Two+Two Collaboration Day tackling Youth Loneliness

Friday 16th February saw us produce the inaugural Two+Two Collaboration Day tackling Youth Loneliness , bringing together advertising, marketing, design and digital students from a range of Northern Universities and the Manchester creative and marketing communities.  They worked together in teams on a brief to tackle Youth Loneliness.

The day was just tremendous, students had over 60 mentors from 30 different companies, mainly agencies, to help them throughout the day.  Students from different disciplines working together just like they will when they leave university.

Dr James Duggan, Research Fellow, Faculty of Education, MMU presented research on Youth Loneliness to help the students understand the social challenge they were tackling.

Tom Richards, CCO of Havas Lynx and Chair of the judging panel, then outlined the brief the students were to work on, along with some tips to help them get going.

Nick Entwistle, Founder of One Minute Briefs and CD of Trunk got the students thinking and practised coming up with quick concepts.

The teams worked throughout the day, brainstorming, getting help from mentors, coming up with many ideas.  Their mentors just kept telling us how amazed they were at the ideas buzzing around.  At just after 4pm we finally had a shortlist of 6 teams.   Some very tough decisions were made and we know the mentors were gutted they couldn’t put some of the teams through.

The students whose teams weren’t shortlisted spent time ‘speed mentoring’ and after practising their pitches with their group leaders, the six shortlisted teams bravely presented to the eagerly awaiting room full of fellow students, mentors and of course the judges.  All were incredibly well received.

The Winning Team were the Roosters (well it was Chinese New Year) from Rebecca Rae-Evans group:

Ellen Humphries, a Marketing Undergraduate at Leeds University; Katie Davenport studying Advertising at Edge Hill University, Jamie Marshall another Advertising student from Edge Hill University; Holly McCann studying Marketing at Leeds University and finally Rebecca Lafond, Edge Hill University, Advertising Student.

 Their prize?  Well they get to spend time working with Havas Lynx to help make their brief go live.  Look out for “YellowThere”

Runners up were Sean’s Horses with “Cahoot” and third place went to Mark’s Dogs with “Apart”

We finished the day with drinks, networking and sore feet but a sense of having been part of something special.  Here’s a link to a short video of the day.  https://youtu.be/Z3Sqvw2lrSY

Feedback

We’ve had fantastic feedback from students and mentors and have taken on board any learnings too for next time.  Lots of feedback and comments can be seen @TwoandTwoUK plus:

“Thank you! We had the best time and can’t thank you enough for putting together such an amazing and Inspiring event”

“Thank you Julie Ollerton and the rest of the Creative Resource Team for organizing the amazing Two+Two event at the Federation in Manchester! It was such a great opportunity to work with other people from the industry in order to tackle youth loneliness!”

“I feel it is one of the most valuable things I have done during my time in university. The opportunity to get live feedback from professionals in the industry was fantastic and very different from anything else I have done.  I really hope that you continue to organise the event so others can benefit from the opportunity.”

“I had a great day, thank you so much for organising. It was brilliant and the students I talked to said they got a lot out of the day!”

“Today was fantastic. From what I know everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. Brilliant connections made, amazing people from all industries. My team was a finalist pitching our idea and it was absolutely terrifying but brilliant. Just thanks so much for telling us about it, was one of the best experiences.”

“Had the best day and met so many inspiring creatives at the Two+Two event in Manchester! And so proud of our team for being finalists ! #belesslonely

Judging panel: (Spot the jest!)

Tom Richards, Chair Chief Creative Officer, Havas Lynx; Julian Gratton Group Creative Director, MMP Global;  Monica Tailor Head of Digital, Mccann Manchester and Board Member of Manchester Digital;  Nick Entwistle Founder, One Minute Briefs and CD of Trunk Agency;  Andrew Binns SVP, Ashfield Digital & Creative; Simon Landi MD, Access Advertising.

