Discussions

You have been invited to Stream because you are a leader, or game-changer in your field…. And we want to hear your thoughts (not ours).  Crowd-sourcing determines the content of the event, which begins with an empty whiteboard to be filled by you, the attendees, with ideas for Discussions. Everyone, including you, is expected to participate and contribute.

So, what is a Discussion?


A Discussion is a 1-hour long discussion group on a topic proposed by a participant of Stream. Typically, each group will have between 20-30 people, and will be hosted in one of our class-room spaces around the hotel, ranging from tents in the gardens, to indoor spaces with basic AV.

Suggesting a discussion topic doesn’t mean you have all the answers. Instead, good discussions favour a punchy question, debate and willingness to hear many points of view. Previous topics include: “Artificial Intelligence: will it overwhelm us?”; “The future of news for millennials”; “Crowdfunding: how the little guy wins”; “Are we becoming illiterate?”; “What I discovered living inside Instagram”; “Seven reasons mobile is king in Africa”; “Are wearables a scam?”; and “Can there be a future without ads?”

OK got it. So how do I add my idea for a Discussion to the agenda?


You can create a New Discussion by clicking on the orange ‘Submit Your Idea’ button below. You’re aiming for a short, sharp, teaser as a title, and then 3-4 lines to explain what you’ll cover in the Discussion. You can see examples below, or here.

If it’s your first time at Stream, and you’re hesitating, don’t. 80% of everyone at Stream has never been to an “unconference” before, so you’re in good company. The event is designed to get you out of your comfort zone. If you’d like test out an idea before posting it, let us know.

How do I schedule a time for my Discussion?

When you arrive at the hotel, we’ll register you, and show you to the Big Boards, two massive white-boards, that look a bit like a blank school timetable. You’ll be able to add your idea to a 1-hour slot on the boards at 3.30pm on Wednesday. Later that day, we’ll give you the opportunity to “pitch” your idea to the whole group as part of the Preview Show.

Any questions?

Let us know! We are open to ALL ideas, and can help you plan a Discussion outline, feedback on an idea, or prepare any materials you might want. Just get in touch here.

Douglas (義东) Gan (颜)

Vanitee

How can tech disrupt the $4 trillion Beauty Services Industry who's today untouched and not Global

The Beauty Services Industry is worth $4 trillion and apart from Hotel Chain Spas, there has never been a truly Global platform. Heck, even Marriot Group is only present in 100+ countries while Airbnb is almost at 200. And the largest taxi companies are in less than 10 countries while Uber has almost 70. The Beauty Products Industry is ripe with Global companies like J&J, P&G, L'oreal, Estée Lauder and Shiseido dominating markets / countries worldwide. But by far the biggest chain of Beauty Salons you have heard outside of Hotel Spas is only a handful like Toni&Guy. China is poised to breakout with their largest Beauty Salon Chain having almost 1,000 shops, giving them enough firepower to takeover the world in the next decade or so. But could technology disrupt that first and be a truly Global Platform, setting standards and giving consumers a peace of mind on what to expect when consuming beauty services.

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