What is Stream?

Stream is an invitation-only meeting of brands, agencies, media and technology companies.

Over the last 10 years Stream has gained a reputation as "one of the world's best technology conferences" (WIRED) or as "TED meets TECH" (SABMiller).
Hosted by WPP CEO Martin Sorrell and Yossi Vardi "the grandfather of Israeli innovation" Stream brings together CEOs, CMOs and friends to debate the future of technology and creativity.

Stream attracts a diverse crowd: everyone from client CEOs and rising stars within WPP to marketers, start-ups, VCs, social entrepreneurs, publishers, academics, film-makers and media types, including Shane Smith CEO, VICE; Jonah Perretti Founder, Buzzfeed; Lorraine Twohill CMO, Google; Jeff Weiner CEO, LinkedIn; Ben Silbermann Founder, Pinterest; Shekhar Kapur Acadamy-Award winning Director; Keith Weed CMO, Unilever; Marissa Mayer CEO, Yahoo; Jonathan Mildenhall CMO, Airbnb; Bruce McColl CMO, Mars; Nassim Taleb, Author, Black Swan and Olympic Snowboarder Shaun White among others.

You go to Stream not as a delegate but as a participant. Collaboration is valued over hierarchy, discussions over statements. Known as an ‘un-conference’, crowd-sourcing determines the content of each event, which begins with an empty whiteboard to be filled by attendees with ideas for discussions. Everyone is expected to participate and contribute.

Tim O’Reilly, one of the pioneers of the format through Foo (Friends Of O’Reilly) Camp, describes it as "the wiki of conferences". It’s democratic, at times anarchic and everything your standard "speeches followed by drinks and networking" conference is not.

Founded in 2007 as an annual three-day meeting, Stream has grown, with over 2,000 brands, agencies and media companies joining us every year at one of the seven annual events: Stream India, Stream SXSW, Stream Asia, Stream Indonesia, Stream Cannes, Stream Global, Stream USA and Stream Africa.

2018 Dates:
28 February-3 March, Stream Asia, Jaipur
10 March, Stream SXSW, Austin, Texas
19-21 April, Stream Indonesia, Yogyakarta
16-19 May, Stream Latam, Brazil
19 June, Stream Cannes, France
11-14 October, Stream 2017, Greece
14-17 November, Stream USA 2017, CA
21-23 November, Stream Africa, Cape Town, SA

The result?

"Inspiring" Keith Weed, Unilever

"Without doubt the best conference I’ve ever been to (“un” or otherwise), and I am raring to get back into the office next week, determined to bring more of this spirit and vision into my business" Charlotte O’Sullivan, Mulberry

"Why do I love Stream? Because people are in jeans and are ready to interact, instead of suits and ties making statements." Esther Dyson, Edventure

"Stream is an eye opener for me. This is the real world and once you work in the corporate world, it's easy to lose touch, even interest... and end up being somewhat self centered. Stream is a refreshing interlude, in a formatted year of reviews and meetings. No agenda! Free flowing discussions! Stuff that has nothing to do with my job or my industry - that is what's inspiring. I wouldn't want to endure three days of marketing or FMCGs. I want three days of random thoughts, unusual encounters and great vibe" Eric Jumbert, Colgate

"Meeting a large group of people that are passionate, smart, and enjoy what they do, is inspirational. It recharges the batteries. Makes me want to go find more of them. I can be pretty introverted so being in a large group of people like that, and knowing absolutely no one, was quite intimidating for me. However, wherever I sat, folks were incredibly kind and welcoming. Frankly, by the second day I made a conscious effort not to go to a lot of the digital education discussions. Found the "off topic" discussions to be very rewarding. I’m big on connecting dots that are either farther away or don’t appear to be related, Stream introduced me to a lot of new dots." Douglas Brian Macdonald, Qatar Airways

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