Can disruptive technology be sustainable?

Brought to you by The Future Devices & Technologies Group

This event will debate whether the development of disruptive technologies and the well-being of the planet are mutually exclusive.

About the event

As technologists it is natural to be caught up in striving to develop the next latest and greatest device or services within our own industry.  It can be easy to be blinkered to the catastrophic events that are shaping our world in terms of climate change.

Fortunately there appears to be a shift towards sustainability of many technology sectors, as evidenced by one of the key themes  “Our Planet”.  at the upcoming Mobile World Congress.

This will focus on how to create a “safe, clean and equitable world for all”.  Ten years ago it would have been unimaginable to have a technology agnostic, humanitarian theme front and centre of one of the most influential tradeshows. The focus is clearly shifting towards sustainability within this industry. 

At our upcoming CW event, expert speakers will explore how a route towards sustainability can be found whilst still looking for the next disruptive technology.  This will include both methodologies towards disruptive research and how business cases can be built around these.

In the second half of the event, delegates will be invited to form small groups and dig down into meaningful examples of both disruptive and sustainable new technologies. These ideas will then be presented back to the audience.

You can follow @cambwireless on Twitter and tweet about this event using #CWFDT.

Sponsored by Marks & Clerk

Marks & Clerk is a well-established intellectual property firm.

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Registration, networking and refreshments


CW welcome, Simon Mead, CEO, CW (Cambridge Wireless)


Welcome from event host, Marks & Clerk


Introduction to Future Devices & Technologies SIG, David Roberts, Future Devices & Technologies SIG Champion


Alan Cucknell, Head of Ignite Exponential. Session to be chaired by Dave Roberts, Future Devices & Technologies SIG Champion


Q & A


Tim Moore, VP Smart Devices, Coty


Q & A


Robin Ferraby, Business Manager – Consumer Products & Solutions, Cambridge Consultants


Q & A


Lunch and networking


Speaker tbc. Session to be chaired by Esther Ford, Future Devices & Technologies SIG Champion


Q & A


Workshop - what disruptive technologies can have a positive impact on the planet? To be chaired by Nadia Aziz, Future Devices & Technologies SIG Champion

Each group will brainstorm around this and to explore a potentially disruptive area.


Pitch back


Closing speech & remarks, Graham Anderson, Future Devices & Technologies SIG Champion


End of session followed by networking and refreshments


Event closes


Alan Cucknell - Head of Ignite Exponential , Plextek

Alan Cucknell leads Ignite Exponential, Plextek’s strategic innovation and design business unit. Initially trained as an engineer, and with a passion for design, he had two decades of experience working with stakeholder insight, new business models and disruptive technology to create winning innovation strategies that deliver growth. He works across disciplines and industries as innovation is enabled by unusual connections and the transfer of insight, technologies and inspiration between domains.

Robin Ferraby - Business Manager, Cambridge Consultants

Tim Moore - VP Innovation, ghd Cambridge

Dr Tim Moore is VP Smart Devices at Coty Inc, the third largest beauty company in the world, where he is responsible for innovation and early stage development of devices and systems for beauty, including Internet of Things (IoT). Tim joined Coty through their acquisition of ghd. As the CTO of ghd he lead and built ghd’s world-class laboratory facilities in Cambridge where innovative high performance products are developed based upon a fundamental understanding of the physics of hair. Prior to joining ghd, Dr Moore was CEO of Sagentia SGAI Ltd, a technology consultancy based in Hong Kong and Cambridge focusing on the development of breakthrough consumer products. Dr Moore obtained his PhD in Microelectronics at Cambridge University.

SIG Champions

Graham Anderson - Senior Specialist, Beko

Graham Anderson is Senior Specialist at Beko R&D, with research interests focused around novel sensors, data analytics, and energy storage/harvesting. Previously he worked as a Senior Scientist at Cambridge Display Technology working on the development of ink jet printed OLED displays and organic thermoelectric generators. Graham has a PhD from Leeds University in spintronics.

