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.

You can follow @CambWireless on Twitter and tweet about this event using #CWIC2018.


David Crawford - Director, Telecom Technologies

David Crawford is a Professor at the University of Essex and at Ravensbourne in the UK, with interests in next generation networks and 'beyond HD' multimedia services. He is well-known in the engineering and business fraternities, having worked for over 40 years in the telecoms and broadcast industries and academia. David lectures on 'ICT', 'Networks' and 'Broadcast Technology', and is Director of a small high tech start-up in France. He also runs his own technical Consultancy Company, TTL, and chairs and presents regularly at technical and business conferences. David is a Member of the Royal Television Society, an ex-Board and Council Member of the Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET), and has been the Executive Producer for the annual IBC Multimedia Conference in Amsterdam for many years.

Simon Fletcher - CTO, Real Wireless

Simon joined Real Wireless in January 2016 as Chief Technology Officer, taking overall technical responsibility across the company. Recognised as a regular speaker at industry events and currently acting as chairman of the CW Future of Wireless Conference Organising Committee and Small Cell SIG Champion, Simon brings an enviable network of contacts to Real Wireless alongside a proven ability to lead teams in delivering technical projects while identifying and meeting new strategic goals for the wider business. His long standing association with the UK innovation eco-system as a director of mVCE and the Innovate-UK ICT-KTN brings a wealth of knowledge on the application of strategic research through open innovation to accelerate product and services delivery. In recent times his focus has been on future cities, the application 5G and IoT in industry verticals with an event horizon towards 2030.Simon spent the past 20 years working in the design and development of technical telecoms infrastructure. Beginning his career in technology demonstrators at Racal Radar Defence Systems, he moved to Telecoms Modus in 1999 to play a key role in the development of 3G products and in 2006 he established a core architecture team that helped develop the first-generation of technology for 4G systems culminating in a Steering Board position in the LTE SAE Trials Initiative (LSTI), a global forum with a mission to assure the early adoption of LTE. His long participation in Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) defining early C-RAN concepts brings great foresight on an important architectural element of emerging 5G architectures.

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.

Faye Holland - Founder & Director, Cofinitive

Faye Holland is founder of Cofinitive Ltd, a corporate communications company based in Cambridge. Cofinitive has launched and transformed dozens of projects, undertaken numerous branding development and execution projects, and are experienced communicators working cohesively at all levels of organisations and their stakeholder communities. Their client base locally includes the likes of SmithsonHill and Napp Pharmaceuticals, and Cofinitive also continues to serve clients across Faye’s international network. Faye has recently been elected onto the board of CW and is chair of the Connectivity Group in Cambridge Ahead. Internationally she is the master of ceremonies and lead blogger for a major disrupt technology event, is the lead of the East of England Engage for Success chapter, and is a founding influencer of Workforce of the Future. Prior to founding Cofinitive, Faye ran the European and Asia-Pacific operations of a global media company; worked internationally at IBM on numerous emerging technology projects; after originally cutting her teeth at PIPEX where she was responsible for UK and Ireland marcomms for direct and indirect sales, and launched the first iteration of PIPEX Dial. Faye has recently been shortlisted in numerous awards locally and nationally as Unsung Hero and Women Entrepreneur of the Year.

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.

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

Derek is a Business Development Manager at Cambridge Consultants and specialises in the Telecoms and Mobile domain. His role is to develop business in the field of consumer and specialist telecommunications leveraging Cambridge Consultants unique strengths in the field of radio communications technologies. He has been working in mobile broadband for over 20 years and with all three generations of mobile data from the introduction of GPRS and 3G up until the introduction of LTE Advanced and 5G. His experience includes: Regional responsible for product portfolio and sales of RAN & core technologies and the development of cloud and virtualisation portfolio for a major infrastructure vendor; Delivery responsible for network technology strategy, IP transformation and spectrum auction strategy consultation projects.

Geoff Varrall - Director, RTT Online

Geoff Varrall joined RTT in 1985 as an executive director and shareholder to develop RTT's international business as a provider of technology and business services to the wireless industry. He co-developed RTT's original series of design and facilitation workshops including 'RF Technology', 'Data Over Radio', 'Introduction to Mobile Radio', and 'Private Mobile Radio Systems and developed 'The Oxford programme', a five day strategic technology and market programme presented annually between 1991 and 2005. Geoff has been running in depth technology and market workshops for the industry for over 33 years, spanning five generations of mobile cellular technology. A co-author of the Mobile Radio Servicing Handbook (Heinemann Butterworth, UK), Data Over Radio, (Quantum Publishing, Mendocino, USA and 3G Handset and Network Design (John Wiley, New York). Geoff's fourth book, Making Telecoms Work – from technical innovation to commercial success (John Wiley) was published in early 2012 followed by 5G Spectrum and Standards published by Artech House in July 2016. His latest book 5G and Satellite Spectrum Standards and Scale will be published by Artech House in May this year. As a past Director of Cambridge Wireless, Geoff is actively involved in a number of wireless heritage initiatives that aim to capture and record past technology and engineering experience and is a patron of the Science Museum In his spare time he plays Jazz trumpet semi-professionally and is a marathon and ultra-runner.

Peter Whale - Founder, Vision Formers Ltd

Peter is a technologist and business leader, with a long track record of conceiving, developing and marketing successful technology-based solutions, which have touched the lives of many millions of people. Currently exploring transformative possibilities in AI, IoT and future connected devices. Peter is co-author of the 'Essentials of Mobile Handset Design', published by Cambridge University Press. Peter is a board member of Cambridge Wireless, and is a champion of the CW Artificial Intelligence SIG and Future Devices SIG.


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The information supplied below may be subject to change before the event.


Registration, networking and exhibition


Welcome to the conference

Raj Gawera - CW and Samsung Cambridge


Welcome from our Platinum Sponsor


Keynote: Thinking beyond the hype

Matt Hatton, VP of Research, Gartner


Session to be confirmed


Refreshments, networking and exhibition


Track 1: Industrial IoT and the connected enterprise


Track 2: Blockchain

Peter Busch, Bosch
Alison Davis, IBM
Euan Wilson, IBM
Joshua Daniel, BT


Plenary session: Satellites


A Word from Lunch Sponsor


Lunch, networking and exhibition


Mixed Reality – AR/VR and UX/UI


Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning


Refreshments, networking and exhibition


Plenary session: 5G and network innovation


Closing remarks


Pre-dinner drinks reception


Gala dinner

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

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  • 5 mins with Prof. David Crawford

    In November 2017 we launched our annual technology conference - CWIC 2018 which is taking place on July 4th at Hinxton Genome Campus in Cambridgeshire. This years theme is ‘Beyond the Hype’ and the conference will be celebrating its 10th year so it’s a major milestone for the organising committee.

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  • 5 mins with Derek Long

    In November 2017 we launched our annual technology conference - CWIC 2018 which is taking place on July 4th at Hinxton Genome Campus in Cambridgeshire. This years theme is ‘Beyond the Hype’ and the conference will be celebrating its 10th year so it’s a major milestone for the organising committee.

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