techUK Insights RSS Feed - techUK RSS feed for insights content. en Copyright (C) 2015 The Future of the IoT: Innovation, Security and Skills Wed, 06 Dec 2017 10:40:59 +0000 Manar Al-Muflahi(techUK) Join the discussion for the future of the IoT and address the concerns. <p><img src="images/assets/SmarterUK/Joint_Logo_2.png" alt="Joint Logo 2" width="927" height="105" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>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.'</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote>Agenda</blockquote> <table border="0" style="height: 1408px; width: 700px;"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="9">12.00–12.40</td> <td>&nbsp;<strong>Arrival and lunch</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="9">12.40– 12.50</td> <td>Introduction, Housekeeping and Scene Setting</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="9">&nbsp;</td> <td>Experis, <strong>David Hannah</strong>, Operations Efficiency Director<br /><br /></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="9">12.50– 13.00</td> <td><strong>Opening Keynote</strong> – <strong>Tim Bowles</strong>, Mayor of the West of England</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="9">13.00– 13.15</td> <td style="text-align: left;"><strong>An Introduction to IoT</strong> – Ron Rock, CEO, Microshare<br /><br /></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="9">&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: center;"><strong>Session 1: The Evolution of the IoT</strong><br />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?<br />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.<br /><br /></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="9">13.15– 13.35</td> <td>Keynote - Dyson, <strong>Graham Smith</strong>, IoT Connectivity Architecture Lead</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="9">13.35– 14.05&nbsp;</td> <td><em>Panel Session</em></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="9">&nbsp;</td> <td>HBB, <strong>John Bradford</strong>, CEO - Moderator<br />QinetiQ,&nbsp;<strong>Bryan Lillie</strong>, CTO: Cyber Security, Network &amp; Communications<br />Dyson, <strong>Graham Smith</strong>, IoT Connectivity Architecture Lead<br /><br /></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="9">&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: center;"><strong>Session 2: A Skills Revolution within IoT – How are IoT skills different to IT skills?</strong><br />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.<br /><br /></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="9">14.05– 14.25</td> <td><em>Keynote</em> – Experis, <strong>Martin Ewings</strong>, Director of Specialist Markets</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="9">14.25– 14.55</td> <td><em>Panel Session</em></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="9">&nbsp;</td> <td>Digital Catapult,&nbsp;<strong>Idris Jahn</strong>, IoTUK Principle Consultant&nbsp; - Moderator<br />Experis, <strong>Martin Ewings</strong>&nbsp;, Director of Specialist Markets<br />Dyson, <strong>Guy Franklin</strong>, Talent Acquisition Lead&nbsp;<br />UWE, <strong>Benedict Gaster</strong>, Senior Lecturer &amp; Researcher&nbsp;<br /><br /></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="9">14.55– 15.25</td> <td><strong>Break</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="9">&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: center;"><strong>Session 3: Securing the IoT by Design: Industry Best Practice</strong><br />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.<br /><br /></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="9">15.25– 15.45</td> <td><em>Keynote – </em>IoT Security Foundation,&nbsp;<strong>Roger Shepherd</strong>, IoT Security Foundation Ambassador</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="9">15.45– 16.15</td> <td><em>Panel Session</em></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="9">&nbsp;</td> <td>techUK, <strong>Matthew Evans</strong>, Executive Director, SmarterUK &amp; IoT - Moderator<br />Gemserv, <strong>Sean Gulliford</strong>, Principal Consultant – Connected Devices<br />IoT Security Foundation, <strong>Roger Shepherd</strong>, IoT Security Foundation Ambassador <br />Hargreaves Landsdown, <strong>Jonathan Kidd</strong>, Chief Information Security Officer<br />DCMS, <strong>Emma Green</strong>, Head of Secure by Default Project Team<br /><br /></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="9">&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: center;"><strong>Start Up Lounge</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="9">16.15– 16.35</td> <td>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.’