CWIC 2023


09:00 – 10:00

Registration & Networking | Exhibition Space


Keynote | Francis Crick Auditorium

10:00 – 10:10

Welcome to the Conference

10:10 – 10:40

Opening Keynote

10:40 – 11:30

Converging our World

We will explore how technology is bringing the world closer by convergence - allowing communications networks to become more seamless from space to the earth to the deep ocean with intelligence and compute more tightly coupled. As this transformative journey starts, we’ll uncover what remarkable innovations emerge from this convergence and resulting new challenges.


Chair: Ruth Brown, Principal Analyst - Mobile Networks & 5G, Heavy Reading

Speakers include:

11:30 – 12:00

Networking Break | Exhibition Space


Stream 1 | Technology Landscape
Francis Crick Auditorium

Stream 2 | Emerging Technology
Rosalind Franklin Pavilion
12:00 – 13:00

Stream 1, Session 1: At Altitude

Space & Airborne platforms and application

Global mobile comms will converge across terrestrial, and non-terrestrial networks. Will this world be a utopian dream of always connected roaming for everyone, rich and poor, urban, rural and remote? Will it be the key to realising the IoT dream of global m2m connectivity? Or a dystopic nightmare of full orbits, space junk, RF interference and light pollution?


Chair: Paul Febvre, CTO, Satellite Applications Catapult

Speakers include:

Stream 2, Session 1: Moonshot Ideas
Innovative Technologies

What are the most ambitious innovation challenges for the coming decades? What are the bold, ambitious, and transformative ideas to solve these challenges? Where is the UK best placed to lead groundbreaking innovation that will have significant impact? This session will explore early-stage research and innovations which has the realistic potential to make a major breakthrough.


Chair: Olu Orugboh, CEO & Founder, Synergy Solutions

Speakers include:

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch | Exhibition Space
Stream 1 | Technology Landscape
Francis Crick Auditorium

Stream 2 | Emerging Technology
Rosalind Franklin Pavilion

14:00 – 15:00

Stream 1, Session 2: On the Ground
Terrestrial technologies and applications
Some proponents of 6G talk about the architecture being sufficiently flexible to enable the "easy integration of everything". But what's new in this? Is this the kind of hype that was so prevalent at the outset of 5G? In some respects, we are still waiting for the magic. The challenges and costs of such technology-led innovation are immense, but where is the genuine commercial and human value?


Chair: Nick Johnson, Head of UKTIN

Speakers include:

Stream 2, Session 2: Feet on the floor
The Reality of AI

What are the real-world capabilities of AI? Will AI match up to our grandest visions, or is it caught in a cycle of inflated expectations? Are we on the cusp of a revolution, or still grappling with fundamental challenges? We will hold a candid dialogue with leading experts in different industry sectors, on their experience and insights on exploiting and exploring AI.


Chair: Yue Wang, Head of 6G Research, Samsung Research UK & Chair UKTIN AI EWG

Speakers include:

15:00 – 15:30

Networking Break | Exhibition Space
Stream 1 | Technology landscape
Francis Crick Auditorium

Stream 2 | Emerging Technology
Rosalind Franklin Pavilion

15:30 – 16:30

Stream 1, Session 3: In the Deep
Maritime technologies and applications
Our Oceans and waterways are precious resources, a critical component in managing the climate and a key enabler for UK manufacturers and suppliers to reach out into international markets. We will hear from experts on leading disruptive and enabling technologies, including green propulsion, autonomy, future communications and explore barriers to success and the drivers that will help overcome them.


Chair: Andre Burgess, Strategic Partnerships, Security & Resilience, NPL

Speakers include:

Stream 2, Session 3: Deep Tech
Quantum Technologies

How will quantum technologies change the world? What are the latest advances in quantum technologies such as: computing and its applications, cryptography, sensing and metrology, communications and networking, simulation, and modelling.


Chair: Graham Peters, Managing Director Government Services, Arqit

Speakers include:

Plenary Session | Francis Crick Auditorium

16:35 - 17:25

Debate: Barbie vs Oppenheimer
This house believes that emerging technology will build a utopian Barbie world and not risk an Oppenheimer nuclear winter.


Chair: Dr Mike Short CBE, Former Chief Scientific Adviser, Dept for Business and Trade, & Chair, UKTIN Advisory Board

Debators include:

17:25 – 17:30

Closing Remarks

17:30 – 18:30

Drinks Reception | Exhibition Space

* This is a draft agenda and subject to change

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