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Innovation and R&D

Innovation and R&D are key to the success of the UK tech sector. The tech sector sits at the fulcrum where researchers develop their ideas into new digital products and high innovation and disruptive firms. techUK works with researchers, government and industry to ensure a dynamic interplay between the UK's research and innovation sectors and tech businesses to support our ambition to see the UK become a natural home for the innovators and disruptors of the future.

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techUK’s Innovation Policy Group brings together members with expertise in the development and deployment of new technologies, with public policy professionals and key stakeholders. Its aim is to identify and develop coherent and relevant innovation policy asks that ensures the UK remains a competitive leader in tech innovation, R&D and the commercialisation of future technologies that are set to have transformative effects across the UK’s economy and society.

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Emerging Technologies

Technologies in the spotlight

Edge computing

Edge computing, while not new, is fast becoming seen as a key technology and an enabler of widescale innovation. The benefits of edge computing are two-fold: accelerating innovation in key industries, and accelerating adoption on complementing emerging technologies. techUK helps identify, explore and make the case for greater use of Edge computing solutions as part of the UK’s digital transformation journey.

Quantum

Quantum computing has been identified as a key emerging and transformative technology that will have an impact on the UK’s long term digital and economic future. In the coming years, Quantum will have the potential to enable smart cities, revolutionise healthcare systems and drive innovation in key industries. To prepare for this future techUK believes now is the time to bring the wider technology sector into the discussion about the UK’s quantum future and how we plan for success.

Augmented and virtual reality

Enterprise adoption of immersive technologies will be a crucial tool for business innovation, driving tangible benefits and a clear ROI, including mitigating high-risk, high-cost training through VR, building digital twins, and exploring the future of an augmented workforce. techUK’s AR/VR work showcases a viable route to market for businesses interested in this technology.

Drones

techUK is focussed on exploring the ways in which drones and related robotic technologies are being developed and deployed by organisations across both the public and private sector, and making a difference to people’s everyday lives. We are interested in building the UK’s vision for drone technology, exploring future opportunities and generating greater demand to ensure success of the UK’s drone market.

Intelligent automation

Intelligent automation has the capacity to revolutionise business services across a variety of industries through driving optimisation, enhancing digitisation and building resilience. Since the pandemic, businesses from across different sectors can look to automation to build resilience and drive continuity, and in turn push forward a new, technology-focused future of work that will drastically change the UK's workforce and economy.

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Intelligent automation

Intelligent automation has the capacity to revolutionise business services across a variety of industries through driving optimisation, enhancing digitisation and building resilience. Since the pandemic, businesses from across different sectors can look to automation to build resilience and drive continuity, and in turn push forward a new, technology-focused future of work that will drastically change the UK's workforce and economy.

Quantum

Quantum computing has been identified as a key emerging and transformative technology that will have an impact on the UK’s long term digital and economic future. In the coming years, Quantum will have the potential to enable smart cities, revolutionise healthcare systems and drive innovation in key industries. To prepare for this future techUK believes now is the time to bring the wider technology sector into the discussion about the UK’s quantum future and how we plan for success.

 

 

Latest innovation and R&D insights and reports

 

techUK launches landmark report on the future of the UK’s digital twin ecosystem

As the UK looks to respond, adapt, and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, urgent, sustained, and collective action will be needed to reignite different layers of our economy and society.

Cloud Computing and Data costs to be covered under expanded R&D tax credit

The Chancellor has acted on long standing ask from techUK and our members to expand the coverage of the R&D tax credit in the Autumn Budget and Spending Review.

How UK data protection reform can help drive the R&D ecosystem

Research published by the National Centre for Universities and Business show collaborations between the private sector and academic institutions are in decline. The UK’s upcoming data protection reform may be able to help.

The future of business transformation is at the Edge – Making it happen in the UK

In our latest podcast, techUK’s tech and innovation programme explores the role and impact of Edge Computing in business transformation in 2021 and beyond.

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All techUK's work is led by our members - keep in touch or get involved by joining one of the programmes below

Tech and Innovation

techUK’s Technology and Innovation Programme explores key transformative technologies driving the UK’s digital economy, society and Industry 4.0 including AI, digital identity, cloud, data analytics and emerging technologies such as quantum and RPA. By exploring the convergence of technologies and identifying opportunities to drive adoption and deployment and conducting horizon scanning to identify future technology trends it ensures techUK remains relevant as the technology industry evolves.

Policy and Public Affairs

techUK's policy and public affairs function makes the case to government and policymakers across Westminster, Whitehall, Brussels and the devolved nations on the most pressing issues facing businesses and the tech sector.

Innovation Policy Group

techUK’s Innovation Policy Group brings together members with expertise in the development and deployment of new technologies, with public policy professionals and key stakeholders. Its aim is to identify and develop coherent and relevant innovation policy asks that ensures the UK remains a competitive leader in tech innovation, R&D and the commercialisation of future technologies that are set to have transformative effects across the UK’s economy and society.

 

 

 

 

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techUK Annual Dinner 2022 | 13 July | Book now

 

The techUK Annual Dinner will take place on Wednesday, 13 July 2022. Our Annual Dinner is the established, must-attend business dinner in our calendar. The evening will begin with a drinks reception, allowing ample networking opportunities, followed by a fabulous dinner and speeches from the country's leading technology stakeholders.