16th October 2019
Olympia London


Design your own agenda to immerse yourself in talks, debates and think tanks throughout the day.

An exciting line-up of client speakers will share their stories of partnering with IBM to put smart to work in their organisations. Also in the mix are panel discussions featuring experts in their field, and presentations from scientists working on world-changing innovations.

Following the initial welcome and keynotes, simply choose and move between the sessions that spark your interest throughout the day.


Registration opens

09:30 – 10:10

Welcome and opening keynote

Digital reinvention: the next chapter

Forward-thinking businesses are using the cloud to scale digital and AI throughout the business, moving mission-critical applications to the cloud, and modernising operations. Join Bill and a selection of IBM clients as they explore chapter two of digital reinvention.


Bill Kelleher

Bill Kelleher

Bill Kelleher is the IBM Chief Executive in the UK and Ireland (UKI). He is responsible for IBM’s operations across the UKI and for leading the transformation to a cognitive solutions and cloud platform company. As one of IBM’s largest international operations, the UKI has significant core capabilities in data and analytics, cloud, mobile, social and security – empowering clients to unlock new insights and usher in a new era of cognitive business. Bill has more than twenty years of global leadership and industry experience having held a number of executive and leadership roles across the United Kingdom, Europe and Globally. He has primarily operated in market facing roles which have previously included strategic client leadership, Vice President - European Communications Sector, Vice President - Small & Medium Business Sector and multiple Vice President and General Manager roles across IBM's Global Services businesses.

Most recently, Bill was IBM's Global Managing Director for the Telecom, Media & Entertainment Industry. Through his position he held end-to-end responsibility for the company’s business and relationships with IBM's telecommunications, media and entertainment clients around the world. In addition to his responsibilities, Bill is a serving member of the IBM Chairman’s global Growth and Transformation Team and Performance Team which is responsible for shaping and developing IBM’s corporate strategy and performance. He additionally served as a foundational member of the IBM Client Experience Team from 2012 through to 2014.

Simon Edward, BA (Hons), MCIM Chartered Marketer
Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and Client Advocacy Leader
IBM UK and Ireland

Simon joined IBM in 1988, based in Paris, developing the process and contracts for acquiring third-party software. Since then he has held various technical and marketing roles in the UK, European and Global organisations.

In his current role, Simon is Vice President, Chief Marketing officer (CMO) and Client Advocacy Leader for IBM in the UK and Ireland. This role has responsibility for the full client journey and the entire Marketing mix from Strategy, through to Execution and the associated Analytics. As a Marketing Leader, Simon champions the latest approaches such as Agile, and constantly ensures that the Client voice is at the centre of everything we do.

Simon was Director of Marketing & Communications for the Systems & Technology business in Europe before moving to the Market Insights & Development team at the start of 2012 as Vice President of MD&I Global Markets, and then moved to his current role in 2018.

In previous years, he has held positions in the Software Business and various Hardware Businesses. He has always worked closely with IBM business partners and influencers and spent two years managing the Volume Channels Marketing Team across EMEA, as well as leading a Research Project with the IBM Rüschlikon Lab in Zurich.

Prior to working for IBM, Simon worked for an IBM Business Partner, a large Personal Computer Dealer and an IBM end-user customer. This earlier experience puts him in the position of working with IBM as an employee, a business partner and an end user customer.

Simon is a Chartered Marketer and has been a member of the Institute of Marketing for the last twenty years. Outside of work, Simon spends time with his wife and two children, as well as participating in various hobbies including theatre, gardening and DIY, as well as being a uniformed Cub Scout Leader.

James Smith

James Smith

Director of Digital, Nationwide.

James is the Director of Digital at Nationwide. He oversees the digital channels from a sales and service perspective, as well as being accountable for all digital transformation across the Society. Nationwide has a proud history of digital innovation; it was the first UK Financial Services (FS) provider to launch an Internet Bank in 1997 and has been constantly innovating since this point to make sure we meet our members’ needs. Our Digital Community now delivers more than 60% of total sales and supports 80 million logons to Nationwide’s Mobile App/Internet Bank per month. We recently launched our next generation of digital services, which will create legendary digital experiences for our members. Prior to this role James ran Operational Resilience for Nationwide, a job which provided valuable experience and insight of what is required to engineer-in resilience from the core, and also work on the sharp-end when things don’t go to plan! James was also Head of Transformation at Nationwide, which involved delivering a range of programmes from building internet and mobile banks, through to running a current account migration programme. Before joining Nationwide James worked at Accenture and BAE Systems, undertaking a variety of roles on technical delivery programmes across FS and non-FS clients.

10:10 – 10:40

Guest keynote – Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Rose Tinted Spectacles, Trojan Horses and “I’ll be back….”

Drawing on almost 25 years of presenting game-changing television programmes, from River Cottage to War on Plastics, via Fish Fight and Chicken Run, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall talks about instigating behaviour change for a better world. Hugh explains the techniques and tricks of making films that engage and influence business, government and the viewing public, and invites us to ask if technology could be doing more to solve urgent environmental issues.


Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is a multi-award-winning writer and broadcaster known for his uncompromising commitment to seasonal, ethically produced food and his concern for the environment. He has earned a huge following through his River Cottage TV series and books, as well as campaigns such as Hugh’s Fish Fight, Hugh’s War on Waste, Britain’s Fat Fight, Saving Africa’s Elephants, and his latest War on Plastic with Hugh and Anita.

Hugh’s early smallholding experiences were shown in the Channel 4 River Cottage series and led to the publication of The River Cottage Cookbook (2001), which won the Glenfiddich Trophy and the André Simon Food Book of the Year award. Thirteen more books have followed, including the acclaimed River Cottage Meat Book and the immensely popular River Cottage Veg Everyday. Hugh’s latest book is River Cottage Much More Veg.

Hugh established River Cottage HQ in Dorset in 2004, and the operation is now based at Park Farm near Axminster in Devon. An organic smallholding, HQ is also the hub for a broad range of courses and events, and home to the River Cottage Cookery School.

Hugh’s broadcasting has earned him a BAFTA as well as awards from Radio 4, The Observer and the Guild of Food Writers. Besides more than 20 cookery-based series, Hugh’s TV work includes hard-hitting campaigns such as the highly influential Fish Fight, which brought about changes in fisheries law at the European level.

Hugh continues to work as a journalist and wrote a weekly column for The Guardian between 2006 and 2014. He is a vice president of Fauna and Flora International and a patron of Switchback, a charity that helps young offenders find opportunities in the catering industry.

