Sally Atkinson - Director of Account Management, Edge Impulse
Sally’s career started in academic science, however she rapidly found herself working in Tech with a passion for partnerships and building ecosystems. Initially managing UK and then EMEA partnerships for ISVs from start-ups to listed companies, she moved into the world of IoT in 2018, joining Arm to develop the Mbed ecosystem and subsequently leading the global Partner Program at Arm Pelion. An interest in innovative edge technologies led Sally to Edge Impulse, the leading development platform for machine learning on edge devices, where she works with enterprise customers and partners bringing machine learning intelligence to their devices.
Russell Haggar - Industrial IOT & Smart Energy, 42 Technology
Russell has been involved in the deep technology arena throughout his career. Whether as an engineer, product manager or commercial executive, he has majored in commercialising technological innovation using strong engineering capabilities that are focussed on solving real-world customer needs. At 42 Technology, he brings his experience of technologies across the spheres of computing, connectivity, electronics, software and machine learning together with his commercial background in Smart Grid, Industrial IOT and Smart Homes to offer user-led and well-engineered innovative solutions to our clients. Russell leads 42T’s business development around the themes of Smart Grid and Industrial Internet of Things, and is a SIG Champion at Cambridge Wireless. He also holds a first-class MA degree in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge.
Sylvia Lu - Head of Technology Strategy, u-blox UK, Member of Advisory Board, UK5G
A chartered engineer and technologist, a non-executive director, advisor, and ambassador, Sylvia has over a decade of experience in the Telecom industry for four mobile generations and was recognised as UK's Top 50 Women in Engineering.
She offers guidance on the impact of emerging technologies on products and strategy, as well as major inter-sector, multi-country projects. She also provides industry-focused, independent advice to the government and policy panels on future plans for 5G development.
Sylvia is an elected Board Director of CW (Cambridge Wireless) and was appointed to the Advisory Board of UK5G in 2018. She was appointed as Vice-chair of UK5G International Working Group in 2019, co-leading the development of UK proposition and engagement plan with overseas government and industry bodies. She has initiated and signed an MoU with 5G-ACIA on behalf of UK5G to accelerate the development of 5G in the UK’s manufacturing sector. Sylvia also serves on the IET Digital Policy Panel, helps to raise awareness of societal impacts of emerging technologies and the resilience of cross-sector infrastructure.
Sylvia was handpicked as an Ambassador of the Women of the Future programme; inspires and empowers female engineers and future leaders as a role model and through appearances and talks at schools and universities. Sylvia promotes diversity and inclusion, winning several special recognitions for work on empowering future female trailblazers. Sylvia is also an amateur artist.
Shahzad Nadeem - Head of Smart Cities Business, Plextek
Shahzad is the Head of Smart Cities Business at Plextek. He has extensive international experience of working in the Telecoms market. His focus is delivering business value utilising technology innovations. Development of a major IoT connectivity platform is one of Shahzad’s recent works. He specialises in Smart Cities, mobile networks, MNOs, MVNOS, MVNEs, Wholesale, m2m and IoT and has keen interest in both technical and commercial aspects. Working cross functionally with businesses, customers, technology, marketing and suppliers – he has delivered complex solutions in the mobile networks and IoT industry. Previous to Smart Cities, Shahzad has spent 15 years in different technology roles and a decade in business development roles.