Thinking Digital Conference

Event Info

Tue 21 - Thu 23 May, 2013 from 12:00pm - 5:00pm
The Sage Gateshead
St Mary's Square
Gateshead, NE8 2JR, UK (Map)
Cost: £225 till mid March then it will increase


The aim of the Thinking Digital Conference is to showcase speakers, insights and ideas that have the power to change businesses, organisations, communities, careers and individuals if not the world. Jim Collins, author of Good to Great, helped popularize the phrase “Big Hairy Audacious Goals”. At Thinking Digital we want to become synonymous with “Big Hairy Audacious Ideas”.

Thinking Digital was founded by Herb Kim, Brooklyn NY, gone Newcastle, Gateshead! He rose through the academic heights of Princeton, Warton and IBN NY and then jumped ship relocating  to London, UK in the late 90’s to begin his entrepeurial journey .  After several well earned vacations to the North East of England, he decided to move there, where he has lived (splitting this half time with the North West) happily ever after for the past decade.

Herb established Thinking Digital originally as a side project. Inspired by the work of Jim Collins, from Good to Great, and attending the early TED conferences in Monteray, California he witnessed the growth of a community outside of the main US cities. Herb wanted to put the North East of England on the map by attracting and connecting with exceptional talent from around the world. Now in it’s sixth year Thinking Digital has done just that. At the same time Herb continues to support the TED global initiative by bringing TEDx events to Gateshead, Newcastle, Teeside, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield and the Houses of Parliament.

Herb is joined by a dedicated team, obsessive about hosting great events including the Lead Producer, Elspeth Lawson and Producer Mari Burns.

Who attends

It’s more about the individual than the job role however, past attendees have included

CEO’s of small and large businesses, Md’s, Strategy Director, Digital Director, Head of Mobile, Journalists and Editors, CTO’s, Freelancers – developers, designers, writers, Programme Leads and Project Managers, Creative Directors, Innovation Consultants,  R & D, Hardware and Software developers, social media specialists, Senior and Middle Managers from public and private sector, start-up investors and CEO’s, and many many more...


Similar to what you might find at a TED Conference, we deliberately seek to build a diverse audience. You will love Thinking Digital if you are

–      Hungry for new ideas and ways to do things better

–      Innovative, creative, curious

–      Look to the future

–      Willing to invest in yourself through to accomplish and achieve

–      Seek connection to a community of other innovators, leaders, and people who want to make a difference

–      friendly & collegial

–      ‘work hard’  and believe in the power of ‘playing hard’ too


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