With 2019 and the current decade drawing to a close, we take a fond look back on all that CW has accomplished during the year that the first-ever image of a black hole was unveiled and the seventh in line of succession, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, was born to Prince Harry & Meghan Markle.
2019 saw CW’s revenue streams exceed £1M, the most financially successful CW International Conference, sell-out Tech Trainings and a new programme of activities that support R&D innovation within large firms such as ghd.
Launching CWIC 2019: Digitising Industry
Starting off the new year with a bang, we announced the return of the popular annual International Conference, Digitising Industry.
The conference would explore ways in which industry is accelerating the development of world-changing technological innovations and showcased how manufacturing, retail & consumer electronics, agriculture, utilities, smart cities and transport are digitising their verticals.
Bahir Dar Digital Infrastructure Initiative
We also announced the Bahir Dar Digital Infrastructure Initiative in collaboration with the Centre for Global Equality, Cambridge Global Challenges, the Trust & Technology Strategic Research Initiatives and Bahir Dar University.
This initiative allowed our members and our wider network the opportunity to partake in a pioneering programme which explored the potential, opportunities and challenges of green field urban internet connectivity and applications deployment in Ethiopia.
Just who do you think you are?
With the launch of the Engineering Trust programme at the end of 2018, the first Engineering Trust event was held on Thursday 7 February, led by James Chapman, Laura James, Paul Morris and Tim Phipps.
It focused on anonymity on the internet, the impact this has on behaviour in cyberspace and ended with delegates splitting into teams of four each exploring a different aspect of identity online. Speakers included James Chapman (Qualcomm Technologies International), Ella McPherson and Joe Roozenbeck, (University of Cambridge).
First speakers announced for CWIC 2019: Digitising Industry
Over the past two months, the CW International Conference committee had been hard at work honing the track themes and reaching out to a variety of speakers from both the technology sector and vertical markets.
Showcasing the cutting-edge R&D currently being applied in industry, the first wave of speakers for CWIC 2019 included:
- Mansoor Hanif; CTO, Ofcom
- Chris Regan; Head of Business Development, EDF Energy
- Dan Clarke; Smart Cambridge Strategy and Partnership Manager, Smart Cambridge
- Esther Ford; Patent Attorney, Marks & Clerk
- Nik Willetts; President & CEO, TM Forum
- Chris Hole; Senior Consultant, TTP
We also announced a number of new sponsors and exhibitors for 2019 which included; Magna International, Cambridge Consultants, Marks & Clerk, ghd, ICE Resources and Plextek!
CW supports the IET Innovation Awards 2019
In April 2019, we announced that we were supporting the IET’s annual Innovation Awards. The IET Innovation Awards helps the technology and engineering community recognise their greatest achievements.
With innovation taking place left, right and centre within the CW community, we were thrilled to be supporting these awards once again which offered an unparalled forum for promoting and celebrating hard work in front of the foremost businesses in the sector.
The winners have been announced here.
CW helped to deliver the £2.4 million UK / South Korean 5G Challenge
In April, a new UK / South Korea 5G competition had been launched by Digital Minister Margot James to help prepare the UK for a future 5G roll-out, Businesses nationwide were encouraged to apply for this unique opportunity to trial new content and services on South Korea’s transport networks.
As the lead partner of the UK5G Innovation Network, CW managed this exciting competition which connected businesses in the two countries.
You can find out more about the competition and the winners here.
CW Unplugged: Tech for the Environment
CW Unplugged is an initiative designed to inspire young entrepreneurs, engineers and technology leaders to come forward and share their insights informally and collectively, bringing a new sense of community.
This year, the CW Unplugged programme focused on how technology can tackle issues revolving around the four elements, Air, Earth, Fire & Water. Social responsibility heavyweights UNEP-WCMC and the Centre for Global Equality led the events with support from two local tech giants Arm and u-blox.
Each event pulled in attendees from different backgrounds to support innovative start-ups who are developing solutions that address the world’s challenges. And of course, after the workshopping, the evenings were wrapped up with a well-deserved hot dinner!
Rural Connected Communities Project launches with CW-led UK5G running 5 UK workshops
In May, we also announced that CW-led UK5G would lead the hunt for applicants to DCMS’s new Rural Connected Communities project which aimed to build a business case for rural mobile connectivity (including 5G). Five separate workshops took place across the UK in Perth, Newport, Penrith, Belfast and Didcot. The winners are expected to be announced in early 2020.
CWIC 2019 – A rundown of Digitising Industry
This year’s CWIC focused on the digitisation of industry with 400 technologists gathering at the Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre to discuss the state of technology adoption in vertical markets and what the community can do to further support the roll-out.
