Kicking off with techUK’s response to the DCMS consultation on IoT security, this June was packed with events, insights, reports and news related to IoT innovation and policy. Across London Tech Week, the world’s most advanced IoT solutions were showcased alongside a plethora of talks looking at the various market opportunities associated with IoT deployment and adoption.
At the IoT World Europe Summit, techUK’s Director of Market Programmes, Matthew Evans delivered a thought-provoking talk, which explored how key decision-makers can bring IoT ecosystems together to deliver a national digital twin (DTw).
Later in the month, IoT was rated as the top emerging technology driving near-term business and financial opportunities in 2019; SPECTRAIL was awarded a share of £7.8m government funding as part of the Department for Transport’s First of a Kind competition; the UK government published a Strategic business case for the Digital Built Britain Programme; and the EU announced eight sites to host world-class supercomputers, boosting long-term prospects for IoT innovation.
Looking to the future, there are a number of training and funding opportunities that those involved in IoT innovation should take note of. Also on the horizon, a rich array of IoT-related events, such as Making a National Digital Twin a Reality and Cloud 2020 and beyond!If you would like any more information about these events, key trends emerging in the IoT sphere, or further questions about any aspect of our programme, then please do not hesitate to get in touch.
techUK responds to consultation on IoT security
Following engagement with members, techUK has responded on behalf of its members to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport’s (DCMS) consultation on the Government’s regulatory proposals regarding consumer Internet of Things (IoT) security. For more information, please click here.
techUK at London Tech Week
During LTW, a number of exciting events provided members with an opportunity to learn more about IoT innovation from around the world. For instance, at CogX talks explored a talks explored a huge range of topics, from the rise of digital twins and affective computing to topics such as DNA gene editing, autonomous transportation, blockchain, IoT, VR and AR. Similarly, Bloomberg’s flagship global technology event, Sooner Than You Think (STYT)attracted over 500 of the world’s most influential technologists and industry leaders, shining a light on emerging trends in global business, with high profile talks on issues related to market volatility, climate change, political instability and disruptive innovation. For more information on techUK’s involvement throughout the week, please click here.
Delivering A National Digital Twin at the IoT World Europe Summit
techUK’s Director of Market Programmes, Matthew Evans delivered a thought-provoking talk at the IoT World Europe Summit, which explored how key decision-makers can bring IoT ecosystems together to deliver a national digital twin (DTw) and how companies are already benefiting from this technology. For more information, please click here.
IoT rated as the top emerging technology driving near-term business and financial opportunities in 2019
CompTIA has identified the internet of Things (IoT) as the top area of technological innovation that offers the most near-term and future opportunities for revenue growth and efficiency gains. CompTIA's Emerging Technology Community Vice Chair Maddy Martin said that there was plenty of interest across key verticals in a technology that would improve data security, decision making speed and accuracy and efficiency. For more information, please click here.
SPECTRAIL awarded a share of £7.8m government funding as part of the Department for Transport’s First of a Kind competition
SPECTRAIL is a low-cost IoT sensing platform which focus on developing intelligent infrastructure that ‘listens’ to railways and detects problems like wheel flats, cable theft and trespassing before any delays to passengers. It will support Network Rail’s predict-and-prevent maintenance strategy by enabling data collection at sites previously inaccessible to power or connectivity, or at those deemed too high-cost. For more information, please click here.
The UK government publish a Strategic business case for the Digital Built Britain Programme
The UK reaffirmed it's commitment to a significant programme of infrastructure investment over the next 10 years, publishing a strategic business case which offers particular encouragement to those IoT innovators active in the realms of transport, energy networks, broadband, schools and new housing. The document sets out a business case for further government investment in the next phase of the programme, through five specific cases: strategic, economic, financial, commercial and anagement. For more information, please click here.
Digital Single Market: Europe announces eight sites to host world-class supercomputers
Eight sites for supercomputing centres have been selected across the EU to host the first European supercomputers. They will support Europe's researchers, industry and businesses in developing new applications in a wide range of areas, from designing medicines and new materials to fighting climate change, facilitating long-run IoT innovation. Indeed, according to The Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip, “It is a major step forward for Europe to reach the next level of computing capacity; it will help us to advance in future-oriented technologies like the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, robotics and data analytics.” For more information, please click here.
Immersive technology investment accelerator
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. For more information please click here.
Smart local energy systems funding competition
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. For more information please click here.
Innovate UK Smart Grants
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. All proposals must be business focused, rather than pure research. Applications can come from any area of technology (including arts, design, media or creative industries), science or engineering and be applied to any part of the economy.
Competition closes: Wednesday, 24 July 2019. For more information please click here.
Making a National Digital Twin a Reality
Date: Wednesday, 10 July 2019
Time: 10:00 – 12:00
Venue: 10 St Bride Street, London, EC4A 4AD
On the 10 July, techUK will host a briefing with Mark Enzer, Chair of the Digital Framework Task Group (DFTG) to update members on progress and how to get involved. The event is aimed at ensuring techUK members are up to date with the progress of the DFTG, a body set up as part of the recommendations made by the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) in order to help create a roadmap towards a national digital twin. For more information, please click here.
techUK Annual Dinner 2019
Date: Wednesday 10 July 2019
Time: 18:45 – 00:00
Venue: Lancaster Terrace, London, 10, W2 2TY
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. The last few tickets remain so please get in touch if you'd like to register.
Cloud 2020 & Beyond!
Date: Tuesday, 16 July 2019
Time: 16:00 – 18:00
Venue: 10 St Bride Street, London, EC4A 4AD
techUK will publish its Cloud 2020 Vision Update Report and hosting a panel discussion with some of the UK’s foremost cloud computing experts and decision-makers. This event will coincide with techUK’s annual cloud campaign week, throughout which we will be bringing bringing you news, views and insights from the technology sector on how UK organisations can realise the benefits and opportunities of cloud, as well as, the steps that need to be taken to drive the UK cloud market forward. We will be regularly sharing guest blogs, podcast interviews with business leaders, press articles and daily tweets reflecting on the current state of play around cloud adoption and what this may look like in the future. To learn more, please click here.
The techUK podcast: Collaboration for public services
This month techUK's podcast explores how to make the most of technology tools that enable greater collaboration, and drive improvements in public service delivery. To listen to the podcast please click here.
- 03 July – How to Write and Deliver a Winning Pitch
- 10 July – Precision Networking
- 11 July – Cloud Contracting Masterclass
- 16 July – Essential Contract Law for IT Professionals
- 17 July – Leadership for Technical Managers
- 19 July – Winning with DOS