"A Change is Gonna Come"

In this, the fourth of our highly successful audio events, Futuresource delivered another must-attend event, bringing together leading experts from the entire audio and music sector to discuss how the industry can sustain growth and drive profitability.


  • Keynote - Adriaan Thierry, Sonos

  • Panel - Audio's Role in the Smart Home

    Nikolaj Hviid - Bragi
    Pete Downton - 7digital
    Edwin van Vianen - IBM
    Patrice Slupowski - Orange
    James Chapman - Qualcomm

  • Presentation - Key Market Trends in Headphones - Zlata Jelisejeva, Futuresource Consulting

  • Panel - Immersive Audio Experiences

    Canaan Rubin - Jaunt VR
    Elfed Howells - Dolby
    Paul Weir - Earcom & Microsoft
    Andreas Lakeberg - Xperi

  • Panel - The Expanding Influence of Social Media Platforms

    Will Hardy - Twitter
    Cliff Fluet - Lewis Silkin
    Dom Hodge - FRUKT

  • Presentation - The Rate of Change of In-Car Entertainment - Andrew Till, Harman

  • Panel - The World of Luxury Audio

    Stuart Tickle - AWE Europe
    Victor d'Allancé - Devialet
    Peter Nelson - Bowers & Wilkins
    Bob Stuart - MQA

  • Presentation - What's Next for Music Streaming? - Riad Hawa - Deezer

Prize Draw - Win a Devialet Gold Phantom

Attendees will have the chance to win a Devialet Gold Phantom wireless speaker, worth over £2,000 in a prize draw. To enter the prize draw, you must register for a ticket and attend the Audio Collaborative event.

Packed full of energising keynotes, best-in-class presentations and panels, Audio Collaborative also includes Futuresource market insight presentations, providing you with strategic analysis of the current landscape and the key challenges and opportunities for the years ahead. Join us and meet, connect with and learn from industry leaders, entrepreneurs and those driving innovation within video entertainment and broadcast.

  • Where - The Ham Yard Hotel, London, UK

  • When - 12:00 - 17:30 on the 9th November 2017

  • How Much? - Rate: £119 per ticket (excl. VAT) Price includes complimentary drinks and canapés at the post event networking session.


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Will Hardy, Entertainment Partnerships for Music, TV, Radio & Talent - Twitter

Will leads Music partnerships (labels, talent + radio), partnerships for Twitter UK. Will is responsible for creating content partnerships, connecting opportunities, innovating on the platform and supporting all record labels, artists, managers, talent and radio stations. Joining Twitter in June 2016, previously, Will headed up social for Vevo UK, lead social + influencer outreach for National Citizen Service and managed clients Rihanna for River Island, One Direction perfumes and Sony for Havas Media.

Adriaan Thierry, Managing Director, EMEA & AMPAC - Sonos

Adriaan joined Sonos in March 2016 as Managing Director for EMEA. He is currently also acting Managing Director for the America Pacific region (AMPAC). Before Sonos, Adriaan fulfilled several roles in ecommerce and marketing, most recently as Executive Vice President marketing and format at Royal Ahold. Previously, Adriaan worked for Red Bull and Unilever. He is based at Sonos EMEA headquarters in Hilversum, Netherlands.

Edwin van Vianen, Senior Executive Global Electronics - IBM

Edwin van Vianen has been appointed Senior Executive Consultancy & Business Development within IBM's Global Electronics Industry team in April 2016, supporting clients in their journey to rethink and adapt their consumer engagement and marketing towards today's digital connected and cognitive world. Based out of Amsterdam he is bringing over 20 years of experience in global sales, marketing and business leadership in the consumer electronics and audio industry. Prior to his current position he was the Chief Marketing Officer of Gibson Innovations, one of the world's leading music lifestyle companies, where he was responsible for the marketing and brand management of the multi-brand consumer electronics portfolio that included audio brands like Philips, Onkyo, Trainer and GoGear. Early in his career Edwin has been working in the transformation of the broadcast industry to digital entertainment, before moving to Philips Consumer Electronics in 2006 where he was closely involved in their digital and connected audio portfolio and marketing.

Peter Nelson, Chief Product Officer - Bowers & Wilkins

Working to transform one of the oldest heritages in audio into a leader in the home AV space. I spent the 10 years prior to coming to Bowers working at Apple, almost entirely on the software and user experience side of things. I'm obsessive about making things simple, easy to use, invisible. I believe the companies who will win in our space over the next decade will be people focused. They will be companies who understand how people live their lives, where they store their music, how they most naturally want to interface with it… all the different parts of their lives that they want to carry it into. They'll understand how hardware and software can be crafted to perfectly deliver an experience, rather than just as a tool that users can use to solve their own problems. I'm working to transform Bowers into a leader in the world of home music consumption – and that means providing some pretty startlingly new experiences in that space.

