FRANCE – Cannes Lions announces Lions Innovation Festival
Actively recognising the growing relationship between data, technology and ideas, the new Creative Data Lions and expanded Innovation Lions are the product of extensive industry consultation. The Innovation Lions will now include categories for standalone and branded technological solutions, adtech platforms and models.
Cannes Lions has announced the launch of the Creative Data Lions and expanded Innovation Lions, which will form part of a new, two day Lions Innovation Festival within next year’s International Festival of Creativity.
The move is a comprehensive response to dramatic industry shifts which, says Lions Festival CEO, Philip Thomas, have created exciting opportunities for both brands and agencies. “Using data and technology as tools that can lead to great ideas has become mainstream. As ever when these seismic changes occur in the industry, Cannes Lions is asked to consider ways we can acknowledge and reflect the reality of what is going on. The Lions Innovation Festival will highlight how data and technology can be powerful catalysts for creativity.”
Actively recognising the growing relationship between data, technology and ideas, the new Creative Data Lions and expanded Innovation Lions are the product of extensive industry consultation.
The Innovation Lions will now include categories for standalone and branded technological solutions, adtech platforms and models. The new Creative Data Lions will celebrate the role of data in shaping ideas, better storytelling and engagement, which David Droga, Creative Chairman, Droga5 sees as integral.
“I love the friction between creativity and data. I think when you can navigate between the two and they complement each other it’s a wonderful thing. Data and science is liberating for creativity because it offers a foundation. We’re not scared of it – data furnishes us with great insights and allows us to stop bullshitting ourselves. It helps us to ask the right questions.”
Setting the stage for the awards will be the Lions Innovation Festival itself – a carefully curated programme of talks, demonstrations and networking opportunities designed to ignite ideas and showcase the tools to bring them to life. Lions Innovation will be part of the 2015 Cannes Lions and open to Classic Pass-holding delegates, but the inaugural Festival can also be attended as a separate, 2 day event.
Speaking about the central role data will play in Lions Innovation, Todd Cullen, Chief Data Officer, Ogilvy & Mather, and head of OgilvyAmp, the agency’s data offering, said, “There’s really no better place than Cannes Lions to experience the electricity produced by data-inspired creativity. Lions Innovation will show Cannes Lions veterans and newcomers how geeks and creatives are sparking new ideas to create the future of media.”
The Lions Innovation Festival takes place on 25th-26th June 2015 in the Lerins Hall of the Palais des Festivals, closing with the new Lions Innovation Awards. Passes will be available from 15th January 2015 and can be booked standalone or, during the launch year only, included in the Classic 7 day Cannes Lions pass. Entries will open 22nd January 2015. For more information, visit www.canneslions.com/innovation.