This week the CW International Conference Committee have been delighted to announce eight new speakers to the CW International Conference line-up:
- Mainda Kiwelu, Senior Product Manager, Metail
- Jonathan Tudor, VP Mobility & Home Energy, Centrica
- Masakatsu Mori, GM, Hitachi European R&D HQ
- Paul Beastall, Head of Strategy, Cambridge Consultants
- Fred Barrigar, Senior Director of Services & Connectivity, Livongo
- Jay Srage, Lecturer in Digital Leadership, Michigan Ross
- Peter Clemons, Founder, Quixoticity
- Andrew Pockson, Divisional Marketing Manager, Anglia
As you can see from the event agenda, each track brings together highly credible representatives of that sector’s vision with technologists to outline today’s capabilities and tomorrow’s needs. For example, in the Retail & Consumer Electronics track we have device designer & manufacturer ghd coming together with online retail innovator Metail and the information technology giant IBM. You can expect the conversation to be around using ultra-connected devices, computer vision and big data to create highly targeted customer offerings, and the challenge of innovating in a highly competitive market. CW are particularly excited about bring Julian to the stage; while he currently leads IBM UK’s business in retail consumer products and logistics he also has the claim to being the first CTO of John Lewis and of Sainsbury’s, and of being CIO at House of Fraser.
Meanwhile in the Future Mobility track, Magna are hosting a spectrum of the supply chain with driverless technology experts Aurrigo, energy & services company Centrica, innovation consultants Innovia all joining the conversation. We’re very interested in seeing the “first and last mile” pods of Aurrigo which are currently being trialled across the world including, as announced last month, in a retirement village in Australia! Meanwhile Innovia can boast Boeing, Rolls-Royce and Jaguar Land Rover as their clients - our favourite case study is carbon fibre recycling for material sustainability in the aerospace sector. Meanwhile Jonathan Tudor, who used to be the global managing director of BP Ventures, currently heads up Centrica Innovations, a new group established in 2017 to invest in new technology and ideas that transform the way people live, work and move.
The Manufacturing track features two individuals who are driving the creation of value in the UK through the digitisation of UK industry. Lina Huertas, the Head of Technology Strategy for Digital Manufacturing at the Manufacturing Technology Centre, shapes the UK national strategy through her role there and as the chair of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult strategy team. The other presenter, Duncan McFarlane of Cambridge University’s Institute for Manufacturing, has conducted research in areas such as distributed industrial automation, reconfigurable systems, RFID integration, track and trace systems and valuing industrial information. Most recently he has been examining the role of automation and information solutions in supporting service environments and in addressing environmental concerns. The main challenge in this sector is in translating the value that complex digital services can offer into core messaging that can convince the manager of a factory floor to invest.
Across each of these tracks, and those remaining, the main question chairs will be asking speakers to answer are where are we now? where does this industry want to be? and what is stopping you from getting there?
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