It is time to cut through the hype: Announcing techUK’s blockchain basics series!

techUK is launching the blockchain basics series – a collection of short webinars by industry leaders within the blockchain ecosystem. This series will help set the foundations of what blockchain will mean to the UK tech sector and equip listeners with the knowledge and understanding of utilizing blockchain for innovation in the UK.

What is the Blockchain Basics series?

Blockchain has the potential to enable and support innovation in the UK; create solutions such as smart contracts, and proof of certification, identity, authenticity or compliance, and establish trust for value and information exchanges.

However, stories and representation of blockchain in recent years has meant that long-term industry adoption of blockchain is not fully understood, and potentially mistrusted. As such, we believe techUK has a role to play in mitigating misconceptions and defining the long-term scope of blockchain in the UK.

techUK believe the development of blockchain, which is already in use in many sectors and companies such as supply chains, energy and central government, could foster greater collaboration and efficiency for UK businesses. We are also aware that key challenges need to be discussed – from sustainability to security in deployment- and that representation of blockchain in recent years has meant that long-term industry adoption of blockchain is not fully understood, and potentially mistrusted.

This is why techUK is launching the blockchain basics series – a collection of short webinars by industry leaders within the blockchain ecosystem. This series will help set the foundations of what blockchain will mean to the UK tech sector and equip listeners with the knowledge and understanding of utilizing blockchain for innovation in the UK.

In short, digestible webinars for on-the-go or listening at home, this series will help give the wider tech sector insight as to why – and how – a blockchain ecosystem has developed in the UK, and what this may mean for this businesses in years to come.

Topics will include:

  1. How will blockchain revolutionise businesses
  2. Blockchain and the UK tech landscape
  3. Blockchain and security: what to know
  4. Blockchain and the climate
  5. What is next for blockchain?

We will be releasing our first video very shortly, so keep an eye out! In the meantime, you  can read more about techUK’s Blockchain Re-imagined campaign here, and check out our upcoming event on DLT and Financial Services here.

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.

Email:
[email protected]
LinkedIn:
www.linkedin.com/in/lauraalicefoster

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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.

Email:
[email protected]
Phone:
020 7331 2055
Twitter:
@ChannelSwimSue

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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.

Email:
[email protected]
Phone:
020 7331 2174
Website:
www.techuk.org,www.techuk.org,www.techuk.org,www.techuk.org

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