16th October 2019
Olympia London

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Think Summit London 2019

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Business has been redefined by Cloud and AI, IoT, Blockchain, Security and new technologies are emerging all the time.

At Think Summit London 2019 you can explore how to bring the latest insights and ideas into your business, and expand your network, joining peers, visionaries, technologists and innovators.

Structured around four campuses, take in a wide variety of business and technical presentations, expert-led demonstrations and share your views in topical and challenging debates. You can also journey into the near future to experience Quantum computing, Advanced AI with Project Debater and new developments from IBM Research.

Whether you’re a C-level, Director or business executive, an IT manager, or developer, join Think Summit London 2019 to gain the knowledge you need to drive your business forward.


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Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

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.

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Katie Derham

Katie Derham

Katie Derham

Katie Derham is a presenter on BBC Radio 3 and one of the station’s best known voices, having presented Afternoons on 3 and more recently taking on the mantle of drive time programme In Tune, fronting the show on rotation with Sean Rafferty. Other Radio 3 credits include Sound of Dance on Saturday afternoons where she explored the relationship between music and dance in varying genres.

She has also been the face of the BBC Proms since 2010 and hosts the weekly magazine show Proms Extra every Saturday on BBC2 during the season. Katie also presented for BBC Four’s series of Discovering concert programmes in 2019.

Katie spent the first 15 years of her broadcasting career in news and current affairs, first at the BBC then as ITV’s youngest ever newsreader, where her role as anchor meant she covered everything from elections to royal weddings and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

She also fronts television documentaries, most recently presenting The Girl from Ipanema: Brazil, Bossa Nova and the Beach for the BBC, which saw her travelling to Rio de Janeiro, where her Father was born, to explore the story behind Brazil’s most famous and enduring song. She was the host of All Together Now: The Great Orchestra Challenge for BBC4 and Fine Tuned, two specials for Sky Arts in which she discussed music with Alexander Armstrong alongside exclusive performances from his latest albums.

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John McGrath

John McGrath

John McGrath

John is a Senior Solution Architect for IBM Watson Financial Services leading the IBM TechForGood team in the IBM Centre of Excellence for Corporate Social Responsibility. Based in the IBM Ireland Software Lab, he was previously the Worldwide Practice Leader for IBM Security and Smarter Cities related project delivery. Prior to joining IBM, he was the Enterprise Program Director for Portal for TransAlta in Canada.

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Grace Jansen

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.

What's new for 2019?

Are you ready for a Quantum Future?

IBM Q is the world's most advanced quantum computing. It could spur the development of new breakthroughs in science and medications, diagnose illnesses sooner and build algorithms to quickly direct resources such as ambulances. How will you apply Quantum computing in your business?


Advanced AI supporting better decisions

Discover how Project Debater works at Think Summit London as it pushes the frontiers of AI, in the first AI system that can debate with humans on complex topics.

Revolutionising business transparency

Using Blockchain, IBM Food Trust is making the world’s food supply chain safer, more efficient and more sustainable. It’s the only network of its kind to connect growers, processors, distributors, and retailers through a permissioned, permanent and shared record of food system data.
Is your supply chain fully transparent and accountable?

Find out more about Quantum computing, Project Debater and Blockchain at Think Summit London and discover how these emerging technologies could support your business.

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Think Summit London Campus: Focus on the topics you care about most



We have grouped activities including presentations, networking events, expert talks, demonstrations, immersive experiences, education, entertainment, and refreshments into a space we call our Campuses. Here, you will explore specific topics and connect with your peers, business leaders, and technologists who understand your enterprise goals and challenges.

Find the Campus that's right for you

Cloud and Infrastructure

Build once. Deploy anywhere.

Choose where and how you put all your data to work, no matter where it lives. A technology environment that scales with the potential of your business, brings agility, scalability and security.

  • Discover the next generation hybrid multicloud platform that lets you build once, and deploy anywhere, to best address your unique application, data and workload requirements.
  • Explore open standards-based container and kubernetes technology to run workloads on the right cloud infrastructure from any vendor, on or off premises.
  • Step into modernised systems with IBM Infrastructure, purpose-built to provide the performance, agility, and security that IT leaders can count on.
  • Understand how the IBM Garage experience helps you move faster, work smarter, ideate more rapidly and fundamentally change the way you work.
  • Discover why thousands of enterprises across 20 industries trust IBM Cloud as a faster, more secure journey to cloud.



Security & Resiliency

Protect your business, Respond to threats and Recover quickly in the event of disruption.

  • Learn from the largest cyber security and resiliency vendor, trusted by thousands of clients.
  • Discover how threat prevention is no longer sufficient to mitigate risk and the business impact of cyber disruptions; it must be combined with a rehearsed incident response and recovery plans.
  • Meet with industry experts and explore how to evolve your business resilience and security strategy to stay protected.
  • Dive deep into client stories, the latest technologies and experience a range of interactive activations.



Data & AI

Accelerate your journey to AI

  • Embark on a journey to AI and take an assessment of the steps to take to introduce and infuse AI across your organisation.
  • Experience AI in practice and how AI can deliver better client services, analyse images, gain insights from data by applying AI services and AI enabled business analytics tools.
  • Learn how to establish a data platform to Collect, Organise and Modernise all data to apply AI and other disruptive technologies.
  • Understand how to modernise your applications and information architecture to be secure, open, multicloud, hybrid and container based.
  • Discover how AI is transforming financial services, performance analysis in sport and impacting entertainment and media.



Shaping the Future

The world is our lab. Inventing things that matter to the world.

  • Discover the most promising and disruptive technologies that will bring new solutions to transform industries and society.
  • Take a journey through IBM Research, one of the world’s most influential corporate research labs, home to 3,000 researchers in 12 labs located across six continents.
  • Meet with scientists and researchers as you explore the future of Cloud, AI, Blockchain, computing, encryption technology and much more.
  • Learn how IBM is pioneering the future of problem solving and analysis with quantum computing and IBM Q.
  • Step into the world of advanced AI with Project Debater, the first AI system that can debate with humans on complex topics.



The Venue

Olympia London


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