MK Geek Night

#47 Mar 14 2024

18.30-23.00 (talks 19.30-22.00)

  • In-person event
  • Talks start 19:30

MKGN #47 will be held back in the Sky Room at MK Gallery on Thursday March 14th 2024. Doors open at 18.30 with our first speaker on stage around 19.30.

The bar stays open until 22:30 - 23:00 so stick around for drinks and chat.

We're looking for sponsors to help support the food and drink for this not-for-profit community event. Take a look at our opportunities.

The Sky Room at MK Gallery
900 Midsummer Boulevard
Central Milton Keynes

The what3words address is ///trespass.abruptly.hurtles
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Topics, speakers & schedule

Timings are approximate

Jahan Haroon

Stop Thief! Hands off my future!

Are you itching to look at your phone every few minutes? Good news! You’re not alone!

A recent study found that, despite their best efforts, half of the public can’t stop themselves from checking their smartphones when they should be focusing on other things. Our distractions are no accident. Giving them up is no easy path.

Think you can give yours up?

Procrastination, distraction, TLDR, content saturation and the general downbeat mood these days…accident or design? (or both?) How did we get here? What does the solution look like? What does this have to do with progress?

This talk is all about all of this and more importantly how you recapture and hold onto your focus. Focus secured, maybe we put it to good use through a more regenerative future?

About Jahan

Jahan is on a mission to address the challenge that modern work presents. Through Teamory, he works with teams to improve the quality and efficacy of work. His passion for designing around people has helped teams root out habits and nurture better ones to sustain more meaningful work. Work that is open, work that becomes a legacy of seamless, sustained success.

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Jahan has over 15 years of consultancy experience across government, energy, retail, finance, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing. He’s worked with global organisations to identify and land hundreds of millions of dollars of value through redesigning organisations, shaping and launching ideas as purpose led offerings. These have included services and products across FinTech, RegTech, Government, Energy and Manufacturing. Jahan was shortlisted for a prestigious global Energy Industry Innovative Technology Award for simplifying regulatory workloads through AI.

Jahan Haroon

Dr Chloe Sharp

Journey from Product Idea to Launch: How to understand customer and user needs along the way

About Chloe

After finishing her studies, Chloe started a research career, beginning with a Research Fellowship at the University of Bedfordshire. Then pivoting away from academia into the commercial sector, working as a Social Researcher at one of the UK’s Catapults as a gateway. She worked at an AI startup, focusing on user and market research and then co-founded with that entrepreneur, a successful research and grant writing consultancy that they ran for about 4-5 years. She worked with a breadth of charities, local authorities, startups and scale-ups, delivering research work for them at different stages of the product development process. Chloe then exited the business and worked in the finance sector in grants and as a Product Manager, seeing research from a different angle, finishing there at the end of last year. From all these experiences, Chloe recently published a book to bring together big ideas and research approaches for new product development and innovation, called “Make Products That Matter”, to provide a practical guide to understanding customer and user needs.

Dr Chloe Sharp
Speaker | Coach | Trainer | Author

David Sheldon-Hicks

Virtual Fashion+

David will talk about Territory's work with Nike and their .SWOOSH platform – A new community experience, designed to give creators the opportunity to design the future of Nike.

About David

David co-founded Territory Studio in 2010, a specialist studio that draws on expertise in narrative-led creative design to imagine, realise and build new worlds. Leading studio locations in the UK, the US, and in mainland Europe, David’s love of storytelling and technology, and his eye for emotive details have grown and established the studio’s reputation for beautifully crafted, design-led graphic narratives spanning all genres and media.

In 2022, David co-founded Territory Group, a global collective of creative businesses that includes Territory Studio and Cantina Collective, unlocking the further potential for success and capacity for growth.

In addition to winning Motion Awards and D&AD’s, Territory Studio’s work for Blade Runner 2049 was nominated for the annual Beazley Designs of the Year 2018 and work produced for Spiderman: Miles Morales was recognised at the Clio Awards 2022. In recognition of his creative approach and achievements, David was named as one of Creative Review’s Creative Leaders 50.

David Sheldon-Hicks
Founder & Exec. Creative Director
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