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Behind The Scenes of “The Best Technology Conference on the Planet”

"The best technology conference on the planet" – Forbes

Santiago Lion: Photo Credit: Adobe/Scott Braut

At Remix we get to work with incredibly interesting events and the people connected to them.One of those events isWeb Summit - Europe’s largest technology marketplace, and a global meeting place for the most disruptive technology companies.Remix placed our client, Santiago Lyon from Adobe, as a keynote at Web Summit 2018. Web Summit – coming up November 5-8 in Lisbon, Portugal - attracts 70,000 attendees from more than 150 countries. The Atlantic says that Web Summit is “where the future goes to be born” and The New York Times calls Web Summit “a grand conclave of the tech industry’s high priests.”

Remix caught up with Stephen Twomey, the speaker director for Web Summit, and asked him a few questions about this great event and how he prepares.

  • What sets Web Summit apart from other events?

The attendee experience is at the heart of what we do. Web Summit is continuously...

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The Issue of Trust

I had a great time moderating a panel last week on the Future of Work at the Seattle Interactive Conference, one of my favorite annual events. After our panelists discussed the ins and outs of working remotely, digital nomads, and co-sharing workspaces, we opened the session to a Q&A. The questions from the audience were so thoughtful and honestly surprising. One question in particular caught me off guard a bit. It was around the issue of trust. A young woman explained that her company had recently allowed her to work remotely and she was excited about that. My first thought was “Great! This is a progressive company allowing a responsible professional to work remotely.” But then she said the HR department was concerned if she was working from where she said she would be working. In fact, they told her that they would be monitoring her IP address on her computer to check her location. When she said she would be monitored remotely to make sure she was being truthful about her...

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Q&A with Nicole Meier, a Friend of Remix

We like to think of ourselves as well-rounded people at Remix, so we wanted to share a little different perspective on our blog. A good friend of Remix, Nicole Meier, is celebrating her second novel, The Girl Made of Clay, available today! Nicole writes contemporary women's fiction, and her debut novel, The House of Bradbury, was named a ‘Best Book of 2016’ by Refinery29. We had a chat with Nicole to find out where she – and we – can find inspiration!

What inspired the book?

Growing up, my father had a pottery studio on our property. I can still recall sitting on a stool (which I still own!), watching him sculpt. I remember the earthy smell of the wet clay and the way it felt against my fingers.THE GIRL MADE OF CLAY is about a famoussculptor whose artist compound burns down. His estranged daughter is then forced to take him in and care for him. The book is about forgiveness and second chances. There's also a lot of art - which is inspired by my experience with my father at a young...

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Living the Dream: Working Remotely & Making It Work

What if you could choose to work from Italy, Croatia, Montana, or England – or all those locations in the same year? Professionals today want careers that enable them to work from wherever they want. According to astudy,one of the top perks employees want is the ability to work remotely.Additionally,75% of millennialsbelieve working remotely would have a positive impact on productivity in their organization.

When we started Remix, we had to think through the agency structure. Where would our people work? If we weren’t all in one office, how would we collaborate effectively? To be honest, it was an easy decision for us: within reason, our people should work where they want. Instead of searching for candidates who can physically be in our offices, we went searching for candidates who were the best fit for the job.

The result? Our agency has rockstars. I’m talking incredibly smart, talented, committed, dream employees.How we attracted those people isn’t a big secret. In a research...

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Learning – or Standing Still?

This week I attended the VES (Visual Effects Summit) in Beverly Hills with my client Gavin Miller, Head of Adobe Research & VP, Creative Intelligence Lab, where he was speaking about future technologies. I like to attend events where we’ve placed our clients as speakers, or where they will have some sort of presence, and I always walk away feeling like I’ve learned something and met smart, interesting people. That was definitely the case with VES. But there was a twist: In addition to the main stage presentations, VES held small roundtable discussions on a variety of topics from which you could choose. The subjects ranged from VR to Game Engines to VFX in Korea and China. And then there was one that jumped out at me:

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What We Can Learn from TED (Part 2)

In our last blog post, we shared some ideas about speaking that we’ve learned from our experience with TEDx. The Remix team has worked on TEDx Bend – one of the TEDx Programs designed to help communities, organizations and individuals to spark conversation and connection. Here are a few more thoughts on giving your best presentation, with some ideas borrowed from TED:

Speak in Stories

I come from a long line of Irish storytellers so I know that stories are what really captivate an audience. As much as you can, tell stories to make your points. Your audience will love you for it.

No Death by PowerPoint

Ahhhh…. We’ve all been there. Bored to tears by clunky, cluttered PowerPoint slides with way too much information and the teeniest of print. Oh – and the slides are often accompanied by a speaker who reads the bullets on the slides. Egads. TED encourages its speakers – and we encourage you! – to have visuals, but not a lot of text. Use the visuals to support your speaking – not the other...

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What We Can Learn from Ted (Part 1)

The Remix team has had the incredible experience of working on TEDx Bend – one of the TEDx Programs designed to help communities, organizations and individuals to spark conversation and connection. This is an incredible group of people coming together to produce a day of programming full of “ideas worth sharing.” I’ve helped curate the speakers, which means working through a huge virtual stack of proposals and ideas from talented people from all over the U.S. This experience has been invaluable as I’m normally on the other side of that equation, pitching my clients as speakers to top conferences. In addition to the selection aspect, Gretchen and I have had the honor of coaching four of the TEDx Bend speakers who will be on stage this Spring. There are many things that we’ve learned in the process – some of which we would love to share with you.

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And Here We Go!

OK, let’s be real. Starting a marketing agency is not for the faint of heart. There are SO many decisions from naming the firm, hiring the right people, focusing on our strengths, creating the website, and on and on. But honestly: What really matters is our ability to create real results for our clients. That’s why our values are so important to us. What are our values? Here’s a glimpse at the values we hold close at Remix:

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