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CWIC 2018

Brought to you by CW (Cambridge Wireless)

The CW International Conference (CWIC) is now in its 10th anniversary year, bringing together C-suite business leaders, entrepreneurs, start-ups and engineers. It is curated by CW members and industry peers and sets out to challenge, inform & inspire delegates to think beyond the hype.

About the event

Where do the genuine opportunities for business growth lie, now and in the future?

We live in a world in which proponents of new technologies claim that they have the potential to dramatically change our lives, and the technologies seem to emerge on an almost weekly basis.

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 game-changers and attempt to find those characteristics which ensure market breakthrough.

CWIC 2018: “Thinking Beyond the Hype” will explore the technologies, business models and impact of seven technology areas through a vibrant mix of panel sessions, keynotes and networking opportunities:

  • 5G and network innovation
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Blockchain
  • Future mobility ecosystems
  • Industrial IoT and the connected enterprise
  • Mixed reality
  • Satellites

The conference will take place on July 4th, located just outside Cambridge at the world-famous Wellcome Genome Campus.  Apart from the seven challenge areas, there will also be plenary keynote sessions on the overall theme of the conference. Throughout the day there will be an exhibition of leading edge technology innovation, with the conference concluding with a drinks reception and a splendid dinner at Hinxton Hall.

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Sponsored by Magna International

Magna is a leading global automotive supplier with 327 manufacturing operations and 100 product development, engineering and sales centers in 29 countries. Magna has over 161,000 employees focused on delivering superior value to its customers through Innovation and World Class Manufacturing and Processes. At Magna, we take great ideas and develop them from invention to commercialization. We also know that great thinking happens outside our four walls, and that our ability to commercialise great ideas benefits inventors, founders, entrepreneurs, customers, and ultimately all who share the road.


Amelia Armour

Amelia Armour joined Amadeus Capital Partners Limited in 2009, she serves as a Principal in the Early Stage Funds with an investment focus of Autonomous Systems, AI & Machine Learning, Digital Health and Medical Technology. Prior to Amadeus, she worked at Barclays Investment Bank as a manager in the structured capital markets team with responsibility for running a portfolio of multi jurisdiction transactions. Amelia has also worked in structured finance at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. She qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte in the corporate tax department. Amelia holds a BSc in Chemistry and Biology from Durham University. Being based in Cambridge she has a particular interest in supporting and nurturing spin-outs from the University and is an active observer on the boards of Cambridge Touch Technologies, a company developing the next generation of force touch for mobile phones and tablets, machine learning company and Paragraf, the graphene technology development company.

Kieran Arnold - Head of Domains , Satellite Applications Catapult

Kieran acquired a BSc (H) in Avionic & Communications systems at Cranfield University and MSc in Telecommunication at University College London. He has held various senior technical and executive roles over the past 30 years which included R&D Chief Technical Officer for Orange / France Telecom R&D. In 2009 Kieran joined Airbus Space & Defence, formerly EADS Astrium, as their Head of Payload Systems Engineering running the telecommunications payload engineering division, the group was responsible for the design and delivery of advanced communications satellites. Kieran joined the Satellite Applications Catapult in 2013 as head of domains and 5G subject matter expert.

Monty Barlow - Director of Machine Learning, Cambridge Consultants

Monty Barlow leads the machine learning capability at Cambridge Consultants, with a particular focus on the practical application of artificial intelligence to industrial problems. Throughout his career he has sought challenges which require high performance computation and algorithms to solve, in diverse domains such as telecommunications, security, transport and healthcare. In 2014, he founded a research lab within Cambridge Consultants to develop and industrialise deep learning technology for client programmes.