</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="9">&nbsp;</td> <td>16.15– 16.20 Iotic Labs,&nbsp;<strong>Robin Brattel</strong>, CEO</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="9">&nbsp;</td> <td>16.20– 16.25&nbsp;LuJam,&nbsp;<strong style="background-color: transparent;">Tim Moran</strong><span style="background-color: transparent;">, CEO</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="9">&nbsp;</td> <td>16.25– 16.30 Zoetrope,&nbsp;<strong style="background-color: transparent;">Ben Howes</strong><span style="background-color: transparent;">, MD</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="9">&nbsp;</td> <td>16.30– 16.35&nbsp;Cotham Technologies,&nbsp;<strong style="background-color: transparent;">Raman Mistry</strong><span style="background-color: transparent;">, CEO</span><br /><br /></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="9">16.35– 16.40</td> <td>Closing remarks, Experis, <strong>David Hannah</strong>, Operations Efficiency Director</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="9">16.40– 17.35</td> <td>Networking &amp; Drinks</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Global Trends in Sustainability and Issues for the Tech Sector Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:02:27 +0000 Lucas Banach (techUK) This conference focuses on how the tech sector will address the global sustainability challenges. <h3>Join techUK and ERM at techUK to learn about the global trends in sustainabily and what the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) mean for the tech sector.</h3> <h3>The free conference will look at how business can bring the SDGs into their operations and how the sector can address the major challenges.</h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Discussions, presentations and panels on:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Global Megatrends, Sustainability and the Tech Sector -&nbsp;</strong>Hear about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the response by World Business Council on Responsible Business and how some companies have started to develop strategies to internalise SDGs effectively.</p> <p><strong>In conversation with Tech Investors –</strong> find out what environmental and social governance tech investors look for in potential targets and existing portfolios.</p> <p><strong>Climate Action and Resilience</strong> Understand the impact potential of the Task Force for Climate related Disclosures (TCFD) report and developing science-based targets in your organisations</p> <p><strong>Sustainable Suuply Chains</strong> – what are today’s challenges from responsible minerals to slavery in the chain, to the NGO perspective</p> <p><strong>Showcasing Tech innovations that drive sustainability&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><strong>Panelists and Speakers include:</strong></h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Gabrielle Giner, BT</li> <li>Pip Squires, ARK</li> <li>Bill Skeates, Sky</li> <li>Stuart Poore, Canon</li> <li>Julian Lageard, Intel</li> <li>Andrew Wallis, Unseen</li> <li>Alison Drury, ERM</li> <li>James Stacey, ERM</li> <li>Charles Allison, ERM</li> <li>Bryan Hartlin, ERM</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Register:&nbsp;<a href=",%208%20February" target="_blank">please click here</a>&nbsp;</strong>to RSVP&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> VR and AR: Revolutionising Consumer Tech? Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:16:31 +0000 Craig Melson(techUK) With live demos, panels and discussions, this event looks at what 'mixed reality' means for consumers <blockquote>Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are two transformative technologies with applications covering business, education, healthcare and more. With all the talk and new devices coming online, this conference seeks to understand their potential in the consumer electronics market and entertainment sectors.</blockquote> <p><img src="images/ar-vr-resized_for-web.jpg" alt="VR and AR: Revolutionising Consumer Tech?" width="580" height="315" style="margin: 3px; float: left;" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Virtual and Augmented Reality market is estimated to grow from £3.6bn to over £116bn by 2020. techUK is organising this <strong>free event</strong> to understand the potential in the consumer tech market and entertainment sector.</p> <p>This conference brings together broadcasters, device manufacturers, content creators, producers, analysts and media to explore what the potential for these technologies are. As well as discussions and presentations, delegates will be able to see&nbsp;and experience the latest products and innovations first hand in a demo area.