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CWIC 2018

Thinking Beyond the Hype

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We live in a world in which new technologies that have the potential to dramatically change our lives seem to appear on an almost weekly basis.

CW, its members and the wider community work intensively on the development of new technologies as well as their deployment into new application areas - realising innovative new solutions, new services and adding value to our lives and our businesses in ways which previously were unimaginable.

Some of these technologies go on to become massive market successes whilst others fail to meet the requirements for business realisation. Nevertheless, we always aim to think beyond the hype, identifying genuine technology marvels and attempting to find those characteristics which ensure market breakthrough.

At CWIC 2018 we focused on a number of technologies which have received significant attention over the past year and which are being highlighted as critical for the ongoing digital transformation of society. In each of these areas we discussed not only the state of the art and the critical business success factors, but also the ethics of how these developments are brought to market and the potential impact they are going to have on our lives.

We explored who might be the winners and the losers in this transformational environment. What is necessary to succeed as the internet as we understand it today evolves into the internet of people, the internet of things and even the invisible internet of autonomous devices and services? How will these developments impact our lives, our businesses and society in general? What steps do we need to take now, not only to ensure that the convergence of these technology developments benefit us as technologists and investors, but also are positive for society and the environment in which we all live?

2018 Topics


We live in a world in which proponents of new technologies claim that they have the potential to dramatically change our lives, and these technologies seem to emerge on an almost weekly basis. Some go on to become massive market successes whilst others fail to meet expectations.


In addition to the increasing capabilities of terrestrial networks, with the announcement of a growing number of initiatives to provide data connectivity by satellite it is clear that both the internet and the Internet of Things are becoming 3 dimensional.

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

This session will explore what is behind recent headline dominators: enhanced statistical analysis techniques such as big data, machine learning and ultimately artificial intelligence.

5G and network innovation

5G is acknowledged as the next big step of network - in particular mobile network - technological change. The reality is, however, that new capabilities are already being added to and are enhancing 4G networks.

Industrial IoT and the connected enterprise

In order to compete in the future the enterprise must undergo radical change. Efficient factories may well be more closely described as fully automated and networked machines, that manufacture, test and then deliver products through a logistics process which is little more than the extension of the production line, all with relatively low numbers of personnel involved.


Blockchain’s initial impact has been most keenly felt in the world of finance. However, the increased level of trust provided by the distributed encrypted databases that blockchain technology provides will benefit many other areas of industry and society.

Mobility into the future

The coming disruption in the mobility and automotive space is driving the most significant technology development demands in its history, with 1,700 new companies all jostling together to lead the way.

Mixed Reality – AR/VR and UX/UI

As mixed reality products become more capable we are seeing an ever increasing requirement for natural interaction including voice, image and gesture. What technology is available in these areas, and which is the fittest?

CWIC 2018 Speakers

  • Charles Appleton

    Account Manager, Darktrace

  • Amelia Armour

    Principal, Early Stage Funds, Amadeus Capital Partners

  • Kieran Arnold

    Head of Domains, Satellite Applications Catapult

  • Monty Barlow

    Director of Machine Learning, Cambridge Consultants

  • Dean Bubley

    Founder, Disruptive Analysis

  • Graham Burnett-Hall

    Partner, Marks & Clerk

  • Peter Busch

    Senior Expert, Connected Mobility / Leader Automotive Blockchain, Robert Bosch Group

  • Tom Carter

    Founder & CTO, Ultrahaptics

  • David Cleevely

    Chairman, Raspberry Pi Foundation

  • David Crawford

    Universities of Essex & Ravensbourne (London)

  • Tamas Czuper

    Sound Engineer, Producer & Musician, Ravensbourne

  • Joshua Daniel

    Principal Research Scientist, BT TSO

  • Alison Davis

    Lead Industry Solutions & Business Development Consultant, Telco, Media & Entertainment, IBM

  • Nicolas Devillard

    Senior Product Manager, Arm

  • Simon Fletcher

    CTO, Real Wireless

  • Trevor Gill

    Consultant, Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

  • David Gilmour

    Vice President, Business Development, BP

  • David Goosey

    Managing Director - NEXCEL, Castrol

  • Dame Wendy Hall DBE, FRS, FREng

    Regius Professor of Computer Science & Pro Vice-Chancellor (International Engagement), University of Southampton

  • Matt Hatton

    VP of Research, Gartner

  • Max Heinemeyer

    Director of Threat Hunting, Darktrace

  • Faye Holland

    Founder and Director, Cofinitive

  • Dr Jennah Kriebel

    COO, MotaWord

  • Dr Dritan Kaleshi

    Lead Technologist - Future Networks, 5G Fellow, Digital Catapult

  • Neil Lawrence

    University of Sheffield

  • Anne Leino

    Head of Spectrum Affairs, Nokia

  • Derek Long

    Head of Telecoms & Mobile, Wireless and Digital Services, Cambridge Consultants

  • Steve Marsh

    Founder & CTO, Geospock

  • Dan Mercer

    VP, EMEA & Russia, Iridium

  • Abhi Naha

    CCO, CW (Cambridge Wireless)

  • Juan Nogueira

    Director Connectivity, Flex

  • Rupert Pearce

    CEO, Inmarsat

  • Ian Simmons

    Vice President, Business Development, Magna International

  • Toby Simpson

    Chief Technology Officer,

  • Rosalind Singleton

    Managing Director & Chair, UK5G Advisory Board, UK Broadband

  • Ian Stewart

    GM Performance Solutions, Finning UK & Ireland

  • Neal Sunners

    Senior VP Innovation & Emerging Technologies, Avis Budget Group

  • Geoff Varrall

    Director, RTT Online

  • Peter Whale

    Founder, Vision Formers

  • Dr Brigitta Zics

    Deputy Head of Postgraduate Studies, Ravensbourne

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