From birthday cakes and innovation bingo to a Red Bull Aston Martin F1 car welcoming guests, this year’s International Conference brought together those interested in how various markets are working towards digitising industry.
CWIC 2020, “At the Edge” will explore the combination of high performance, low power processing on devices and the rise of supercomputers on business models and processes, Register from just £75 (+VAT) here.
CW signs agreement with China Electronics Chamber of Commerce
On June 11, Simon Mead and LiHui Peng, Secretary General of the China Electronics Chamber of Commerce (CECC) marked the start of closer collaboration between the technology and electronics sectors of our two nations.
Both teams will work together to realise the industrialisation of scientific and technological products specifically related to the digital economy, electronic information, the internet, internet of things, intelligent manufacturing, new energy, intelligent medical care and various other undertakings.
CW and TusPark formalise partnership and plan joint activities
On July 17, CW and TusPark signed a year-long partnership agreement to collaborate on future joint events which will offer UK companies the Chinese perspective on specific fields in AI, healthcare and clean technology, also providing CW members with guidance and support whilst doing business in China.
This new partnership offers exciting opportunities for CW members looking to expand into China!
CW launches the ghd Sustainability Challenge
In July, CW and ghd came together once again to present a new opportunity for five start-ups and SMEs to build a collaborative partnership with the ghd R&D team. This challenge was a new initiative designed to inspire creative thinking around new potential ghd products and services that have minimal impact on the natural environment. Consiting of three on-site days across September-October, the challenge united the ghd R&D team with skilled start-ups for a focused workshop.
Three new directors welcomed to CW’s board
In Spring 2019, the call was put out for three new directors to join the CW board. From an extensive list of highly qualified candidates, Olu Orugboh, Ann Fisher and James Chapman were co-opted by current directors.
Over the next three years, they will work alongside CW’s Board of Directors and CEO, Simon Mead to grow the impact that the CW community delivers to both its members and the wider industry. With each of their unique skill sets being brought to the table, the CW Board will strengthen their ability to achieve their goals.
Find out more about the newly-elected directors here.
Receive your CPD points through CW events!
In September 2019, CW became a fully certified Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accreditation provider with the first event to offer points being the annual CW Technology and Engineering Conference – ‘5G, Satellites & Magic MIMO’.
Delegates at select CW events are now able to claim CPD points and prove to employers and professional bodies that they have kept their skills and knowledge up to date with industry standards.
Find out more here on how to receive your well-deserved CPD points.
CW Technology & Engineering Conference – 5G, Satellites & Magic MIMO
On The 26 September, over 150 senior engineers and researchers came together for the CW Technology & Engineering Conference which explored the application of, Massive MIMO, Satellites and other technologies that are transforming the networks now, and in the future.
The jam-packed conference day featured four different tracks;
- What has Massive MIMO ever done for us?
- Non-Terrestrial & Hybrid Networks
- 5G: A catalyst for network transformation
- Getting ready for a beyond-5G era
If you would to be involved in next year’s CW Technology & Engineering Conference, register your interest.
CW travels to China
In October, CEO Simon Mead and Senior Business Development & Operations Manager Patricia Chan travelled to China on a visit kindly organised by the China Electronics Chamber of Commerce (CECC) and TusPark.
Simon addressed an audience of over 1,000 business leaders and officials at the China International Digital Economy Expo on the size. Fun fact: Simon shared the stage with the Former First Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance of Poland, Grzegorz W Kolodko, and the 2004 Nobel Economics Prize Laureate, Edward Prescott!
Full Fibre by 2025: A bold vision or a failure to grasp reality?
Hitting the jackpot with the controversial talk title, (and talk topic itself), the CW Talks curators could not have run this event at a better time! As the topic of broadband became a central theme of the recent December election, November’s CW Talks saw two illustrated speakers discuss whether this consensus of full fibre by 2025 was feasible or fantasy.
The former CTO of Ofcom, Stephen Unger, and Martin Duckworth of Frontier Economics, both left politics to one side and focused on the real question being asked: Is nationwide full fibre by 2025 a sensible policy, and if so, is it possible to deliver? Both agreed that a good fibre network in the UK should be a target; but not at the cost of nationalising the industry or setting timescales that would require a magnitude more investment and political capital to achieve.
Increasing the speed and diversity of invention using artificial intelligence
Early December, the Artificial Intelligence SIG invited Julian Nolan, CEO & Founder of Iprova for their final event of the year to share what Iprova are doing to increase the speed and quality of innovation through their technologies.
Julian discussed diversity and timing problems in invention and the challenges to creating IP for new “convergent” products and services. He predicts an imminent shift that will move the invention advantage away from human talent towards those with the best information and artificial intelligence support.
After an interesting discussion and Q&A segment, attendees were treated to a well-deserved beer and pizza evening!
From all of us here at CW, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!