</p> <p>Some questions the conference aims to answer are:</p> <ul> <li>What are the barriers to widespread adoption?</li> <li>What new markets are enabled?</li> <li>Is the delivery and connectivity infrastructure ready?</li> <li>Will AR or VR have the biggerst impact?</li> <li>What is the current/future market for these technologies and how should they be sold?</li> </ul> <p><strong>Agenda:</strong></p> <p><strong>09:00-10:00 Registration &amp; product demonstrations</strong></p> <p><strong>10:00-10:05 Welcome and introductions&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>10:05-10:20 The market for VR</strong></p> <p><strong>10:20-11:30 VR/AR Content</strong></p> <p>Gaming is driving the momentum for VR, but what new forms of content can VR create? Could it create new experiences and new forms of entertainment? Could people buy tickets for a virtual ‘experiences’ with others to watch/experience exclusive AR content, whether that is sport, a concert, a horror maze or a film. This panel will hear from broadcasters, production houses and gaming on how they see VR/AR as platforms</p> <p>Discussion points:</p> <ul> <li>What content works best for these platforms? Narrative, events, news, games?&nbsp;</li> <li>Visual arts couldn't be more successful - is there need for new platforms?</li> <li>Challenges of producing and developing this content?</li> <li>Are broadcasters and producers ready?</li> <li>VR beyond gaming.</li> <li>AR as an 'add on' to TV.</li> </ul> <p><strong>11:30-11:45 Presentation: Why AR will be more successful than VR</strong></p> <p><strong>11:45-12:00 Break</strong></p> <p><strong>12:00 -13:00 Monetising VR/AR</strong></p> <p>What new markets and business models can be developed from these new platforms and what new peripherals, devices, offerings can flourish? VR could see premium subscription offerings, new forms of advertising, new metadata types and more whilst AR can enhance experiences. This session looks at how new markets can develop around these technologies and how to link existing business models to new opportunities.</p> <p>Discussion points:</p> <ul> <li>What new devices, accessories and peripherals will be required and by whom?</li> <li>What commercial relationships need to take place?</li> <li>Broadcaster&nbsp; and&nbsp; media organisation attitude to emerging platforms.</li> <li>Could VR/AR mean new advertising revenue? Choosing to look at an advert could be more meaningful than scrolling past on a newsfeed.</li> <li>What new data types will be created?</li> <li>AR has been ‘gimmicky’ so far – how can it be transformative and marketised?</li> </ul> <p><strong>13:00-14:00 Lunch and product demonstrations</strong></p> <p><strong>14:00- 14:15 Presentation: Standardising VR</strong></p> <p><strong>14:15-15:15 The VR/AR ecosystem</strong></p> <p>This discussion will look at the tech, media and production ecosystem that needs to spring up to support VR/AR content. Will it be delivered by IP, and if so what cloud and connectivity is required? Are content producers going to need new standards and support (as well as new equipment) to make the leap into VR/AR and what will consumers need.</p> <p>Discussion points:</p> <ul> <li>AR through mobile – how can TVs interact and work seamlessly?</li> <li>Standards - The BSI Standards committee are driving VR standards work.</li> <li>Broadband and cloud – Is the support infrastructure there, especially for VR.</li> <li>Broadcast networks and IP delivery.</li> <li>Distribution technologies and content delivery.</li> <li>Compatibility of devices and broadcasts with AR.</li> </ul> <p><strong>15:15-15:30 Break and product demonstrations</strong></p> <p><strong>15:30-16:30: Driving adoption, overcoming barriers and getting people on board</strong></p> <p>New platforms won’t be adopted unless consumers realise the benefits they will get at a price they can afford. What strategies can drive adoption of these new technologuies and what are the barriers and ways of overcoming them.&nbsp;</p> <p>Discussion points:</p> <ul> <li>How to drive adoption among consumers.</li> <li>Are retailers engaged?</li> <li>Lessons from the gaming industry.</li> <li>Is there inertia from broadcasters and media producers towards new and emerging platforms?</li> <li>Lessons from other formats such as Google Glass and 3DTV.</li> <li>VR is established in B2B - what can we learn from this?</li> <li>Capitalising on AR - the new iPhone for example.</li> <li>Who will create the 'killer' app or the best user case?