Event round-up: Commercialising Quantum - Positioning the UK for success

On 13 April techUK’s technology and Innovation programme kicked-off its year-long campaign on Quantum Commercialisation with an hour long webinar focussing on bringing the tech sector to the heart of the UK’s Quantum Future.

This session was hosted by Sue Daley, Director Tech & Innovation at techUK, and was joined by:

  • Roger McKinlay, ISCF Challenge Director Quantum Technologies, UKRI
  • Philippa Sharma, Deputy Director, Technology Strategy and Security, Business Growth Directorate, Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Steve Brierley, CEO, Riverlane
  • Mark Mattingley- Scott, Ambassador Leader EMEA & AP, IBM Quantum

You can watch the panel below:

Quantum driven technologies, solutions, products and services are expected to bring profound changes to the technology sector itself and will be transformational to areas such as national security, finance, telecommunications, construction and civil engineering.   The UK has huge potential to be leaders of Quantum Commercialisation, with efforts by Government, industry and academia and National Quantum Technologies Programme (NQTP) positioning the UK towards developing Quantum technology applications through commercialisation and industrialisation.

However, to fully harness the social and economic benefits of Quantum we need to act now to will bring together the technology sector, key stakeholders, policy makers and the wider business community to create a thriving Quantum market for new products and services.

This session explored:

  1. What makes the UK the place to invest in quantum technologies?
  2. How have universities helped lay the groundwork in the UK for quantum commercialisation? How do we successfully commercialise the research done at an academic level?
  3. What are the timeframes for quantum commercialisation in the UK? How does this vary to other European countries?
  4. Which industries and sectors are set to benefit the most from quantum in the UK?
  5. One of the greatest opportunities of quantum is mitigating climate change, but this is still relatively unexplored. What is the role of quantum in mitigating climate change?
  6. What do we need to do to get the wider technology sector engaging in quantum?

This session is just one part of techUK’s year-long campaign on Quantum Commercialisation. In 2021, techUK will bring together the technology sector, key stakeholders, policy makers and the wider business community to discuss whether we have in place what is needed to drive forward the commercialisation of Quantum technologies; create a thriving Quantum market for new products and services; and support the development of a world leading Quantum industry.

Laura Foster

Laura Foster

Programme Manager, Technology and Innovation, techUK

Laura is techUK’s Programme Manager for Technology and Innovation.

She supports the application and expansion of emerging technologies across business, including Geospatial Data, Quantum Computing, AR/VR/XR and Edge technologies.

Before joining techUK, Laura worked internationally in London, Singapore and across the United States as a conference researcher and producer covering enterprise adoption of emerging technologies. This included being part of the strategic team at London Tech Week.

Laura has a degree in History (BA Hons) from Durham University, focussing on regional social history. Outside of work she loves reading, travelling and supporting rugby team St. Helens, where she is from.

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Sue Daley

Sue Daley

Director, Technology and Innovation

Sue leads techUK's Technology and Innovation work.

This includes work programmes on cloud, data protection, data analytics, AI, digital ethics, Digital Identity and Internet of Things as well as emerging and transformative technologies and innovation policy. She has been recognised as one of the most influential people in UK tech by Computer Weekly's UKtech50 Longlist and in 2021 was inducted into the Computer Weekly Most Influential Women in UK Tech Hall of Fame. A key influencer in driving forward the data agenda in the UK Sue is co-chair of the UK government's National Data Strategy Forum. As well as being recognised in the UK's Big Data 100 and the Global Top 100 Data Visionaries for 2020 Sue has also been shortlisted for the Milton Keynes Women Leaders Awards and was a judge for the Loebner Prize in AI. In addition to being a regular industry speaker on issues including AI ethics, data protection and cyber security, Sue was recently a judge for the UK Tech 50 and is a regular judge of the annual UK Cloud Awards.

Prior to joining techUK in January 2015 Sue was responsible for Symantec's Government Relations in the UK and Ireland. She has spoken at events including the UK-China Internet Forum in Beijing, UN IGF and European RSA on issues ranging from data usage and privacy, cloud computing and online child safety. Before joining Symantec, Sue was senior policy advisor at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). Sue has an BA degree on History and American Studies from Leeds University and a Masters Degree on International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Birmingham. Sue is a keen sportswoman and in 2016 achieved a lifelong ambition to swim the English Channel.

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020 7331 2055

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Zoe Brockbank

Programme Coordinator, Policy, Tech and Innovation, techUK

Zoe is a Programme Assistant, supporting techUK's work across Policy, Technology and Innovation.

The team makes the tech case to government and policymakers in Westminster, Whitehall, Brussels and across the UK on the most pressing issues affecting this sector and supports the Technology and Innovation team in the application and expansion of emerging technologies across business, including Geospatial Data, Quantum Computing, AR/VR/XR and Edge technologies.

Before joining techUK, Zoe worked as a Business Development and Membership Coordinator at London First and prior to that Zoe worked in Partnerships at a number of Forex and CFD brokerage firms including Think Markets, ETX Capital and Central Markets.

Zoe has a degree (BA Hons) from the University of Westminster and in her spare time, Zoe enjoys travelling, painting, keeping fit and socialising with friends.

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020 7331 2174

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