15 December 2016 | Sydney

Glug Sydney Christmas Event

  • Clemenger BBDO
  • Edelman
  • Ustwo
  • Snakes And Ladders

Hello Gluggers,

Following the success of our first two #GlugSydney events we're getting together for a Christmas party.

This is set to be our best yet and another engaging, energetic and inspiring night of discussion for the design and creative community.

Now hosted in Play Bar, Surry Hills, we're teaming up with General Assembly to curate more fantastic speakers and throwing a massive after party too.

Speakers include:

Clemenger BBDO / Brendan Forster


Bob has had over 10 years experience in start ups and technology companies most notably an 8 year stint at Google and Youtube. There he worked closely with agencies and brands using Google's technology platforms to engage with customers in new and unique ways. Highlights of his work include collaboration on the Optus "Clever Buoy” and Australian Federal Police’s “Missing Person Preroll” that used Youtube to assist in locating missing persons in Australia. Since joining Clemenger BBDO he has worked on campaigns such as the Dolmio Pepper Hacker, Whiskas Catstacam and the new Tourism Australia Aquatic & Coastal campaign and it’s immersive 360° video experiences.

He is a strong believer that when technology and digital platforms are combined with great ideas magic can happen. As Head of Creative Technology at Clemenger BBDO Sydney Bob works to ensure the agency stays on the bleeding edge of the creative opportunities technology presents.

Edelman / Fern Canning-Brook


With almost 20 years in the industry, Fern has a career spanning public relations, social media, brand strategy, sponsorship, experiential and content development in UK, US and Australia.

Edelman was recently named by the Holmes Report a Global Agency of the Year, and topping this year’s Global Creative Index. Their award-winning creative work in Australia includes Samsung BrainBAND, LifeLive and Slideliner, the LAB experiment from Best&Less, the humerous Missile Moments from U by Kotex and the much- applauded NIVEA sun campaign.  Fern leads teams working on brands including Samsung, Telstra, KFC, Huggies, NIVEA, Disney, Expedia, Adobe and Kleenex to name a few. 

Fern ditched all thoughts of a career in law at age 14, when she read an article about a PR director married to the England Rugby Captain. PR seemed like a pretty awesome job.  After that, she worked as an intern in many London-based agencies and experienced the reality of the industry – which didn’t put her off - before landing her ultimate internship with the #1 agency before going to Uni (proving that tenacity pays off). Since then, she has worked on many brands including Audi, Mercedes Benz, Peroni Nastro Azzuro, Budweiser, Playstation, Baileys, Pantene, Olay, Max Factor, Nutella, VW, Tourism Australia and Red Bull.

She spent several years working on global brand strategy, creative and campaign development for P&G, Diageo and SAB Miller brands, including negotiating major brand partnerships, influencer management and content creation before moving to Australia. 

Incidentally, Fern did meet the world-cup winning England Rugby Captain, but ended up marrying an Aussie instead.

USTWO / Penny Blackmore


After working across the advertising, fashion, and education industries, Penny is now happily introducing potential client partners to new ways of working with the digital product studio, ustwo. 

ustwo works with clients, including Google, Qantas and CBA, launches products, including Monument Valley, and starts companies, including Dice and Wayfindr. By building digital solutions to real-world problems, ustwo aims to make a measurable impact on the world. 

Penny’s role as Business Lead allows her build valuable partnerships between the studio and its client partners, get the ustwo brand out there through events, blog posts and workshops, as well as being able to dabble in hiring and people management. 

Penny took a while to find her niche after a ten year gymnastics career which ended in her competing in the Athens Olympics. After the Games, she spent some time studying International Liberal Studies at the University of Sydney. Nowadays Penny writes in her free time, having been published in the Guardian and Huffington Post, as well as running a blog with a friend.

Snakes & Ladders / Pete Moore


Pete’s earliest films, shot on his Dad’s handy-cam were horror flicks made with props from the easter show. Years later, with a background in writing, photography and magazines as an editor-in-chief, he fell into filmmaking in 2008 when a short film he collaborated on, aired on Triple J TV.

Since then he’s shot lamas in the Andes, chased crocodiles through swamps in Mexico, balanced 20 contemporary dancers upon a moving travelator and fitted a Subaru with a Wah Wah peddle for an accelerator. 

He’s worked with the likes of Cate Blanchett, Tame Impala, Wolfmother, Noah Taylor, artists’ John Olsen, Reg Mombassa, The Australian Chamber Orchestra and David Lachapelle, for brands like MTV, Virgin, Redbull, Bonds, Modular Records and Vodafone on campaigns across both film and photography. 

His work has been officially selected for film festivals around the world and he is currently in post-production on a short film that follows a Cuban band through Havana.

His talk will be on Japanese philosophy, Wabi-Sabi and how it influences his approach to filmmaking. 

MORE ANNOUNCED SOON! Follow us @GlugSydney and use the hashtag #GlugSydney.

If you do anything this Christmas, this should be it.

Glug Sydney