</li> </ul> <p><strong>16:30 -18:00: Networking drinks and product demonstrations</strong></p> Delegation - Trade Mission to India (including WCIT 2018) Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:46:39 +0000 Simon Spier (techUK) techUK is pleased to support the Northern Powerhouse Trade Mission to India which will take in WCIT India 2018 in Hyderbad, India as part of NASSCOM's ILF 2018 Conference. <h2>techUK is pleased to support the Northern Powerhouse Trade Mission to India which will take in WCIT India 2018 in Hyderabad, India as part of NASSCOM's ILF 2018 Conference.&nbsp;</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>SME’s can apply for a £1500 ERDF grant towards their costs of participating.</strong></p> <p>India is forecast to further progress to become the second largest market for IT by the end of 2018. The highest spending will be in the Telecommunications Services (37.3%), followed by devices (33.7%), IT services (19.2%), Software (6.7%) and Data Centre Systems (3.1%).</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Why attend?</strong></p> <p>The NPH Department for International Trade-led Mission will provide unprecedented access to strategic partners driving India’s Technology growth. UK companies are invited to promote their capabilities to a growing marketplace and take part in bespoke 5 day business programme offering 1-2-1 meetings with potential partners and market experts.</p> <p>The National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) has indicated that the future growth in the ICT sector will be fuelled by growing demand for new services such as digital technology, mobile applications and cloud computing – this would in turn be dependent on solutions like the Internet of Things, augmented reality and smart hardware.</p> <p>The IT spending in India is going to further jump drastically around new opportunities that have been launched by the government of India in 2015-16 Digital India (potential value of £45bn over the 10 years), Smart Cities (£20-24bn over the 10 years); and Make In India £400bn over the years to 2025.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The Mission</strong></p> <p>The Technology mission to India aims to increase technology exports to India, for example in the following priority subsectors - Data Analytics and SaaS, Communication and Cloud Technologies and IoT. These sub sectors are particularly related with three key Government of India initiatives/campaigns - Digital India (delivery of public services through digital by default), Smart Cities and Make in India (increasing the capacity and capability of indigenous design and manufacture of components, systems and finished products). DIT in-market team along with the High Value Campaign are identifying key Indian companies/influencers/leaders to identify new opportunities and build on existing opportunities.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Outline of Trade Mission</strong></p> <p>NPH mission would start in Hyderabad and undertake activity around the NASSCOM leadership summit to support company objectives. The group will undertake meetings arranged by DIT Tech team in Hyderabad focussing on Data Analytics, AI (machine learning) and XaaS / Cloud Services etc. The group would then travel to Bengaluru (the heart of ICT sector in India and is home to the largest hub of software exporting companies in India and the fourth largest technology cluster In the world), to undertake pitches to the large Systems Integrators such as WIPRO / Infosys / TCS to then complete the mission in the countries powerhouse city of Mumbai for pre-arranged individual one to one sales meetings and networking events.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Outline agenda</strong></p> <p>Depart Saturday 17th arrive Hyderabad Sunday 18th.</p> <p><strong>Monday 19th</strong> Hyderabad - undertake activity around the NASSCOM leadership summit to support NPH</p> <p>Monday PM DIT/MIDAS Trade &amp; Investment reception</p> <p><strong>Tuesday 20th</strong> Hyderabad - undertake activity around the NASSCOM leadership summit to support NPH objectives</p> <p>depart early eve for Bangalore</p> <p><strong>Wednesday 21st</strong> - undertake pitches to the large Systems Integrators such as WIPRO / Infosys / TCS.</p> <p>Wednesday evening Tech sector reception with system integrators and Indian technology companies</p> <p><strong>Thursday 22nd</strong> Bangalore - undertake pitches to the large Systems Integrators such as WIPRO / Infosys / TCS</p> <p>depart early eve for Mumbai</p> <p><strong>Friday 23rd – Sat24th</strong> Mumbai (optional) – DIT Tech team Mumbai to arrange 1-1 meeting programme</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>WCIT India 2018 -&nbsp;The Olympics of the Global ICT Industry</strong></p> <p>First held in 1978 by WITSA (World Information Technology &amp; Services Alliance), the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) has become the premier international ICT forum. Bringing together over 2,500 visionaries, captains of industry, government leaders and academics from more than 80 countries.The 22nd edition of WCIT will be staged in India for the first time.