Background

In this conference we set out the perspective of how technology is impacting the societal aspects of (i) the individual and (ii) the markets of large enterprises. Domain specialists provide examples of a number of use cases and cover health care, telecoms, IoT, smart cities as well as government policy making. Subject experts/leaders will consider/debate what are the implications of these impending changes and evolutions. A special feature is an invited session on Quantum Computing and its impact on finance and cybersecurity.

This promises to be a lively and entertaining event, with participation of around 80 technically minded, top level executives from various sectors, keen to find out where the emerging and disruptive technologies are leading us, and to put questions and viewpoints to the panels. Our conference speakers and delegates frequently tell us that they value the in-depth, technical presentations as a real opportunity to exchange views and increase their knowledge.

Invited Session: QUANTUM COMPUTING – ITS IMPACT ON FINANCE AND CYBERSECURITY
1: WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY
2: AI & ML IMPACT NEW DIGITAL MARKETS
3: INNOVATION IN SERVICES
4: DATA & DATA SCIENCE: ALTERNATIVE DATA IN RETAIL AND FINANCIAL MARKETS

WHY ATTEND?
Many emerging technologies are set to impact every aspect of business. Find out insights and strategies from leading thinkers and practitioners for successfully embracing these technologies to improve the enterprise and the home.

5 reasons to attend
Hear from a variety of inspirational speakers pushing the boundaries in artificial intelligence, machine learning and cybersecurity
Find out answers to questions such as “Do AI & ML lead to better jobs and improved quality of life?”
Find out the impact of Quantum Computing on the Financial and Cybersecurity sectors
Hear from corporates leading the way in Alternative Data
Be part of a community that benefits from the interaction with experts and the opportunity to share learning with their peers

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Call for Participation

We are inviting speakers [thought leaders, subject experts and start up entrepreneurs] to share their knowledge and enthusiasm about their work and their vision in the field of Emerging & Disruptive Technologies and their applications. Please complete the speaker’s response form and submit a proposal to present at this event.

Code of Conduct & Diversity

UNICOM’s Code of Conduct & Views on Diversity

We at UNICOM strive to be a leading provider of knowledge to the business community and to engage the global business community as a specialised provider of knowledge. We strive to do this maintaining a culture of co-operation, commitment and trust. We want every UNICOM conference and training day to be a safe and productive environment for everyone – a place to share research and innovation and to build professional networks. To that end, we will enforce a code of conduct throughout all our events. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.

Our approach is that our events are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity or religion. We do not tolerate intimidation, stalking, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of sessions or events, and unwelcome physical contact or sexual attention. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, Twitter and other online media. Event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers. Please bring your concerns to the immediate attention of the event staff.

Diversity: In our endeavour to be the provider of knowledge to the business community, we understand that this depends on hearing from and listening to a variety of perspectives that come from people of all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, abilities, religions, sexual orientation, and military service. We welcome diverse speakers for all our events, we do not always fully achieve this goal, but it is an ongoing process.

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Programme

  • 08:00 -

    Registration and Coffee

  • 09:00 -

    Welcome and Introduction– Professor Gautam Mitra, OptiRisk Systems/UCL (Programme Chair)

  • 09:15 -

    Opening Keynote: The Challenges of Emerging and Disruptive Technologies: culture, people and capability

    Alan Brown, University of Exeter

    Emerging and disruptive technologies are currently sweeping across all business sectors promising to revolutionize traditional business models, optimize the design and delivery of new goods and services, manage production systems more efficiently, redesign working practices and management principles, and much more. Aside from the technical challenges being addressed, the digital transformation they have inspired has driven a more fundamental management shift. To understand this, organizations are forced to shift perspective away from the specific technologies inherent in a digital world and towards the principles on which digitally-enabled organizations operate. This talk will discuss the challenges of digital transformation being experienced in industry today, describe some of the practical approaches being taken, and outline some of the key lessons that will shape your future.

    Speakers:

    Alan W. Brown

  • 09:45 -

    How increased connectivity through IoT forces us to re-think how to do business in the future

    Christoph Burgdorfer, Asteria

    We're living in the area of connectivity. People and things are increasingly connected and "always-on". This has implications on how the very fabric of the world works in the future. We will look at how this new hyperconnected world will force us to shift our mindsets.