Victor d'Allancé, General Manager, UK & Ireland - Devialet

Victor heads the UK operations of Devialet, the disruptive audio tech start-up that raised €100m in November 2016. Previously in investment banking with BNP Paribas in Paris, Moscow, and London, Victor is responsible for Devialet's growing UK & Ireland subsidiary. His team of 25-strong covers commercial distribution (selective network of high-end resellers, Apple Stores, Harrods, Westfield), marketing, finance and logistics.

Andrew Till, VP Technology & Marketing - Harman

Andrew is the VP for Technology and Marketing, for HARMAN Connected Services. In the technology side of his role Andrew looks at new emerging technologies, developing industry market trends and innovation opportunities. On the marketing side Andrew is focused on driving the divisional marketing strategy, working closely with the business units to stimulate new customer demand and establishing Harman Connected Services as a key industry through leader in its core markets. In addition to these responsibilities he also works with the corporate CTO, IP and Strategy functions to support cross divisional initiatives. Andrew is a regular industry speaker and commentator publishing thought provoking articles on a wide range of subjects from artificial intelligence, to cyber security to the future of smart cities. Prior to joining HARMAN, though the acquisition of SymphonyTeleca, Andrew was the CTO for SymphonyTeleca having joined the company in January 2009.

Riad Hawa, VP Global Hardware Partnerships - Deezer

Riad heads up global hardware partnerships at Deezer. With more than 10 years' experience in consumer electronics and content distribution, Hawa has held a number of senior roles in companies such as Universal Music, Acer and Sony Electronics. His most recent position at Spotify saw him bridging the gap between hardware and the content industries with a view to driving innovation and new thinking. Specific projects that delivered against this included the launch of the first e-Reader in Europe to the first voice controlled experience for Spotify with Amazon Echo.

Andreas Lakeberg, VP Sales & Business Development Europe - Xperi/DTS

Andreas is heading the European team for sales across all Xperi business units and business development for content cervices. Xperi's portfolio of imaging, digital radio and audio solutions under DTS, HD Radio, FotoNation and Play-Fi brands serves the home, automotive and mobile markets. Before joining DTS (now Xperi) in early 2014, Andreas served as the VP & General Manager for Gracenote in Europe where he helped the company to expand from a pure music technology and metadata provider to serve the OTT video and TV market with electric program guides, recommendations and meta data as well. Prior to Gracenote he was leading the European team of DivX Inc. since 2004, the company which enabled as a pioneer the high-quality video experience on any device or platform.

Nikolaj Hviid, CEO & Founder - Bragi

Nikolaj Hviid has years of experience in the field of design and engineering. He is the former head of design at Harman Kardon and was also CEO of Designit, one of Europe's biggest and most innovative design and consultancy agencies. Nikolaj worked with fantastic teams that designed numerous headphones, smartphones and amazing medical equipment. Designit has pioneered advanced user interfaces, winning more than 60 innovation and design awards in the last few years. In 2013 Nikolaj founded Bragi after months of hard work developing the concept of The Dash. Ever since, he has been working tirelessly to bring The Dash from concept to reality.

Canaan Rubin, Director of Content & Production, EMEA - Jaunt VR

Canaan Rubin is Director of Content and Production for EMEA at Jaunt. He is a modern day multi-media guru. A powerful writer, producer, director, storyteller, photographer, and videographer whose work has been enjoyed by millions, Canaan also appears frequently on-camera. Canaan rose through the ranks at traditional media powerhouses such as Paramount Studio, CBS, MTV, and "Entertainment Tonight," and today loans his expertise in creating custom celebrity content to digital giants including Zappos, Zappos Couture, Ustream, and HipHollywood. Canaan advances the content he creates using custom social media campaigns so the content is not only created per a client's direct needs, it is also pushed seamlessly to the client's customers on point and on brand. Canaan is perhaps best known for creating and executive producing MTV's hit show "Duets." He also served a long stint as senior writer, producer, and director for CBS's #1 rated show "Entertainment Tonight" and is a frequent contributor to hit shows such as "Dr. Phil," "The Talk," and "Rachel Ray."

Canaan was co-founder and co-president of A-List Content, which produced weekly fashion trend series seen across the globe by millions. He was both creator and executive producer of "The Trend," A-List Content's flagship series, which has appeared on E! News, and is a regular weekly feature on Zappos Couture in the US and Celebrity Scoop internationally (distributed by FCCE). A-List Content creates custom-built television campaigns for both TV and web distribution platforms.

