Amplify Marketing Festival 2023

University of Edinburgh Business School, 24 August, 1pm to 9pm

Our Amplify Marketing Festival will return to the University of Edinburgh Business School on Thursday 24 August during the Edinburgh Festival.

As well as favourites The Ogilvy Lecture, Clients v Agencies Creative Challenge look out for new formats and experiences.

The Ogilvy Lecture

The Ogilvy Lecture is our way of expressing our enthusiasm to preserve and promote David Ogilvy’s legacy. As a proud and passionate self-claimed Scot and one of the most famous names in advertising, David Ogilvy is an inspiration to many in our industry.

The general theme we suggest to speakers is around the concept of “the big idea” and in line with the mission of The Marketing Society – leading the conversation.

Previous Speakers

2013    Ellis Watson, DC Thomson
2014    Benny Higgins, Tesco Bank
2015    Adam Morgan, Eatbigfish
2016    MT Rainey, Channel 4
2017    Rory Sutherland, Ogilvy
2018    Syl Saller and Grainne Wafer, Diageo
2019    Jan Gooding, Stonewall
2020    Mark Ritson, Professor and Writer - watch here
2021    Allan Scott, co-creator of The Queen’s Gambit - watch here
2022.   Sarah Warby, Chief Customer Officer, Nando’s - watch here

Creative Challenge: Clients vs Agencies

Now in its 9th year, this hotly contested competition is always one of our most popular events of the year, with the teams pitching award winning campaigns from across the world and encouraging our audience to vote for their ideas. The agencies won last year making the current score Clients – 4, Agencies – 4 so all to play for this year!


Bookings will open in May. If you have tickets as part of your Business Team package, there is no need to do anything, we will be in touch to confirm your names.



University of Edinburgh Business School
29 Buccleuch Pl, EH8 9JS, Scotland