.thinkandadrink.com.

David Alberts, executive creative director, Grey Advertising:

"The Brand Challenge - Strategies for your business through digital media"

David has worked across five continents, in 47 countries. He has created award-winning work on some of the world's largest brands including FedEx, Pepsi, McDonald's, Visa, GSK, Procter & Gamble, AOL, Unilever, BT, Telstra, Nestle and Masterfoods.

Matt Locke, head of innovation for new media and technology, BBC:

"An insider's view of digital innovation at the BBC"

Matt is responsible for developing and running research programmes within the BBC and with external partners, including developing academic and industry partnerships and developing open innovation initiatives including http://backstage.bbc.co.uk.

Nick Piggott, digital content manager, GCap:

"Media in a multi-channel environment - how will consumers navigate the new landscape?"

Nick is the digital content manager at GCap Media, the UK's largest commercial radio operator. He is responsible for contributing to and implementing digital strategy across all platforms and is involved with global initiatives to promote digital technology for radio.

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