CW Unplugged: Tech for Water

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CW Unplugged is back for 2019 bringing you Tech for the Environment. This year we're exploring the four elements, our fourth and final event is Tech for Water.

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About the event

CW Unplugged Hero Water

This is the final event as part of the 2019 CW Unplugged: Tech for the Environment series. CW are proud to be making our contribution to work towards the Sustainable Development Goals through our events and partnerships with companies that will help deliver the 2030 Global Goals Agenda. 


In partnership with Arm, UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP - WCMC) and WILDLABS, we're hosting CW Unplugged: Tech for Water an event that explores innovative technologies contributing to tackling water pollution in developing and emerging economies.

Bringing together impact investors, designers, engineers, we'll help create solutions to specific challenges currently faced by start up ventues working on Tech for Water.

To ensure we have the right group of people attending this exclusive event we would like to invite you to register your interest by clicking 'reserve a place' and we will reply back to confirm your suitability (within a week).

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Startup Challenge: SafetyNet Technologies

We are a team of engineers and communicators, collaborating with scientists to turn their theories into testable devices that aim to make fishermen’s lives easier, and commercial fishing more sustainable. Our solutions enable the testing of the effect of light based visual stimuli on different fish capture processes. In order to offer experimental flexibility our devices span different geometries and sizes and can be fitted to any kind of fish capture equipment. Most of the devices we produce also have a degree of programmability, in order to allow specifications such as emitted wavelength, flash-rate and intensity of light to be set by scientists.

Startup Challenge: Barter for Things

We make IOT idiot proof! We create predictive maintenance solutions using Internet of Things (IoT) technology to provide the physical insights that enable you to make smarter decisions.

Series Sponsor Arm

Arm technology is at the heart of a computing and connectivity revolution that is transforming the way people live and businesses operate. Our advanced, energy-efficient processor designs have enabled intelligent computing in more than 125 billion chips. Over 70 percent of the world’s population are using Arm technology, which is securely powering products from the sensor to the smartphone to the supercomputer. Arm is committed to ensuring our work helps meet the United Nations Global Goals. Through our international partner ecosystem and philanthropic collaborations, we’re enabling technology to deliver the 2030 Global Goals agenda.

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Series Partner UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre

UNEP-WCMC confronts the challenges faced by our world's biodiversity.

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Event Partner WILDLABS

WILDLABS is the first global, open online community dedicated to conservation technology. With seed funding from tech sector giants Arm and, the United for Wildlife partners launched the WILDLABS community platform in 2015 to encourage and enable more open sharing of information about the use of technology to fight against illegal wildlife trade and the myriad other pressing issues facing our planet. The mission of WILDLABS is to resolve conservation issues through technology. WILDLABS aims to build and support an active cross-sector community of conservationists and technology experts who use the WILDLABS online platform to: Share information to increase transparency and reduce replication of effort Ask and answer questions to share best practice, to increase efficiency and effectiveness of technology deployment to address conservation challenges Collaborate to improve existing technologies or develop new technologies that address identified conservation needs The problems faced by our planet and the challenges facing conservation cannot be solved by any one sector working in silos. To find solutions will need new voices and new approaches. Together, we can build the solutions needed. Learn more:

Sponsored by u-blox UK

As a global leader in wireless communication and positioning, our products and services are used by billions of people every day. And with this great power comes great responsibility, which is why we are always looking for ways to ensure that every part of our operations is run as sustainably as possible. We take great care to maintain a sustainable business model that looks after the interests of our customers, shareholders, the environment and the communities we operate in. Underpinning this aim are our five pillars of corporate social responsibility.

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Event facilitator Fresh Perspectiv

Our team of commercially-minded scientists love working at the intersection of science and business strategy to help companies to make informed decisions and enhance their commercial impact.

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Event facilitator Cambridge Consultants

The deep tech powerhouse of Capgemini

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Event facilitator Plextek

Plextek's technology specialists can solve your hardest challenges in smart sensing, advanced communications & intelligent data insight. Our people provide solutions to give you the market edge.

