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Celebrating the talent of today and tomorrow.

Millennials are taking over the world! This event is all about moving beyond the stereotypes, and celebrating the young leaders and influencers of today and tomorrow.

The theme of MILLENNIFEST 2019 is Talent: our programme of inspirational talks, skills masterclasses and policy workshops will explore what the future workforce will look like, and what this means for skills, education, and public leadership. We’ll hear from people with real experience of what it takes to be a talented activist, entrepreneur or social leader.

Sign up for free tickets here  with the code  JCI-2019.

10:30-11:00 | Arrivals

Get here early for the best seats!

11:00-12:00 | Talent! Visions for the future

What talents do millennials have and how can we mobilise them to shape the future? This session will feature lightning talks from national politicians, entrepreneurs and young leaders on how they envision “talent”. We’ll be talking labour markets, public life, politics and how we can build an inclusive society.


  • Sian Berry, Co-leader of the Green Party and London Mayoral Candidate
  • Jamie Rawsthorne, Entrepreneur and Co-creator of The Zac and Jay Show
  • Shaun Bailey, London Assembly Member and Conservative London Mayoral Candidate
  • Emma Moseley, Feminist activist and Instagrammer @emmainprogressUK
  • Rosena Allin-Khan, Labour MP and Shadow Minister for Sport
  • Caroline Macfarland, Director, Common Vision

12:00-13:00 | Policy Hackathon

These breakout discussions will focus in on specific challenges and opportunities to make the most of #futuretalent. Facilitated by policy buffs and subject experts, each group will craft a creative policy proposal which will be presented as policy pitches in THE POLICY FACTOR! at 2.30pm.

Discussion topics:

  • Making parity a reality: Gender equality in the workforce – Julia Valentine, Co-founder, Women’s Equality Party
  • Talent in local communities: balancing regional and national talent – Hannah Rich, Researcher at Theos Think Tank
  • New ways of working: public life and public space – Emeka Forbes, Policy coordinator at Banardos and Founder of Possible Space
  • Economic inequality and opportunity in London – Matthew Walsham, Policy Lead, Partnership for Young London
  • Talent on the move – Camilla Gordon, Founder, Facilitator for Change
  • Harnessing digital talent for stronger communities – Sam Dalton, Public Affairs and Policy Officer, The Challenge
  • Making the most of human and machine talent for health and social care – Joseph Skelton, Strategy Project Manager for the NHS
  • Housing young talent – Alex Cowley, Community and political engagement consultant
  • Breaking the stereotypes in STEM – Natalie Cheung, Civil engineer and STEM ambassador

13:30-14:30 | Lunch and Learn: Skills masterclasses

Designed to give you the know-how and techniques you need to make your mark in the workplace, social activism, politics and beyond. Our practical, hands-on skills masterclasses are hosted by our expert partners and guest speakers.


  • How to use your creativity for action – Abi Awojobi
  • How to set up a social enterprise – Year Here
  • How to build your leadership soft skills – Camilla Gordon
  • How to break into tech – Code First: Girls
  • How to master public speaking – Young Women’s Trust
  • How to build a campaign – Campaign Bootcamp
  • How to influence policy change – Equality Trust
  • How to get your message out to a global audience – ICIC,Turntolove

14:30-16:00 | THE POLICY FACTOR! Making the most of millennial talent

Drawing on Common Vision’s well-known flagship talent show-style format, we’ll be asking a panel of expert judges and speakers the big questions about #futuretalent. Judges will present their vision for millennial talent and then offer constructive feedback on policy pitches from the 12pm Policy Hackathon. Think Dragon’s Den but for policy.

The judging panel:

  • Elliot Padfield, Young entrepreneur and Chairman, Padfield International Group
  • Tom Brake, MP and Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Exiting the European Union
  • Jordan Rolfe, General Manager, Impact Hub Islington and CharityWorks
  • Ella Marshall, Activist, Writer and Founder of Freedom of Mind C.I.C.

16:00-17:00 | Panel Predictions: The future of political talent

What do the skills, interests and talents of the millennial generation mean for the future of politics? What do young voters expect of current and future politicians? How are emerging technologies and social trends changing the way we ‘do’ politics and engage with people in power?

Speakers include:

  • Amanda Chetwynd-Cowieson, Co-founder & Director, For Our Future’s Sake
  • Craig Dillon, Digital Strategist & Founder, Westminster Digital
  • Harini Iyengar, Women’s Equality Party activist and Co-Leadership Candidate
  • Will Moy, CEO, Full Fact
  • Lennox Attoh, Social Advocate For Young People
  • Matteo Bergamini, CEO, ShoutOutUK

17:00 – 17:30 | #Futuretalent songwriting roundup and Power of Uke