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>NASSCOM ILF 2018 - The Tech Mecca of the East</strong></p> <p>The India Leadership Forum is NASSCOM's flagship platform which is a melting pot for ideas, innovation, strategy, business and the future. Three days of talks, showcase, networking, connects create an immersive experience for delegate that combines Business + Technology + Leadership. The 26th edition of ILF in 2018 is a limited edition and will host the WCIT 2018, creating an unparalleled experience for the delegates.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>To find out more about the mission please visit - <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;If you are interested in joining the delegation and for futher information please contact</p> Type 1 Diabetes: The Rise of the Machines Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:32:57 +0000 Kate Francis(techUK) Type 1 Diabetes: The Rise of the Machines 24 Feb 10:00 - 15:00 <p>Technology has huge potential to transform type 1 diabetes and some people with the condition are already showing remarkable results using new digital technologies.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Continuous</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Flash Glucose Monitors</a> are becoming more widespread; and after decades of algorithm development, <a href="" target="_blank">early iterations of the artificial pancreas</a> are coming of age.</p> <p>Meanwhile, some people who are certainly<a href=";ei=xBkUWsmZI6uBgAa6rKDADg&amp;q=%23wearenotwaiting&amp;oq=we+are+not+waiting&amp;gs_l=psy-ab.3.0.0i71k1l4." target="_blank"> not ‘patient’</a> have chosen to adapt technology themselves.</p> <p>But <a href="" target="_blank">most people</a> in the UK continue to manage their condition with tools that remain largely unchanged since last century.</p> <p>Can the NHS adapt to meet the challenge of prescribing new technologies?</p> <p>Does the world of the NHS have a place for patient-led innovation?</p> <p>This event, co-hosted by techUK and <a href="" target="_blank">Partha Kar</a>&nbsp;will showcase what is currently possible with today’s tools and what we need to do to make digital a reality for the many rather than the few.</p> <p>We will also look at what companies, healthcare professionals and people affected by the condition are working to make possible in the near future.</p> <p>-----------------------------</p> <p>The event is free to attend but please recognise that by booking a place you are committing to attend and potentially depriving someone else from a place.</p> <p>We will ask for a £20 donation to a diabetes charity of your choice for anyone that drops out less than two weeks before the conference.</p> Open Banking, PSD2 and the Cyber Challenges Facing the Financial Services Sector Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:31:10 +0000 Dan Patefield(techUK) This seminar will explore some of the cyber security related challenges facing the move to Open Banking and assess how we can give customers greater control over their data. <p>Technology continues to be a driving force behind the progression and innovation of the financial services sector. The UK’s Open Banking initiative, coupled with recent legislative changes, will give customers greater clarity, control and ownership of their data, opening the sector to further innovation.</p> <p>Furthermore, the Second Payment Services Directive (PSD2) and the UK’s Open Banking Platform will both go live on 13 January. PSD2 is a fundamental piece of legislation that will make a significant number of changes to payments and retail banking as a whole: it will increase competition, and foster innovation in a retail finance sector dominated by banks.</p> <p>There are concerns, however, with how some of these initiatives will impact the security of consumers’ bank account data. Under PSD2, for example, two new strands of third party providers will have direct access to payment accounts: payment initiation services (PIS)and account information services (AIS). Some within the financial services sector have argued that forcing banks to give fintech companies access to customer account data would put the security of this data at risk. Whilst most major banks have stated that they are planning major investments in open banking over the next few years, there are concerns about the growing risk to consumers personal information amid the growing cyber threat.