techUK partnered with Experis and High-Tech Bristol and Bath to bring the Future of IoT event to Bristol on the 25 April.
Held once again at the excellent Watershed venue we welcomed over 80 speakers, exhibitors and attendees as well as those who joined in the conversation with #IoTBristol 2019.
The event covered the role and ability for IoT to help drive wider digital transformation in businesses, the skills that are required to enact this change and a deep dive into the use of IoT in the built environment and manufacturing.
The day kicked off with two keynote presentations (all slides can be found at the bottom of the page) from Geraldina Iraheta, Director of Business Development at the Digital Catapult and Prof. Rob Rolley FIET, Head of Innovation with the UK Defence Solutions Centre. Moving into a panel discussion they were joined by cyber security specialist Bryan Lillie. The topics ranged from the benefits – including those that were originally outside of the business case – that IoT can and are delivering to companies such as Airbus as well as SMEs.
We then moved onto to looking at the skills challenges that IoT brings with James Hick, MD of ManpowerGroup, outlining the build, buy, borrow and bridge approach that they use with clients. With a panel discussion featuring Dowty, Nationwide and the Women’s Tech Hub the issues focused on the new digital skills that were required to leverage the opportunity that IoT and other technologies bring, with the challenges surrounding education to re-skilling and the evident UK-wide shortfall in these skills.
The final session sought to ground IoT benefits in smart buildings and manufacturing. The panel included representatives from Microshare as well as HCL. It looked at the benefits that IoT can bring to companies – from better management of office space to heavy industry and how both the tech sector and wider economy are starting to adopt their practices to improve business models and opportunities for both.
With a vibrant drinks and networking session to end the day, we look forward to welcoming you back to our “Future of” series in Bristol in 2020!