09 Jul 2024
by Rory Daniels

techUK's 'Web3 & Immersive technologies' campaign is now live

Today techUK has launched a six-month campaign exploring how the UK can lead on the development, application and commercialisation of Web3 and Immersive technologies.

This is part of techUK's flagship Unleashing Innovation campaign, an ongoing programme of activity that aims to empower our member organisations to realise the potential of UK technology and innovation by showcasing the possibilities of emerging technologies, convening key stakeholders and shaping innovation policy.

This latest campaign follows on from techUK's first campaign exploring the future of Gaming and Esports technologies, which launched in January 2024.


How will the campaign look?

The following six months will feature a wide range of activities chosen to make the most of techUK's expertise, sector networks, national and local reach, and 21 programme teams.

Planned activity includes:

  • Workshops and roundtables with Government, industry, academia and other stakeholders across the tech ecosystem
  • Panel discussions exploring the future of AI, Web3 and XR technologies, including opportunities for businesses and asks of Government
  • Networking and technology demo events to convene the sector and showcase innovative techUK member organisations
  • A flagship techUK report containing recommendations for industry & Government and to be published at the end of the campaign

techUK will work with a range of member organisations and stakeholders to make this campaign a reality. Contributors and collaborators include Innovate UK's Immersive Tech Network, Digital Catapult, Improbable, Linklaters, Shoosmiths, and the Metaverse Institute.


How can I get involved?

Employees of techUK member organisations and wider innovation stakeholders are encouraged to put themselves forward for writing, speaking and partnership opportunities throughout the campaign.

Please email [email protected] to find out more. 


What are these technologies?

Web3 is an umbrella term for technologies that decentralise data ownership and control on the internet. These include Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) such as blockchain, digital tokens or currencies, and smart contracts.

Immersive technologies create distinct experiences by merging the physical world with a digital or simulated reality. Examples include Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), Mixed Reality (MR) (collectively known as Extended Reality, or XR), haptics, and holograms.


How will the campaign begin?

The first event of the campaign is today's Future Visions: Web3 and AI webinar.

Taking place from 10-11am, this will convene world-leading experts across the fields of web3 technologies and AI to discuss the latest technological advancements, potential areas for UK Government support, and how businesses can make the most of the increasing convergence between these transformative technologies.

An event round-up containing a recording and summary of the discussion will be posted on the Innovation Hub in the coming days.


Related content

How is AI driving the creation and adoption of immersive technologies?

This webinar, taking place on 22 July, will convene world-leading experts across AI and immersive tech to discuss how Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), holograms and haptics are being shaped by increasingly sophisticated forms of AI.

One not to miss if you're interested in where AI is heading next!

Book your free ticket now.


Event round-up - Redefining web 3.0: emerging economies, metaverse technologies, and the new age of the internet (with Shoosmiths)

Click here to view the recording and summary of the 'Gaming in the Metaverse' panel discussion.


Click below to view our other Unleashing Innovation series:


techUK – Unleashing UK Tech and Innovation 

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The UK is home to emerging technologies that have the power to revolutionise entire industries. From quantum to semiconductors; from gaming to the New Space Economy, they all have the unique opportunity to help prepare for what comes next.

techUK members lead the development of these technologies. Together we are working with Government and other stakeholders to address tech innovation priorities and build an innovation ecosystem that will benefit people, society, economy and the planet - and unleash the UK as a global leader in tech and innovation.

For more information, or to get in touch, please visit our Innovation Hub and click ‘contact us’. 


Tech and Innovation Summit, 6 Nov (rescheduled date)

Emerging technologies will be debated and explored at our annual Tech and Innovation Summit, taking place on  6 November. This campaign week will directly feed into the themes discussed at the Summit. 

techUK’s flagship Tech and Innovation Summit returns to traverse the extraordinary and ground-breaking discoveries made possible by the application of emerging and transformative technologies. 

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Sprint Campaigns

techUK's sprint campaigns explore how emerging and transformative technologies are developed, applied and commercialised across the UK's innovation ecosystem.

Activity includes workshops, roundtables, panel discussions, networking sessions, Summits, and flagship reports (setting out recommendations for Government and industry).

Each campaign runs for 4-6 months and features regular collaborations with programmes across techUK. 

New Space

This campaign explored how the UK can lead on the development, application and commercialisation of space technologies and ultimately realise the benefits of the New Space Economy.

These technologies include AI, quantum, lasers, robotics & automation, advanced propulsion and materials, and semiconductors.

Activity has taken the form of roundtables, panel discussions, networking sessions, Summits, thought leadership pieces, policy recommendations, and a report.

Get in touch below to find out more about techUK's ongoing work in this area.


Event round-ups


Report


Insights


Get in touch

Rory Daniels

Rory Daniels

Programme Manager, Emerging Technologies

Gaming & Esports

This campaign has explored how the UK can lead on the development, application and commercialisation of the technologies set to underpin the Gaming & Esports sector of the future.

These include AI, augmented / virtual / mixed / extended reality, haptics, cloud & edge computing, semiconductors, and advanced connectivity (5/6G).

Activity has taken the form of roundtables, panel discussions, networking sessions, Summits, and thought leadership pieces. A report featuring member case studies and policy recommendations is currently being produced (to be launched in September 2024).

Get in touch below to find out more about contributing to or collaborating on this campaign.


Event round-ups


Insights


Get in touch

Rory Daniels

Rory Daniels

Programme Manager, Emerging Technologies

Web3 & Immersive technologies

Running from July to December 2024, this campaign will explore how the UK can lead on the development, application and commercialisation of web3 and immersive technologies.

These include blockchain, smart contracts, digital assets, augmented / virtual / mixed / extended reality, spatial computing, haptics and holograms.

Activity will take the form of roundtables, workshops, panel discussions, networking sessions, tech demos, Summits, thought leadership pieces, policy recommendations, and reports.

Get in touch below to find out more about contributing to or collaborating on this campaign.


Launch insight


Upcoming events


Get in touch

Rory Daniels

Rory Daniels

Programme Manager, Emerging Technologies

Campaign Weeks

Our annual Campaign Weeks enable techUK members to explore how the UK can lead on the development and application of emerging and transformative technologies.

Members do this by contributing blogs or vlogs, speaking at events, and highlighting examples of best practice within the UK's tech sector.


Summits

Tech and Innovation Summit 2023

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Tech and Innovation Summit 2024

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Authors

Rory Daniels

Rory Daniels

Programme Manager, Emerging Technologies, techUK

Rory joined techUK in June 2023 after three years in the Civil Service on its Fast Stream leadership development programme.

During this time, Rory worked on the Government's response to Covid-19 (NHS Test & Trace), school funding strategy (Department for Education) and international climate and nature policy (Cabinet Office). He also tackled the social care crisis whilst on secondment to techUK's Health and Social Care programme in 2022.

Before this, Rory worked in the House of Commons and House of Lords alongside completing degrees in Political Economy and Global Politics.

Today, he is techUK's Programme Manager for Emerging Technologies, covering dozens of technologies including metaverse, drones, future materials, robotics, blockchain, space technologies, nanotechnology, gaming tech and Web3.0.

Email:
[email protected]
Website:
www.techuk.org/
LinkedIn:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/rorydaniels28/

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