• Cannes 2017: The Machines Are Here

    It’s day 4 in Cannes and among the ever-growing divergent panels, presentations and workshops spanning from one end of the Croisette to the other, there has been a very real emergence of how artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning needs to fit into the marketing ecosystem of today and tomorrow.

Aden Hepburn

  • Executive creative director and managing director, VML Australia
Aden is the managing director and executive creative director of VML Australia and New Zealand, the region’s fast-growing digital creative, content and technology agency. Aden has been the driving force behind groundbreaking campaigns for the likes of Microsoft, Hyundai, Kellogg's and McDonald’s. He continues to deliver influential digital projects for the Commonwealth Bank, AMEX, ASB Bank and SPARK in NZ, in addition to leading product and service design innovations for businesses like Rip Curl & NSW Government. Aden helped launched VML into Australia in early 2012, which now boasts almost 100 employees and a number of the region’s most coveted accounts. Since opening, VML has become the #1 digital agency in the country, and is ranked #7 globally on the prestigious WARC100 list. An industry leader in his own right, Aden is on the advisory boards of multiple startups, and is the author of a leading global digital marketing and technology blog: Digital Buzz. He also sits on the digital committee of the Communications Council of Australia and judges at a host of local and international advertising award shows.

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