Hugh, his wife Marie and their four children divide their time between East Devon and Bristol.

10:55 – 11:20

IBM and Red Hat: Build once, deploy anywhere. Accelerate digital transformation in your organisation

Meet the leadership of IBM and Red Hat and understand the strategy behind this acquisition and what it means for you. The next chapter of cloud demands the power to quickly innovate and respond to changing market and client demands.
With IBM’s next-generation hybrid multicloud platform, built on Red Hat technologies, you can select the best architecture and approach to address the most critical application, data and workload requirements for your business. An open platform allows you to securely deploy, run and manage your data and applications on the cloud of your choice without running the risk of being locked in. You can innovate with speed and agility with the support of a vast open ecosystem of passionate developers and partners.


11:35 – 12:00

Getting the Financial Industry Quantum Ready

Today’s financial services environment embodies the philosophy of survival of the fittest. Institutions battle for tiny competitive advantages using the best technologies available. At the same time, some organisations are already looking into how quantum computing could potentially be used to dramatically reduce the time required for immensely complicated calculations and to improve accuracy significantly. While quantum computing is still in early stages of development, there are compelling reasons to start assessing the role and potential for quantum computing to be put to use in your business today. Join us for a panel discussion about quantum computing and the finance industry. The panel will be moderated by Fortune Magazine Senior Writer Jeremy Kahn and feature IBM Research Scientist Daniel Eggert, Cambridge Quantum Computing CEO Ilyas Khan and Lee Braine, Chief Technology Office, Barclays.


Ilyas Khan

Ilyas Khan
St Edmund’s College at the University of Cambridge

A Fellow of St Edmund’s College at the University of Cambridge, Ilyas is also the Leader in Residence at the Judge Business School where he was instrumental in the establishment of the highly regarded business accelerator programme that is focused on the technology sector.
Ilyas was also the founding Chairman of The Stephen Hawking Foundation, and is a regular and extensive writer and commentator on topics relating to quantum computing and free will in the context of quantum information. He has a long-standing interest in the foundations of mathematics and category theory. He is a Life Member of the American Mathematical Society.

Jeremy Kahn

Jeremy Kahn
Fortune Magazine

Jeremy Kahn is a senior writer for Fortune magazine in London, where he covers emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence and quantum computing. He also reports frequently on data privacy, tech regulation and cybersecurity. He joined Fortune from Bloomberg News, where he also covered European technology. Previously, he was a senior writer for Bloomberg Markets magazine, where he wrote about everything from the psychology of stock market traders to counterfeit classic cars. Before joining Bloomberg, Kahn lived in New Delhi, India, where he was a contributor to Newsweek, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Smithsonian magazine and The Atlantic on subjects ranging from national affairs to business to sports. From 2004 to 2006, Kahn was the managing editor of U.S. political magazine The New Republic in Washington, DC. He started his career at Fortune in New York, where he investigated dubious accounting practices and worked on international assignments, including coverage of a civil war in the Ivory Coast, political unrest in Venezuela and the Iraq war.

Daniel Egger

Daniel Egger

Dr. Daniel J. Egger is a researcher in the Quantum Technology group in IBM Research – Zurich. His current research focuses on quantum information processing with superconducting circuits and the application of quantum computing to the financial services industry. He was awarded a PhD with distinction from the Saarland University (Germany) in 2014 for his thesis entitled “Optimal control and quantum simulations in superconducting quantum devices”. For his PhD thesis, he received the Dr. Eduard-Martin prize. Daniel J. Egger holds an MSc degree from EPFL Lausanne Switzerland.

Lee Braine

Lee Braine
Chief Technology and Innovation Office, Barclays

Today’s financial services environment embodies the philosophy of survival of the fittest. Institutions battle for tiny competitive advantages using the best technologies available. At the same time, some organisations are already looking into how quantum computing could potentially be used to dramatically reduce the time required for immensely complicated calculations and to improve accuracy significantly. While quantum computing is still in early stages of development, there are compelling reasons to start assessing the role and potential for quantum computing to be put to use in your business today. Join us for a panel discussion about quantum computing and the finance industry. The panel will be moderated by Fortune Magazine Senior Writer Jeremy Kahn and feature IBM Research Scientist Daniel Eggert, Cambridge Quantum Computing CEO Ilyas Khan and Lee Braine, Chief Technology and Innovation Office, Barclays.

12:10 – 12:35

What does keeping animals warm and encouraging recycling have in common? It's elementary!

Have you ever sat in an office or washroom and had the lights go out because you weren't moving? Now imagine you're asleep and the same happens with your heating, brrrr! The animals at Marwell Zoo have access to the outside 24/7, with at least one door always open. Marwell needed a way to provide heat for these animals without losing that heat through the open doors. Up stepped IBM who worked with Marwell to create an intelligent sensor that uses machine learning on the Watson IoT platform to recognise the heat signature of an animal and turn the heating on when it comes in, off when it leaves and, most importantly, keep it on while the animal sleeps.
In a second application of the Watson IoT platform, students on IBM's Extreme Blue programme set out to tackle the confusion surrounding what can and can't be recycled in different areas. In just 12 weeks the team designed and built a 'Bin Assistant' device and associated phone app, using image recognition to identify waste items and tell the user if they are recyclable or not.


Dr. Duncan East

Dr. Duncan East
Marwell Wildlife

Dr. Duncan East, CEnv, FIEMA, is Head of Sustainability for Marwell Wildlife, a conservation charity dedicated to restoring nature, promoting sustainable living and catalysing change. Marwell has active conservation programmes in Tunisia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, China and Polynesia and as well as operating Marwell Zoo in Hampshire, UK which welcomes over 500,000 visitors each year. Duncan has 25 years’ experience in environmental management and consultancy including ISO14001, low carbon technologies and renewable energy projects, water saving, sustainable and ethical purchasing and delivering training and seminars. Duncan is chair of the Winchester Sustainable Business Network, vice chair of the BIAZA Environmental Impact and Sustainability working group and is co-ordinator of the Solent IEMA / Southampton Green Drinks network. Duncan's PhD research explored methods of measuring and quantifying behaviour change and its potential contribution to achieving net positive impact.

