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    Climate Emergency | The Connected Home Market | IoT


The Committee on Climate Change published their report which responds to a request from the UK, Wales and Scotland Government asking the Committee to reassess the UK’s long-term emissions targets. The new emissions scenarios draw on ten new research projects, three expert advisory groups, and reviews of the work of the IPCC and others. 

The State of the Connected Home – Edition III – 26 June 2019 
For a third year in a row we are launching the State of the Connected Home Report. For more information and to register please click here. Parallel to the event we are running a Campaign Week which will be an exploration of the in-depth analysis of the market supported by real life examples. This will run from 19 June until 26 June.

If you wish to participate in our campaign, please pick a day and a topic of your choice and send us your content by 07 June 2019 to Rachel Holmes.  

  • 19 June – Market Analysis and Policy – The State of the Connected Home Market  
  • 20 June – Consumer Choices – What does the consumer want/need? Does the consumer understand the market? 
  • 21 June – The Home – Do we have the ecosystem in place?  
  • 24 June – The Consumer – How can the necessary industries provide the right environment. We'll be looking at - Energy suppliers, insurance providers, health and social care, Electric Vehicles rollout.  
  • 25 June - Future Gazing - Connected Home tech trends and barriers  


Our contributor guidelines can be found here.  

We are responding and collecting members’ views on the DCMS’s Consultation on regulatory proposals on consumer IoT security, with a deadline of 5 June. The UK Government takes the issue of consumer IoT security very seriously. We recognise the urgent need to move the expectation away from consumers securing their own devices and instead ensure that strong cyber security is built into these products by design. 

Having worked with stakeholders, experts and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), we are now consulting on proposals for new mandatory industry requirements to ensure consumer smart devices adhere to a basic level of security. The proposals set out in this consultation seek to better protect consumers’ privacy and online security which can be put at risk by insecure devices. 

The consultation’s questions can be found here. If you wish to send us a response please contact Tom Henderson.  

Energy & Utilities

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The future of UK carbon pricing

This consultation sets out the UK government’s and the devolved administrations approach to UK carbon pricing once we have left the EU, and seeks stakeholders views on the design of a future scheme. It is a joint consultation of the UK government, the Scottish Government, the Welsh Government and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland.

Consultation closes: Friday, 12 July 2019 11:45. For more information please click here.

The Labour Party to nationalise National Grid

Labour said that the energy networks are “poorly placed” to respond to the challenges of going green. National Grid, which has run the networks since privatisation in 1990. For more information please click here.

Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Prospering from the Energy Revolution - showcase projects

The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) is designed to ensure that research and innovation takes centre stage in the Government’s Industrial Strategy. The Strategy sets out the plan to help businesses create better, higher-paying jobs with investment in the skills, industries and infrastructure of the future bringing together the UK’s world-leading research with business to meet the major industrial and societal challenges of our time. For more information please click here.

techUK supports an ambitious net zero carbon target

The Committee on Climate Change has called for the UK to set an ambitious new target to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050. In response to this Antony Walker, deputy CEO, techUK says that tech must be at the core of the solutions to meet this challenge. We ask all members of the tech community to join us on the journey to meet this challenge and get in touch to discuss how we can make an impact towards resolving this issue. For more information please click here.

Without smart meters, meeting our climate change targets will be slower, harder and more expensive

Without smart meters, reducing our carbon emissions and meeting the UK’s climate change targets will be higher cost, less supportive of renewable generation and less well co-ordinated, according to new research published today. Smart meters are an integral part of a flexible, decentralised and decarbonised energy system, which is central to Britain reducing its CO2 emissions and reliance on unsustainable energy sources. For more information please click here.

Making a successful R&D Tax Credits Claim – Top Tips 3

There are three stages to preparing and making a R&D Tax Credits claim – how well you complete these stages will without doubt have an impact on how successful your claim is. The first is identifying those projects that qualify. Then you need to identify the qualifying expenditure. And then the next stage is compiling that information in the ways HMRC want it presenting to them – into a successful claim document. For more information please click here.

R&D Tax Credit Funding – accelerate your R&D expenditure

R&D Tax Credit Funding – accelerate your R&D expenditure by up to 12 months. Continual investment in research and development is crucial to businesses if they are to remain competitive – and this requires a constant injection of cash. The UK Government’s R&D Tax Credit scheme encourages and rewards both SME’s and large companies for investing in innovation. It offers a vital means to cut costs and improve cash flow, whilst keeping ahead of the competition. For more information please click here.

Funding

Detailed designs of smart, local energy systems​

UK organisations can apply for a share of up to £30 million to develop clean, cheap local energy systems that create prosperous, resilient UK communities. This funding is from the ISCF’s Prospering from the Energy Revolution challenge.

Competition closes: Wednesday, 7 August 2019 12:00. For more information please click here.

Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy

To make the transition to a competitive energy system, we need to overcome a number of challenges, such as increasingly scarce resources, growing energy needs and climate change. A budget of €5931 million has been allocated to non-nuclear energy research for the period 2014-2020. Out of this figure, more than €200 million is earmarked to support European Institute of Innovation and Technology activities, subject to a mid-term review. For more information please click here.

Transport

News

Major progress on northern green transport after record investment​

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling will celebrate record levels of investment in green transport in the north but will make clear that action to tackle transport emissions cannot stop there.

