600 attend fantastic Living It Festival
More than 600 people turned out to UnLtd’s Living It Festival last weekend, making the event the biggest of its kind in the UK.
Held at Google Campus in London, the festival was the grand finale of our latest campaign to celebrate and showcase young social entrepreneurs – and what a 48 hours it was!
A vibrant mix of young people, partners and supporters from all over the country came together to share ideas and inspiration, and give their time to connect and help each other. There was an epic programme of 45 interactive sessions, entertainment, and a whole host of fun and games to keep people engaged across the two days.
In total 43 organisations took part in the event which was supported by our campaign partners – O2 Think Big, TOMS, Google Campus and Eventbrite. Sessions included ‘Working together to support young social entrepreneurs’, ‘Education perspectives: adventures in social entrepreneurship’, What we know: how to unleash the potential of young people’, How to make money while doing good’, Make your idea happen’, and ‘How to build a tribe’. See the full programme at http://living-it.org/festival/
The Lived It Awards
At the event we also staged the first-ever Lived It Awards which recognised the achievements of some inspirational young social entrepreneurs. Josie Emberton, Head of Young UnLtd, said: “It was a truly remarkable weekend to remember and the biggest event of its kind in the UK. Supporting young people to realise their potential and be the change they want to see in the world is fundamental to our mission at UnLtd. We’d like to thank everyone who came to the event and our partners for making it such a success.”
Hosting the event at Google Campus was significant, not only because it is the technology hub of London and a mainstream start-up institution, but because Google opened its doors to a wild diversity of passionate people who are actively solving a full range of social challenges.
UnLtd will keep working with key and influential players and partners to raise the profile of social entrepreneurship, and to ensure that people can access relevant support anywhere and at every stage of their journey from passion to action.
Lived It Award winners
The Living It Festival was the perfect place to launch our inaugural Lived It Awards. More than 100 people joined us to celebrate young social entrepreneurs, their projects and supporters in a special ceremony on Friday night. The Awards were hosted by our dynamic comperes Shivani Mair (one of UnLtd’s first ever young Award Winners) and UnLtd Trustee Richard Tyrie, with entertainment from ‘Beatfreeks’.
From 42 online nominations and 5,009 votes we were left with 21 finalists. From these, thanks to our panel of expert judges, we were given 11 incredible and inspiring winners.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Impact Award (public vote): Curly Hair Project – Alis Rowe
Impact Award (judges’ choice): Beyond the Classroom – Amma Mensah
Enterprise Award (public vote): Sports Alive – Ryan Manville
Enterprise Award (judges’ choice): Tutors United – Joel Davis
Innovation Award (public vote): Fourth Wall Theatre Network – Daniel Bridgewater
Innovation Award (judges’ choice): STEMettes – Ann Marie Imafidon
Supporter Award (public vote): Creative Youth Network
Supporter Award (judges’ choice – joint winners): MakeSense and Oxford Brookes Social Entrepreneurs Award Programme
Young Social EntrepreneurAward (public vote): Emily Yates – Accessible Guide to the Commonwealth Games
Young Social Entrepreneur Award (judges’ choice): Luke Rodgers – Foster Focus
Each winner received a trophy, framed certificate, a signed copy of Blake Mycoskie’s book “Start Something That Matters” and a free one-to-one mentoring session with an UnLtd mentor. Winners in the judges’ choice categories also received a voucher for a pair of TOMS shoes.
Congratulations to all the finalists and winners.
You can see more photos from the Living It festival on Flickr, here.
The Living It Festival is a two-day extravaganza of a colourful range of activities. We aim to bring together and showcase knowledge, support and expertise from our partners and Award Winners, in addition to celebrating, promoting and showcasing the work of young social entrepreneurs and our partners.
Friday is focused on our partners and UnLtd sharing our knowledge and experience. For Saturday expect practical sessions on a wide range of subjects from a range of people and organisations. Learn about how to start with a great idea, how to pursue your passion, how to make money AND make a difference. Find out great stories by experienced social entrepreneurs, what our funders and corporate partners can share with you, hear from great artists and much much more.
And did we mention LOTS of fun?
