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CogX Festival set for live return after two years of virtual and hybrid events, bringing together 6,000 attendees and 200+ thought leaders to speak across 20 topic tracks and side events to address the question “How do we get the next 10 years right?”


Speakers from the IMF, NATO, LEGO, Shell, Bumble, DeepMind, Rolls Royce, Microsoft and the NHS among experts at first fully live event in two years 

10  June 2022, London, UK: CogX Festival, the CogX Festival and its Leadership Summit is the largest and most inclusive platform for CEOs, Entrepreneurs, Academics, Artists, Activists & Policy Makers discussing the biggest transformational opportunities and challenges of our time, and the innovation that will help to address them. 

It will host speakers from the likes of the Speakers from the IMF, NATO, LEGO, Shell, Bumble, DeepMind, Rolls Royce, Microsoft and the NHS. 


Taking place from 13th to 15th June across four unique speaking environments in London’s King Cross, 6,000 in-person attendees and an catch-up audience of five million will hear more than 200 leading thinkers, including:  

  • Warren East, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce
  • TS Anil, Chief Executive Officer, Monzo
  • David van Weel, Assistant Secretary General, NATO
  • Steen Jakobsen, Chief Investment Officer, Saxo Bank Group
  • Anne Rafferty, Vice Presidencet of Digital Consumer Engagement, the LEGO Group
  • Ashley Lannquist, Digital Finance Expert, the International Monetary Fund
  • Dorothy Chou, Head of Public Affairs, DeepMind
  • Cathy Li, Head of Media, Entertainment and Sport, World Economic Forum
  • Dan Jeavons, Vice President Computational Science and Digital Innovation, Shell
  • Nima Elmi, Head of Public Policy, Bumble
  • Thomas Reardon, Head of Neuromotor Interfaces, Meta
  • Will Lovell, Head of Future Technology, Bank of England
  • Lila Tretikov, Deputy Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft
  • Tami Bhaumik, Vice President of Civility & Partnerships, Roblox

A full list of speakers is available, with more being added every day. 

The Festival’s agenda has been shaped around four key themes: inspiration, community, celebration and inclusivity. These themes guide topics that include:

  • Climate, and how we can connect earth, nature and technology;
  • CreaTech, the intersection of culture, creativity and technology;
  • Ethics and society, and how we engineer for everyone;
  • The future trends in finance;
  • Reshaping the way we learn with the future of learning;
  • How we can shift the work paradigm;
  • The need to humanise the global economy for a sustainable future;
  • How the biggest breakthroughs in health and social care are shaping wellbeing;
  • The leadership requirement to answer the biggest questions of our time;
  • And the Metaverse, the interactive revolution and how people can bridge the digital and physical worlds. 

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The Festival comprises four settings running across King’s Cross: the CogX Global Leadership Summit, Festival Stage 1 and 2, and The OpenWebForum @ CogX Festival, a collaboration with Fabric Ventures looking at AI, Blockchain and emerging technologies. Partners and sponsors of CogX Festival include R2 Factory, BT, CapGemini, Shell, PWC, Tech Nation, LEGO, Visa, Nvidia, Bumble, Digital Catapult and Kraft Heinz, who are co-curating speaking sessions and hosting side events at the festival.

Charlie Muirhead, co-founder and CEO of CogX, said “We are creating a platform for thought leaders from across the world of technology, politics, activism to discuss this burning question ‘How do we get the next ten years right?’. We can only do so with access to the most diverse line up of the world’s leading thinkers. These are people who are involved in the industries and organisations shaping both the present and the future. With the CogX Festival and the CogX Global Leadership Summit, we’re giving both in-person and catch-up audiences a way to hear, see and meet these experts as they discuss major issues affecting us all.”

As a statement of its commitment to ensuring the Festival remains diverse and inclusive to all parts of society, CogX has launched the Patron Token, a Non-Fungible Token (NFT) that gives its community an opportunity to participate and contribute to the future running and development of the event. 

Muirhead continued “Many events talk about innovation and cutting edge technologies; we’re the only one deploying these transformational technologies to shape the future of the Festival. It is our vision to become a fully community-owned and governed festival, and the Patron Token is the beginning of that journey.”

In addition, the Festival has recently launched the CogX App, offering users access to the thought leadership that matters to them through a hyper-personalised feed of short insights from the world’s leading podcasts. It also allows users to find others with similar interests and expand their professional networks through individually curated recommendations. 

The Festival started in 2017 with 1,300 attendees, 200 speakers with a focus on the impact of AI on industry, government and society. Having grown exponentially, in 2021 CogX reached an audience of over 840,000 viewers online. For 2022, the CogX Festival will bring together 6,000 attendees, over 200 speakers across 20 topic tracks set in the heart of London’s Knowledge Quarter from June 13th to 15th. The 2022 event will combine the magic of these intimate in-person experiences with the broadcast scale and reach of 5 million viewers on catchup.

This will be the 3rd CogX Global Leadership Summit, which runs parallel to the festival. This will have a focus this year on the themes of Global Stability, Digital Transformation and the Future of Work.

Past speakers at the Festival include music legend Nile Rogers, former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, actors Robert Downey Jr. and Matthew McConaughey, former US Secretary of State John Kerry, DeepMind COO Lila Ibrahim and June Sarpong, Director of Creative Diversity at the BBC. 



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