Elfed Howells, Director, Multiscreen Audio - Dolby

Elfed Howells is a Business Group Director at Dolby. He is based in London, and reports into their headquarters in San Francisco. He is currently responsible for Dolby's Next Generation Audio and Multiscreen Services strategy across worldwide broadcast and OTT markets. Originally trained as a silicon designer, Elfed has since held senior consulting and business roles across the consumer electronics, broadcast, and mobile industries, and has over 20 years' experience in deploying end-to-end audio and video services. He currently holds board level roles with industry organizations such as DVB. and has been a director at Dolby since 2010.

Dom Hodge, Managing Director - FRUKT

Dom has been at FRUKT since it was a start-up. First as a client at Sony, working with the FRUKT founders to launch music download stores, then as a strategist helping brands in the music space. He helped build up the FRUKT planning and creative departments and was part of the team that helped steer the sale of FRUKT to Interpublic group in 2012. His current role as MD spans across the FRUKT offices and he works with clients around the world helping shape strategies and ideas.

Paul Weir, Composer & Sound Designer - Microsoft & Earcom

Paul Weir is a composer, sound designer and audio director whose work can be heard in dozens of games and in sound installations across the world. He runs the audio post-production company Earcom and is the audio director for Hello Games, creators of the hit sci-fi game No Man's Sky and for Microsoft's Lift London studio, where he works on HoloLens AR projects. He has worked on over forty games and last year produced the audio for Breaking Fourth's groundbreaking VR drama, Ctrl. Another aspect of his work is with The Sound Agency, where together they sound design retail spaces using unique generative soundscapes, recently this has included Vienna and Munich airports, Mall of Scandanavia and Aktia Bank. Whilst not a programmer, Paul frequently works closely with software engineers to create bespoke audio tools and is particularly known for his generative and procedural audio innovations.

Patrice Slupowski, VP Digital Innovation - Orange

Patrice Slupowski is Vice-President Digital Innovation running the open-innovation corporate product marketing team of Orange, in charge of several projects around APIs, Internet of Things, mobile applications & mobile OS, personal data aggregation, privacy or emerging technologies (AI, VR, …). Patrice Slupowski is a marketing expert in IoT, social networks, connected TV, wellness & personal data and mobile multimedia services. He founded a start-up called Waptoo in 1999, one of the first companies to believe in the opportunities around mobile data, creating WAP and mobile services and proposing some automated mobile testing software, for companies and telcos, which has been acquired by Lagardere Group. Patrice has been involved in digital space from the very first minute, and is permanently connected from 1990. Patrice is a graduate in Information Science and Technology from Paris-Dauphine University.

Pete Downton, Deputy CEO - 7digital

Pete joined 7digital in June 2014, assuming overall responsibility for its commercial strategy. He brings over 15 years of operational and strategic experience within the heart of the nascent digital music and consumer technology businesses to the role. Prior to 7digital, Pete held key leadership roles at Imagination Technologies, including responsibility for content and consumer experiences across both the Imagination Technologies and PURE businesses. In addition, Pete spearheaded the company's investment in Audioboom. Before joining Imagination, Pete spent over a decade working for Warner Music Group, holding senior management positions in the company's International Marketing and Business Development teams. He helped to build Warner Music International's reputation as one of the most innovative, creative and respected media players in the digital arena and played a key role in establishing ongoing relationships with major global partners such as iTunes, Orange and Vodafone.

Bob Stuart, Creator of MQA - MQA

Bob Stuart is the creator of the revolutionary music technology MQA.

Bob's pursuit of perfect audio reproduction has resulted in remarkable product designs and extensive global recognition. His debut hi-fi system, created in partnership with long-time collaborator Allen Boothroyd, was so innovative that it forms part of the permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and London's Victoria & Albert Museum. Bob and Allen have also won the British Design Council Award for Outstanding British Product a record three times.

In 2015 Bob become the first Brit to receive the esteemed CEDIA (Custom Electronics Design and Installation Association) Lifetime Achievement Award. This same year, Stuff, the world's biggest technology magazine honoured Bob and MQA in its esteemed 'Stuff Innovators – the Most Exciting Ideas in Tech' collection.

Bob's latest accomplishment, MQA (Master Quality Authenticated), is a technology heralded by the audio industry as "Quite possibly the biggest advance in audio quality for decades."

Cliff Fluet, Partner - Lewis Silkin LLP

Cliff joined Lewis Silkin LLP as a Partner in April 2006 after over a decade as in-house counsel in the music and broadcast industry. Cliff is now part of the team spearheading our Media & Entertainment sector for the firm and he now acts for some of the world's largest names in mobile, brands, recorded music, mobile, live music, radio, audio-visual production and online. He also specialises in working with clients whom are embracing content-based entertainment for the first time such as FMCG and lifestyle brand owners, advertising agencies, digital agencies, investment funds and financial institutions. He has a passion for working on innovative new business models, advertiser-funded programming and in the monetisation of format rights.