Nadia Aziz - Innovation Consultant - VRAR, Unbounded Future Ltd

Nadia is an emerging technology consultant with heavy focus on AR/VR & new technology areas. She has a broad experience over 12 years as an engineer, programmer, consultant, advisor, speaker, IP scouting and has a passion for emerging technologies and its impact on business transformation. She has also helped in mergers & acquisition programmes in France specifically in the engineering areas. Nadia Aziz was recently an Innovation leader for Emerging Technologies at NTT DATA where she led the development of innovation applications in Augmented (AR) & Virtual Reality (VR)technologies, AI, sensors and wearables.

She is active in Digital Health community and was a co-producer for the GIANT Health Event in 2018.

Esther Ford - Partner, Marks & Clerk

Esther obtained an MEng in Electronic Engineering after studying at the University of Kent and the Technische Hochschule Darmstadt. Having been awarded an Engineering Prize from the Royal Academy of Engineering, she then went on to obtain a PhD in Microelectronics from the University of Cambridge. During her research, Esther developed a nanodot array single electron device with controlled threshold voltage at high temperatures. She also presented the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Faraday Lecture "The Digital World", which was delivered to live audiences throughout the UK and broadcast over Europe and North America, reaching an audience of 20,000.

After completing her PhD, Esther worked as a research engineer in Nortel Networks and subsequently in a telecommunications design consultancy. She joined the patent profession in 2004 and has extensive experience in managing international patent portfolios. She also has significant experience representing clients at the EPO in oppositions and appeals (both defending and opposing). Esther is highly proficient in German.

Esther joined Marks & Clerk in 2008, and in 2011 enjoyed a secondment as an in-house attorney for a valued client in the Oil/Gas industry. Her recent focus has been in the fields of Internet Service Provision, Oil/Gas recovery, Power Electronics, and the Internet of Things.

Esther has been recognised as a rising star by Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars, 2017.

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Zahid Ghadialy - Senior Director, Strategic Marketing, Parallel Wireless UK & EMEA

Zahid Ghadialy is a Senior Director with a fast-moving and innovative US-based young company called Parallel Wireless (PW) that is on a mission to make deployment of any cellular infrastructure as easy and as cost-effective as Wi-Fi. With an extensive experience of over 18 years in the telecom industry as an engineer, programmer, analyst, researcher, architect, trainer, product manager and technical marketer, he is a technologist with a deep understanding of architecting world-class mobile products and solutions. Zahid is currently a member of Board of Directors at CW and 'Future Devices & Technologies' SIG champion. He has also previously been a 'Small Cell SIG' and 'Smart & Intelligent Cities SIG' champion. He is also a Non-Executive Director of eXplanoTech. In his spare time he blogs at 3G4G and you can also catch him on Twitter at @zahidtg.

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David Roberts - Founder, Jabooh Software

David is a technology leader with over 25 years experience working in the hi-tech arena. He has recently completed a successful project for ghd in conjunction with CW where he carried out the role of System Architect and facilitator.  Prior to this he worked in in the C-IoT space where he ran a multi-national R&D department that developed silicon and software designed for the burgeoning IoT market. He was also responsible for driving an agile transformation programme and assisting the organisation with their integration into a large Chinese multi-national telecoms company. Having started his career as a software developer working for BT and Acorn Computers, he went on to hold senior roles in a number of world-class organisations such as Symbian, Cambridge University and Citrix in the areas of Software Development, Project Management, Product Management, Research, Consultancy and Architecture. His background includes leading and developing teams involved in the creation of large-scale integrated hardware and software products, web-based services and CE devices. He is also highly experienced in large-scale agile development practices, agile coaching/transformation and creating and executing strategies for increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of organisations.

Charles Sturman - Senior Director Product Marketing, Huawei Technologies R&D UK Ltd

Charles is responsible for Product Marketing at Neul / Huawei Technologies in Cambridge, with responsibility for product strategy and business development in the NB-IoT market. Prior to this he lead u-blox’ activities in the fast moving consumer IoT segment (wearables, smarthome and entertainment) following the acquisition of the ARM Software Radio spin-out Cognovo, where we has founder and executive VP Sales & Marketing. Charles has held various positions in system design, business development and product marketing within Acorn Computers, TTPCom, Motorola and ARM.

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Marks and Clerk, 15 Fetter Ln, Holborn, London EC4A 1BW

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