CogX Festival and Hopin agree 3-year partnership to deliver the world’s largest hybrid event

100,000 attendees will join 1,000 speakers – from Sean Doyle, CEO of BA and Starling Bank’s CEO Anne Boden to Dr Werner Vogels, CTO at Amazon and Academy Award winning actor Matthew McConaughey – and over 350 exhibitors for a hybrid virtual and in-person purpose driven event addressing the question: “How do we get the next 10 years right?” May 25, 2021 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

Today the CogX Festival announced it has entered into a three-year partnership with Hopin, a virtual experiences platform redefining how people around the world connect through immersive video experiences, starting with delivering the largest hybrid event of its kind to date – the CogX Global Leadership Summit and Festival of AI and Transformational Technology. The festival takes place in Kings Cross, London, from Monday June 14th to 16th and returns to address the theme: “How do we get the next 10 years right?”

With over 100,000 attendees participating virtually and 5,000 in-person, 1,000 speakers, over 350 virtual exhibitors, 3 physical stages and 15 virtual stages, this year’s CogX Festival will be more than double the 44,000 attendees in 2020. This year’s event includes 18 topic stages including: Global Leadership, Ethics & Society, Start-up to IPO, Future of Work, Createch – Culture, Creativity and Technology and Next Gen Infrastructure & Industry 4.0.

The partners will work closely over the 3 years to bring new, innovative approaches to combining the best of virtual events with in-person face-to-face experiences enabling the Festival to be even more engaging and inclusive than ever before.

Directly following the G7 Summit in Cornwall, England, and with the eyes of the world on the UK, this year CogX Festival will build on topics covered. And to address the urgent need to re-connect and focus on social stability, economic growth, celebrating innovation across all industries and preparing for COP26 and the path to NetZero.

Hopin enables brands and communities to create live virtual and hybrid events that are interactive and immersive where attendees can learn, interact and connect with people from anywhere in the world. Hopin was founded in 2019 and in less than a year, scaled the company to tens of millions of users, 90,000+ organizations hosting events and more than 500 employees in over 42 countries while reaching $80MM in ARR and a $5.65B valuation in 2021.

Johnny Boufarhat, Founder & CEO of Hopin said: “We’re delighted to be back at CogX Festival, now as the official platform partner, to host this groundbreaking hybrid event. We are proud to align our purpose-driven missions and collaborate with CogX to celebrate innovation and inspire leaders while helping the festival extend its reach to connect both virtual and in-person attendees all over the globe.”

Charlie Muirhead, Co-Founder & CEO of CogX Festival said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Hopin and its leading virtual events platform to create the world’s largest, most inclusive, hybrid purpose driven event of its kind – covering topics from social stability and economic growth to innovation and the path to NetZero. As a Festival we’ve doubled in size each year and we’re on track to do that again, connecting with more people than ever before, both physically and virtually, and bringing together the most incredible cross sections of society focused on the overall ambition of ‘How do we get the next 10 years right?’ – a question that could not be more urgent.”

By bringing together Global Leaders, the Technology Industry and the Public at scale, CogX’ mission is to help society realise the biggest transformational opportunities of our time, and address the many complex challenges along the way.

The Festival has 5 aims:

  1. Inspiring current and future generations of leaders
  2. Moving conversations forward with concrete action
  3. Celebrating the latest innovation – especially that related to the COVID 19 recovery and the climate
  4. Continuing to champion equality, diversity and inclusivity
  5. Getting to NetZero – reframing the climate emergency as the greatest economic opportunity of the last 200 years

Each year we bring together a unique cross-section of CEOs, Entrepreneurs, Academics, Artists, Activists & Policy Makers from around the world. And our CogX Global Leadership Summit (hosted in person and online) brings a Davos World Economic Forum style format and agenda to London’s Kings Cross and our aim is to grow this substantially every year. Attendees will be able to access the four sites (which are helpfully connected through open spaces of KX) with the NHS health app in a safe and secure way.

Last year, the CogX Festival featured an exceptional list of speakers including: John Kerry, United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate and former US Secretary of State, Tony Fadell, inventor of the iPod, Leif Johansson, Chairman of AstraZeneca, Tony Blair, former Prime Minister, Shoshana Zuboff, Author, Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate and Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland.

This year we are delighted to have leaders of iconic British businesses old and new. From Sean Doyle, CEO British Airways and Warren East, CEO Rolls Royce, through to the biggest UK ‘unicorn’ start-ups such as CEOs of Starling Bank, Revolut, Hopin and Bulb.

Further confirmations for 2021 include Minouche Shafik, Director, LSE, Dame Vivian Hunt, Managing Partner, McKinsey & Co, UK and Ireland, Adrian Joseph, MD Data and AI BT, Matthew McConnaughey, Actor & Author, Daphne Koller Co-founder, Coursera, John Foley CEO Peleton, Sara Clemens, COO, Twitch, Werner Vogels, VP & CTO, Amazon, Robert Downey Jnr, Actor & Investor, Dame Ottoline Leyser, CEO UKRI, June Sarpong, Director of Creative Diversity, BBC and Margrethe Vestager, Commissioner for Competition and Executive Vice-President of European Commission.