Warwick Congress 2018

…current topics with unconventional views!

Welcoming up to 500 delegates, Warwick Congress is one of the largest European, fully student-run university conferences. The three-day event takes two current affairs topics and looks to deepen students’ understanding from leading industry professionals in Finance, Economics, Law, and Politics. The topics due to be discussed by the 8 keynote speakers across the weekend are:

  • Global Trade vs Embargoes: Temporary Fever or Long-Term Disruption?
  • Social Media, the Making of New Politics

They will be analysed by an individual from each of the four disciplines; providing delegates an insight into how these issues shape society. The topics will be addressed through the overarching theme of “Innovation: Preparing change and making change”. In addition to the talks, Warwick Congress will host seminars, panel debates and a careers fair for delegates to engage and network with firms.  This unique proposal of academic discussions combined with invaluable networking opportunities makes Warwick Congress 2018 an unmissable event.

THEME

Innovation: Preparing Change and Making Change 

The overarching theme of WarCon 2018 is innovation. The ‘why’ is simple; ours is the age of greater technological advancement and resource scarcity than ever before. The prevailing force of high speed change is both our challenge as well as our opportunity. Innovation is our tool to form the future. Ingenuity surpasses boundaries.

 

We are in an age of greater technological advancement and resource scarcity than ever before. The prevailing force of high speed change is both our challenge as well as our opportunity. Innovation is our tool to form the future. FinTech industries and competition in economic markets is spiked by unprecedentedly efficient and ecological productivity. Political revolutions flood not only the streets, but newsfeeds and pop-ups to inform and activate us. Media storms and cyber security threaten modern democracies, raising legal concerns of privacy in data use. Interconnectivity is key; a restrictive “America First” immigration policy allows those innovative enough, such as France, to capitalise with a socio-economic thinking of this new type.

There is no time like the present. Innovation’s unpredictability means that to succeed in the future, we must create it. We’re excited!

TOPICS

Global Trade vs Embargoes: Temporary Fever or Long-Term Disruption?

Modernity has heralded a new, virtual era where goods and services from across the globe are delivered to our doorsteps. Recent socio-economic and political issues have pressured several European governments and the US begin to reconsider the flow of free trade, capital and human resources. Trump, Brexit and the broader upheaval of Western politics are all symptoms of working class discontent with globalization. Are the populist movements of 2016 here to stay or can globalization withstand the onslaught? With protectionist policies promised by the US administration and the uncertainties of Brexit looming over Europe, what is the fate of global free trade?

Social Media, the Making of New Politics

2016 will be immortalised as the year that social media changed politics and governance forever. President Trump and Nigel Farage dominated the twitter sphere, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau became the darling of Facebook and the message of the Front Nationale went global. It has lead to an unprecedented question – has the mainstream media lost it’s control over national politics? How, if at all, will liberal democracy counter the increasingly accessible cult of personality? Is legislation the tool by which “fake news” is best dealt with? Should national governments fear the economic power of the select few social media moguls?
PANEL DEBATES

Throughout the Conference weekend, delegates will have the opportunity to engage in two thought provoking discussions by a panel of high profile speakers and experts in the key topics of “Infrastructure and Environment: New Problems Call for New Solutions” and “Cryptocurrency: Modern Customer and Modern Business”.

MEET THE SPEAKERS
Warwick Congress will be offering the exclusive opportunity to have personal access to our world famous speakers via our Speaker Seminars which will take place throughout the conference weekend. Covering law, finance, politics and economics, we will be holding seminars for a maximum of 20 students per seminar with our conference speakers. These lucky students will be given the opportunity to meet their respective speaker over the course of the 30-minute Q&A seminar. To take advantage of this incredible opportunity keep a look out for the seminar announcements. Places will be distributed on a first come first serve basis so keep your eyes open!