    Speakers:

    Christoph Burgdorfer

  • 10:00 -

    Coffee

  • -

    INVITED SESSION

  • 10:30 -

    QUANTUM COMPUTING – ITS IMPACT ON FINANCE AND CYBERSECURITY

  • Chair - Professor Gautam Mitra, OptiRisk Systems -

    Speakers:

    Gautam Mitra

  • -

    A Quantum of Safety: Quantum Computing and the Reinvention of Security

    Mike Brown, ISARA Corporation

    At an accelerating rate, astonishing research and staggering financial investment are being poured into the development of quantum computers. Modern security standards can protect against attacks using conventional computers, but quantum computers don’t operate in the same way. When quantum computing breaks the cryptography we currently rely on, will you be prepared?

    Speakers:

    Mike Brown

  • -

    Neuromorphic Chips and Quantum Computers: New computing paradigms

    Peter Waggett, Director of Research, IBM UK

    The increasing role that artificial intelligence is playing in our daily lives at work and play is challenging the current Von Neumann computing architectures. Building systems that can learn and process sensory data requires new approaches. This talk will outline early work with neuromorphic chips and quantum computers to highlight their potential and why they are important signposts to the future.

    Speakers:

    Peter Waggett

  • 11:30 -

    Panel : Adoption of Quantum Computing in multiple industry sectors

  • Moderator: Professor Gautam Mitra, OptiRisk Systems -

    Speakers:

    Gautam Mitra

  • Panelists -

    Mike Brown (ISARA Corp)

    Peter Waggett (Director of Research, IBM UK)

    Speakers:

    Mike Brown

    Peter Waggett

  • 11:50 -

    Panel: WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY

  • Moderator: Xiang Yu, Optirisk Systems -

    Speakers:

    Xiang Yu

  • Panelists -

    Katharina Schwaiger (BlackRock)

    Marian Nicholson (Fujitsu)

    Linda Davidson (Digital Product at Jamie Oliver)

    Elisabetta Fersini (University of Milano-Bicocca Italy)

    Speakers:

    Elisabetta Fersini

    Katharina Schwaiger

    Linda Davidson

    Marian Nicholson

  • -

    Women in FinTech

    Katharina Schwaiger, PhD, Director at BlackRock

    Position Statement: Women in FinTech

    Speakers:

    Katharina Schwaiger

  • -

    From Black Box to Glass Box - delivering success through diversity

    Marian Nicholson, Solution Owner/Lead Deal Architecture, Fujitsu

    Position Statement: From Black Box to Glass Box - delivering success through diversity

    The IT market is changing faster than ever, shifting to to trends in AI, machine learning and quantum computing . Organisations, traditionally male, pale and middle aged need to transform quickly to meet the challenges.

    Strengthening D&I supports business transformation and make organisations a more competitive player. A more diverse workforce improves revenue performance by enhancing agility, innovation, productivity, decision-making and customer relationships.

    More diverse and inclusive companies are better placed to adapt to changes in the market and are out-performing their competition financially:

    ♦ 70% likelier to capture a new market
    ♦ Generate 1.4 times more revenue
    ♦ 45% likelier to improve market share
    ♦ 180% better at adapting to change

    Speakers:

    Marian Nicholson

  • -

    From Mary the Punk in Eastenders to Director of Digital and Technology

    Linda Davidson, Director, Digital Product at Jamie Oliver

    Position Statement: From Mary the Punk in Eastenders to Director of Digital and Technology

    Speakers:

    Linda Davidson

  • -

    Women in Emerging and Disruptive Technologies: The Academic and Commercial Scene in Europe

    Elisabetta Fersini, University of Milano-Bicocca Italy

    Position Statement: Women in Emerging and Disruptive Technologies: The Academic and Commercial Scene in Europe

    We refer to a few use cases and discuss women’s role in Emerging and Disruptive Technologies; we provide a few examples of Academics ,Subject Experts and Women entrepreneurs.