This event would not have been possible without the fantastic support of the creative & marketing community in the North West.  On the day I foolishly said there were too many people to thank individually but I regretted it later – the day simply wouldn’t have been possible without them, so a massive thank you to:

David from BGN who created the brand identity https://bgn.agency/

Lynsey from Project 2 who managed the event beautifully 07956 444 495

Access https://www.weareaccess.co.uk/  Simon was there from start helping bring the idea into reality & helping get the Co-op on board

Ashfield Digital and Creative MD  https://www.ashfielddigitalandcreative.com Candace came to meetings, let me rant, pulled in a judge and fab mentors from her team, Andrew was a judge and Reiss and Mark great mentors
Havas Lynx  https://www.havaslynx.com lent Tom for judging, Andrew was a very engaging leader, Katy, Aimee & Matt were great mentors. They are also bringing in the winning team to help make the brief go live.
McCann Manchester http://www.mccannmanchester.com/ Lent us Monica for judging, along with Lisa for help in the run up and on the day as a mentor and Luci and Sarah as mentors who found it a great experience.
Pulsar Healthcare http://pulsarhealthcare.com/ Sean helped frame our pitch to the mayor (he couldn’t make it) and led a fab group of mentors and student teams – the only leader to get 2 shortlisted teams, by way of a wild card. Kate was a great mentor.
GradTouch https://www.gradtouch.com/  provided the fantastic videos to help promote the event and the showreel running on the day.  And Sean as a fab mentor.
Little Big Agency http://littlebig.agency/ Jo and her team provided fab PR support in the run up and on the day and a massive sounding board for us.
MMP Global http://www.mmp.global/ help with the brief, Julian was a judge, mentors Abi and Angelo and Ian and Jon the two videographers who produced the video and photos from the event.
Cuckoo http://www.cuckoodesign.com/  Phil was in at our first meeting and mentored on the day.
One Minute Briefs https://bankofcreativity.co.uk/ Nick was judging and ran One Minute Briefs to get the students thinking
Shoot the Moon http://www.shoot-the-moon.co.uk/ Kieran and Steven were fantastic mentors, Kieran helping massively with one of the teams who faced challenges
The Co-op Foundation https://www.coopfoundation.org.uk/  Provided all the research for the students and mentors to use, Sam was a great mentor on the day.

British Red Cross http://www.redcross.org.uk/ Martin really enjoyed his day mentoring and helping many teams with questions about Loneliness

Tech for Good http://www.techforgood.live/ Rebecca led the group which produced the winning team and was a great help in the run up to the day.

Dentsu Aegis  http://www.dentsuaegisnetwork.com/ Catherine was a hugely enthusiastic leader

Farm Digital https://wearefarm.com/ Peter and Dan were great mentors and said they found it inspiring mentoring the students and massively rewarding.

Rapport https://peopleactivation.com/ Chris, Matt, Laura and Hannah joined us as mentors for the afternoon – thanks guys!

Studio Dotto http://studiodotto.com/ Dani loved her role as mentor, bridging the gap between Uni and industry

I-Com  https://www.i-com.net/ Graham was a great mentor and kept a big smile on his face all day.

TechNorth Advocates https://www.technorthadvocates.com/ Naomi was a brilliant mentor

Nick Chaffe Studio  http://www.nickchaffe.com/ Nick was a great mentor and was proud to be involved in the event.

Refinery http://www.refinerygroup.co.uk/ Olivia was a very passionate mentor whose Orange Tigers made it to the final.

Zeal  http://www.zealcreative.com/ Sam loved mentoring the students and was brilliant.

Forever Digital https://www.foreverdigital.co.uk/ Tom and Zara were in much demand as fantastic mentors

The Foundry http://www.foundrycomms.co.uk/ Mark was a fab leader, no you can’t put two teams through!

Wool Digital  https://wool.digital/ David was a fab mentor and felt it was great to be a part of something where you could visibly see how much it helped the people involved.

NCC Group  https://www.nccgroup.trust/uk/  Ian was a great mentor and probably the most photographed person in the room! Oh and he kept us supplied with coffee!

The Startup Factory https://thestartupfactory.tech/ Jake was a fab mentor and thought it was a fantastic learning experience for him too.

 And of course all the Creative Resourcers: Phil, Amanda, Hannah, Becki, Jane and Rosie – who were happy and helpful all day.  With a special mention to Jayde and Steph who volunteered to stay behind at the office and make sure our day jobs were done.

 

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