12:45 – 13:10

Digital brand safety and sensitivity

In this session we are in conversation with Terry Hornsby from Reach plc, the UK's biggest news publisher. The monetisation of journalism and the creation of professional content is increasingly challenged in the digital advertising ecosystem, especially with brands more and more concerned about their adverts appearing alongside brand sensitive material or inappropriate material. Professional and long-standing content and news businesses like Reach plc are finding themselves caught, often unfairly, in the middle of this brand safety battle. Find out how Reach plc is partnering with IBM and using AI Technology to revolutionise the way the content is categorised to deliver better results for brands and agencies and also, critically, better monetisation of professional journalism to enable the industry to prosper in the digital age.


Terry Hornsby

Terry Hornsby
Digital Solutions Director, Reach plc

Terry has 10+ years’ experience in managing large teams across product, operations, data, commercial, digital strategy and all aspects of programmatic. Terry has a passion and desire to simplify the programmatic and data-driven advertising ecosystem by finding solutions to complex hurdles which all publishers and media business face on a day to day basis. Terry is looking to ensure publishers and content producers are able to maintain and grow using advertising products and digital solutions.

13:20 – 13:45

Project Debater: Speech by Crowd

Project Debater is the first AI system developed to compete in a full-live debate with a human debater. The project, an IBM Grand Challenge developed in the company's Haifa Research Lab., is designed to build coherent, convincing speeches on its own, as well as provide rebuttals to the opponent's main arguments. In February this year, Project Debater competed against Harish Natarajan, a grand finalist in the 2016 Debating World Championships, in an event held in San Francisco and broadcasted live world-wide.
The vision of Project Debater is to enable unbiased decision making in all walks of life. In this talk we will tell the story of Project Debater, from conception to a climatic final event, and describe its underlying technology. We will discuss the core principles that drove the development of the system, the unique challenges it faced, and how they were overcome. Finally, we will explore the potential business applications of Project Debater technologies and present Speech by Crowd, an extension to Project Debater whose goal is to support crowd-based decision making.


Dan Lahav

Dan Lahav
Best Speaker at the World Universities Debating Championship 2018

Dan is a computer scientist and a researcher at IBM Research. He is a member of the Debating Technologies group, where he participated in the development of Project Debater - the first AI system that can debate humans on complex topics, with the goal of assisting people in building persuasive arguments and in making well informed decisions. Dan is currently part of the team working on Project Debater-Speech by Crowd - a platform for crowdsourcing decision support.

On top of his computer science background, Dan was crowned Best Speaker in of the World at the World Universities Debating Championship 2018 - a historic record for a non-native English speaker. In addition, cumulatively Dan has over 50 debate trophies including titles from the European Championship, the Cambridge and Oxford Intervarsities and the HWS Round Robin (the League of Champions of academic debating).

Dan has been active in discursive projects in more than 40 countries that span over 5 continents. He has received awards for contributions to debating and free speech, and is heavily involved in international debating and critical thinking education.

His double expertise in both computer science and human debating makes him particularly excited working on exploring and developing the potential applications of AI in the field of argumentation.

13:55 – 14:20

Financial Services: Operating in a world of uncertainty?

Increasingly, financial institutions are operating in the world of ambiguity, complexity and uncertainty whilst trying to meet the demands of their customers and shareholders.

Join this panel discussion to hear from senior practitioners in the industry on how they are using digital technologies to deliver business results and what the future holds for the industry.


Gerald Gassner

Gerald Gassner

Gerald is co-founder and managing director of Knowis responsible for creating and driving the company’s vision and (platform) strategy.
Gerald is passionate about helping clients on their journey to become an insight-driven enterprise leveraging modern cloud technologies and AI whilst creating an on open, standards-based IT platform as backbone for further initiatives. Looking back on 20+ years of practical experience in Banking and IT, he is uniquely placed in developing strategies that are realistic whilst providing tangible business outcomes. In addition to his solid track record in the fields of software architecture and business process management, Gerald is an expert in business domain modelling, domain-driven design practices and modern microservice architectures.

Bharat Bhushan

Bharat Bhushan

Bharat Bhushan is the CTO for Banking and Financial Markets at IBM UK. He drives innovation with his clients to support creation of new platforms, revenue streams and to optimise business operations using digital technologies.
Bharat is currently working with clients to implement Open Banking and PSD2, application of data science and artificial intelligence for improving customer experience and investment research, blockchain for new operating and trust models etc.
He is a contributing member of the UK Open Banking Implementation Entity, Industry Council member at techUK and EIT Digital, FinTech mentor at StartupBootCamp and guest lecturer at Warwick University. Bharat has an MBA from Warwick University and an MSc in Advanced Computing from King's College London. He has 22 years of experience in the IT Industry delivering solutions.

Barry Halford

Barry Halford
Group CTO - Clydesdale and Virgin Money

Barry is the Group CTO at Virgin Money/ CYBG, responsible for creating and driving the company’s technology strategy and solutions to support its vision of being Digital First. Barry is passionate about pragmatically enabling the organisation and colleagues to achieve their vision using technology enablers such as Open Banking, AI, Data Science and Cloud Services to hollow out the core and transform. Looking back on his 25+ years of practical experience in Banking and large IT Systems Integrators, Barry has a track record of developing board approved IT strategies that are realistic whilst providing tangible business outcomes.

14:30 – 14:55

Driving digital transformation at Barclays Bank by exploiting the power of big data and analytics

A significant share of the entire UK's spend goes through Barclays, yet until a few years back the bank was unable to fully leverage the power of data. In this session, Bala Chandrasekaran, Managing Director, Barclays Bank will talk about how the bank transformed the data landscape to create better insights to service its customers. In doing this, Barclays hugely simplified how data is organised, became data driven in everything they do and used innovative technology to harness the value of data.


Bala Chandrasekaran

Bala Chandrasekaran
Managing Director, Barclays Bank

Bala Chandrasekaran is a Managing Director at Barclays and heads up Data Platforms and Services for the UK division. He has over 25 years of experience in the intersection of Financial Services & Technology, with a diverse international experience spanning multiple continents in varied roles – from Conceptualisation, Design, Development & Deployment of Complex Core Banking Systems. His role at Barclays involves leading numerous transformative data initiatives, including setting up the new Data Warehouse, Operational Data Store and Machine Learning capability for the bank.

15:05 – 15:30

Digital Content @ Scale

Businesses across industry verticals, of all sizes are today producing, managing and distributing digital media and video content on a global scale. Discover how BASE Media Cloud and IBM are revolutionising the way companies create, store and deliver digital content in the cloud. Featuring a case study interview with special guest and founder of Green Rock, Simon Green.