The Living It Campaign Team
LIVING IT / FRIDAY / 17TH MAY
Eco-System Support – for Partners by Partners
UnLtd – What We Know
|09:00||Registration/Tea and Coffee|
|09:30||Welcome and Intro|
|10:00||Working Together to Support Young Social Entrepreneurs with Telefonica’s O2 Think Big||The UnLtd Approach to Community Social Entrepreneurship with Pam Hardisty, Head of Community Entrepreneurship|
|11:00||Why Funders Support Social Entrepreneurs and CrowdFunding with BuzzBnk, Comic Relief, vinspired and The Cabinet Office||Virtual Collaboration and Changing the World: A Beginner’s Guide with Virginia Henry, Knowledge and Learning Manager and Jessica Nugent, Experience Manager|
|12:00||Community Reporting and Influencing Mainstream Media with Radar||Exploring the Power of the Global Network with Constanca Santos and Krittika Kaewmamuang, Global Social Entrepreneurship Network (GSEN)|
|13:30||Education Perspective, Adventures in Social Entrepreneurship with University of Sheffield, Student Hubs, Woodhouse College and Real Ideas Organisation (RIO)||The Policy Landscape and a Guide to Influencingwith Karl Belizaire, Policy Manager|
|14:30||Powerful Online Tools with Spark+Mettle, Catch 22, vInspired and EventBrite||The UnLtd Approach to Working in Partnership with Kamran Rashid, Thomas McAlister, Paul Squires and Ellen Shipley, UnLtd|
|15:30||#SparkingSomeGood, How Santander and UnLtd are Pioneering Peer-to-Peer Support with Sheralee Morris, Networks Instigator at UnLtd and Santander||What We Know – How to Unleash the Potential of Young People with Stephen Miller, Senior Researcher|
LIVING IT / SATURDAY / 17TH MAY
|THE SOCENT JOURNEY||SKILLS ZONE||TABLE ZONE||BIG IDEAS CORNER||CAMPUS ZONE|
|09:30||Registrations/Tea and Coffee|
|10:00||Welcome and Intro|
|10:30||The 30 Day “Make a Difference Challenge”with Neil Prem||How to Make Money while Doing Goodwith Lauren Bailey||Crowdfunding Your Social Venture with Syndicate Room||How to Catch a Time-Poor Dreamer with Here to Islington||Public Speaking Demystified with Simon Bucknall|
|11:30||The Social Enterprise Revolution with InspirEngage||How to Minimise Risk and Maximise Impact: A 15 Points plan with Terence Doherty and Kevin Brady||How to Build a Tribe with Tribe Wanted||How to Make Friends and Influence People with Karl Belizaire, UnLtd||Transformational Leadership with The Change Leadership Foundation|
|12:30||Ideation – Bringing Ideas to Life with UnLtd||Why Should People Buy from You? with D&Ad||How to Be a Community Reporter and Influencer with Radar||#SparkSomeGood – Access Your Network and Understanding Reciprocity with Jacqueline Gunn, UnLtd||The Greatest Story You’ve Never Told with Simon Bucknall|
|14:00||Making Your Idea Happen with HUB Youth Academy||What You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know About Building a Career in the Social Sector with Worthwhile||The Time Capsule Project, Letters to Your Future Self with SoCom Projects||Baked. Cake with a Causewith Dr Lauren RoffeyCircle of Co-Creationwith SWAGS World||Building Relationships that Count with Sukha Consulting|
|15:00||I’ve Done a Project.. Now What? with UnLtd and Telefonica’s O2 Think Big||Start Small, Thing Big. How Digital Could Help Make It A Success with Telefonica’s O2 Think Big||Escape to Your Happiness Island, How to Cope with Stress with Confident Queen||Collaborative Consumption with The Grub Club||Brand You: How to Build a Personal Brand with Little Miss Creative|
|16:00||Business Modelling the Creative Way with Louise Cannon, Award Manager UnLtd||It’s All About Design, Dummy! with Trading Times||Think Inside the Box – Transforming Learning Concepts Into Games with Elementals||Open Slots||Inclusion and Social Entrepreneurship with Bepartofit|
|17:20||Entertainment: Akala and Kwamz|
For more info about the Living It Festival programme please contact Catalin Parascan at firstname.lastname@example.org *Please note that due to the nature of the event, the programme of the festival can change.