Dean Bubley - Journalist, Disruptive Analysis

Dean Bubley (@disruptivedean) is the Founder of Disruptive Analysis, an independent technology industry analyst and consulting firm. An outspoken analyst & futurist with over 25 years’ experience, he specialises in communications, mobile, and telecoms fields. He is one of the leading market observers covering network infrastructure & software, telecom business models, voice/video communications and broadband/spectrum policy. He is known as a contrarian and visionary, often with challenging opinions that go against industry consensus. His present focus is on 5G network technology, WiFi, spectrum policy, blockchain & distributed ledgers, the “future of voice and video”, mobile broadband, developer platforms and contextual communications. He also advises on trends in telco service creation & monetisation, mobile devices, IoT, applications ecosystems, broad futurism and telecoms regulation/policy. He provides clients with advice and analytical opinion on topics such as business model validation, technology innovation and go-to-market strategies, "addressable market sizing", planning and due diligence. His clients include many of the world’s leading telecom operators, vendors, regulators and industry associations. Mr Bubley was formerly an equity analyst, covering communications stocks, with the UK arm of investment bank Robert W. Baird. Prior to that, he spent eight years at UK research firm Datamonitor, where he co-founded the company's Technology business, managed the Internet & Networking area and custom consulting operations, with roles of Chief Analyst & Director of Consulting. He holds a BA in Physics from Keble College, Oxford University.

Peter Busch - Senior Expert Connected Mobility / Leader Automotive Blockchain, Bosch

Peter is Senior Expert for Automotive Integration - an Automotive think tank for the board of management of Robert Bosch. He has 25+ years of experience in international project management, coaching and training in SW/HW development. He holds a diploma in computer science and business administration and worked i.e. for JP Morgan, Sun Microsystems and the BOSCH Group. His current interests and responsibilities are Connected Mobility and IoT technologies and the respective business models and -ecosystems for all engineering disciplines.

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Joshua Daniel - Principal Research Scientist, British Telecommunications

Dr Joshua Daniel is a Principal Research Scientist at the Security Futures Practice of BT TSO. He has expertise on Blockchain technology, Distributed systems architecture, IoT Security, Semantic Web, Cloud Computing and Information Security. Joshua has been leading the introduction of Blockchain technology into BT Radianz, the world's largest secure financial network and further exploring use cases of Blockchain technology in IoT Security and Identity management in a post-password world. He has filed more than two-dozen patents in securing Blockchain and utilising such technologies for service integration, risk based access and identity management, secure code distribution and secure data sharing techniques. Joshua have also contributed to the introduction of cloud-based, secure application, data and email protection services with the cloud service stores on BT's Cloud Incubator and BT Cloud Compute platform. He has a PhD and BEng from the University of Southampton UK and has also worked for Rolls-Royce, UK.

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

Alison is a seasoned advertising, digital media & entertainment and telecommunications professional with over 20 years’ experience. Having worked for, firstly, M&C Saatchi and then Virgin Media, she joined IBM in 2016 to use her in-depth industry knowledge to help bring their transformative technology to enterprise clients across the industry. Alison is an expert in the application of emerging technology to power business growth and is currently focusing on three main areas: AI, Blockchain and AR/VR.

Raj Gawera - VP & Managing Director, Samsung Cambridge Solution Centre

Raj has over 20 years of experience in short range and wireless communications technology R&D, business development and marketing. Raj was part of initial IEEE 802.11 team to define first WLAN standard in 1996 – a technology which has now shipped over 5bn units. Raj also helped pioneer the first 3G data transmissions working with Motorola and others to demonstrate one of the first video calls at the 3GSM show in 1998 – many years before 3G licences were awarded. He has also been awarded a number of patents including short range wireless technologies. Raj was a founder member of startup UbiNetics (1999), which successfully exited in 2005 for over $120m USD. As part of that deal, Raj joined CSR and ultimately took the role of VP Marketing where he was part of the team that acquired SiRF Technologies for $136m (2009) to add GPS technology to CSR portfolio. More recently in 2012, he helped sell CSR’s handset business to Samsung in a deal worth $310m for 310 staff to form the SCSC division. As part of that deal, Raj took up the role of VP Marketing responsible for defining future wireless products. In 2014, Raj was promoted to head up the SCSC division leading the silicon and software development for Samsung’s connectivity solutions.