Ben Foakes

Ben Foakes
BASE Media Cloud

Following a background in extreme sports in the late 90’s, Ben’s work has spanned roles from Director, Editor and Colourist to Post Supervisor, Technical Consultant and Company Founder. He has launched and managed media businesses, notably London post production facility Sequence Post and next-generation Online Media Services cloud provider, BASE Media Cloud.
Since his early career highlights editing BAFTA winning live Formula 1 for ITV, Ben’s portfolio of production, post production and management credits has encompassed projects from BBC promos, Top Gear Live TV ads, James Bond end titles, Channel 4 documentaries and Jessie J live shows, to flagship drama series, SUSPECTS for Channel FIVE.
In his current role, leading BASE Media Cloud, Ben’s team of cloud specialists has been responsible for deploying innovative ‘Hub & Spoke’ cloud storage and integrated SaaS solutions for clients including Formula E, The FA, Little Dot Studios, ITV, Objective Media Group and PwC, amongst a long list of global platform users.

Simon Green

Simon Green
Green Rock

Simon Green founded Green Rock as a dedicated post-production facility in 2008 following his extensive experience as an editor and producer, working on BAFTA-nominated documentaries for the BBC, Sky and Channel 4 as well working on acclaimed feature-documentaries. He's since driven the evolution of Green Rock to become a content production agency, working with both brands and broadcasters as they adapt their content to a digital-first world. Driven by creative innovation, Green Rock now has an end to end offering that operates all over the world, using cloud-based workflows from their London based film studio and into post production & delivery.

15:40 – 16:05

Girls who Change the World

Tomorrow’s innovations will be created by the children of today.

IBM, STEM Learning and Marvel Studios teamed up in 2019 to inspire girls aged 11-14 to be a force for change, channelling their superpowers to be part of the Girls Who Change the World challenge. Piggybacking the cinema release of Captain Marvel, teams were encouraged to come up with ground-breaking ideas incorporating artificial intelligence (AI) that will change the world for the better.
Grace Jansen, one of our superheroes based at IBM’s Hursley Labs, mentored the teams and will bring to life the many exciting and innovative ideas submitted in the challenge and the winning idea from the team of girls who we hope will go on to change the world.


Yvonne Baker

Yvonne Baker
Chief Executive of STEM Learning

Yvonne is Chief Executive of STEM Learning – an organisation working to achieve a world-leading Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education for all young people across the UK, so benefitting them, their communities and the UK economy. Working with educators and employers of all sectors and sizes, STEM Learning drives forward UK STEM education by providing high-impact, STEM-specific professional learning for teachers, role models via the STEM Ambassador programme, support for STEM Clubs, and other high-impact STEM activities. A Chartered Chemical Engineer, Yvonne spent time in manufacturing before moving into management consultancy. Whilst working fulltime, she studied for an MBA and moved into the STEM sector to establish the Science and Engineering (now STEM) Ambassadors volunteering programme in 2002. She joined STEM Learning in 2010 and has significantly grown the organisation’s reach and impact to become the UK’s largest provider of STEM support. Yvonne has a strong personal passion for engaging all young people (particularly girls and those from disadvantaged backgrounds) with STEM, so they can understand the opportunities, enjoyment and excitement that STEM-related careers – particularly in the engineering and manufacturing sectors – can provide.

Grace Jansen

Grace Jansen

Grace is a developer advocate at IBM, working with Open Liberty and Reactive Platform. She has now been with IBM for a year, after graduating from Exeter University with a Degree in Biology. Moving to software engineering has been a challenging step for Grace, but she enjoys bringing a varied perspective to her projects and using her knowledge of biological systems to simplify complex software patterns and architectures. As a developer advocate, Grace builds POC’s, demos and sample applications, and writes guides and tutorials to help guide users through technologies and products.

16:15 – 16:40

Skilling our Futures

The world of work is changing rapidly, in large part, as a result of globalisation, automation and emerging technologies, such as Blockchain and A.I. At IBM we believe that these factors mean that just about everyone's jobs will change. In some cases existing jobs may disappear. In others, new jobs will be created. Concurrently our increasing dependency on technology is creating new risks, unless we improve the range of skills available to manage it effectively. At the same time the UK's productivity is lagging well behind that of other advanced economies, and we are in the midst of an increasingly severe skills shortage. The need for both our current employees, and for our future employees, to acquire new and different skills is paramount and urgent.
Attend this session to learn more about two of IBM's responses to these global challenges: a new global model of schooling, 'P-Tech', (www.ptech.org) is already rolling out in 20 countries across the world, including here in the UK, in Leeds. The P-Tech model of schooling is helping to better prepare young people entering the workforce.
At Think Summit we will be announcing the introduction of a new programme, SkillsBuild (www.skillsbuild.org) into the UK. SkillsBuild is targeted at those who are in early / mid stage careers, or who those currently excluded from the labour market, who need to acquire new and / or different skills to succeed and progress in the rapidly changing labour market, where advanced digital skills are increasingly required.
'SkillsBuild' is a new, free to use, skills platform, which will be available to our target audiences through carefully selected organisations already committed to partner with IBM to make a demonstrable difference.
Come along to our Skills debate to find out more, and to understand how you could contribute to making these programmes a success and help people build better lives.

16:45 – 18:00

Close and Networking Reception

10:55 – 11:20

IBM and Red Hat: Build once, deploy anywhere. Accelerate digital transformation in your organisation

Meet the leadership of IBM and Red Hat and understand the strategy behind this acquisition and what it means for you. The next chapter of cloud demands the power to quickly innovate and respond to changing market and client demands.
With IBM’s next-generation hybrid multicloud platform, built on Red Hat technologies, you can select the best architecture and approach to address the most critical application, data and workload requirements for your business. An open platform allows you to securely deploy, run and manage your data and applications on the cloud of your choice without running the risk of being locked in. You can innovate with speed and agility with the support of a vast open ecosystem of passionate developers and partners.