</p> <p>Building on techUK’s recent whitepaper on Open Banking, From Open Banking to Open Financial Services, published last year, this seminar will explore some of the cyber security related challenges facing the move to Open Banking and assess how we can give customers greater control over their data, whilst giving them greater security.</p> Cyber and the Rail Sector Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:26:07 +0000 Dan Patefield(techUK) Attendees at this techUK briefing will examine next steps for overcoming key cyber challenges in the rail sector. <p>The rail sector is becoming ever more digitally connected. Digital technologies are readily adopted on the railways in order to improve reliability, efficient and consumer experiences whilst high profile projects such as Crossrail and HS2 have relied heavily on digitisation.</p> <p>However, with the growing use of networked control and automation systems that can be remotely accessed via public and private networks, and the move to open-platform, standardised equipment built using commercial off the shelf components, the cyber vulnerabilities for the rail system have increased.</p> <p>These threats are wide ranging, from organisations and people whose intentions are wide and varied, ranging from the desire to cause death, through to the desire to cause minor disruption, inflict reputational damage or steal data. That is why, in January 2017, the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) published its first ‘Rail Cyber Security Strategy, highlighting the threats and possible solutions to the growing cyber threat to the rail network.</p> <p>Attendees at this techUK briefing will examine how these shared challenges can be overcome, highlighting best practice in areas including, policy and procedure, architecture, design, skills and awareness. At a time when the implications of the NIS Directive remain unclear, this will also be an opportunity to discuss the regulatory framework and responsibilities of organisations in the space.</p> Cyber Security and Data Opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:11:14 +0000 Dan Patefield(techUK) This evening seminar, with a panel of expert speakers, will aim to increase the knowledge base of UK tech companies on how to expand and do business in sub-Saharan Africa <p>As a number of African countries make the transition to the mainstream of the global economy, it is clear that technology plays an increasingly significant role. Sub-Saharan Africa has recently seen the emergence of an exciting, and growing, IT ecosystem bringing together entrepreneurs, tech ventures and innovation centres spanning multiple countries. From East Africa’s much heralded “M-Pesa” mobile money payment product to Nigeria’s “Jumia” e-commerce platform, sub-Saharan Africa boasts roughly 200 innovation hubs, 3,500 new tech-related ventures, and $1 billion in venture capital to a pan-African movement of start-up entrepreneurs.</p> <p>Underpinning the growth of Africa’s growing digital economy is the need for cyber security expertise. Although most African countries do not record the cost of cyber related incidents to businesses in their countries, recent estimates suggest that they cost Nigeria and Kenya $500m and $250m respectively. Government networks in Africa are also susceptible to the cyber threat, as various departments adopt emerging technologies and automated processes, handling vast amounts of confidential information with limited cyber capabilities.</p> <p>Multiple export opportunities exist for UK cyber security and data protection companies to do business with public, private and third sector organisations across sub-Saharan Africa. This evening seminar, with a panel of expert speakers, will aim to increase the knowledge base of UK tech companies on how to expand and do business in sub-Saharan Africa by exploring key opportunities but also the legal, regulatory and risk challenges facing companies.</p> <p>If you have any queries regarding the event please do get in touch with the team.</p> Smart City Summit & Expo Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:40:11 +0000 Simon Spier (techUK) The Smart City Summit & Expo is a premier forum & expo in Asia-Pacific with more than 25,000 professional from businesses, academia and government officials <p><a href="">The Smart City Summit &amp; Expo</a> is a premier forum &amp; expo in Asia-Pacific with more than 25,000 professional from businesses, academia and government officials. During the event, you will be able to meet potential partners and project owners, not only from Taiwan but also from around the Asia.