techUK talks at London Tech Week 2021
techUK are proud to once again be a strategic partner of London Tech Week 20-24 September 2021
Building on the success of last year, techUK’s Tech and Innovation programme are excited to return to London Tech Week with a new series of techUK Talks, a series of conversations with UK tech leaders exploring the key digital technologies that are transformational for the UK economy. Join us as we explore key topics such as Quantum commercialization, AI competitiveness, the future of cloud and more!
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The UK Government’s Innovation Strategy sets out a long-term vision and ambition to make the UK a global hub for innovation by 2035. This follows the creation of the UK’s Advanced Research and Invention Agency (ARIA) with the ambition to position the UK as a tech and science superpower, the UK’s R&D Roadmap which aims to build the foundations for the “industries of tomorrow” as well as the recent establishment of a new National Science and Technology Council chaired by the Prime Minister. As the UK looks to the future what is clear is that enabling and unlocking the power of technological innovation will be at the heart of what comes next. While the identification and focus being given to strategically important emerging and transformative technologies will be welcomed by the digital industry, innovators and entrepreneurs across the UK, the question remains does the UK have what we need to be successful in the increasingly competitive, global race for tech innovation supremacy in emerging areas such as AI and Quantum.
This session will explore from UK tech leaders of today and tomorrow about how the UK can be successful in its innovation ambitions and whether we are building the right innovation ecosystem we need and taking the right strategic approach to identifying, then backing and supporting the innovations of the future.
The countdown to techUK’s fifth Digital Ethics Summit has begun! To kick off the discussion ahead of the annual event on 8 December, this techUK Talks session will bring together leaders in the UK’s digital ethics community to reflect on progress over the past five years, share best practice, and focus on ‘What we need to do now to get the next five years right?’
So far this year we have experienced significant developments across the tech policy landscape, from legislative proposals outlining potential future AI regulation in the EU, to the publication of the National Data Strategy and the anticipation of the National AI Strategy. In parallel, stakeholders from across industry, academia and civil society have been working hard to progress a wide range of initiatives ensuring ethical practices are at the heart of the latest technological developments.
During this session we will consider how much these activities are moving the dial and addressing current key ethical questions, concerns, and challenges. Ahead of the Summit, the panel will also identify some of the biggest ethical challenges that are on the horizon and assess the digital ethics communities’ preparedness to effectively resolve these issues and create safe and responsible technology that meet the needs of society.
In this exclusive techUK session, a panel of cloud experts will explore how different cloud models and services can move businesses beyond the upheaval of the pandemic and towards scalable and innovative cloud solutions that can form the foundations for digital transformation. We will showcase examples from different industries where cloud has brought real-world advantages to the workforce during the pandemic, and envisioning what this means for the future of cloud deployment in the UK.
With COP26 later in the year, sustainability is at the forefront of innovation in the UK. As such, we will also showcase why the next generation of cloud computing needs to ensure sustainability is synonymous with innovation, and discuss why it is important that businesses build sustainability into their cloud deployments and how the cloud industry can help to get this right.
Following the granting of data adequacy by the EU, the publication of the UK’s National Data Strategy and the upcoming appointment of a new Information Commissioner, ahead is a potential new, yet undefined, era for data governance in the UK. So what could this future hold and where are there opportunities for the UK to position itself as a global pioneer in achieving a data governance system underpinned by solid principles and able to flex and evolve to maintain trust as new technologies emerge. Given the importance of the importance of data protection and privacy laws to building public trust and confidence as well as the ongoing global debates over data governance, what are the challenges ahead that industry, government and all of us need to consider as this new era evolves.
As the UK begins to consider what a post Brexit future of data governance could and should look like, this techUK Talks session at London Tech Week will hear from leading data experts on what they see as important to get right and what could be the pitfalls ahead where the UK cannot afford to get this wrong.
In this session, Sue Daley, techUK’s Director of Tech & Innovation will be joined by Michael Cuthbert, Director of the UK’s National Quantum Computing Centre to the work of the NQCC, established with a £93 million investment by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) as part of the UK’s National Quantum Technologies Programme (NQTP), and explore what is next to push forward quantum readiness in the UK.
This session will also discuss how we can create a quantum ecosystem with the right skills, research and appetite for innovation that can develop world leading quantum products and services with UK R&D at the heart of innovation and enable the UK to remain internationally competitive.
This event is an opportunity to take stock and assess progress made towards ensuring the UK remains a global leader in AI. So far this year we’ve seen the UK Government commit to publishing a National AI strategy and businesses have continued to invest into the UK, for example the recent launch of NVIDIA’s Cambridge-1 supercomputer. The pandemic has also undoubtedly accelerated many businesses’ digital transformation journeys and heightened people’s awareness around the importance of data. Focusing on the UK’s capacity to develop and deploy AI, the panel will assess where the gaps still remain and question how we get more organisations to "embrace" AI technology. Panellists will evaluate the UK’s approach against its international counterparts and determine what decisive actions need to happen now to ensure the UK continues to reap the benefits of AI in the next 5 years and beyond.
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.
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.
Katherine joined techUK in May 2018 and currently leads the Data Analytics, AI and Digital ID programme.
Prior to techUK, Katherine worked as a Policy Advisor at the Government Digital Service (GDS) supporting the digital transformation of UK Government.
Whilst working at the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) Katherine led AMRC’s policy work on patient data, consent and opt-out.
Katherine has a BSc degree in Biology from the University of Nottingham.
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Emilie joined techUK in June 2021 as the Programme Manager for Digital Ethics & AI.
Prior to techUK, she worked as the Policy Manager at the education charity Teach First and as a Researcher at the Westminster think tank Reform. She is passionate about the potential of technology to change people's lives for the better, and working with the tech industry, the public sector and citizens to achieve this.
Emilie holds a master's degree in Philosophy and Public Policy from LSE. In her spare time she is currently trying to learn Persian and improve her table tennis skills.
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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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