David Farrell

David Farrell
General Manager, IBM Cloud Synergy GTM

David Farrell is General Manager of Red Hat Synergy for IBM. In this role, he develops the go-to-market model and sales strategy optimising the Red Hat acquisition. He is responsible for building markets and achieving the committed synergy growth across the IBM company.
Prior to his current role, David Farrell was General Manager of IBM Cloud’s worldwide Watson & Cloud Platform organisation. David’s primary mission was to drive client success around IBM’s cloud, cognitive and data solutions. He led global go-to-market activities, including client success, business development, technical support and ecosystem expansion.
David was General Manager, IBM Cloud, North America with responsibility for client success and IBM’s Cloud P&L. He has also served as Vice President of Software Group, Europe. There, he was responsible for the success of IBM’s middleware and software solutions across Europe. Other IBM assignments include leading IBM’s WebSphere and Social Software business. Prior to IBM, David led the international division at a consultancy, Enabling Technologies Group, and held roles at The Coca-Cola Company in Germany and as an aid to Senator Sam Nunn in the United States Senate.
David received an MBA from the Goizueta School of Business at Emory University and a Bachelor’s degree in International Business from the University of Georgia. He sits on several boards for non-profit organizations including Technology Association of Georgia Education Cooperative, The Latin American Association and Mission Honduras.
David grew up in Atlanta. He has worked and lived in Europe, Asia and Latin America. He speaks English and Spanish well, and German and Portuguese quite poorly. He resides in Miami, Florida with his wife and two children.

11:35 – 12:00

Trust & Responsibility in an age of uncertainty

A panel discussion with IBM and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport: We are living in an age of unprecedented change and uncertainty that spans the technological, political, environmental and economic landscapes. Organisations that successfully build and maintain trust have the opportunity to grow business and improve society. In this panel discussion we will explore how the successful organisations will flourish in today's climate while maintaining the trust of consumers and citizens. We are delighted to have Erika Lewis, Deputy Director for Data Policy, Strategy and Ethics, from DCMS joining us on this panel.


Erika Lewis

Erika Lewis
Deputy Director for Data Policy, Strategy and Ethics
Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

Erika Lewis was a founding member of London Government, moving from the voluntary sector to join the set-up team in the London Development Agency in April 2000. At the LDA she delivered regeneration programmes across London, in particular working with the Finsbury Park Partnership and on the Olympic Park delivery programme. Subsequently the Director of Strategy at the LDA, she was responsible for the development and delivery of the Mayor’s Economic Development Strategy. In 2012, Erika became a Project Director at the Competition and Markets Authority where she delivered two merger investigations and led the Private Motor Insurance and Energy Market Investigation. Erika has joined DCMS in 2018 to deliver the National Data Strategy, in addition she is responsible for Data Policy and Ethics.

Janine Cook

Janine Cook

Janine is an accomplished driver of innovation within complex organisations, and an agent for change and transformation. She uses her passion for inclusion and nurturing future talent to achieve these goals and her fundamental belief that people drive the success of any organisation means that she mentors many individuals. Janine has recently been appointed to lead Public Sector for IBM UK and has successfully led businesses within IBM spanning multiple industries (Distribution, Telco, Media, Utilities and Energy). She has a broad range of business disciplines under her belt, including Sales, Operations and Finance, and serves on the board of IBM UK FSL Ltd, and also as a curation Manager of TED X Kingston Upon Thames. Her previous role was the Vice President of the Infrastructure business. Her interests include community building, social networking, travelling, cooking and rowing, and of course spending that precious time with her husband and two grown up children.

12:10 – 12:35

Growing new channels for health information with a virtual assistant

Follow Versus Arthritis’s journey of transformation and the delivery of AVA, their virtual assistant using IBM Watson, the challenges they faced and what they learnt, as well as their plans for integrating AI into the wider organisation. Versus Arthritis launched AVA in 2017, providing them with an additional channel of support for users to find out more about specific conditions or symptoms, as well as helpful tips on exercise, diet and available support. Since launch, it has had over 21,000 conversations helping people with arthritis.


Ellen Ward

Ellen Ward

Delivery Manager, AI & Virtual Assistant, Versus Arthritis

Ellen started exploring chatbots and artificial intelligence three years ago, using IBM Watson. Since, she has worked with specialists to build out orchestration layers for multi-channel and multi-input chatbots with business logic, built up a hugely successful customer service chatbot with the Institute of Chartered Accountants, and is now working with Versus Arthritis to evolve their AI programme and strategy.

Danni Coxon-Smith

Danni Coxon-Smith
Versus Arthritis

Danni Coxon-Smith is the Senior Digital Content Editor at Versus Arthritis. She has worked on the founding project of their AI programme, the AVA chatbot, since its inception, and leads IBM and subject matter experts to design, analyse and improve conversation while focusing on supporting people with arthritis.

12:45 – 13:10

Hampshire Constabulary and IBM UK:
Building skills through organisational secondments

Hampshire Constabulary and IBM have been involved with placing talented employees in their organisations on short secondments with the other. The secondees explore and experience first-hand the challenges and strengths in the front line of both organisations. As a result of the secondments they better understand similarities and opportunities to learn and improve from each other. Come and listen to some of the secondees speak about their time spent within both IBM and Hampshire Constabulary. Find out why secondments are vital to enhancing employees' skills and developing better business relationships.


Tom Doughty

Tom Doughty
Hampshire Constabulary

Tom Doughty is the Potential and Performance Manager within the People Strategy at Hampshire Constabulary. Tom has a background in Human Resource Management and has worked within Policing in the UK for sixteen years, joining the Metropolitan Police in 2003 within a local Borough Operational Command Unit and then starting with Hampshire Constabulary in 2010 to support local delivery of the outcomes from the 2010 comprehensive spending review.

Since 2015 Tom moved outside of transactional HR Project Management and focused on Organisational and People Development. This includes two years with the Shared Service Workforce Development team with responsibility for design and delivery of leadership development in force.

Tom is currently in the second year within their People Strategy project to design and deliver a new approach to talent management in the Constabulary, with a focus on identification, retention and development.

13:20 – 13:45

Client Case Study

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has launched an IBM Watson based virtual assistant specially designed to engage with patients and the public by providing round the clock answers and information on “Oriel”– a £340m proposal to build a new facility which brings together excellent eye care, ground-breaking research and world-leading education in ophthalmology on one site. Peter Thomas, Director of Digital Innovation and Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist at Moorfields, will discuss this and other digital innovation projects that Moorfields are currently undertaking.


