CWIC 2020

At the Edge

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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 introduced 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 does 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 explored the following topics...

CWIC 2020 icon - transportTransport 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?

CWIC 2020 icon - healthcareHealth & 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?

CWIC 2020 icon - citiesDigital 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.

CWIC 2020 icon - creativeCreative 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.

CWIC 2020 icon - fintechFinTech


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?

CWIC 2020 icon - PaaSProduct 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.

CWIC 2020 Speakers & Chairs

  • Kieran Arnold

    Director of Ubiquitous Connectivity, Satellite Applications Catapult

  • Lucy Baker

    Service Technology Director, CTIO, BT Enterprise

  • Kristof Beets

    Senior Director of Product Management, PowerVR Graphics, Imagination Technologies

  • Edwin Bijkerk

    EMEA IoT Healthcare Lead, Intel

  • Ben Brabyn

    Innovation Ecosystem Expert

  • Julie Bradford

    Managing Consultant, Real Wireless

  • Dean Bubley

    Analyst & Futurist, Disruptive Analysis

  • Paul Ceely

    Technology Strategy Consultant

  • Afzal Chaudhry

    Director of Digital & Chief Clinical Information Officer, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • Carole Ciliberti

    Director of Smart Places, Capita

  • Gerry Colins

    Director of Product Management, Networks Division, Intelsat

  • Jennifer Didoni

    Head of Cloud Portfolio Management, Vodafone Business

  • Alistair Elliott

    CTO Networks, Pod Group

  • 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

  • Susan Hewitt

    CTO, Ryff

  • Chris Holmes

    Programme Director – Transport, WM5G

  • Anastasia Karatrantou

    Specialist Technology Partner, CTIO, BT Enterprise

  • Yosuke Kurihara

    CEO / Executive Director, Uhuru United

  • Alan McClelland

    Head of Strategy, Electronics Business Unit, CPI

  • Simon Mead

    CEO, CW (Cambridge Wireless)

  • Koen Mioulet

    Solutions Manager Enterprise Mobile Networks, Cellnex Telecom

  • Tim Moore

    VP Innovation, ghd

  • Neeta Mundra

    Banking & Financial Services Executive, Salesforce

  • John Murphy

    Co-CEO, 8 West

  • Abhi Naha

    CEO & Founder , Product as a Service 'PaaS' Consortium

  • Matthew Napleton

    Sales & Marketing Director, Zizo

  • Marc Overton

    Chief Solutions Officer & SVP EMEA, Sierra Wireless

  • Joey Pan

    Director of Industry & Public Affairs, Huawei

  • Chris Porthouse

    Chief Product Officer, Imagination Technologies

  • Dr Colin Smithers

    Founder & CEO, Redtail Telematics

  • Stephen Unger

    Senior Advisor

  • Dan Warren

    Director, Advanced Network Research, Samsung Research UK

  • Matthew Yeager

    Startup Architect, ML UK/I, Google

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

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