</p> <p>To find out more about the trade mission package and info, please click the below links:</p> <p>· <a href="">Registration Link</a></p> <p>· <a href="">Trade Mission Package</a></p> <p>· <a href="">Taiwan and the UK</a></p> <p>The registration deadline is 9th February, 2018.</p> <p>For further questions about the trade mission please contact <a href="">Irene Yang</a>.</p> SME Mission to Japan ICT Week Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:17:22 +0000 Simon Spier (techUK) Join an ICT Cluster SME Mission toExhibit at the Japan IT Week trade fair at Tokyo Big Sight <ul> <li>Exhibit at the Japan IT Week trade fair at Tokyo Big Sight</li> <li>Gain knowledge about the ICT market structure, sector analysis, business policy</li> <li>Identify relevant key contacts (decision makers, R&amp;D centres, business partners)</li> <li>Establish relationships with potential partners (trade and technology)</li> <li>Benefit from face-to-face meetings leading to possible business opportunities</li> </ul> <p><strong>About the Mission</strong></p> <p>The 4-day mission will include:</p> <p>- an "ICT partnering event" on Tuesday, 8 May in Tokyo (Kasumigaseki Building, Plaza Hall)</p> <p>- 3-day fair at the "Japan IT Week" (Spring edition) from Wednesday 9 to Friday 11 May. Mission participants will attend B2B meetings and meet with Japanese visitors. In order to maximize their partnering opportuni&shy;ties, they will be able to exhibit in the EU-Japan Centre booth. Professional interpreters will be on hand during the trade fair to help them communicate with potential Japanese business partners. Based on materials they provide, the EU-Japan Centre will arrange Japanese-language posters to promote their product at the EU Delegation booth at the trade fair.</p> <p>A Welcome Get-together for Mission participants will be organized on the evening before the Mission starts. This is an occasion to meet other participants in a casual and friendly atmosphere for those who are already in Tokyo at that time.</p> <p>A month before the mission, an online pre-departure briefing will help you prepare for the mission to ensure you get the most out of it.</p> <p><strong>Objectives</strong></p> <p>Through this mission you have the opportunity to:</p> <p>display your technology at one of Japan’s leading trade showsmeet potential business partnerscreate new business opportunitiesdevelop partnerships and business cooperation on global marketsattend match-making eventsincrease your innovation capacity and become more competitive on a global scale (as an SME)prepare the ground for practical cluster cooperation across borders and make a more strategic use of transnational cluster cooperation on markets outside Europe in areas of strategic interest (as a cluster)</p> <p><strong>Particpant Profile</strong></p> <p>Clusters and SMEs from European Union and COSME partnering countries.<br />Large companies may apply, but priority will be given to applicants from SMEs and from clusters active in sectors covered by the trade fair.</p> <p>Target fields:</p> <p>Artificial Intelligence (AI)Big Data ManagementRobotic process automation (RPA)Fintech / Asset Management SolutionsInternet of Things (IoT)Machine to Machine (M2M) communicationCyber scurityEmbedded Technology</p> <p><strong>Applications from EU companies and clusters covering products/technologies/services relevant to Artificial Intelligence, Fintech,&nbsp;and Internet of things (IoT) will be prioritized.</strong></p> <p><strong>Eligibility</strong></p> <p>The candidate must:</p> <p>be a citizen of an EU Member State or of a COSME partnering countrywork for a company that is &gt; 50% EU (or COSME partnering country) ownedwork for an organisation that is an EU (or COSME partnering country) juridical personbe supported by his/her employerbe able to participate in the entire programmehave a good command of Englishbe a manager with proven experience in industry</p> <p><strong>Selection</strong></p> <p>The main criteria for selection are:</p> <p>the professional &amp; educational background of the candidate;the strategy of the participant's company regarding Japan.</p> <p>In order to ensure a high degree of personal attention, the number of participants in this mission is limited to 20.</p> <p><strong>There are no costs for attending. Applicants will just need to cover flights and accomodation.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For further information on the event please visit:&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</p> <p>Should you wish to attend or are already registered to attend, please be in contact with Simon Spier (details below) and <a href="">James Carter</a> - British Embassy Tokyo.</p>