The Future of the IoT: Innovation, Security and Skills

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From smart lightbulbs to driverless cars, the Internet of Things (IoT) is revolutionising the way we go about our daily lives, and is seen as one of the technologies underpinning the 'fourth industrial revolution.'

By connecting previously 'dumb' devices, the IoT looks set to deliver significant benefits to our society and economy. Through the smart use of data, it could drive better health services, cleaner and safer societies, more efficient industries as well as stimulating new business growth. However, as a relatively immature market, there are also big concerns about the security of IoT devices and infrastructure, as well as whether we have the right skills both now and in the future to drive the benefits that it could deliver for the UK.

In order for IoT to deliver its full potential we will need to address these concerns. This event aims to explore solutions to the security, skills and privacy challenges facing IoT, as well as discussing the likely opportunities for businesses and individuals.


12.00–12.40  Arrival and lunch
12.40– 12.50 Introduction, Housekeeping and Scene Setting
  Experis, David Hannah, Operations Efficiency Director

12.50– 13.00 Opening KeynoteTim Bowles, Mayor of the West of England
13.00– 13.15 An Introduction to IoT – Ron Rock, CEO, Microshare

  Session 1: The Evolution of the IoT
As the next big thing in tech, to date IoT has underperformed against forecasts. Huge potential growth is still predicted with Gartner predicting that 20.4 billion devices will be in use by 2020, but what can be done to help the sector reach its potential?
With lack of investment, leadership and inadequate digital infrastructure systems often cited as the major barriers to progress, our speakers will discuss how the UK can address these issues as well as covering current and future examples of IoT in practice.

13.15– 13.35 Keynote - Dyson, Graham Smith, IoT Connectivity Architecture Lead
13.35– 14.05  Panel Session
  HBB, John Bradford, CEO - Moderator
QinetiQ, Bryan Lillie, CTO: Cyber Security, Network & Communications
Dyson, Graham Smith, IoT Connectivity Architecture Lead
General Dynamics UK, Prof Rob Rolley, Technology Director

  Session 2: A Skills Revolution within IoT – How are IoT skills different to IT skills?
This session will focus on the different skillsets that IoT will require as the digital landscape evolves at an ever-increasing rate. Our speakers will discuss building a talent pipeline, how to benefit from transferable skills and thinking outside of the box in where businesses look for talent.

14.05– 14.25 Keynote – Experis, Martin Ewings, Director of Specialist Markets
14.25– 14.55 Panel Session
  techUK, Matthew Evans, Executive Director, SmarterUK & IoT - Moderator
Experis, Stuart Nicol , Regional Director - Technology Markets
Dyson, Guy Franklin, Talent Acquisition Lead 
UWE, Benedict Gaster, Senior Lecturer & Researcher 

14.55– 15.25 Break
  Session 3: Securing the IoT by Design: Industry Best Practice
This section will cover recent developments in applying Security by Design principles to the devices and services that make up the Internet of Things. It will highlight efforts to drive best practice across industry and potential Government interventions to drive adoption of these.

15.25– 15.45 Keynote – IoT Security Foundation, Roger Shepherd, IoT Security Foundation Ambassador
15.45– 16.15 Panel Session
  techUK, Matthew Evans, Executive Director, SmarterUK & IoT - Moderator
Gemserv, Sean Gulliford, Principal Consultant – Connected Devices
IoT Security Foundation, Roger Shepherd, IoT Security Foundation Ambassador
Hargreaves Lansdown, Jonathan Kidd, Chief Information Security Officer
DCMS, Emma Green, Head of Secure by Default Project Team

  Start Up Lounge
16.15– 16.35 Before we break for networking we’ll hear from 4 companies working on the latest technology solutions, highlighting how their products are helping to break down the barriers holding back IoT.’
  16.15– 16.20 Iotic Labs, Robin Brattel, CEO
  16.20– 16.25 LuJam, Tim Moran, CEO
  16.25– 16.30 Zoetrope, Ben Howes, MD
  16.30– 16.35 Cotham Technologies, Raman Mistry, CEO

16.35– 16.40 Closing remarks, Experis, David Hannah, Operations Efficiency Director
16.40– 17.35 Networking & Drinks


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