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Arrival, registration and networking


CW Unplugged Introduction: Abhi Naha, CCO, CW


Do your :bit, WASH and Arm's research into plastics

Fran Baker, Sustainability Manager & James Myers, Distinguished Engineer - Arm


WILDLABS - technology-enabled solutions to some of the biggest conservation challenges facing our planet

Stephanie O'Donell, WILDLABS


Technology for a healthy ocean: Dr Lauren Weatherdon, Senior Programme Officer, UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre

In an era of increasing anthropogenic impact, cumulative challenges such as the decline in marine biodiversity and accelerating climate change, the need for spatially-explicit and methodologically-consistent data is vital for improving ocean management. Exploring how AI, webscraping and other emerging technologies can allow us to monitor the extent and conditions of marine habitats, combined with data collected through initiatives such as Protected Planet and Ocean+, will allow us to better manage the ecosystems we depend on.


Startup 1: SafetyNet Technologies

SafetyNet Technologies will present both a technical and business challenge that they are currently facing within their tech for sustainable fishing startup.


Startup 2: Barter for Things

We make IOT idiot proof! We create predictive maintenance solutions using Internet of Things (IoT) technology to provide the physical insights that enable you to make smarter decisions.


Intro to the Ideation workshop facilitators

We'll split into groups and intro you to your group leader before a quick break to refuel.




Ideation Workshop

A fast paced hour of brainstorming discussing the challenges Tech for Water faces. Attendees have the opportunity to contribute their ideas and experiences in facilitated groups ran by our partners.


Workshop Presentations

Informal presentations and discussion of the main outcomes from each Ideation group.


Next Steps


Join us in the atrium for food, drink & networking


Event Close


Fran Baker - Director of Sustainability & Social Impact, Arm

Fran leads Arm’s work on projects and programmes designed to deliver technology solutions that can help address global sustainability issues, creating opportunities that deliver social impact at scale. This includes leading Arm’s social innovation partnerships, from supporting entrepreneurial start-up projects, through to managing Arm’s global partnership with UNICEF and their Office of Innovation. Fran also supported the development of new Arm-founded initiatives such as 2030Vision, a partnership between business, academia, governments and NGOs designed to drive technology innovation across the UN’s Global Goals. Before joining Arm, Fran has worked in consultancy, communications and the charity sector, specialising in international development.

Alex Barter - Director, Barter for Things

James Myers - Senior Principal Research Engineer, Arm

James Myers leads the Devices, Circuits and Systems team within Arm Research, seeking to push compute to the furthest extremes of cost, efficiency, performance, and integration. James holds 25 granted US patents, has taped out 20 successful chips, co-authored one book chapter, and presented at ISSCC and VLSI Symposium. His current interests include energy harvesting systems, bespoke printed electronics,  and electronics for sustainability.

Abhi Naha - Digital Accelerator Director, PwC UK

Abhi Naha is the Digital Accelerator Director at PwC. He is creating and leading a new tech division for PwC. The Digital Accelerator solves innovation challenges using the power of scale ups and ecosystems for greater insights, impact and value creation.

Abhi was the CCO of CW Cambridge Wireless and CEO of the Product as a Service Consortium. At CW, Abhi initiated and lead on the 5G private network testbed in Cambridge, corporate digital innovation accelerators and high value collaborations.

Abhi was the CEO and Founder of Zone V a Cambridge start up backed by Qualcomm and ARM focused on empowering people with aging eyes and visually impairment through inclusively designed smartphone software. He held senior roles at Powermat, San Jose based Synaptics and advisory roles for Goldman Sachs and Silver Lake in the area of mobile user interface technologies. Abhi is a senior advisor to an autonomous vehicle mobility scale up Conigital, Industry Partner (Digital Infrastructure) for Arjun Infrastructure Partners with 5 Billion Euros of assets under management and an Ambassador for the United Nations Global Sustainability Index Institute. Abhi studied Electronics and Electrical Engineering, has an MBA in International Marketing and authored a book on Mobile Handset Design when approached by Cambridge University Press. More recently Abhi has created an initiative to help train widows in developing countries learn python programming, gain financial empowerment and become future leaders.

Dan Watson - Founder & CEO, SafetyNet Technologies

Dan is the founder and CEO of SafetyNet Technologies, which he started as the result of his final year project while studying product design engineering in Glasgow. Leading a design team in the space industry, helping companies refine their business models and take a more user-centred approach to their product and service offerings, has equipped him with a set of skills that benefit SafetyNet on a daily basis. Dan recently accompanied several SafetyNet prototypes to sea on a trawler during some trials and was not sick.

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The Bradfield Centre, 184 Cambridge Science Park Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 0GA

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