    Speakers:

    Elisabetta Fersini

  • 12:50 -

    Lunch

  • 14:00 -

    Lightning Talk: Enabling AI in the enterprise: change, adopt or perish

    Afraz Jaffri, Capgemini

    Speakers:

    Afraz Jaffri

  • 14:10 -

    Panel: AI & ML IMPACT NEW DIGITAL MARKETS

  • Moderator: Professor Gautam Mitra, OptiRisk Systems -

    Speakers:

    Gautam Mitra

  • Panelists -

    Humayun Sheikh (Fetch.ai)

    Michael Arnaldi (CreditSCRIPT)

    Enza Messina (University of Milano-Bicocca)

    Afraz Jaffri (Capgemini)

    Speakers:

    Afraz Jaffri

    Enza Messina

    Humayun Sheikh

    Michael Arnaldi

  • -

    Benefits & Pitfalls of Artificial Intelligence in Credit Scoring & Portfolio Optimization

    Michael Arnaldi, CTO, CreditSCRIPT

    Position Statement: Benefits & Pitfalls of Artificial Intelligence in Credit Scoring & Portfolio Optimization

    In the modern days we have a vibrant ecosystem of Peer-To-Peer lending platforms and big banks have hybrid-lending pilots live in the market. At CreditSCRIPT we are focused on connecting professional and institutional investors to this new opportunities and part of our duty is to ensure data transparency with all the Platforms we connect to in order to protect the capital of our customers.
    The underwriting models, especially in consumer credit, are now primarily AI driven and the data that is consumed by those models contains behavioral features that are synthesized from any source available (patterns of borrower navigation through the online app, social media data, recent transactions, credit profile)

    On one side we can say that the AI models works significantly better and this protect both the investor capital and the customer that would be damaged in case of a debt default, on the other side the system could treat some unfairly.

    Speakers:

    Michael Arnaldi

  • -

    We design Algorithms and Algorithms do better

    Humayun Sheikh, Founder and chief executive, Fetch.ai

    Position Statement: We design Algorithms and Algorithms do better

    Speakers:

    Humayun Sheikh

  • -

    How AI & ML and Text Analysis of Alternative Data is impacting Financial and Retail Markets

    Enza Messina, University of Milano-Bicocca

    Position Statement: How AI & ML and Text Analysis of Alternative Data is impacting Financial and Retail Markets

    We analyze how AI and Machine Learning and Sentiment Analysis of News and Micro-blogs are and impacting the two rapidly expanding markets, namely, Financial market and Retail market. We support our analysis by a few Use Cases for these markets.

    Speakers:

    Enza Messina

  • -

    Impact of AI & ML on the digital markets

    Afraz Jaffri, Capgemini

    Position Statement: Impact of AI & ML on the digital markets

    Speakers:

    Afraz Jaffri

  • 15:00 -

    Panel: INNOVATION IN SERVICES

  • Moderator : Dan Hooper, Managing Director and Co-founder at Piccadilly -

    Speakers:

    Dan Hooper

  • Panelists -

    Doniya Soni (Digital & STEM Skills)

    Arjun Panesar (DDM)

    Dan Hooper (Piccadilly)

    Mark Foster (Telenor Connexion)

    Steve Wells (Fast Future Publishing Limited)

    Speakers:

    Arjun Panesar

    Dan Hooper

    Doniya Soni

    Mark Foster

    Steve Wells

  • -

    The Mayor of London's Commitment to Digital Skills & Diversity

    Doniya Soni, Principal Policy Officer - Digital & STEM Skills

    Position Statement: The Mayor of London's Commitment to Digital Skills & Diversity

    Doniya Soni, London's policy lead on Digital & STEM skills, will provide an update on the Mayor's commitments to digital skills in the capital, especially for underrepresented groups. Here about the Mayor's digital talent programme, plans for the devolution of the Adult Education Budget, and proposals for a Skills & Employment Knowledge Hub.

    Speakers:

    Doniya Soni

  • -

    Connected healthcare: developing empowering skills

    Arjun Panesar, Founding CEO and Head of AI, DDM

    Position Statement: Connected healthcare: developing empowering skills

    Exploring the development of connected healthcare solutions and how connected devices such as Amazon Alexa can be used to provide health and wellness engagement to improve clinical health outcomes.

    Speakers:

    Arjun Panesar

  • -

    MANAGEMENT AS A SERVICE

    Dan Hooper, Managing Director and Co-founder at Piccadilly

    Position Statement: MANAGEMENT AS A SERVICE

    How do you know if you have made a good decision? A journey into what management as service will look like in 2025, and how AI will empower our decision making through collective evaluation.

    Speakers:

    Dan Hooper

  • -

    Think Big, Start Small - The Journey to Connected Product-as-a-Service Starts Today

    Mark Foster, Regional Sales Manager – Americas and UKI, Telenor Connexion

    Position Statement: Think Big, Start Small - The Journey to Connected Product-as-a-Service Starts Today

    A discussion on the transformation in the market from standalone connected products to connected data streams. The presentation discusses how data analytics and AI play a part in this as well as providing guidance on strategies for digitalisation.

