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Living It Festival

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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.”

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Fourth Wall Theatre Network’s Daniel Bridgewater clearly delighted with his Innovation Award (public vote)

 

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.

 

Innovation Award (judges’ choice) winner Ann Marie Imafidon of STEMettes

Innovation Award (judges’ choice) winner Ann Marie Imafidon of STEMettes

 

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’.

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Luke Rodgers of Foster Focus, winner of the Young Social Entrepreneur Award (judges’ choice)

 

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

Time

Ground Floor

Third Floor

Eco-System Support – for Partners by Partners

UnLtd – What We Know

09:00 Registration/Tea and Coffee
09:30 Welcome and Intro
09:50 BREAK BREAK
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
10:45 BREAK BREAK
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
11:45 BREAK BREAK
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)
12:45 LUNCH LUNCH
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
14:15 BREAK BREAK
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
15:15 BREAK BREAK
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
16:20 CLOSING THOUGHTS

LIVING IT / SATURDAY / 17TH MAY

Time

Ground Floor

Third Floor

Lower

Ground

Floor

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
11:15 BREAK BREAK BREAK BREAK BREAK
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
12:15 BREAK BREAK BREAK  BREAK BREAK
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
13:15 LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH
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
14:45 BREAK BREAK BREAK BREAK
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
15:45 BREAK BREAK BREAK BREAK
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
16:45 BREAK BREAK BREAK BREAK BREAK
17:00 Closing Thoughts
17:20 Entertainment: Akala and Kwamz

 For more info about the Living It Festival programme please contact Catalin Parascan at catalinparascan@unltd.org.uk *Please note that due to the nature of the event, the programme of the festival can change.

 

 

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