Speaking at the Northern Transport Summit in Manchester, the Transport Secretary is expected to set out how this government has overseen the investment of over £600 million in green transport across the north. However, he will point out that millions in funding is still available through a range of green schemes and will call on local councils, businesses and consumers to take full advantage of this. For more information please click here.

New mobility platform enhancing first- and last-mile journeys

Passengers on SNCF’s high-speed trains can now book first and last mile journeys providing a more integrated approach to mobility. For more information please click here.

Riding the Bolt Original e-scooter: A fresh take on mobility?

Usain Bolt has a mobility company. The olympic sprinter is looking to solve the world's mobility problems with the launch of a new e-scooter rental service. For more information please click here.

Funding

Smart: innovation funding for game-changing ideas from business​

An overview of the grants that organisations can get to carry out ambitious, disruptive R&D projects with a high potential for commercial success. For more information please click here.

Smart Cities

Funding

Immersive Technology Investment Accelerator: phase 2, SME projects​

UK businesses doing R&D in immersive technology can apply for a share of up to £2 million grant funding alongside private equity investment. The grant funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

Competition closes: Wednesday, 3 July 2019 12:00. For more information please click here.

Detailed designs of smart, local energy systems

UK organisations can apply for a share of up to £30 million to develop clean, cheap local energy systems that create prosperous, resilient UK communities. This funding is from the ISCF’s Prospering from the Energy Revolution challenge.

Competition closes: Wednesday, 7 August 2019 12:00. For more information please click here.

Innovate UK Smart Grants: April 2019

Opportunity to apply for a share of up to £25 million to deliver ambitious or disruptive R&D innovations with significant potential for impact on the UK economy.

Competition closes: Wednesday, 24 July 2019 12:00. For more information please click here.

APC 13: advancing the UK's low carbon automotive capability

£25 million of collaborative (match) funding is available for UK-developed late stage R&D, to support growth in advanced low carbon propulsion capability in the automotive sector.

Competition closes: Wednesday, 10 July 2019 12:00. For more information please click here.

Events

Water Innovation Day | Tech Surf​

When: Thursday, 20 June
Time: 10:00-19:00
Venue: 40 Bank Street, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5NR

As techUK’s expertise in Energy and Utilities we see water and energy as essential for our society and economy and connected through many interdependencies. For more information and to apply please click here.

techUK's London Tech Week Activities

techUK is proud to once again be a strategic partner for London Tech Week. Join us in uniting tech and talent in a world-class hub of innovation! For more information please click here.

Climate Innovation Forum

The Climate Innovation Forum 2019 will focus on innovation and cross-sector collaboration driving policy ambition, mobilising green finance and scaling up business engagement across four key themes: zero carbon energy, zero carbon buildings, zero carbon transport and zero waste. For more information and to apply please click here.

UK SPF Cluster 1: Demand for spectrum from utilities

Date: Monday 03 June 2019
Time: 13:30 - 16:30 (Registration and sandwiches from 13:00)
Venue: techUK, 10 St Bride St, London EC4A 4AD

As a result of the increasing deployment of distributed generation plus the growth in Electric Vehicle use, the UK Energy Sector is seeking to adapt its operating model to address the increasing complexity of balancing supply and demand through the future deployment of ‘Smart Grid’ functionality which is dependent on access to enhanced operational telecommunications capability. For more information and to apply please click here.

CogX- The Festival of AI and emerging technology

Date: 10–12 June 
Time: 09:00-18:00
Venue: King’s Cross, London

Across 12 stages, CogX 2019 will deliver 400 hours of content and explore a huge range of topics from the rise of digital beings and effective computing to how other emerging technologies such as DNA gene editing, autonomous transportation, blockchain, IoT, VR and AR are reshaping the way we move, learn and work. But don't wait to secure your tickets- techUK members are eligible for discount codes. To take advantage of this, please email jake.wall@techuk.org.

techUK Annual Dinner 2019

The techUK Annual Dinner will be taking place on Wednesday 10 July at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London. The techUK Annual Dinner is the must-attend business dinner in our calendar attracting over 500 guests, including more than 120 senior Government and civil service leaders.
 
The evening will begin with a drinks reception, allowing ample networking opportunities, followed by a fabulous dinner and speeches from the country's leading technology stakeholders. This year’s keynote will be delivered by Jeremy Wright QC, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, while our after dinner speaker will be Channel 4’s Cathy Newman. For more information and to register please click here. 

Sooner Than You Think London

Join Bloomberg’s flagship tech event, Sooner Than You Think, on 11-12 June in London. C-Level speakers include Deliveroo, McLaren Racing, Formula E, Starling Bank, Motorsport Games and many more. techUK members can get 20 per cent off using the code TECHUK20. For more information and to register please click here. 

R&D tax funding case study - Amber Capewell

Another one of many success stories from MSC R&D’s customers, click here to listen.

The techUK podcast - Remaining at the forefront of the AI revolution

This month’s podcast focuses on the growing opportunities and benefits of AI and the next steps needed to ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of the artificial intelligence and data revolution. For more information please click here.

Training

06 June - Executive Strategy and Policy Development
02 July - Selling has Changed. Have you?
10 July - Precision Networking
11 Sep - GDPR Common Questions For Technology Businesses

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    Teodora Kaneva

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