Sam MichelFounder, Chinwag

Sam Michel started Chinwag in 1996, that’s a century in Internet years, to support the nascent digital marketing industry. Sam’s roles have ranged from, arguably, the UK’s first paid webmaster at Time Out magazine, part of the founding management team of the early UK first web agency, Webmedia and startup digital team at TV firm, Carlton (now part of ITV) launching a BAFTA- nominated film listings and review website.

Most recently Sam’s work has covered such diverse areas as Innovate UK’s Space Mission UK, showcasing the UK-based space and satellite startups in the US; supporting the Arts & Humanities Research Council’s Creative Economy Programme with their funding calls for the future of Immersive Experiences and the £80m Creative Industries Clusters Programme.

“I’m a huge believer in collaborative, conversation both online and offline. The events I worked on and developed include Chinwag Psych (psychology, neuroscience and behavioural economics) and its partner site Psychmatters, international startup series, Digital Mission and a pitch series for exciting tech firms raising international investment, Pitch NYC and its sister event in London, Pitch London.”

“I was the original Executive Director of Social Media Week London part of a global collaborative event series taking place in 26 cities worldwide growing the event to a week-long festival with 15,000+ delegates. I’ve worked with consultancy clients including Daimler AG, Department for International Trade, London & Partners, Open Data Institute, the BBC, the UK government’s R&D agency and Innovate UK and when time allows, I mentor at startup and careers events.”