Di5rupt is a B2B media intelligence and connections agency that brings together and empowers global professionals in the specialist media and mediatech industries to shape their future through networking, learning and collaboration opportunities.

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Our events are global. Hear from the best. Network with peers. Meet with partners.

Upcoming event:

  • Registration for the FIPP World Media Congress 2023 is now open! Congress will again take place in the beautiful coastal city of Cascais, on the outskirts of Lisbon, Portugal. The dates are 6-8 June. Learn more here.

Most recent events:

  • Our most recent event was Media Makers Meet (Mx3 Berlin) for those making specialist media. Taking place in Berlin, Germany on 19 & 20 October, our exclusive Mx3 Berlin audience came from 17 countries around Europe and the US and Canada.  Read our post-event report here.
  • Di5rupt organised and hosted the FIPP World Media Congress on license from FIPP – connecting global media, an industry body for international media. It took place from 7-9 June in Cascais, Portugal.
  • It organised and hosted a First-Party Data Strategies seminar, in conjunction with World News Media Network.
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Most recent training:

We most recently worked with FIPP, FT Strategies and Google on another of their Digital Immersion Weeks, which took place from 26-30 September.  Read more about the recent training course here.

We also hosted a First-Party Data Strategies seminar in June this year. You can read more about that here.

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About / Us.

Co-founded by Cobus Heyl and John Schlaefli, Di5rupt (“disrupt”) is a startup but its portfolio includes brands stretching back almost a century.

In June 2022, we organised, hosted and sold out the 44th FIPP World Media Congress on license for the first time. Also in June, we launched our first proprietary product in conjunction with World News Media Network – a seminar on First-Party Data Strategies. Our second wholly-owned is Media Makers Meet (Mx3 Berlin), which focuses on innovation in B2B as special interest media verticals.

We further provide content, commercial and marketing services to 3rd parties such as for the FIPP – Connecting Global Media’s Insider events (international speaker acquisition and sponsorship sales) and Google and FT Strategies’ digital immersion weeks.

With direct access to multiple media and tech experts around the world, Di5rupt taps into an extensive knowledge ecosystem in developing and delivering its product and service portfolio. 

Based in the United Kingdom, Di5rupt operates across international markets.

Cobus Heyl
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Focus areas:
General management
Content & Marketing

John Schlaefli
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Focus areas:
General management
Commercial sales
Strategic partnerships

Ces Jyrwa
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Focus areas:
Speaker management
Updating conference site/s
Social media posts and monitoring

Carlotta Serantoni
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Focus areas:
Partnership sales
Publisher partnerships

Bastian Schwithal
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Focus areas:
Di5rupt Entrepreneur-in-Residence: DACH region