techUK, in partnership with GfK, is delighted to invite interested stakeholders from government, business and academia to the launch of the sixth edition of our annual State of the Connected Home report, which surveys a nationally representative sample of 1,000 adults across the UK to ask about their awareness, interest, and ownership of a range of connected or ‘smart’ home products.

After the rapid uptake in smart home products during the pandemic, this year’s findings reveal how the UK connected home market is performing now that lockdown requirements have been removed. In particular we’ll be looking at how, as consumers become more aware of the connected home products that are available and how to use them, we are seeing investment beyond the traditional entertainment domain (TVs, speakers) for a wide range of functionalities including energy efficiency, home security, and living healthier lifestyles.

This report is a flagship project of techUK’s Connected Home Group, the community of techUK members interested in accelerating the adoption of connected home technologies. In addition to raising awareness around the multiple benefits and use cases of connected home tech, the Group also engages with policymakers to develop a regulatory environment that increases consumer trust and supports national policy objectives while providing space for innovation and differentiation.

This event will be in-person only at the techUK offices – it is free of charge and open to both members and non-members. Please register using the link below and we hope that you’ll join the optional drinks and networking reception after the event.

Agenda

  • 14:00 - 14:05:  Welcome and introductions
  • 14:05 - 15:00:  The State of the Connected Home: key facts, figures, trends and insights from 2021/22 – Trevor Godman, Key Account Director, Technology & Telecoms, GfK
  • 15:00 - 15:45:  Panel discussion with audience Q&A
  • 15:45 - 17:00:  Drinks and networking reception

Greener, Safer, Cheaper? … The State of the Connected Home over the next 5 years

techUK’s flagship State of the Connected Home report provides an annual snapshot of the ways that UK consumers think about, purchase, and use connected home tech. This year’s report finds that, as consumer awareness increases, we’re now seeing a much wider range of connected home tech coming onto market with functions far beyond the entertainment domain, and potential for connected home tech to address some of our most pressing challenges – the transition to Net Zero and the rising cost of living. This panel brings together subject matter experts in emerging technologies, product regulation and climate tech to discuss what government and industry need to be doing to unleash this potential in a way that delivers positive outcomes for consumers.

Speakers

Andrew  Elliot

Andrew Elliot

Deputy Director Cyber Security Innovation and Skills, DCMS

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Trevor  Godman

Trevor Godman

Key Account Director, Technology & Telecoms, GfK

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Stephen  James

Stephen James

Lead Engineer , BEIS Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS)

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Valerie  Kenyon

Valerie Kenyon

Partner, Co-Lead of Global Products Law practice, Hogan Lovells

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Stephen Muldowney

Stephen Muldowney

UK & Ireland Sales Manager, MeiG Smart

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Oliver  Tadd

Oliver Tadd

Commercial Director, Energenie

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