International Technology Conference 2017


Latest Technology Trends, Insights and Case Studies from Industry Leaders


The highly anticipated Thames Valley’s International Technology Conference is in its fourth year and will bring together world class leaders and practitioners from across the globe, many of whom are defining the next generation of digital experiences and turning them into a reality. More than 200 local and international businesses focussed exclusively on the tech industry will be discussing the latest in technology trends and sharing insights.

The day, facilitated by Jon Briggs the original voice of Siri UK,  will include educational content, case studies, interactive panel discussions, media opportunities and much more. Delegates will also have the opportunity to network with peers and industry thought leaders.



Welcome from Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce

Paul Britton

Chief Executive Officer, Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce

Welcome from Microsoft UK

Chris Parker

Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft UK

A Blurred Smart Future: Four disruptive predictions that will blow your mind

Throughout the history of humankind, the whole context of competitiveness in society has been developed because of a dynamic set of variables. Natural resource management, environmental conditions, industrial policies and economic power have shaped cities and directly influenced modern urban lifestyles. Our keynote speaker, Renato, will set the scene for the day and give an overview of technologies and trends that are helping shape and define the World.

 Renato De Castro,

Executive Director at SmartUp Consulting Firm

Vice President International Affairs at The Brazilian Human Smart Cities Network

Global Ambassador at TM Forum

Advisory Board Member of Leading Cities

International Advisor for The World e-Governments Organization

How Technology will Reshape the World

We’re only at the start of the digital revolution – if you think tech is moving fast then you haven’t seen nothing yet! This session will look at how our lives may have changed significantly by the middle of the century.

Bryan Glick

Editor in Chief, Computer Weekly

Smart Cities and Internet of things: UK’s Position on Smart Urban Growth

Reviewing how major cities are adopting digital technology and showcasing how the UK is in a prime position to provide innovative solutions.

 Stuart Higgins

Head of Smart Cities and IoT, Cisco

Extracting Big Knowledge from Big Data: Using Data & Analytics to Expand Customer Intelligence, Improve Operational Efficiencies and Making Big Decisions

With big data consisting of large, variable and complex data sets traditional analytical methods are becoming insufficient. Our expert speaker will provide an overview of evaluating data sets to discover unknown patterns with predictive power.


Gamification – 3D Simulation in the Enterprise: The real world goes virtual, the virtual world goes real

Examples and demonstrations of augmented reality, virtual reality and mixed reality applications addressing opportunities to improve collaborative distributed product design, safety and process training, construction and Industry 4.0 emerging practices

Ron Edwards

 Managing Director, Serious Games International Ltd


Shared, Connected, Automated, Electric – the future of mobility?

Automated vehicles have been promised for a long time and vehicle manufacturers and technology companies are now engaged in a competitively relevant arms race to deliver increasing levels of automation in vehicles. Nick’s presentation will give us insights into where the future of mobility is headed.

Dr Nick Reed

Academy Director, Coordinator of Innovation & Research, Lead on Vehicle Automation at TRL (Transport Research Laboratory)

Panel Discussion
The Digital Age, Transformation and the Impact on Businesses

To survive in the digital age, organisations will have to transform and adapt to ever more dynamically changing conditions. In this interactive session experts will discuss digital strategies, changes in perceptions of end users, behavioural changes and much more.

Jennie Wright

Director of Marketing & Customer Development, CDG

Will Richmond-Coggan

Partner, Pitmans

Karen Bonnett

Regional Director South East, Vodafone Enterprise

Employees, Future Job Market and Education

This session will look at emerging technologies and the skillset of future employees. Our expert panel will discuss the education system, the gender imbalance in technology sector and future jobs in this interactive audience session.








Chris Blundell

Tax Partner at MHA MacIntrye Hudson LLP

Adam Thilthorpe (FBCS FRSA)

Director for Professionalism, BCS – The Chartered Institute for IT

Sheridan Ash

PwC Women in Tech Leader

Naomi Hanrahan-Soar

Vice Chair for Tech UK Skills, Talent and Diversity Group, Tech UK 

Medicine Technology Advances: The Application of Simulation Technologies in Surgery and healthcare

Alastair will share the work of his highly talented team of scientists and engineers who work on virtual reality, simulation and haptics.

Dr Alastair Barrow

Director, Generic Robotics

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence has been changing our lives for decades, quickly becoming a hot topic, with plenty to consider for the future. This session will review a case study on the subject.

Rob Fraser

UK Tech Evangelism Lead, Microsoft



The Use of Augmented Reality, Computer Vision & Electronic Components to Enhance Vision

Iain Wilson, Research Fellow at Nuffield Department of Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Oxford will present on computer vision technologies that will change the way the world is viewed.

Iain Wilson

Research Fellow at Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford



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Why you should attend?


Watch the video of last year’s International Technology Conference to get an idea of what you can expect!


Jennie Wright talking about what CDG will be sharing on the day

Will-Richmond Coggan from Pitmans talking about why this event is key for the Thames Valley region.



Please note that due to high demand we recommend two delegates attend the event per company.

Business Alliance members: This event is not included in the two free places offered to BA members at our events. BA members will be required to pay the member rate of £75.

The deadline for bookings is 12:00 Noon on Friday 12th May. We will endeavour to take bookings after this, but we cannot guarantee the availability of places, or your inclusion on our guest lists. If you need to book after this time, please call 01753 870500 for information.

A guest list & and a name badge will be provided on arrival.


Event Details

  • Date:
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  • Venue:
    Microsoft Ltd, Microsoft Campus Thames Valley Park, READING, Berks, RG6 1WG
  • Pricing Member:
      £75.00 + £15.00 VAT
    = £90.00
  • Pricing Non Member:
      £95.00 + £19.00 VAT
    = £114.00
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