4 - 5 Dec 2018 Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0QH

The Disruptor Zone

Start-up companies and ‘disruptors’ are changing the face of the information industry and quickly responding to technology changes, user behaviour and customer needs. As the landscape shifts we, as an industry, must stay at the forefront of developments and the new products and services available to us.

London Info International allows attendees to witness the shift by putting a spotlight on the opportunities that lay ahead of us. The forces that continue to shape the world of scholarly, research and professional information will be highlighted in the LII ‘Disruptor Zone’

What is the ‘Disruptor Zone”?

A moderated competitive event, taking place on the showfloor stages at LII, which will be available to all LII attendees and delegates. This competitive event is designed to offer start-ups, vendors and publishers the opportunity to showcase their newest and most innovative products, platforms and/or content. The showfloor sessions will give the audience a chance to learn about, assess and discover those that have the potential to have the greatest impact on the information community.

Day one – two sessions

These organisations will present their business concept in short, timed presentations to independent judges and attendees on the London Info International showfloor. Attendees will score each presentation and the votes on each presentation, combined with the judges input, will determine a winner from each session.

Day two

The two first round winning organisations will be invited to present to the conference delegates as part of the main conference programme. After a further round of voting an overall winner will be declared.


Good luck to all of the participants!

London Info International are pleased to announce Lean Library as winner of the 2017 Disruptor Zone!

Lean Library can be used by libraries to provide services, assist and interact with patrons within the workflow of the patron. Libraries can pro-actively bring access to articles to patrons, communicate and help Patrons within their workflow. Libraries can also use semantic enrichment to pro-actively bring resources to patrons at the moment they are looking for a subject.

Johan Tilstra, CEO and Founder, said “We’re really pleased to be designated the Disruptor Zone winner! It feels like a recognition of what we’re trying to do for library users, and for librarians!”

LII Director Clive Snell said “We are delighted for Lean Library who has become our second ever Disruptor Zone winner. Our disruptors hold terrific potential for the future of the information space. Many of our previous participants have seen significant positive developments including gaining clients, extra funding and in one case acquisition by a global publishing player. It is important for us to be able to offer a spotlight for these start-ups so our community learns more about them. Many congratulations to Johan and his team”