Lightning Talks

Each year we bring together three inspirational speakers who personify authentic storytelling. Instead of letting circumstances beat them, they rose up to become inspirational campaigners and champions and are really making a difference. Here are a few of our past talks as a taster:

SMEX20 Programme

  • Riding on a Smile

    www/ | @The_BikeProject

  • My Social Media Search for a Kidney Donor for my Son

  • Meet Pete, London's Best Tour Guide | @UnseenTours

  • Jonny Benjamin

    When Johnny Benjamin talks, people stop and listen. He is a mental health campaigner, writer and presenter. At 20, he was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, a combination of schizophrenia and depression. During his recovery, Jonny started making YouTube videos about the condition that have been watched by thousands of people across the globe. Jonny now speaks publicly and in schools about living with mental illness. He has appeared on TV, radio and in print around the world to help educate and break stigma.

  • Rachel Warwick

    Rachel Warwick is the Founder and Director of MakeLunch, a national network of churches providing school holiday meals and activities for children and families who rely on free school meals during term time. But doing this work was not in her life plan. All that changed when she watched the BBC Documentary ‘Poor Kids’.


These informal sessions take place over the lunch break.

  • Challenges and Opportunities for Small Charities


    This informal lunchtime session will bring together staff working for small charities to share ideas and insights.


  • Insight Through Experience


    In this informal lunchtime session delegates will get an insight into the value of supporting people with first hand experiences to tell their stories, the challenges they might face and the impact it has on the organisation.

  • Digital Dunk Live

    The award winning NSPCC Digital team’s Digital Dunk is a weekly blog  reflecting about what we're up to and what we're learning from


    This session will be an interactive questions and answer session to hear more about; how to best create content for young people? How to best moderate conversations on social media? And managing a content busy and eclectic content strategy with lots of stakeholders.

    Follow them on Twitter @theDigitalDunk and

  • Get Doodling

    This informal lunchtime session will look at the ways we could use simple doodling to visualise our message/s. We are looking at different examples and creating our own doodles, using basic techniques to make even complex messages more accessible.

    Facilitated by Anu Liisanantti, Communications, Hibiscus