The UK has one of the greatest innovation heritages in the world, with an established legacy of turning research into development from Turing’s computer to the recent COVID-19 vaccine rollout. We are also home to high-employment and high R&D investment sectors such as telecoms, automotive and aerospace who are key players in new technology development. It is within this context that The UK Government’s Innovation Strategy sets out a long-term vision and ambition to make the UK a global hub for innovation by 2035.

As the UK looks to the future, and how to turn past success into future innovation, the question remains around whether the UK have has what is needed to be successful in the increasingly competitive, global race for tech innovation supremacy in emerging areas such as high-performance computing, AI and Quantum. 

As part of our London Tech Week activities, this session will explore what we have learnt in the last twelve months since the release of the UK’s Innovation Strategy, and whether UK government, academia and industry are working together to build the right innovation ecosystem to support businesses of the future.

Speakers include:

  • Jonathan Legh-Smith, Head of Scientific Affairs, BT
  • Matthew Houlihan, Senior Director, Government Affairs, Cisco
  • Gurpreet Manku, Director of Policy, British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA)
  • Tim Ryan, Partner and Head of Commercial, Media and Technology, DAC Beachcroft LLP 
  • Neil Ross, Associate Director, Policy, techUK