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CHI&Partners Launches Innovation-Focused 'Bitcoin Bonus' for Staff

Cryptocurrency bonus will reward CHI’s most transformative uses of technology and innovation, as part of agency’s own ‘Magic & The Machines’ programme

CHI&Partners Launches Innovation-Focused 'Bitcoin Bonus' for Staff

CHI&Partners will this week launch a new staff incentive – an annual Bitcoin Bonus, to reward truly ground-breaking work that helps drive change in the advertising industry by using technology in a new and inspiring way.
 
The first Bitcoin Bonus, worth £10,000 sterling at the time of purchase, will be bought by CHI&Partners this week, to be awarded in December 2018 to the team behind the agency’s most progressive, innovative work created in 2018.
 
The launch of the incentive will mark the beginning of CHI&Partners’ own ‘Magic & the Machines’ programme, running concurrently with Chief Executive Sarah Golding’s industry-wide ‘Magic & the Machines’ agenda, as President of the IPA.  
 
Earlier this year, Golding hired James Miller from Facebook’s Creative Shop to help CHI&Partners launch its own innovation-focused production company, The Kitchen – aiming to break new ground in fields such as augmented reality, virtual reality and 360-degree advertising.
 
Now, says Golding, the agency is launching a whole series of tech, innovation and AI-focused training sessions and initiatives to encourage staff to embrace AI and innovation in creativity. As an additional incentive, the Bitcoin Bonus will recognise the teams behind particularly inventive projects that help transform the face of advertising and marketing, as well as driving game-changing results for clients.
 
“We are on the lookout for the next generation of industry innovators,” said Golding, “and the Bitcoin Bonus is a great incentive for all those brilliant thinkers at CHI who can help us break new boundaries in creative innovation. This is a special bonus – for ideas that use technology in a new and inspiring way, that blend magic and the machines, that capture imaginations, solve problems and get our clients talked about in new ways that are transformative to their businesses.”
 
Submissions for the Bitcoin Bonus will be accepted from teams of up to five individuals across all departments at CHI&Partners from early next autumn.
 
They will be judged by a panel of experts including Chief Executive Sarah Golding, Joint Executive Creative Directors Yan Elliott and Micky Tudor and Joint Managing Directors Sarah Clark and Gary Simmons – with the award going to the idea that has driven the most transformative results for clients, turned the heads of awards juries and made the most imaginative, inventive use of new technology.
 
Yan Elliott, Joint Executive Creative Director at CHI&Partners, said: “Bitcoin epitomises everything that’s great about technological invention: it’s for digital adventurers, techy whizzkids and believers of all ages in a new era of financial democracy. And we’re only just starting to see Bitcoin’s potential to transform lives, from giving rise to a new wave of techy millionaires to allowing early investors to realise their entrepreneurial dreams and everything in between. We look forward to seeing not just the groundbreaking work CHI&Partners creates with the Bitcoin Bonus in mind – but also how the winning team will benefit from this exciting incentive. Who knows how much those Bitcoin could end up being worth?” 
 
Bitcoin soared to another all-time high of $4,880 in September 2017 – with purchases worth $100 in September 2016 increasing in value to more than eight times that amount, at $850.