    Speakers:

    Mark Foster

  • -

    Wider implications on the automation of services on life, society, and business and using the technologies to enable a very human future

    Steve Wells, COO, Fast Future Publishing Limited

    Position Statement: Wider implications on the automation of services on life, society, and business and using the technologies to enable a very human future

    Speakers:

    Steve Wells

  • 16:00 -

    Tea

  • 16:30 -

    Panel: DATA & DATA SCIENCE: ALTERNATIVE DATA IN RETAIL AND FINANCIAL MARKETS

  • Moderator : Mark Grundland, Functional Elegance -

    Speakers:

    Mark Grundland

  • Panelists -

    Ahmet Duran (Huawei)

    Ankur Modi (StatusToday)

    Mark Grundland (Functional Elegance)

    Speakers:

    Ahmet Duran

    Ankur Modi

    Mark Grundland

  • -

    Smart Cities: Beyond Connectivity with 5G and IOT; and talk about Yingtan City case in China

    Ahmet Duran, Executive Product Manager, Huawei

    Position Statement: Smart Cities: Beyond Connectivity with 5G and IOT; and talk about Yingtan City case in China

    The ancient city of Yingtan in China is a prefecture municipality of 1.3 million people and an area of 3,560 square kilometers. The city has been expanding its use of smart-tech for years. The new Yingtan proposal for smart city development is based on a national policy promoting smart cities across China. Yingtan has been a base for trial applications of 18 different commercial scenarios, such as smart water, smart lighting, smart parking, and smart manhole covers, and involving up to 64,000 NB-IoT terminals. This project has stimulated economic development in Yingtan, improved urban management efficiency, and facilitated people's lives. Yingtan has accomplished their first-stage goal with smart city establishment and they destined for even more success with the development of mobile IoT.

    Speakers:

    Ahmet Duran

  • -

    The Power of People Analytics: Peeking into the knowledge worker of the future

    Ankur Modi, CEO & Co-founder, StatusToday

    Position Statement: The Power of People Analytics: Peeking into the knowledge worker of the future

    Modern dysfunctional workplaces have employees that are overworked and under constant pressure to deliver. Without access to objective and transparent data about their well-being, they are helpless. The ability to provide every worker on the planet with benchmarked workplace data about themselves to self-improve and challenge the status-quo of modern overworking. Is there a future where objective AI can unlock our true potential, detect our key problems and empower us with rich data about our inefficiencies? No Surveys. No consultancies. No inefficient meetings.

    Speakers:

    Ankur Modi

  • -

    Position Statement to be announced

    Mark Grundland, Functional Elegance

    Position Statement: Position Statement to be announced

    Speakers:

    Mark Grundland

  • 17:30 -

    Close of conference; Drinks Reception

Meet the speakers pass

 

 

Speakers

Michael Arnaldi

CTO, CreditSCRIPT

Mike Brown

ISARA Corporation

Christoph Burgdorfer

Emerging Technologies Consultant, Asteria Corporation

Linda Davidson

Director, Digital Product at Jamie Oliver

Ahmet Duran

Executive Product Manager, Huawei

Elisabetta Fersini

University of Milano-Bicocca Italy

Mark Foster

Regional Sales Manager – Americas and UKI, Telenor Connexion

Mark Grundland

Functional Elegance

Dan Hooper

Managing Director and Co-founder at Piccadilly

Afraz Jaffri

Senior Consultant - Cognitive & AI, Capgemini

Enza Messina

University of Milano-Bicocca

Gautam Mitra

CEO, OptiRisk & Visiting Professor, UCL

Ankur Modi

CEO & Co-founder, StatusToday

Marian Nicholson

Solution Owner/Lead Deal Architecture, Fujitsu

Arjun Panesar

Founding CEO and Head of AI, DDM

Katharina Schwaiger

PhD, Director at BlackRock, is an investment researcher within the Factor Based Strategies Group

Humayun Sheikh

Founder and chief executive, Fetch.ai

Doniya Soni

Principal Policy Officer - Digital & STEM Skills

Peter Waggett

Director of Research, IBM UK

Steve Wells

COO, Fast Future Publishing Limited

Alan W. Brown

Professor in Digital Economy, Exeter Business School, University of Exeter

Xiang Yu

Chief Business Development Officer, OptiRisk

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