Peter Thomas

Peter Thomas
Moorfields Eye Hospital

Peter is the Director of Digital Innovation at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London where he is also a consultant paediatric eye surgeon. Before undertaking his PhD in Computational Neuroscience at Cambridge, he spent some time in commercial IT. His medical training was carried out at Oxford, and he specialised in Ophthalmology at Cambridge University Hospitals where he was chief resident. He was appointed to Moorfields Eye Hospital, the largest provider of Ophthalmology in Europe or the USA, in 2017.
As a researcher, Peter is a member of the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre for Ophthalmology at Moorfields, and has an interest in the development and deployment of clinical AI (including facial recognition, image analysis, and clinical investigation analysis) and the use of VR and AR devices to automate the clinical measurement of strabismus. His current focus is on the use of new technology to drive a process of digital transformation of clinical services at Moorfields with the creation of a “Digital Clinical Lab" as a catalyst. An initial workstream is the deployment of patient-facing AI, with the Maia conversational assistant (developed with IBM Watson), an exemplar. He is also active in telemedicine and mHealth projects.

14:30 – 14:55

Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) bringing innovation and technology to Industrial Organisations

The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) is a network of world-leading research and innovation centres working with advanced manufacturing companies of all sizes. They specialise in carrying out world-leading research into advanced machining, manufacturing and materials, which is of practical use to industry. They are transforming industrial and economic performance by making step changes in productivity, increasing competitiveness, developing new products and processes and training new talent and skills. Join this session and learn how you can benefit from the skills and technology available at the AMRC and IBM.


Peter Thomas

Dr Robin Scott
Head of Digital

Robin leads digital activities across the whole Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, including oversight of Virtual and Augmented Reality, 4th Industrial Revolution (I4.0) technologies and implementation and other digital disruptors. Robin has been a member of the AMRC staff since its beginning in 2001 and heads a team which delivers Advanced Visualisation solutions across a number of groups within the AMRC, the Nuclear AMRC and Factory 2050.He is passionate about the use of advanced techniques to visualise data to improve communication and increase understanding and value. Robin sits on the advisory board for the Industry of Things Summit and on the organising committee for the annual SAE AR/VR Technologies Symposium. Dr Scott also sits on the High Value Manufacturing Catapult VR and Visualisation Forum and on1st January 2019, Robin became Chair in Industrial Digitalisation at the University of Sheffield AMRC.

15:05 – 15:30

Banking Industry Case Study

15:40 – 16:05

How do you build consumer trust?

With the advent of digital technology in our everyday lives, consumers have become more curious and demanding about how and where their products are sourced, particularly when buying food. Carrefour take this very seriously, and Emmanuel Delerm will tell us how important trust is to their customers, and how they are building and tightening this trust through their Act For Food programme with the help of IBM technology. This will even include a live demo!


Peter Thomas

Emmanuel Delerm

Blockchain Programme Director, Carrefour

Emmanuel Delerm is the blockchain programme director at Carrefour, one of the world's leading food retailers with more than 12,000 stores in over 30 countries. Emmanuel’s mission was to launch a first experiment of blockchain usage in food traceability in March 2017. In early 2018, the team implemented the first European blockchain in productive use for food traceability, and Emmanuel now coordinates the program for the Carrefour group worldwide.

16:15 – 16:45

Improving food for all

You've heard about "Farm to Fork". Stefan Fürnsinn, Vice President of Digital Farming at Yara, will talk about the unique collaboration between Yara and IBM to provide positive disruption to agriculture for everyone's benefit: farmer, food producer and consumer.


Stefan Fürnsinn

Senior Vice President Digital Farming, Yara

17:00 – 18:00

Closing Presentations

Dive into a variety of topical and thought-provoking issues. Independently facilitated by Katie Derham, these 30-minute, fast-paced sessions will be driven by experts, but your input is essential. We're looking forward to a lively exchange of opinions, views and ideas.

What do you think? Vote below by clicking on the two topics you would like to see debated by our panel.

11:30 – 12:00

All for tech and tech for all

Over the past 20 years, technology has become fully embedded in our daily lives, whatever our age. With an eye firmly on the future, a panel of younger and older people will discuss where technology is heading, what problems it could solve, how it is developed and marketed, and how it will be used. How should technology address the needs of different generations in our society? What will need to change for us to truly live in an age of “all for tech and tech for all”?


Helen Dempster

Helen Dempster
Founder & Chief Visionary Officer at Karantis360

With over 25 years in Customer Management and the Care Sector Helen found herself with a dilemma. Witnessing first-hand her grandfather’s care and the issues surrounding the care industry she realised there had to be a better way to relieve the daily stress put on carers and oversee the management of care delivery. Helen set to work creating the foundation for Karantis360 Ltd, a new development in assisted living designed to transform the delivery of care for those who are elderly, infirm or living with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Harnessing innovative technology, Karantis360 makes independent home living possible, and possible for longer, leading to happier and healthier lives. Reducing the admin burden for carers and increasing the levels of transparency for family members and providers, Karantis360 unites agencies, caregivers, clients and their families to benefit all.
Helen has a very supportive family and is a mum to three grown up children. Her son has chosen to follow in her caring path and is a medic with the army. Helen gives her spare time to supporting various causes including The Alzheimer’s charity & local support networks for the lonely and elderly.

Adriana Tudela

Adriana Tudela
Project Manager for Enterprise Applications, IBM Services

Adriana works as a Project Manager for Enterprise Applications within IBM Services, working for one of IBM's biggest clients. She has also held other technical managerial roles in support of the product’s delivery. Early in her career, Adriana submitted a patent for the handling of wireless network communications and has become an advocate of patenting for early professionals at IBM. Adriana is also driving the people learning agenda for one of the biggest UKI accounts and has led a yearlong learning series focused on key technology topics, including DevOps, Data Science and Digital Strategy. Outside of her client work, Adriana runs design thinking workshops at her alma mater, London School of Economics, and is the recruitment campus lead for IBM in the university. Additionally, she is leading a project with LSE master’s students to develop a new attraction strategy with a focus on gender diversity for the consulting graduate programme.

David Terrar

David Terrar
Founder & CXO Agile Elephant

David is Founder & CXO of strategy consultancy Agile Elephant. He is a strategist, keynote speaker and influencer on cloud computing, digital transformation, social collaboration and ERP software. At the start of his career he spent 9 years at IBM and then worked in senior management and director roles for companies like Interactive, CSI, Cyberaid, Brook Street Computers, DataWorks, Indus and CODA. He is listed on the Huffington Post, Cloudscreener and Rise lists of the top Cloud experts on twitter. He is a regular speaker at events including keynoting at the CeBIT Social Business Arena, chairing London's Cloud Computing World Forum, ECC, BDA and CIO Transformation Live. He has lectured on digital at Henley Business School and digital marketing and social media on Sup de Pub’s MBA course at INSEEC. He is also Director and Deputy Chair of Cloud Industry Forum, Research Director, Digital for Bloor, and a regular host on the tech TV channel Disruptive.Live. He is passionate about the shift to cloud computing, mobile devices and social media, how these technologies can be deployed to transform business and the way these trends are changing the world of work.

