What is Stream?

Welcome to Stream, the WPP network of creative, marketing and technology leaders.
 
As technology changes the world, Stream brings together an eclectic group of leaders and rising stars to debate and inspire what happens next. The aim is to be as provocative as possible. And to arm our clients and partners with the very best access and insights to inform the future development of all our businesses.
 
Founded in 2007 as an annual event, Stream has grown. There are now eight events each year; Stream India, Stream Indonesia, Stream SXSW, Stream LatAm, Stream Cannes, Stream Europe, Stream USA and Stream Africa, with WIRED naming Stream as “one of the world’s best technology conferences”.
 
Over the last 10 years we have hosted over 10,000 media, technology and brand leaders, including Anderson Cooper, Sheryl Sandberg, Ana Ivanovic, Gwyneth Paltrow, Joe Tsai, Gabourey Sidibe, Matthew Weiner, Jack Dorsey, Daniel Ek, Lachlan Murdoch, Marissa Meyer, Shekhar Kapur, Jeff Weiner, Shane Smith and Nassim Taleb, alongside leaders from AT&T, Apple, Avon, BAC, Colgate, E&Y, Equinox, GSK, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Motorola, Nestlé, Nike, Paramount, PepsiCo, Revlon, Samsung, Unilever, and Under Armour as well as VCs, founders, artists, filmmakers, academics, economists, engineers and more.  
 
A note on the format of Stream. Known as an “unconference”; crowd-sourcing determines the content of the 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.
 
Highlights from previous Stream’s, include Discussions on “Can blockchain save the media?”; "Why should we have a universal living wage - NOW!” “How do you advertise to robots?”; “What next for coffee shops?”; “Corporate venturing… labs, accelerators, incubators. Why does none of it work for me?”; “Tax Breaks for data?”; “Should we teach robots how to lie?”; “Stop the rot, how to attract better and brighter people into Public Service”; to “How to work with social influencers, and not get sued!”; “Chatbots, is it just lipstick, or a transformative operation?” and “Will there be advertising when machines make purchasing decisions?”
 
Alongside, the Discussions, we see an extraordinary array of demonstrations, talent and workshops, from  dancing robots; live music from Justin Beiber’s songwriter; slam poetry; drone races; a space launch; VR, AR and virtual haircuts; cooking with IBM Watson; bike rides with Olympians; debate on the future of AI with Sophia the robot; Mpesa exchanges; cryptocurrency trading; private films screenings from academy award filmmakers; a home-made jet propulsion bike; psychology games with WIRED; an AI automated chess board; live drawing from the Dove ad FBI sketch artist; and workshops to build computers and hack banks (theoretically).
 
This year will be... who knows?... it hasn't happened yet. But we do know the result, everyone present will leave Stream with the very best access and insights to inform the future development of all our businesses. Stream works because its success depends entirely on those attending - so it’s by invitation only. There’s no cost to attend, full-board is included in the invitation.
 
 
What they say
 
“In my humble opinion by far and away the most inspiring and useful days in the annual calendar of events”
Nick Drake, T-Mobile
 
“When [you] invited me I was intrigued but didn’t know quite what to expect.  The event was far richer than I could have imagined – and a genuine pleasure all the way around. If I had to describe it in 5 words I would choose: Free flowing intellectual media cocktail. On a scale of 1-5, 5 being the best, I would give it a 5”
David Rabkin, American Express
 
“Surprising Fresh Perspectives about Future” Maria Elisa Carvajal, Colgate
 
"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
 
"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

"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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Stream 2018-2019 Dates

25-28 October 2018 -- Stream Europe, Athens
14-17 November 2018 -- Stream USA, Ojai
21-23 November 2018 -- Stream Africa, Stellenbosch

5-6 February 2019 – Stream Commerce, Miami
6-8 February 2019 – Stream India 2019, Jaipur

17-19 April 2019 – Stream Indonesia, Yogyakarta
15-18 May 2019 – Stream LatAm, Salvador

18 June 2019 – Stream Cannes, Cannes
23-26 October 2019 – Stream Europe, Athens
13-16 November 2019 – Stream USA, Ojai
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