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Tuesday, 22 September 2020 at the Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, Hinxton

The CW International Conference (CWIC) is the flagship event for Cambridge's world-renowned technology community. It attracts companies from across the world who want to learn from and do business with the UK's most innovative city.

The world is at the edge of great change, with new technologies offering radically different operating models to businesses. Edge Computing, which promises all the benefits of supercomputing but without the latency, is one such innovation which, especially when combined with its enabling partners 5G, AI and IoT, cannot be ignored.

Consumers no longer notice who, where or what is processing their demands. They just know that their needs are being met more quickly and in a more personalised way than ever before. And they hope more than trust that it is being done in a secure, sustainable manner.

New products, services, processes and business models are arising in every industry based on this customer demand and the increased availability of rapid-turnaround supercomputing.  Those who can successfully innovate soonest will thrive. The CW International Conference will introduce delegates to cutting-edge use cases from Transport & Logistics, Health & Social Care, the Creative Industries, FinTech, Digital Infrastructure & Smart Cities and Product as a Service to explore:

  • How will Edge Computing influence business models and internal processes? What change is needed to keep ahead of the competition?
  • What challenges lie down this path, and what technologies are there which can alleviate their impact?
  • With sustainability now central to firms’ decision making, how can technologists ensure that this shift to intensive computing has minimal impact on the planet?
  • How can a company thrive when shifting from an "X as a Product" to an "X as a Service" business model?

CWIC 2020 will explore the following topics....

Transport Solutions & Logistics

Viable connectivity to vehicles for road and rail is coming, with innovators claiming Edge for low latency applications – typically infotainment. Air and Sea Ports are increasingly vocal markets for new approaches to wireless service delivery and automation. Can logistics provide the application that shapes the market or are other forces like autonomous electric vehicles the shaping force?

Health & Social Care

The health sector is a notoriously conservative technology adopter but Edge and IoT may pave the way to its transformation towards truly autonomous care. Companies are shifting health systems out of the hospital and into the era of telesurgery, remote monitoring and connected ambulances. However, do practitioners and patients trust the way in which the market is going?

Digital Infrastructure & Smart Cities

According to IDC, by 2023 >50% of new enterprise infrastructure deployments will not be in corporate data centres but at the Edge where data exchange and interconnections between businesses and cloud services are booming. This plenary explores the tech that allows businesses to leverage faster connectivity, lower latency, personalised services, user insights and compelling business models.

Creative Industries

The Creative Industries is the UK’s fastest growing sector whose boom is driven by the adoption of technology that improves audience experience and production times. Edge’s lower latency can enable a content revolution via the democratisation of console gaming via cloud-based computing, the delivery of immersive mixed reality experiences to mobile and the streamlining of production workflows.

Product as a Service in a Connected World

As more consumers purchase online & the number of connected devices increase, brands look to engage their consumers through digital innovation. Can secure and sustainable cloud connectivity/data availability lead to more compelling consumer experiences and deeper insights via “Product as a Service” models? We will explore innovation and collaboration through a shared digital platform approach.


Increasing demand for personalised financial services, the move to cashless payments and the rise of mobile banking makes the financial sector ripe for Edge. Newer technologies can foster financial inclusivity with accessible payment mechanisms and the ability to bank the unbanked. What benefits and concerns are there around fraud and security? Where can AI and Edge solutions help?

2020 Expert Speakers & Chairs

  • Kieran Arnold

    Director of Ubiquitous Connectivity, Satellite Applications Catapult

  • Ben Brabyn

    Innovation Ecosystem Expert

  • Gerry Colins

    Director of Product Management, Networks Division, Intelsat

  • Simon Fletcher

    CTO, Real Wireless and Chair of CWIC 20 Committee

  • Caroline Gabriel

    Co-founder and Research Director, Rethink Technology Research

  • Raj Gawera

    VP & Managing Director, Samsung Cambridge and Samsung Aalborg

  • Tilly Gilbert

    Senior Consultant, STL Partners

  • Simon Mead

    CEO, CW (Cambridge Wireless)

  • Tim Moore

    VP Innovation, ghd

  • Abhi Naha

    CCO, CW (Cambridge Wireless)

  • Matthew Napleton

    Sales & Marketing Director, Zizo

  • Stephen Unger

    Senior Advisor

  • Dan Warren

    Director, Advanced Network Research, Samsung

The CW International Conference (CWIC) is the flagship event for Cambridge's world-renowned technology community.

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CWIC 2020 Organising Committee

  • Simon Fletcher

    CTO, Real Wireless and Chair of CWIC 20 Committee

  • Caroline Gabriel

    Co-founder and Research Director, Rethink Technology Research

  • Rachel Kerr

    Head of Events, CW (Cambridge Wireless)

  • Abhi Naha

    Chief Commercial Officer, CW (Cambridge Wireless)

  • Ben Brabyn

    Innovation Ecosystem Expert

  • Simon Mead

    CEO, CW (Cambridge Wireless)

  • Bob Driver

    Head, UK5G

The tech world is getting both broader and deeper, encompassing diverse technologies and disrupting decades-old industries. CWIC is one of those conferences where you get a distilled insight into the myriad of technical and commercial challenges along with some innovative solutions.

Raj Gawera, Samsung Cambridge

An excellent forum of engaging presentations, networking opportunities, vendor hardware and software on display held in a superb facility with good transport connections. What's not to like!

Bill McKinley, Keysight Technologies

A great event to gain awareness of interesting developments across a range of industries.

Mainda Kiwelu, Metail

An inspiring and informative blend of great speakers and genuinely engaging exhibitors.

Rob Shaw, Anglian Water

A great event with interesting speakers and new perspectives even on regularly discussed topics.

Gemma Schroeder, Smart Cambridge

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