22 Jun 2022

Event round-up: techUK Quantum Report launch - commercialising quantum in the UK

On 24 May techUK launched its first ever Quantum Commercialisation report. Accompanying this, we held a launch event exploring how UK Government, industry and academia can work together to achieve quantum commercialisation in the UK, and ensure the UK becomes a world leader in quantum technologies

At this hybrid event, we were joined in person by a full panel of industry speakers followed by the opportunity to network in the techUK office. The panel of industry experts included: 

  • Rachel Maze, Technology Strategy and Security, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Jonathan Legh-Smith, Principal, Scientific Affairs, BT
  • Piers Clinton-Tarestad, Partner, Quantum Computing Leader, EY
  • Glenn Manoff, Chief Marketing Officer, Riverlane
  • Laura Foster, Head of Programme, Technology and Innovation, techUK

You can watch the full panel here:

Please note the panel discussion starts at 09:30

techUK's Quantum Commercialisation report addresses all quantum technologies, from sensing, communications, security and computing as these technologies unlock lots of different use cases in the UK.  Different technologies and use cases will mature at different speeds, and throughout this report we have tried to think inclusively about how the UK can support the variety of quantum hardware and software systems, and products and services, that will emerge in the coming years. These technologies do have overlapping areas of focus, such as skills, adoption and security.  

To achieve this vision the following activities and interventions will be critical:

  1. Ensuring access to quantum talent and developing quantum skills in the UK

  2. Working with the UK tech sector to develop models of easy access to quantum technologies, including building pathways with other critical emerging technologies such as Cloud, HPC and AI that will be key for commercialisation

  3. Promote international collaboration globally to help grow and develop opportunities for the UK sector, and protect the UK’s capabilities

  4. Encourage public sector procurement of quantum to grow the quantum market, offer stability, and enable commercialisation

  5. Ensure commercialisation and innovation is achieved in a responsible and ethical manner

Laura Foster

Laura Foster

Head of Technology and Innovation, techUK

Laura is techUK’s Head of Programme for Technology and Innovation.

She supports the application and expansion of emerging technologies, including Quantum Computing, High-Performance Computing, AR/VR/XR and Edge technologies, across the UK. As part of this, she works alongside techUK members and UK Government to champion long-term and sustainable innovation policy that will ensure the UK is a pioneer in science and technology

Before joining techUK, Laura worked internationally 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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Chris Hazell

Chris Hazell

Programme Manager - Cloud, Tech and Innovation, techUK

Chris is the Programme Manager for Cloud, Tech and Innovation

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.

[email protected]
020 7331 2055

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