12:15 – 12:45

Time may not be on our side – but innovation is

In today’s highly competitive marketplace, continuous innovation is key – but how good are we at leveraging academic research and business sources of innovation to drive transformation? How well do research departments in universities and corporations serve the innovation-hungry business world? How do businesses generate and adopt new ideas and translate research into benefits, profit and a better world?


Sheena Visram

Sheena Visram
Researcher at UCL

Sheena is currently undertaking a PhD in Human Computer Interaction at UCL Interaction Centre and Great Ormand Street DRIVE, where she will design and develop future interfaces for health data. Coupled with health policy and education, she holds an interest in intuitive and inclusive design. She supervises students alongside Industry Partners on the UCL Industry Exchange Network, offering a clinical perspective to the design, and rapid prototyping of emerging technologies in health.

Richard Hopkins

Richard Hopkins, FIET
President, IBM Academy of Technology, IBM Distinguished Engineer, Executive IT Architect, Q-Ambassador

Richard has been an IT architect for more than 25 years and was appointed IBM Distinguished Engineer in 2011. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He is currently the nineteenth President of IBM's Academy of Technology. Over the years Richard has delivered multiple large, complex systems for IBM’s clients. He documented his insights as co-author of Eating the IT Elephant-a book that explained how to modernise complex brownfield IT landscapes using semantic technology. He lives in a beautiful market town in Yorkshire with his wife, three adult kids, four dogs, eight cats and a homemade robot dog.

Dr Keith McCormack

Dr Keith McCormack, PhD
Business Development Manager, University of Sheffield

Keith McCormack designs and runs EC-funded translational research projects in the field of Computational Medicine, at the University of Sheffield. Involving the use of sophisticated modelling and simulation to deliver personalised diagnoses and treatments, this new discipline of Clinical Decision Support is becoming increasingly accepted as the core mechanism that, over time, will optimise much of clinical practice. With a background in the development of industrial and commercial computing and communications systems, Keith combines a practical understanding of the technology with a fundamental drive to see the efficiency and effectiveness of clinical practice transformed through the industrial and clinical uptake of silicomedicine. He is currently part of the team establishing a new €30M centre in Europe dedicated to this field of research.

Prof Daniel Polani

Prof Daniel Polani
Professor of Artificial Intelligence, Director of the Centre for Computer Science and Informatics Research (CCSIR) and Head of the Adaptive Systems Research Group at the University of Hertfordshire.

Daniel Polani is Professor of Artificial Intelligence, Director of the Centre for Computer Science and Informatics Research (CCSIR) and Head of the Adaptive Systems Research Group at the University of Hertfordshire. His research interests include principles of cognition, intelligence and robotics from first principles. Ramifications of this research range from practical applications to more fundamental questions, such as the role of embodiment, self-motivation in robots up to questions from cognitive science, psychology, social science and biology. He is associate editor of various journals on computational intelligence, agents and complexity. From 2017-2019 he was President of the RoboCup Federation. One central question of his research is: "What's missing in artificially intelligent systems?"

13:00 – 13:30

What a Waste

In 1955, Life Magazine published an article entitled 'Throwaway Living'. In 2019 we continue to be a throwaway society, but in the intervening 65 years, production of disposable goods - fuelled by economic growth and consumerism - has become prolific. From food to phones, we throw away more than we can ever consume, and our waste creates environmental and moral challenges for our planet and the people in it. Can technology provide an efficient, effective, affordable solution? How can we apply innovative thinking to affect behavioural change?


Rosie Lickorish

Emerging Technology Specialist, IBM Research

Abbie Morris

Abbie Morris

CEO, Compare Ethics

Abbie is Co-founder and CEO at Compare Ethics – the sustainable platform that makes it easy to find the best conscious products. Compare Ethics was recently selected by Google for the first ever Female Founder Residency Program. Formerly a sustainability and policy expert at AEQ Global, Abbie was instrumental in doubling the firm's’ revenue in 12 months. She led global teams including a Presidential campaign in West Africa and secured relationships with the United Nations, World Economic Forum and other international organisations. Abbie also worked at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) where she spearheaded the first Sustainability Working Group and launched the CBI’s first circular economy product for corporates. She was selected by Computer Weekly as the Most Influential Women in Tech, Rising Star, 2019.

Hattie Park

Sustainability Manager, The All England Lawn Tennis Club

14:15 – 14:45

I want it now: speed ethics in the modern supply chain

Today, 68% of consumers will make a purchasing decision that is based not on price or quality – but on delivery. Order management and supply chain is the new front line in managing consumer expectations; it’s essential to be faster, easier and more convenient.
But in nurturing a culture of instant gratification, are we considering the long-term implications? Does instant gratification for one override the welfare and wellbeing of many?


Dr. Nina Wilson MA (Oxon) MBBChir (Cantab) MRCGP,</strong> General Practitioner

Dr. Nina Wilson MA (Oxon) MBBChir (Cantab) MRCGP
General Practitioner

Dr. Nina Wilson is a practicing GP and Digital Healthcare Consultant. For the past 3 years she has been working as Medical Director for digital start-ups that span front-line care delivery and medical devices. Prior to this, she worked on a variety of initiatives requiring a partnership between the NHS and industry. She now supports start-ups in navigating a range of challenges including governance, safety, regulation, clinical quality, design, implementation, clinical business strategy and culture.

Michelle Beeson

Zuza Baranowska

Zuza Baranowska

Zuzanna has 14 years’ experience in international commercial property. Having worked as researcher across various property sectors, she chose retail as a key focus area. Before joining Revo she worked for Polish and EMEA Colliers International research teams. At Revo, she works with other members of the Thought Leadership Team, helping members and external audiences make sense of the future for retail property and placemaking industry.

Julian Burnett

Julian Burnett
VP & Executive Partner, Retail Markets Strategy at IBM UK

Julian is a retail digital and business transformation expert ranked in the CIO Top 40 by Computing earlier this year. He is VP & Executive Partner, Retail Markets Strategy at IBM UK, a recent move from his role on the Board at House of Fraser where he was CIO and Executive Director of Supply Chain & Transformation. He designed and led the first major phase of their transformation journey to create House of Fraser's award-winning multi-channel customer experience, ranked in the Leader's group in Europe by the independent IREUTop500 annual index in 2017. Julian was the first CTO of John Lewis and of Sainsbury's where in both he founded and led digital and technology transformation programmes to deliver step changes in customer experience, operational efficiency and profitability performance. He is an advisor to the UK fashion retail industry on digital supply chain strategies through his role on the GS1 Apparel Board and advises Business Disability International upon the role of technology in enhancing the opportunities and experiences of disabled customers and colleagues in the workplace.