The Media & Entertainment Group is ranked in the "Legal 500" and "Chambers" and Cliff is ranked as a 'leading individual' in both directories.

He is also the founder and a director of "Eleven", a business advisory company working with disruptive business models in the world of Digital Media, Film and Sport.

Stuart Tickle, Managing Director - AWE Europe

Stuart Tickle is the owner and Managing Director of AWE, a leading smart home technology distribution and training company that represents some of the industry's best known AV brands & specialist custom installation products. Stuart joined AWE in 1990 when the family business was a small hi-fi retailer and manufacturer based in South London. He steered the expansion of the business into distribution for the specialist custom installation sector and took over as MD in 2001. The company is now an established key player within the smart home sector. Award-winning training is provided through the Smart Home Academy™ for industry newcomers and veterans alike, and the AWE Show Apartment in Epsom, Surrey, provides an ideal location for customers to meet with clients. The impressive brand portfolio includes the exclusive distribution of URC Total Control and Complete Control home automation systems, the Philips Dynalite lighting control system, Draper projection screens, Denon and Marantz AV products, HEOS™ by Denon wireless multi-room sound system, speakers, cables and brackets from Kinetik, audio solutions from Definitive Technology, projectors from Epson and home cinema speakers from KEF. Other CI distribution agreements include flat panel TV's from Panasonic, LG, Loewe, Samsung and Sony, wireless blinds from QMotion, SANUS TV mounts and racks, and HDanywhere™ 4K HDMI® distribution.

James Chapman, VP Product Management - Qualcomm

James is Qualcomm's VP responsible for its roadmap of Voice & Music products. Before joining Qualcomm as part of the acquisition of CSR, he was responsible for CSR's connectivity product line. Prior to CSR James has held senior software management roles at Broadcom; he was also the Head of Research for TTP Communications. James' 20 years in the high-tech industry started with a degree and PhD in theoretical Condensed Matter Physics from the University of Oxford.

Phil Hughes, COO - Gleam Futures

Phil Joined Gleam Futures in 2014, where he is number 2 in building the business, managing its growth and setting strategy and its chief negotiator. Gleam has become the biggest Digital First talent only management company in the world, it develops the careers of its roster across all forms of media and entertainment including; publishing, film, TV, Licensing and merchandising. Gleam Futures takes on and nurtures the best new talent in each market. Their long-standing roster includes names like Zoella, Pixiwoo, Katie Pix, Jim Chapman, Jack Maynard, Ian Haste and Marcus Butler.

Testimonial Reel from Audio Collaborative 2016


Audio Collaborative brings together delegates from some of the leading companies in the industry, giving you the opportunity to showcase your brand and products in the presence of an influential audience. Below, you'll find the different sponsorship opportunities that we offer at our events.



NXP Semiconductors N.V enables secure connections and infrastructure for a smarter world, advancing solutions that make lives easier, better and safer.


Founded in 2007, Devialet is a critically acclaimed start-up in the world of innovation and excellence in audio innovations.


The DTG is the unique self-funding UK collaboration centre for innovation in digital media technology, set up in 1995 with the purpose of looking after the digital TV marketplace. It underpins the free-to-air platforms Freeview, Freesat and YouView, and supports the development of pay-TV and other platforms.


Qualcomm Incorporated is a leader in 3G and next-generation mobile technologies. For more than 25 years, Qualcomm ideas and inventions have driven the evolution of digital communications, linking people everywhere more closely to information, entertainment and each other

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Media Partners & Associations can provide their members with a discount on the ticket price. Partners and Associations will also be promoted on conference collaterals and on various signage at the event, as well as receiving a free delegate pass for a director of the association. If you work for an industry association and would like to partner with Futuresource for a future event, please contact Nicola Finn via:



BPI promotes recorded music in the UK & worldwide and champions the rights and interests of a broad range of members, including over 370 independent labels and the UK's three major record companies – Sony Music, Universal Music & Warner Music. Its members accounts for around 85 per cent of the recorded music consumed in the UK.


audioXpress remains the authority on audio and reproduced sound by connecting manufacturers and distributors with buyers and consultants around the globe! It's readers are the DIY enthusiasts, product designers, consultants, integrators and opinion leaders.

Audio Engineer Society

The Audio Engineering Society is the only professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology. Founded in the United States in 1948, the AES has grown to become an international organization that unites audio engineers, creative artists, scientists and students worldwide by promoting advances in audio and disseminating new knowledge and research.


ERA is the trade association representing the vast majority of retailers and digital services offering music, video and games in the UK. Its members range from independent record shops (Reflex, Sister Ray) to digital services (Spotify, Sky, Deezer, Google) to internet retailers (Amazon) to specialist High Street operators (HMV, Game) and supermarkets (Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda, Morrisons)