Wendy Hall

Dame Wendy Hall, DBE, FRS, FREng is Regius Professor of Computer Science and Pro Vice-Chancellor (International Engagement) at the University of Southampton, and is the Executive Director of the Web Science Institute. With Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Nigel Shadbolt she co-founded the Web Science Research Initiative in 2006 and is the Managing Director of the Web Science Trust, which has a global mission to support the development of research, education and thought leadership in Web Science. She became a Dame Commander of the British Empire in the 2009 UK New Year's Honours list, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society. She has previously been President of the ACM, Senior Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a member of the UK Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, was a founding member of the European Research Council and Chair of the European Commission’s ISTAG 2010-2012, and was a member of the Global Commission on Internet Governance. She is currently a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on the Digital Economy, and is co-Chair of the UK government’s AI Review, which was published in October 2017.

Matt Hatton - VP of Research, Gartner

Matt Hatton is a widely respected technology analyst with 20 years of experience and is a foremost industry expert on the Internet of Things. Mr. Hatton is a member of Gartner's IoT Group where he spends his time helping vendors and enterprises understand the implications and opportunities presented by the growth of the Internet of Things. Matt was previously the Founder and CEO of Machina Research, a boutique research firm focused on IoT, which was acquired by Gartner in November 2016.

Neil Lawrence

Neil Lawrence leads Amazon Research Cambridge where he is a Director of Machine Learning. He is on leave of absence from the University of Sheffield where he was a Professor in Computational Biology and Machine Learning jointly appointed across the Departments of Neuroscience and Computer Science. Neil’s main research interest is machine learning through probabilistic models. He focuses on both the algorithmic side of these models and their application. He has a particular focus on applications in personalized health and computational biology, but happily dabbles in other areas such as speech, vision and graphics. Neil was Associate Editor in Chief for IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (2011-2013) and is an Action Editor for the Journal of Machine Learning Research. He was the founding editor of the Proceedings of Machine Learning Research (2006) and is currently series editor. He was an area chair for the NIPS conference in 2005, 2006, 2012 and 2013, Workshops Chair in 2010 and Tutorials Chair in 2013. He was General Chair of AISTATS in 2010 and AISTATS Programme Chair in 2012. He was Program Chair of NIPS in 2014 and was General Chair for 2015. He is one of the founders of the DALI Meeting and Data Science Africa.

Dan Mercer - Vice President & General Manager, Iridium

Based in the UK, Dan Mercer is responsible for expanding and managing Iridium’s business activities across Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia. He brings over 28 years of experience across a variety of technology businesses. In addition to leading the Iridium EMEA team, Dan built and continues to lead the Iridium program in Russia, having set up the Iridium Russian entity (Iridium Communications OOO), constructing the Russian Gateway, providing access and growth into one of the largest geographical territories and complex business regions in the world. Prior to joining Iridium, Dan was VP Global Sales & Marketing for Pace Micro Technology's Voice over IP division. He previously worked for the original Iridium, focused on the German based European Iridium business from Iceland to Israel. Before moving into telecoms, Dan worked for the TI Group of companies in the UK, leading the engineering, sales and marketing for the Specialist Engineering Division providing specialist engineering design and manufacturing services for commercial and military vehicles, transportation and associated equipment. Spending the initial years of his career as a mechanical Project Engineer with IAC Aviation, he designed and built jet engine test facilities around the world for a variety of government and commercial customers. Today, as a ‘long-timer’ in the satellite communications world, Dan has presented at many telecom, satellite, IT, aviation, maritime, and emergency communication industry forums. Dan holds a First Class Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering, from Kingston University, UK, is a private helicopter pilot, and is a Director of the communications company, MERCAIR Ltd.