15:00 – 15:30

Order, order… data governance in the cloud

Data overload, a major concern 12 months ago, is less of a worry to CIOs as new data-hungry tools and AI help make sense of data and drive business decisions. CIOs are now more concerned with how to protect that data, as organisations grapple with new privacy regulations. Could AI help with privacy and data governance issues in the same way it has helped with data overload? Might AI protect a multi-cloud IT estate containing many different, often incompatible and inconsistent security systems? Would citizens and consumers be comfortable with AI looking after their data?


John Gibbons

John Gibbons

Partner, IBM Security Transformation Services

John is a Partner in IBM’s Security Transformation Services. Having spent the last 20 years working in Defence & Security designing and delivering systems for government, he now runs the European programme to integrate IBM’s Secure by Design method across all IBM engagements and developing IBM approach to Cyber skills development and the use of gamification in security education.

Bernard Marr

Bernard Marr

Author, futurist, keynote speaker, and Strategic Advisor

Bernard Marr is an internationally bestselling author, futurist, keynote speaker, and strategic advisor to companies and governments. He advises and coaches many of the world’s best-known organisations on strategy, digital transformation, and business performance. LinkedIn has recently ranked Bernard as one of the top 5 business influencers in the world and the No 1 influencer in the UK. He has authored 16 best-selling books, is a frequent contributor to the World Economic Forum and writes a regular column for Forbes. Everyday Bernard actively engages his almost 2 million social media followers and shares content that reaches millions of readers.

Rob Clifford

Senior Data Strategist, BAe Systems

Mike Fishwick

CTO, Intellectual Property Office

15:45 – 16:15

Essential Education

The world we work in is changing - and changing rapidly. For those with the right skillsets, new opportunities abound, and new, challenging careers await; we have some knotty problems to address - and need an innovative, creative, workforce to address them. But with the pace of change fast and relentless, how do we ensure today's youth are prepared for the work of tomorrow - and not left behind? How might we promote life-long learning in order to capitalise on a wealth of experience and knowledge? Technology is undoubtedly driving force behind the revolution - but how can education be used to harness that power for good?


Sheena Visram

Melanie Francis
HR Director at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

Melanie Francis Chartered FCIPD is the HR Director at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. Melanie has a genuine passion for HR, and Diversity and Inclusion in particular, and the positive contribution these can make to an organisation. She has been pivotal to the growth of Oxford Saïd over the past 8 years and it’s evolution to become one of the global leaders in Executive Education. Although her career has flourished in HR, the industries she has experienced include education, publishing and telecoms.

Sheena Visram

Mat Rule
Director of Tocalabs

Mat is a Director of Tocalabs which is a digital start-up company that industrialises AI for automation. They are currently making an impact in the Robotic Process Automation (RPA) market, which focuses on automating applications and processes within businesses to increase agility and reduce mundane work. Their goal is on RPA forward to Intelligent Automation. They utilise IBM Watson, plus the competitor cognitive services to allow their customers to unleash the value from these services.

Sheena Visram

Dr. Nigel Guenole
Artificial Intelligence Consulting Leader for IBM Talent Management Solutions

Dr. Nigel Guenole is Artificial Intelligence Consulting Leader for IBM Talent Management Solutions, where he leads a team of behavioural scientists working with engineers to create AI applications for HR. He is also Director of Research and Ethics for the Institute of Management at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he studies ways to detect individuals that have been mis-measured by biased AI systems. Nigel is a chartered psychologist, and speaks, researches, and consults about analytical approaches to human resource management. He has published many scientific articles on performance at work and HR analytics, and is currently co-editing a special issue of the Human Resource Management Journal on analytics and machine learning in HR. He was awarded an IBM Eminence and Excellence award for work integrating machine learning and behavioural science in HR. He has written many articles for the popular press on HR analytics, including for Harvard Business Review. He is co-author of the analytics book The Power of People: Learn how successful organisations use workforce analytics to improve business performance (Pearson FT).

Sheena Visram

Dr. Pandelis Kourtessis
Director of the Centre for Engineering Research and Reader in Communication Networks at the University of Hertfordshire

Pandelis Kourtessis is Director of the Centre for Engineering Research and Reader in Communication Networks at the University of Hertfordshire, U.K. Pandelis leads the activities of the Cognitive Networks Research Group into Communications and Information engineering, including Next Generation Passive Optical Networks, Optical and Wireless MAC Protocols, 5G RANs, Software Defined Network & Network Virtualization 5G and Satellite Networks and more recently Machine Learning for Next Generation Networks. His funding ID includes EU COST, FP7, H2020, European Space Agency (ESA), UKRI and industrially funded projects. He has served as general chair, co-chair, technical programme committee member and at the scientific committees and expert groups of IEEE workshops and conferences, European Technology Platforms and European Networks of Excellence. He has published more than 80 papers at peer-reviewed journals, international conference proceedings, white papers, magazines and scientific journals. He has been co-editor of a Springer book and chapter editor of an IET book on network softwarisation for 5G.

Think tanks are fast-paced, detailed explorations of technology and solutions from clients, experts and partners. Sessions last 15 minutes and take multiple formats.

Cloud and infrastructure

A deep-dive into:

  • Journey to cloud – a Kubernetes case study
  • Management in a multi-cloud world
  • How to run workloads on any infrastructure with IBM Cloud Paks on RedHat OpenShift
  • The future of infrastructure

Security and resiliency

How to evolve your business resilience and security strategy and help:

  • Protect your business and mitigate the risk of a cyber incident
  • Respond effectively to a continuously evolving range of threats
  • Recover core functionality and purpose quickly

Data and AI

A detailed exploration of:

  • How to establish a robust information architecture ready for infusing AI across the organisation
  • Complex use cases for AI, data insights and how to grow the use of AI across the organisation
  • Preventing fraud in financial services
  • How AI is applied to supply chains

Shaping the future

A closer look at the technology behind innovations from IBM Research including:

  • Project Debater and IBM Q
  • Sports analysis
  • Disgusting Cryptography