DJ Rocky G (Rita Egidio)

Born in Lisbon and raised on an African Island, currently living in Amsterdam.

On October 20th, 2008 Rocky G started a career in Portugal with very fast success. In 2010 she was PIONEER ambassador and resident DJ on international tours for brands like Red Bull, Ministry of Sound, Playboy and many others. 

After touring in more than 50 countries and playing for more than millions of partygoers, she moved to Amsterdam for love. 

Rocky G became an internet success in 2017 with her Viral video "Live Your Dreams Make It Happen". 

Her Viral video has now more than 146 million views from all corners of the world, supported by brands like UniLad, the Now, Buzzfeed, Daily Mail and others. 

In 2018 she made the big decision to focus her work on Techno music. 

October 2018 was a very important month for Rocky G. She became a Worldwide Ambassador DenonDJ, and was THE MEDIA sensations for the Dutch TV, and being announced as one of the most outstanding DJs of ADE 2018. 

She Performed at Escape Amsterdam Techno V Rave the World Party. 
BRAEZ Boiler Room Amsterdam. 

Prior to this she opened for the well-known Festival O.W.A.P. at Club Warehouse Elementenstraat. 

Rocky G All Night John Doe Amsterdam. 

In November 2018 she started her Live Stream Rocky G Techno Sessions, where Rocky plays directly from her incredible unique Led-Studio in Amsterdam, where her worldwide fans listen her Deep, Dark and Mysterious Techno. 

During the first four weeks, her live streams reach more than 200K views and 5K shares. 

At 29 November 2018, Rocky was as the first DJ ever invited by the brand TedX to perform at Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam. 

We’re thrilled to have her open up for our 5th anniversary edition of the Spark Conference.

David Chislette, Creativity Trainer

The New Business Of Creativity

Today the word ‘creativity’ gets met with a lot of resistance in business circles. This is for a few reasons: The biggest is that we have learned to think of creativity as ART. It’s not. Art is just a product of creativity.

Management has learned to view creativity as uncontrollable, unpredictable, unmeasurable and difficult to monetise. The stereotypical ‘creative’ employee is also seen as difficult, rule breaking and undisciplined.

And yet, technology is moving so fast that our business models and companies cannot keep up. Clearly, we need to make a massive change.

Creativity is the skill that enables you to;

  • Problem solve

  • Innovate

  • Invent new products

  • Improve processes

  • Stay ahead of the chasing market pack

Discover the top skills, methods and habits YOU can cultivate to elevate your business. After this session you will encounter:

  •   Optimum conditions to be inventive

  •   The role of community in innovation

  •   Thinking skills to boost creativity

    David Chislett grew up running his own businesses in the various Creative industries. He is both a creative and an entrepreneur. Now, he combines his experiences with book publishing, band management and public relations with hard research into the psychology and neuroscience of Creativity. David presents training and coaching that helps clients to re-think, re-evaluate and re-work and become better inventors, innovators, thinkers, adaptors and problem solvers. The new world needs new answers to all our old problems, and re-thinking is the key.

Maartje Blijleven, We Love Communities

The Secret of Successful Communities

Learning outcomes for this session: 1. What are the secret ingredients of a successful community, 2. How do you start a successful community (step-by-step plan), 3. How do you activate your community and find ambassadors who are happy to help you so you can grow together.

As an individual, influencer, professional and company you need communities to stay relevant in the rapidly changing world we live in today. Are you ambitious and do you want to use the power of communities to achieve your goals? Apply for this session! Communities are a trend. Facebook has recently changed its mission and is mainly focusing on communities over the next 10 years. In this digital world full of incentives and fake news, people desire to connect with people who have the same passion as they have and which they can trust. Independent research says people trust each other more (62%) than they trust media (32%). So there is a big opportunity for all of us if we start leveraging the power of communities. In this session you will learn how to do so.

As a leader in digital marketing and co-founder of IncludeNow., WomenTalkTech and We love communities, Maartje Blijleven attributes her success to the power of communities. She speaks at (international) events about how communities and networks strengthen both individuals and organizations, and gives you examples from different industries and organizations. This ‘internet-adept’ with great passion for marketing, communications and the digital world has been working in ‘digital’ for 18 years now. She worked for International clients like Endemol, KLM, Heineken, Peugeot, Nationale Postcode Loterij, Schiphol Airport and Dyson. Maartje strongly believes communities are needed for marcom professionals and the creative industry to stay relevant. She is currently writing a book about successful communities and will share her vision, trends and insights.

Hannah Huber, Founder Spark

Hannah grew the Spark community from scratch back in 2014 when she came across the challenges involved in setting up her own business Amsterdam Academy. What started off as a one-off ‘mini’ conference for local business owners has turned into a movement. She believes in the power of knowledge-sharing, helping women to grow their business and develop their skill sets. Hannah looks forward to welcoming you to the 5th edition of Spark!

Steph Panther, My Mindset Coach

Breakout session: Global Professionals - working with interns, joint session with Tara Michael

Steph’s passion is to inspire and empower people to be the most authentic expression of themselves.

A ‘professional expat’, originally from Melbourne Australia, Steph has travelled and lived in various different communities around the world. She understands the challenges involved in setting down in a foreign land and having to build a life (& business) from the ground up.

This is what inspired her to build My Mindset Coach, an online coaching business for young ambitious professionals who are leaping into a big lifestyle change. 

She works with clients 1:1 around the globe, helping them to stay accountable and achieve their personal and career goals in less time. 

Steph is very passionate about the Spark community and knows the positive effects of having an inspiring network.

As our Community Outreach advisor, Steph loves to bring like-minds together to collaborate, learn and grow together in a supportive and fun environment.

Lisa Ferland, Crowdfunding

Breakout session: Leveraging Crowdfunding to Grow and Engage with Your Audience

Participants will 1. Understand the different types of crowdfunding and which one is best for their business. 2) Understanding the prerequisites before launching a crowdfunding campaign 3) Best practices with strategies to implement right away.

Crowdfunding is becoming more popular than ever as small businesses and entrepreneurs are entering the space. Competing in a crowded arena with more businesses means that it takes a creative strategy to find success and stand out from the crowd. This masterclass discusses what crowdfunding is, how it can help small businesses and entrepreneurs find funding, clients, and drive more sales.

Lisa Ferland breaks down complex processes into easy-to-follow steps for entrepreneurs, authors, and small businesses to provide value and reach more people on crowdfunding platforms.

Tara Michael, Global Players

Breakout session: Global Professionals: working with interns

Energetic coach and international education enthusiast particularly interested in increasing diversity in study abroad to include global student-athletes. Always open to new ideas on how to reach and engage this truly dynamic demographic. 

Highly communicative team leader with demonstrated success in Program/Product Development, Strategy, and Sales.