Priya Prakash - Founder/CEO, D4SC - Design for Social Change

Priya Prakash is designer-founder of London based award-winning D4SC - Design for Social Change Ltd -The applied urban innovation studio develops collaborative products and services combining human and machine intelligence to co-create smarter cities with people. Changify #SmarterStreets D4SC’s intelligent people- powered decision making platform to improve public infrastructure got awarded by Innovate UK to pilot in Plymouth with Amey Ferrovial. It resulted in reducing average road inspection costs by 22%, increasing citizen satisfaction and contractor responsiveness by 19.8% and is being scaled across UK and Asia. Prakash is on ‘Tech City Insider 100’, IBM’s People for Smarter Cities and featured in FT, Sunday Times, BBC, Wired, Guardian and the Queen’s 2017 Honours list for award winning work in Chinese smart cities using data to improve public safety. Prior to D4SC, Priya was Head of Mobile Phone User Experience at Nokia where she led the global design team to launch affordable smart phones - Nokia Asha in 144 countries. At BBC, she was lead-designer and co-inventor of iPlayer with joint patents.

Ian Smith - 5G Testbeds & Trials Programme Director, Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS)

Ian is the Programme Director for the 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme which will deliver the Government's ambition to be a world leader in 5G. He has over 20 years’ experience in the Telecoms Industry with a wide range of experience of Designing, Building and Operating both fixed and Mobile networks. He has worked for both Operators and Vendors. Ian Joined DCMS from Ericsson where he was the Head of UK Design, Plan and Deployment team delivering services and infrastructure for all the UK Operators.

Brigitta Zics - Deputy Head of Postgraduate Studies, Ravensbourne

Dr Brigitta Zics is an artist and researcher who is the new Deputy Head of Postgraduate Studies in Ravensbourne. She joined the team after leading on Digital Media research at Culture Lab, Newcastle University. She brings a strong interdisciplinary approach to digital practice with a focus on practice-based research and creative entrepreneurship. Her main interest is experience-centred design and the exploration of new interaction paradigms through practice. In her teaching and research, she is an advocate of 'thinking through making’, a hands-on approach to a collaborative and innovation-led practice that generate novel knowledge as well as experimental or polished artefacts. Dr Zics' current research topics include somatic and multi-modal interfaces, wearable tactile displays and data visualisation. Her work and research have been broadly published (MIT, Springer) and exhibited (e.g. SIGGRAPH, IMAGINA and ISEA) around the world.


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Registration, networking and exhibition


Welcome to the conference

Raj Gawera - CW and Samsung Cambridge


Welcome from our Platinum Sponsor Magna


Keynote: Thinking beyond the hype

Matt Hatton, VP of Research, Gartner

Hyperbole and hyperventilation: the hype cyclist’s perspective on technology

For years Gartner’s Hype Cycle has been a mainstay of understanding technology trends. Matt recently joined Gartner when it acquired his technology research and consulting firm Machina Research in 2016. In this session Matt will examine the various big technology trends to be covered in the day’s sessions, with a particular focus on technology triggers and hype.


Session to be confirmed


Refreshments, networking and exhibition


Track 2: Blockchain

Peter Busch, Senior Expert Connected Mobility / Leader Automotive Blockchain, Robert Bosch Group
Alison Davis, Lead Industry Solutions & Business Development Consultant, Telco, Media & Entertainment, IBM
Joshua Daniel, Principal Research Scientist, BT


Track 1: Industrial IoT and the connected enterprise


Plenary session: Satellites

Kieran Arnold, Head of Domains, Satellite Applications Catapult
Meir Moalem, CEO and Managing Director, Sky and Space Global
Dan Mercer, General Director, Iridium


A Word from Lunch Sponsor


Lunch, networking and exhibition


Track 4: Mixed Reality – AR/VR and UX/UI

Tom Carter, CTO, Ultrahaptics


Track 4: Mobility into the future

Sponsored by Magna


Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Professor Neil Lawrence, University of Sheffield
Amelia Armour, Principal, Amadeus Capital Partners


Refreshments, networking and exhibition


Plenary session: 5G and network innovation

Dean Bubley, Founder, Disruptive Analysis
Ian Smith, 5G Testbeds & Trials Programme Director, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)


Closing remarks


Pre-dinner drinks reception


Gala dinner

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Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, Hinxton, Cambridgeshire, CB10 1RQ

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